I'm currently using a Nikon D40 body (that I love.) I have a kit 18-55, and a Nikkor 55-200. I've been thinking about buying the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 for quite sometime but Nikon has held off shipping this product. My best guess is that they are going to introduce something else in it's place which will be AF-S. This is great but I'm not one to wait around, especially for Nikon. I want something in the 50mm range with a low F-stop, 2.8 may cut it but I'm not sure. I like my stuff stopped down. The fact that most of these lenses won't autofocus on my d40 is not a problem so please don't even consider it in the solution. I'm looking to use this lens that I will be buying for portraiture mostly. I've so far considered the the Nikon 50mm 1.8D, the Sigma 30mm 1.4 (kind of expensive for me), and a couple other Sigma's that arent too different from the last mentioned. I'm looking for advice on another lens that I might want to consider that would do what I'm looking for, stopped down portraiture. I hope lots of people have suggestions, If you do please post! Thanks for your time.