"My fourth Nikon DSLR...another winner!"4.5 starson by scayf
Pros: Magnesium body
Cons: Can't use ML-L3 wireless
Summary: This is my fourth Nikon DSLR, having the D40 and D80 ( just sold my D1x ), and am tickled pink with it ( especially since I waited to get it from B*st B*y for $600 ). All the features I need ( dedicated buttons for WB, ISO, BKT, focus area switch, and such ), and in a magnesium body. Same battery as my D80 ( too bad the MB-D80 won't fit...that'd save me another 100 bucks or so ). And too bad I can't use my wireless ML-3L remote, either. I haven't seen any artifacts in my images, and they're sharp enough through my 18-200mm VR. If you're getting fuzzy images, I'd check your technique, rather than blame the camera. Gobs of customized settings, and no stupid "Scene" modes.
The D40 is awfully small, even in my little hands; the D1x is a monster. Both the D80 and D200 are just the right size. The D200 doesn't have the D80's ( or the D40's ) tendency to overexpose. I wish it took SD cards, but the 4gb Microdrive I'm using seems to be working just fine ( it came with my D1x, but was unusable in it, so it was no extra cost to me ). All are capable of capturing excellent images; the deciding factor is the ten inches behind the viewfinder.