"Great camera"4.0 starson by Peter Dominguez
Pros: Big display, light weight, inuitive menus, versatile lens
Cons: Only 3 focus areas, can't use old lens
Summary: I did years of 35mm film photograhy with a Nikon FM. With digital SLRs being so expensive ($3K+), I then went through a couple canon point and shoot digitals (like the SD450) and was always dissapointed with the pics.
I had access to a Nikon D50 for about 1 year and was impressed with the photos, easy of use . I was about to buy the D50 when the D40 was released in Dec 06. I was swayed by bigger display screen and smaller body. The D40 also has a updated menu which is much easier to navigate through. The camera is very easy to use. It is set up much like the old film camera, so it is an easy transition.... plus it has all the benefits of the digital era.
This is dubbed an the SLR newbie/ inexpensive entry level camera, but by the time you add in a SD card, carrying case, tax etc, you get to about $900, so it is still a fair cash outlay. Bottom line: a great value and a great camera to get started. Most newbie SLR photographers don't use all the functions on a D70 or D80, so why pay for them. The D40 is a solid choice. If you are a budding Herb Ritts and outgrow it, you can always keep it as backup.