The nikon D40, well I owned one briefly and came to a few conclusions, it is/was a great beginners camera, simple to use, compact and light with good image quality (well it is a Nikon). I found mine worked well in most conditions, (some trouble with AF in low light, but a lot of cameras suffer from this) I used AF-s and non AF-s lenses and got good results. In conclusion they are now so cheap that they are a bargain for what they are, solid reliable and good quality camera. Why didn't I keep mine? Well I managed to win the D40 and a Fuji S2 pro at the same time off a ceratin internet auction site, so I run them back to back, initially I dislike the D40 because of its need for AF-S lenses, in comparison the cameras were very evenly matched in terms of image quality and performance. The Fuji has more AF points and uses any F mount lens, the D40 faster in operation and only uses a single battery. In the end, I preferred the Fuji's size (I have big hands) and the more 'pro' styled controls, the Nikon was a little small for me and I didn't like the prices of the AF-S lenses but I would heartily recommend the D40 to anyone looking for a DSLR to take on holiday or to start into the wide wide world of digital photography.