First let me thank all of you for your help in purchasing my first DSLR. I will post my first picture with it tomorrow! After much deliberation, many sleepless nights and numerous trips to websites and stores, I settled on a....Canon Rebel XTi. I went to the store today to buy a Nikon D40. I told my wifey we would be in and out. Over an hour later, I left with an XTi. They did nothing to talk me into a Canon or out of a Nikon, they just educated me a little more. Basically it came down to more lense choices. I was a little concerned about only being able to use AF-S lenses on the D40. I was excited about the 18-200mm lense, but after that I'm not sure what my options were - especially in the short term. You folks all gave me the same advice but were suggesting more upscale Nikons. Long term, I think Nikon will likely have tons of AF-S choices and eventually so will the aftermarket, but I want to shoot now, not 2 years from now. I considered the D80, but it was $300 more than the Canon and significantly bigger in my hands and more importantly my wife's! The Nikon was cheaper, as are the lenses, but there were a few key features I liked about the Canon: 1. More lense choices both with Canon and off brands 2. Internal Cleaner 3. More Focus Points 4. Slightly Faster 5. Slightly Lighter 6. 10MP - although that is likely a bigger hinderance than benefit due to file size, data transfer and storage. I'm super excited to have it. I have wanted a camera like this for years. The cute thing is that my wife is more excited than I am. As I write this, she is in the other room with her laptop watching online tutorials about how to use the camera. This will be a fun toy for our whole family! Thank you all again for your assistance - this forum was very helpful!