I'm not looking to start a huge argument or even discussion about Canon VERSUS Nikon. I'm just posting about an observation I've made. I'm not a photographer by any means; I just mess around and take photos. I've noticed, when I do research on or shop around for new equipment, that I am often deterred from purchasing a lens because it is not an AF-S lens, and lacks a built-in autofocus motor. As a result, it won't autofocus on my D40. It won't autofocus on my friend's D60, or a D3000, or D3100, or D5000 either. These models arguably span the entire entry-level range of Nikon's bodies. None of them will autofocus with AF-D lenses or lenses by other manufacturers that lack SWM/HSM/whatever. I can't even purchase the cheap 50mm f1.8. AF-S lenses with similar purposes (ie. the 50mm f1.4) are usually prohibitively expensive for myself. In order to get an in-body autofocus motor, I've got to purchase, if we're considering only in-production models, at least a D90, which will run me from $600 used to $900 new. Meanwhile, on the Canon side, I could walk into Best Buy tomorrow and get an XSI kit (for about $500), and it will autofocus with Canon's equally-cheap 50mm f1.8. I'm fairly sure (but correct me if I'm wrong) that all of Canon's entry-level bodies (from the old 300D/Digital Rebel all the way to the T2i) have built-in autofocus motors and are compatible with the majority of Canon's EF lenses. Meanwhile I've got to purchase a midrange-level body before I can tap into the majority of the lens market out there. In order to make it as affordable as a Canon body, I've got to purchase an older, discontinued model, like the D70 or D80. Maybe it's my own particular situation that is frustrating, but I find it awfully annoying that Nikon refuses to put in autofocus motors into its entry-level models. I was sorely disappointed when the D3100 and D5000 came out. Am I wrong here? Am I just nitpicking, or do I have a reason to be annoyed? Why does it seem to me that Nikon provides fewer features at a higher price point? Even the T2i, which is a newer camera and features-wise arguably just as or more capable than the D90, is a sound $100-150 less, new.