OK so I already have the 30D and a 5D, why buy the 40D. Simple, my brother was out to buy a camera and he was looking at the Nikon line-up, mainly the D80. Well he was about to buy the D80 when he called me and asked what I used. I told him Canon so he flipped to the 40D. He brought it over and gave it to me to play with for a day. WOW! It s nice, in fact it was so nice that I went out and bought one today. I got the 40D, *another* 28-135mm IS lens in a kit. Price was good. About $1200 USD, actually a tad less. Probably could have bought it cheaper online somewhere, but being able to go to a local photographic supply house and picking it up in person has its benefits. I cannot wait to try this thing out on the next clear starry night with a telescope. Seems " Live View " function was made for that! Than it will be off to the woods, insect hunting with my 180mm macro lens. Looks like my 30D will be demoted to backup-to-the-backup camera duty! I do like the layout/design of the 40D over the 30D.