Hi all, I have always loved taking photos (just ask my external drive ) and have gotten pretty good with my little Kodak easyshare point and shoot camera. This holiday season I have decided to step it up and to find a nice camera to take my hobby to the next level. I have been doing research on these threads, and on the internet in general, but am not sure what would be a good "beginners" camera... What would be your recommendations? I have a fair amount of money to blow on something, but I know I don't need anything outrageous, just something to start playing around with manual settings instead of just having to live with what my current camera can give me. Any advice would be great. Thanks! Just a quick edit: Right now I am leaning towards the Nikon D40, good choice?