Hello, I am looking for a camera for my entry into DSLR photography. I have been researching for at least 5 months, and none of it has really helped me to decide what camera to get. The models that I am looking at are the Canon XTi, the Nikon D40, and the Nikon D80. I already have some old Nikkor lenses, and have been playing around with them for a bit. Here they are: AF 28-80 f/3.5-5.6D AF 70-300 f/4-5.6G Read some reviews on these at kenrockwell.com, and have been playing around with them for a bit on my old Nikon film camera, and they seem to be "clunky". It doesn't matter to me if I did use these lenses or not. That being said, I would like to have a nikon camera as opposed to a Canon, their ergonomics feel just right for me. I have held the Nikon D40, and the XTi, both were comfortable in my hand, but the D40 felt a bit more "solid". I have yet to hold a D80. Alright, know to the meat of this dilemma. D80: Perfect: A bit out of my price range (I am a poor student). Would get it in a heartbeat if I had the money, which I sadly do not.... XTi: I am a little hesitant to be going to a system that I don't know. I know Canon is a great company, their products are great, the pictures produced from their cameras are great. When holding the XTi, the kit lens made it feel alot cheaper than the D40. I would get the XTi, but I am a little hesitant on moving to an unfamiliar system. D40: I would get this... BUT: I hate how there is no built in auto-focus motor!!! That is a big issue for me. I would love to be able to save money and just buy AF lenses instead of spending extra for the AF-S that will work on them. I would really like to hear from user experiences how limiting you find the camera is in terms of... well, everything! However, I have heard that alot of companies are now making the bulk of their lenses AF-S to be able to work on the D40. So... My needs for this camera are: 1. I would like to keep it for 3 years at least without having to replace it because I need a certain feature, or the technology is obsolete. 2. I want it to take pictures like a DSLR, nice and sharp. NOT like a high end point and shoot. Thats all for now! Thanks for reading. Eric D.