Greetings! After reading what seems to be well over half of the internet, and making 2 trips to Jessops to try out all the cameras they had, I have decided to plunge headlong into the world of 'proper' photography and purchase a Nikon D40 as my first DSLR. (If anyone is interested, it was a close run thing between that and the Canon 400D. On my student budget I didn't feel that the extra stuff offered by the D40x and the D60 were worth my hard earned. Overall, I much preferred the feel and the 'handling' of the Nikon which was the main deciding factor. Also, I have read lots of bad things about the kit lens that Canon offers, and while plenty of people advise going 'body only', that doesn't actually work out much cheaper than with the kit lens, and seeing as the cheapest decent lens (as far as I could make out, the IS version of the kit lens) was over £100, the price difference between the 400D and the D40 was going to be about £150. Too much.) Before I take the plunge however, I do have a few questions which lurking through these forums has failed thus far to provide an answer for, and I would be most grateful for your help. 1) The main advantage the Canon has over the D40 is obviously the lens compatibility. I really want to get into the whole bokeh portraits thing, and so the cheap 50mm f1.8 canon lens would have been a natural purchase. As far as I know, Nikon offers no equivalent AF-S cheap, fast, prime lens. I am therefore considering just going with the AF 50mm prime and manually focusing. Does anyone have any experience with this, and as a (relative) beginner, will I find this much of a hassle? I have had a go on my parents archaic Minolta SLR which is manual focus and it doesn't seem to be too difficult on that. The main thing it would be used for is portraits so speed isn't too much of an issue. How easy is the 50mm f1.8 Nikon lens to manual focus? 2) If it is a nightmare to manually focus the AF prime lenses with a D40, can I expect there to be an AF-S prime lens released in the not too distant future? 3) As a result of my digging, my rents have decided to upgrade their above mentioned museum piece and purchase a D40 as well. Does anyone know of any online retailers that would be prepared to offer some sort of deal if we bought 2 off them? Obviously buy-one-get-one-free would be nice, but realistically will anyone throw in a couple of memory cards and a case or knock some money off? Otherwise we were just going to go with Amazon. 4) Can anyone recommend a good case for the Nikon? I am not particularly keen on lugging around one of these massive bags that most people have. I would far prefer something like this, but can't seem to find one in the UK. Alternatively a fitted hard case would be OK... Thanks in advance for your help! Hector PS just noticed that that is a bit of an essay, so apologies!