Hey all, I am fairly new to DSLRs but I am a very fast learner. My sister has a XTI and my wife really liked it. We went to Big Box Store and looked at the XSI, 40d, D40 and D80. She has smaller hands than I do and she ended up choosing the D40. We have 4k on the shutter in less than a month and I really like the ergos of the Nikon line vs the Canon line. I bought my wife a SB-400, a 55-200mmVR (which she keeps on the D40 all the time), a crumpler 6 mil bag, the IR remote, etc. Now I want my own body. I would like a bit more grip and also more dedicated buttons and a top lcd but I am having difficulty arriving at which one is for me. I will not rehash the specs of the cameras I am interested in as you guys probably know them off hand even better than I do. I have played with the D80 and the D300. Ergonomically I really liked the way the D300 felt in my hands, I also liked the D80 but to a lesser extent as far as comfort and ease of use goes. I found a D80 body on a walmart.com for $600, for the time being I can use my wife's kit lens from the D40. I figure I can buy it there and if it doesn't meet my needs I can go to something else. I took a long time to come to this decision. I really wanted a D300 but the $1k difference between it and the D80 could go towards better glass. Then as time goes on I can pick up a D300 down the road when it is more reasonable. These decisions are always tough for me, trying to weigh all the pros and cons. I suspect that I will like the d80 just fine, and I will not take it back. I wish I had not tried the D300 (that is such a nice body!) I want to buy enough camera to last me a couple of years and I don't want to pay for more camera than I need. -------------------------------------------------------- The summary is I am going to buy a D80 for the top lcd, easier to set controls, larger size, AF motor, better viewfinder. And if it doesn't cut it I will take it back and start thinking about the d200, d90, d300, depending on what the d80 was lacking (hopefully nothing).