My better half goes on holiday and in an act of female genius misplaced the charger of her Canon Ixus. I prepared a D300 with 18-200 and the easiest settings for her (including charger - please don't misplace it in the hotel, darling). Guess what - she doesn't like it! Too heavy, too complicated . I have a close eye on the new D3000 vs D40 + 35 1.8 DX in a nice package for her arrival back home, as she expressed strong interest in the whole SLR photography thing. How do the D3000 and D40 compare? The D3000 is priced as the D40, just without getting the kit lens with it. As the 35 1.8 goes for really cheap here in Shanghai and I would advice her, to start with this great lens, the glass is fixed. Btw - the look for the "mother camera" turned out well - my mother is now a happy Canon 780IS user - a great little camera for a bargain! My brother has one too now, as I snapped two for 200 EUR each :biggrin: I wish, Nikon would built such good PS cameras!