I just got back into photography in May in anticipation of a trip to Africa in June. I bought a D40 w/18-55 and a 70-300VR (and have since added a 50mm f1.8). I love the D40 but found myself wanting some of the features of the D300, which I purchased a few weeks ago. Originally I thought I would keep the D40 as a second body to avoid changing lenses and because it was light and easy to grab. I don't find the D300 "heavy" though and am not sure I want to carry two bodies to avoid changing lenses. A friend wants to buy the D40/18-55 kit. That would leave me free (ie, give me funds) to buy a replacement lens. I have been seriously looking at the 16-85 for the extra reach (at both ends, though more at the 85 side) and quality. I would appreciate your comments on this conundrum. For non-professional use, how do you find the need for a second body? Any thoughts on the lens choice or the decision whether to keep the D40/18-55 lens instead of getting the 16-85 lens would be much appreciated.