Picked up a D40 last week for my wife who has complained a lot about the size and weight of the D70s she has been using. Finally got around to testing it today with the 18-200VR. I'm impressed. #1 straight from the camera except for cropping and resizing: #2 same image with a tad of levels and sharpening: I think this will be an excellent combo. It certainly doesn't sacrifice any IQ!