I am currently a canon user who is switching to nikon soon. Right now i'm in the research phase. First off I shoot with a canon xt, sigma 18-50ex 2.8 and 430ex speedlite. I interested in nikon's fx format, better metering and flash systems(CLS). If I was concerned with long primes or f4 zooms I would have stayed. I primarily shoot people indoors in low light situations. Right now its mainly just friends and family at parties. Occasionally I do get asked to shoot at nightclubs. Although I hear about the d80 and its metering problems I'm looking at this for about a $1800 budget. Nikon d80 Nikkor 16-85VR Nikkor SB 900 various accessories I already have. Here is what i'm thinking. The D80 is slightly bigger. This helps out hand holding tremendously. I already held one at bestbuy. I can't afford Fx bodies so this will be nice stop gap until then. The 16-85 is slow, not like 2.8 like i'm used to but I rarely use 2.8 anymore. I find that the DOF is too shallow for all those group shots. With an average aperture of around 5.6-8 I need VR. I'm hoping an ISO bump and VR will help me get the shots I need. I frequently shoot with my camera in one hand and a beer in another I am going to wait until the holidays to see if I really jump into something. Any suggestions would be great.