This isn't so much Canon vs Nikon as I'm not commited to either. Just want whats best for my money. I'm not sure if this is the right forum or if this kind of discussion is allowed but I'm nearing my 14 day trial/takeback period and I'm a little un sure on what to do. I just bought a Nikon D40 and I have to admit I love it. I think the picture produced from it are fantastic, it's easy to use and ergos are near perfect. My concern is the non af and out growning the short commings with advancing skills. The price point was perfect($550 two lens kit) but I think in the short run(from now to a year) I may be spending more with a new body. I know it's not the body but the D40 is the starting point and lacks features I'll certainly want with progression in the hobby. Now I can get the XSI kit for $679. It's new tech and after stopping by the store a few times I find it not to be bad in my hands at all. Certainly not as good as Nikons offerings at this level but I'd say it certainly wouldn't even be an issue after a month or so. My concerns are there seems to be a AF problem(rumor?) and for some odd reason, I just don't like the images(from users at other forums) that the xsi, xst, etc produce. Am I alone here? Do they have a different look to the picture produced in general? Maybe I'm reading in to it being I'd like to stay with nikon maybe lol. I considered the D80 kit but the price is certainly pushing my budget($150 more the the xsi). Also again, it'a over two years old and missing a few features that the new canon has. I can't see paying more for older tech and less features at this point. On the same token it still hol;ds it own against Canons new XSI. That says a lot. I guess my last thought is to get a year or so out of the camera and let the price of the D90 drop a little. But this is were I'd be spending more money in the short term aspect. Buying two bodys where I could just buy one like the XSI(D80 maybe) and quarentee I'll have those extra features. Any advice?