It's about time for me to consider a new camera, and I'm definitely looking to purchase an SLR this time around. (One of the main reasons is I'm looking to enroll in a photography class to improve my skills, and they highly recommend getting an SLR).
I know Zippy has the Nikon D80 and really likes it, but I'm thinking about purchasing the D40 and spending a bit extra on a good quality lens (or two). Reviews seem to indicate this is a good "starter SLR" but I figured I'd ask you guys to see what you think. D40 + a few good lenses, or D80 + the kit lens?
The main drawback I see to the D40 is the incompatibility to autofocus with older lenses, but since I'm just starting out with an SLR, that doesn't seem to be much of a drawback. Also, I'd be losing megapixels (my Minolta Dimage A200 has 8mp, the D40 has 6).
My budget is around $1200 US or so.
(For the record, I did try out the D40 in a local camera shop and found it fit my hands quite nicely -- I have small fingers).