I just got a D40, and I'm still getting used to it. My last SLR was a Canon film camera, and a lot has changed since the EOS 620. I'm not sure why anyone would ever set the focus to anything other than AF-Single Area (focus on the center bracket). If it's set to anything else, I can't focus on my subject, because the camera decides what my subject is. I set it on AUTO this afternoon, shooting a friend's birthday party, and discovered that the focus option isn't saved in AUTO mode - it focused on the WRONG THING for several candid shots that are lost forever in time - frustrating. Must remember to shoot always in P, A, or M. Does anyone shoot in any other mode - "Closest Subject" or "Dynamic Area"? Am I missing out on some great function that my backward, 1990s mind can't grasp? When I focus, I want to decide what my subject is.