Hi PN friends, following are the comments which I read in a PN thread. I like to hear from D40 users about this. "A D40/D60 would be pretty bad choice for a beginner as it is a very limited camera with poor overall user interface and poor compatibility to inexpensive prime lenses. My general advise is to stay away from the entry-level cameras (i.e., D40/D60, Rebels/350-450D, K100D/K200D) because there were corners cut to make them as inexpensive as possible. Image quality and specs might sound good on paper, but real life ergonomics and features are often quite limited or limiting. An aspiring photographer will soon outgrow these cameras. On a D40 it is virtally impossible to accurately focus manual lenses when critical focus is important. Every beginner should learn about the advantages and drawbacks of prime lenses -- selective focus is a powerful aesthetic technique. And for low-light work zooms are hardly sufficient. For skilled photographer who knows his craft the D40 may be not that difficult to master (workflow still not that great), but for a beginner it can be a very frustrating exercise"