My dad mentioned, last night, that he needs to get rid of his Sony Mavica ( Saves files on a floppy disk ! ) and get something more modern for his Appraisal shots. My first thought was a D40 with kit lens. They can be had for just over $400, I have seen. However, for what he does, would a point and shoot be better ? At best, the lenses stop at a 28mm ( 35mm equivalent ) on the wide side. That's really no wider than the D40 kit lens at 18-xxx. Which is about a 27mm FoV. Is there a 3rd party lens, that I could get, ( used to keep the cost down ) that would be wider that 18 without making the cost move it out of an admittedly low price range ? He said he would prefer a SLR with interchangeable lenses, but I know his finances just can't really swing it. Santa may have to come to the rescue, but the cost still should be low. Any advice ?