Hi Everyone, I am just getting into DSLR photograpy and am starting a course in early January. After reading many reviews, I decided to go with a mid-level camera and chose the Canon 40D which has received many great reviews, looks like a prosumer camera due to its size, and is offered at great pricing right now. A photography magazine rated it a "Steal for 2008". I added a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 DiII Autofocus Lens and thought I had a pretty good kit. On December 27th (this past weekend), my cousin and his wife came over to our home with a Nikon D60 and 18-55mm kit lens. Sitting in the same place in our dining room, I took two shots. One with their D60 and one with my 40D. Both cameras were set to *Full Auto* mode. I was shocked at the results. The D60 photo appeared to be properly color balanced and very crisp (especially when magnified to 100%). My 40D shots looked red and blurry. I began scouring various forums and read that the 40D has had issues with autofocus. So, I quickly took my camera back to the retailer (although I'm 5 days over the 30 day return period) and they exchanged it with another brand new body. I obviously cannot replicate the same scene with the subject that was here for dinner but the red color looks the same and it still does not appear to be as sharp as the Nikon photos when enlarged to 100%. I am not sure what to do. I don't know if it's a lens issue (the Tamron lenses also have some reviews stating that some copies are "soft" and need to be sent back to Tamron for calibration), or perhaps it's the 40D? I have made up a web page with the sample images I mentioned above, and also performed two focus tests using the focus test charts found on the Internet (I don't know how good these are). The focus tests were done as instructed (camera mounted on tripod at 45 degree angle, white balanced, focus test chart flat, etc.) 40D set to center AF point and I used a timer to avoid camera shake. If you could please visit the following URL and offer your opinions, I would appreciate any feedback: http://www3.telus.net/rico/40DImages/Canon40DTest.htm Thank you so much!