For anyone still waiting, or still considering, or just bored out of their mind enough to care what I think..... 1)Become concerned when I failed to find the pre-printed warranty service card and hard copy mail-in card for the warranty. Searched the house frantically in case I'd misplaced it but it was not to be found. Called the camera shop who checked another box and said there was none in there either. Further reassurance came from Nikon directly that it wasn't need, only a copy of the sales reciept. Maybe this is standard, but it's been 2 years since I bought a camera and the lens I bought at the same time did have these and it seemed logical that the same warranty process would apply. 2)I finished reading the manual--a lot of stuff in there most of which I'm sure I won't remember. Seems that all the juiciest details are always hidden at the bottom of a page and hard to find later. And there's a lot to know/learn about this camera. Moving up to this from the D70 is a bit bigger of a step than I'd imagined and the menu options are dramaticly more than I'd expected. I've set things up how I think I'll most often use them for now, but haven't yet gone back to store my various custom settings--I think there are 4 user customizable 'banks' in the "Menu Bank"--didn't even realize that was there until I got to the end of the manual. 3)I think that Function button is going to be handy. I wish it had a little different texture than the DOF preview button as the location is more where I'd expect the DOF preview to be and they feel identical and neither is even labled. I'm sure with time and use I'll get used to their locations. That button is just one example of the high degree of flexibility in setting up the camera to one's own needs. I guess it's one of the benefits I knew I'd get from a higher end body than the D70, but only truely appreciated once I started setting the camera up. 4)Non-CPU lens--somehow when I'd previously read that the D2X was compatible with non-CPU lenses I thought it was nice, but that the practical application of such would be more cumbesome than it was worth. Honestly I didn't even know that the D200 was going to be compatible with non-CPU lenses. Once I got to that section I thought "heck, I'll grab my old 50mm/1.4 and just set it up to try out." Dang! I'm glad I did! It was quite easy to set up and it works perfectly. F-stop is read nicely, focus is easy to set in the improved viewfinder (compared to D70) and the availability of matrix metering and TTL flash with a non-CPU lens was something I hadn't even appreciated would ever be possible. Now one of my favorite creative lenses will be easy to throw on and use any time. 5)Still trying to decide what I want to do about the Auto-ISO. I chose not to use it on the D70, but I currently have the D200 set up to use it. I guess I'm concerned it'll go to ISO 200 at times I would prefer 100 before I even realize it's doing it. I think I'll just play with it for now and see how it works out. I don't like giving up that control, but one issue I've always had with the DSLRs and never had with film is forgetting to reset the ISO. If I do one shoot inside with flash at ISO400 then the next time I'm outside shooting scenics I often get several shots or even the entire shoot in before I remember that I hadn't reset the ISO. I'm hoping the auto-ISO will substitute well for my senility. 6)Built in speed-light nay-sayers. Some folks seem to see that thing as a label that says "I'm not a real pro". Well hell, I bet a lot of "real pros" would love to have that little stobe on there. Be it as a trigger for a remote speedlight, for a little fill flash or for the occasional special affect (repeating strobe) it's there. Heck no it won't substitute for a real speed-light for times when that's needed, but there are an aweful lot of times that having that speedlight mounted or carrying it along is impractical or impossible and the built in light is a nice convenience. IMO the DxX series bodies ought to have one of these too, considering the price of the camera and the convenience of the feature. 7)I'm exceptionally pleased...the first time in a long time that I've felt this way with Nikon since the digital era has taken off. I can't honestly say how well this camera compares to the 20D (suspect it's a bit better), but it doesn't really matter to me. This body will last me for many years (I'm estimating 4-5 yrs) before the inevitable urge to upgrade to something new and improved. Pros or pro-wannabes can poo-poo this if they wish, but it's the rare PJ or sports guy that's going to need anything better on a regular basis and this is one hell of a good camera for an advanced amature like myself. Anyone still awake? Thanks for listening/reading.