Hi Everyone, I'm looking at buying my first DSLR camera and I'm hoping you can help me decide on which one to get. I'm a beginner and my goal is to teach myself all about photography while using the camera I will buy. I have saved around $1000 for my camera/lens and will need to buy the camera bag and maybe a tripod and some filters and maybe a polarizer. I've been reading many different forums and websites and looking at many different online stores to price them. No matter what I do, I keep coming back to wanting a Nikon. At least I narrowed it down that far. Which is a big step for me. Now I can't decide on which Nikon to buy. I almost purchased a D40 just on price alone but for some reason couldn't force myself to click submit on the order page. I dont know why, think I was getting hung up on it only have 6 megapixels. I had read Ken Rockwells website and it convinced me that it didn't matter that it only has 6 megapixels. But who knows, if I am really good I may want to enlarge my photos for my walls in my apartment. Plus I am not the type of person that likes to spend money on myself, I've been wanting to buy a DSLR for a while and finally decided that I was going to buy one in December 2008 and have been wanting and longing for one all this time. So for me, I better get a good one, and be happy with it, because who knows how long it will be before I save up enough money to buy another one. Originally I had my heart set on the D90, but didn't have the $1500 to buy the camera/warranty/bag/tripod and extra lens for it. So then I found the D200 on best buy, the body only is $600.00 and then I started considering that one. Except from what I have read this one doesn't have an automatic mode? I dont' know if that is a good thing or not, since I am a beginner and would like to be able to use the camera right out of the box. I did take 1 photography class and learned about shutter speeds and f stops, but that was 4 years ago, so I have alot to refresh myself on. Then the D5000 came out. So now I'm just all confused on what one to buy. So really I'm not sure if I should be looking at the following: D60, D80, D5000 and D200. I have to accept the fact that I just cannot afford the D90. Here are my photography goals other then learning all there is about photography: Landscapes Low Light scenes (like city skylines) portraits still life and of course taking pictures of my niece when I visit. And HDR is fascinating to me as well... I almost feel like I want it all in for around $1000, is that possible? I do like the idea of a video mode, because right now I have a point and shoot digital Samsung and it has a video mode, and I use it ALL the time with my niece. At the same time I do not want too heavy of a camera as I want to want to carry it around. If a camera is too clunky and heavy then I may not want to bring it. I hope I explained enough of my situation to you all. Thanks so much in advance. :O) This is a big leap for me and I just want to make the best possible choice for my goals.