I agree with the other posters who advise sticking the D40. I had a D40 which I used exclusively in manual mode with my legacy Nikon lenses. I loved the camera and was absolutely delighted with the quality of the photos. The only reason I upgraded to a D7000 was because it had specific features that I wanted, not because I thought it would take better pictures. I wanted (1) to be able to make bigger enlargements (16 MP versus 6 MP) (2) get more detailed histogram info (R, G, and B channels) (3) bracketing for HDR (4) 100% viewfinder coverage. I now use the D7000 as if it were a D40 these added features.