I know it's kind of a silly question but I'm in the market for my first DSLR camera after outgrowing my current Canon Powershot sx10IS. The first model I considered was the D60 but after reading some reviews/comments I found that it would be better to get a D40 and use the saved money towards a 2nd lense. After a few days I found a good deal on a barely used D40 with the standard 18-55mm lense for $375. I was about to pull the trigger but came across a D300 w/ AF-S NIKKOR 18-70mm for $620 (both prices are in Canadian dollars ) I figure most people here would skip over the D40 and go right for the D300 but from a beginner's stand point I'm not sure if this is really necessary. My question is should I be worried about getting experience with the D40 and buying more lenses and then switch to a better body down the road or should I be starting off with a D300 now if I can afford it? As far as my experience with cameras go I'm far from being close to what I've seen many of you guys post here but in the 6 months I've had my camera I've racked up over 3500 pictures.