Hi, I received my D40 yesterday, I'm soooo happy, even though I only took a few test shots to completely wear out the battery before it's first charge, I was very impressed, to get some great shots with this camera just turn it on in green mode and start shooting, I won't do wrong, also the portrait and landscape mode are very handy, I haven't had too much time to try the advanced modes (P A S M) yet...
Anyway, the camera it's been in my hands for less than a day and I'm already thinking about it's first upgrade, I want a potent zoom lens, I was seriously thinking about the 55-200mm Nikkor VR, it's price is more than right and 200mm seems quite enough for travel and hobby shooting. I was convinced about this until I saw the 70-300mm Nikkor VR, it cost's about twice as much as the 55-200mm and though I've only seen it in photos, it does look like a much more serious lens than the cheaper one.
For example, it looks like the 55-200 (same as the 18-55mm kit lens) move the front element to focus (am I right?) while the 70-300mm keeps the front element in peace while focusing and it also has a window to see focal distance and a convenient focus ring. Build quality of the "big one" also seems superior, the barrel extends just about 2-3 in. at 300mm wich seems to me quite impresive for such focal length.
Perhaps I've already answered myself with what I've just wrote but, do you think it's worth to save a little more money and go for the 70-300mm? Will I miss those 15 mm betwen 55 and 70 (I currently own the 18-55mm kit lens)?