So I now have gone out and got a d40x to play with.. I got at the local Costco, so the return policy is quite lenient
It feels more solid than the Canon, I now see what people say about build quality. it even felt more balanced than the canon
The viewfinder was IMHO much nicer than the canon in terms of size and brightness
However I did find that the AF was not the same as the 350D i.e 3pts vs 7pts.. (i read the other thread where tombomba2 said this shouldn't be an issue)
Maybe thats just a mental thing i've gotta get over. Logic tells me that the more AF points the better. plus having kids that will sit still for split seconds doesn't help either.
as well i liked the menu system a little better, it seemed easier
I will play with the nikon tommorow and see how it performs vs the 350D in the same situations. I am tempted to see how the d40x compares to an XTI/400d
I am also trying to weigh the lens family differences. part of my budget is to get a telephoto lens in the future and would like to get a fast prime lens for fun ( Gordon mentioned the canon 50mm 1.8, and I've read is a very good deal for the quality you can get) I've also read that Nikon has a lens that is comparable but it doesn't work with the d40/x
As well the warranty for nikon 2year body, 5 year lens is much better than theskimpy 1 year canon warranty.
I guess if Nikon made a middle brother of the D80 and d40x i.e. a 10megapixel with 9pt focus that would aaccept cheap fast prime lens near the same price point of the XTI, I probably wouldn't be mulling over this so much.. it would just be the ol Canon v Nikon debate
(when does nikon announce it's new lineup?
does anyone here have enough pull for them to build a camera like that for me in the next week or 2?
Thanks again for the advice