I started off this hobby recently with a D80,18~200VR and 50mm f1.8 prime. Now attending a basic dslr class and now a CS'er.
To cut the story short, i need another set for my wife who is keen in taking up this hobby too. After some study,we found out that the buy/sell thread here to be very active, and had short listed these few dslr, mainly Canon 20D,Sony 100alpha, fuji s2or s3, with all of these to be around $1k region.
The problem here is that she tends to lean towards the Canon side, as she is currently using the G7, and if we proceed with canon purchase, we will eventually end up with some lenses that are not interchangerable.And if budget allows to be stretch a little, we may be able to get a used 30D or a new sony 100 alpha, where image stabilization is built into the body, so any lenses we bought next is automatically a (is/vr) equivalent which is very attractive points to consider.
If we stick back to nikon camp, it's either a used d200 or fuji S3, D40x is out for us.
Hope to get some advice either good or bad from experts here.