some people love manual focus, some people would appreciate the AF. depends on you. sometimes when im bored, i would just use MF , but at times when i need some fast action or dont wanna miss out on anything, i would use the AF.
the D40/D40x/d60 are good cameras. all cameras are good, its just how the users make full use of it. if you dont mind 2nd hand, a d50 is good too. size is almost similiar to the d40/d60 with built in motor. despite its age, its still a wonderful camera. Im still using it
if im not wrong, a d50 kit 2nd hand is around $600 +/-
I second tat, I am a newbie myself and I just got myself a D50 2nd-hand with kit lens at $550. It wasnt a calculated decision initially, just got the offer fr forum then just bought it on instinct. Then found it that it's the only beginner level cam fr nikon tat has a wider support of compatible lenses compared to the other beginner level cams i.e. D40, x, D60. I'm loving every bit of it now!!
i just borrowed a Nikon SS-80 from my fren...haben really use it though...i guess i wun be needing a flash anytime soon but then again who noes?
in the meantime i'll jus go around shooting and learning ba...