I have a Nikon D40 and I love it. It has basic features and uses, but man can this thing take awesome pictures (even on auto setting). I picked up a package deal (lens, bag, cleaning kit, etc.) for around 4-500 bucks. sorry dont remember the actual price been a while. google nikon D40 images and you see the quality of the pics. cheers
A Nikon D3200 and the kit lens is very good as well, so with that you'll be up and ready to shoot photos out-of-the-box. the Nikon D40 is very old news, yes, I would agree the Nikon D 40 is still very very good,but I'd go with the Nikon D3200, it's only $200 more than the Nikon D 40.