... We also saw a deal on a reburbished 40d with the 28-135mm IS lens for $800 that we are finding hard to resist. That is a lot of camera for the money. I know this is the Nikon board, but any thoughts?
The 40D is in different league than the D60/D80 - This camera is an advance amateur model which features more in kind to the D200/D300 from Nikon than their entry level D60, so yes it's a lot of camera for the money... In some way it's even more preferable than the 50D which replaced it!
However you may still 'be coming back to Nikon with my tail between my legs
' because like the Sony, 'the pulsing light on the Canon always made my kids close their eyes