Honestly, I don't own a Nikon and I have never really used one other than to play around with a display model. I, personally, wouldn't get a D40. They are 6MP. A 6 megapixel camera is just so outdated. You can make decent 8x10 prints with it, but if you ever took a picture that you loved and wanted to make a large print, it would be nearly impossible. Plus the D40, and I think the D60 as well, don't have focusing motors. So, in order to have autofucus, the lenses have to have a built-in motor. This means that the less expensive lenses won't autofocus on those cameras.
If I were getting a Nikon, I would be looking at either a D70 or D80 for an entry level camera. The D70 is discontinued so you can get them for a real bargain on craigslist and ebay. But I would actually be looking at an enthusiast/semi-pro level camera like the D100-D700.
at 3:22 PM on Jun. 13, 2009