So guys. I'm thinkin about pickin up a nikon d40. I think it's time to move up to an SLR, and the d40 is pretty much the most cost-effective way to get into the dslr game. Everything I've read suggested it's a really solid body, with only a few somewhat minor nitpicks.
I'll probably also be looking at finding a lens that suits taking pictures of my theater work. It's gotta be fast (it gets dark in those theaters), but I'm not sure if I'd be better suited by a fixed 'normal' or a zoom in the 24-80mm range. It'll take some experimenting I guess.