I have a Nikon D40 that I've had for 7 years and it's still going! It hasn't even been babied at all - I've spent full days photographing horse shows in dusty indoor and outdoor arenas. It's had a lot of use and I must say I'm so impressed that's it's lasted me this long. I have very little experience with DSLRs, but I went Nikon after playing with my friends' entry level Canons and not finding them overly user friendly. The D40 was much easier for me to get the hang of as a beginner photographer. I have been impressed enough with my D40 that I'm hoping to get a new Nikon next year, although I wouldn't necessarily pass up a Canon if I got a good deal and had an opportunity to try it first. I'm hoping to make the upgrade to a D7000 this year (largely because of the lack of an internal focus motor) so I'm glad to hear that you like it!