Those are some good quality photo's. A few questions though. During the 2 months of use with those batteries, how many pictures did you get?
And you bought this new? Why did you need a software upgrade so soon?
I now have three D-40's, and am looking into getting another camera and am researching the different brands.
Shadow make sure you check out the reviews on Chasingame Website
. They review a lot of cameras and give a lot of detail. If you've narrowed down your list of cameras go here and check out their review, you'll learn a lot from their review.
Just so you know you're doing good with those D-40's, I have two myself and for the money you can't find a much better camera. If I had one thing to fix it would be that they do something with the case so that they are easier to secure to a tree and prevent theft. Keep an eye out for camera sales after Christmas, that's usually when some of the best prices are found each year!