I've been beating this matter to death for months and I need to move on getting my first DSLR -- long-time Canon film shooter. I shoot largely for magazine and newspaper outlets, part-time. I know my clients' needs and can go either 40D or 50D, and have been leaning toward the 40D. But now that the price separation is less than $100, does the lack of an effective price differential change what appeared to be a consensus that the 50D wasn't worth the extra coin? For a variety of reasons my price ceiling was set at $1000 or less, body-only, so I don't consider the 7D an option even if it proves itself up.