get the D5000, just because the numbers are similar, like aKrieg said, the D3000 is a soccer mom point n shoot. The D5000 is actually a legit first DSLR with video too, similar to the t2i, just nowhere near as many video features. I've got a D5000 and Im glad I got it first instead of a D40, the video makes it fun. And this is often overlooked but the swivel screen on the D5000 makes followcams a ton easier
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"you forgot to say video section in this thread fuckface"