I don't mean to whine or complain, I haven't been getting happy results in 2010 with my Nikons. I take this seriously, almost as if I were in a "slump."
The cold weather provides the adversity I feel I need to try harder. I was rewarded after wading through deep snow, this morning, shortly after sunrise. I had the Tamron 17-50mm with me on the D40. I can hand-hold this quite well even at 1/30th second for sharp images.