The deed, she is done.
It was in fact ... beyond time. A 6-year-old digital camera these days really is just a fancy paperweight. Still, it has served me well and this has been a very difficult decision.
Not lessened in the least by the costs of the new equipment. *gasp*
I went with this - Nikon D7000. I opted to purchase the kit which consists of the camera body and a 18-105mm f3.5 lens. It is a basic lens - if quite fast - for now. I currently have specialty lenses with my Minolta that I hope to add to my Nikon kit over time.
Plenty of time. Just one of those specialty lenses will set me back $500 and the other would cost as much as I just paid for the camera kit.
Patience. I didn't build my Minolta kit in a day or even a year. And the lens that I just got will do the job for the most part for a while to come.
In the meantime, so much to learn about play with this weekend. This camera has 16.2 megapixels (compared to the 6 in my Minolta!) and actually shoots 1080p HD movies. All I need is the remote microphone. The features are endless; it's going to take me months just to learn half of it.
For now I'll learn what I need to know to do the charity golf tournament photoshoot in September. I have extra memory cards and batteries (!) so at least I won't need to worry about that going in.
And it is coming up on the perfect time of year to play, play, play - autumn in New England. My favorite and absolutely sublime for photographers.
On the road again...