I am drawn to the D90 deal at Costco for a D90 with a 18-55 and 70-300 VR lenses at about $1500. On the other hand, this "kit" has a big hole in the sweet spot where portrait and normal shot occur, and I'm not so sure the glass is the quality of other options. My objectives are to get back into the SLR photography. My last (and current) SLR is a Nikon FM2. None of the Nikkor or Tameron glass will translate into the digital era, and the truth is, I have been using Powershot cameras (several) for the last nine years anyway.
I finally have an opportunity to upgrade to a good camera, and would like to do something meaningful with a piece of inheritance from my dad, an avid 35 mm Leika / Olympus film, amateur nature photographer. My objectives are to have the flexibility and control of manual settings, and good results in auto-modes. Fast continuous shooting and a reasonably compact and lightweight form factor. I can afford a good bit more than the D90, but I am limited by my own patience and skills. I am also willing to accept some compromises in quality in consideration of price, but want to significantly up my game. I'd show you what I mean, but I'd have to convert a bunch of slides to digital.
So help me find what I should buy and where I should buy it. I'd rather not invest five-figures, but I'd like this to be a life investment, if not in the camera, at least in the glass. I realize this is pretty open-ended, but I'll enjoy the conversation, and will soon act on it. As much as I like the D700, that is beyond my comfort zone for spending, and like buying a great ski may not let you buy a turn, I'm not sure that level of camera will let me buy the shot. My photography is mainly around the house, the motorcycle, skiing and hiking. I occasionally may go out to see "the shot", but haven't done that since my film days. Shooting speed, quality and a form factor that I can live with are a big deal. Also keep in mind that Trekchick's big camera and lens are feeding my natural male insecurity, and I think my size factor is currently lacking. At the very least, I hope to regain my virility with a proper camera and manly lens. 300 mm should be adequate for my purposes.
got any ideas?
Edited by Cirquerider - 8/31/10 at 8:52pm