Well I decided to invest in a new digital camera after all (for those who remember my previous dilemma). My new Pentax K100D should arrive today and I will officially enter the digital age. We took a vacation to San Antonio and I loaded up my Nikon N70 to take pictures while visiting SeaWorld. By the way, I visited SeaWorld many years ago in San Diego and was very unimpressed. So unimpressed that I didn’t go to SeaWorld in Orlando at all during my eight years living in Florida. Things have changed! Was a pretty fun experience in 2007.
Anyhow, back to my story. I had all sorts of trouble with the N70, film, and getting it to advance properly. I threw my hands up in frustration at one point and told my wife that I was done with film and would purchase a digital SLR. She didn’t object at all – could have been all of my cursing amidst the families entering SeaWorld’s entrance that did the trick.
Initially I was going to purchase a Nikon D50, discovered that Nikon discontinued it and was making the D40 now. Problem with the D40 is that the auto focus motor is no longer in the camera, so all of my nice Nikkor lenses won’t work in AF on a D40. Screw you Nikon – to eBay go my lenses.
I was a free agent and looked at the various offerings from Canon, Olympus, Sony, and Pentax. Each had its strengths and weaknesses, but I am a Pentax guy from way back. One of the first film cameras I used seriously was a Pentax ME Super. Pentax digital cameras get great reviews and they happen to be offering some serious rebates (ending March 27th).
Next I purchase a fancy printer!