So it has FINALLY been done. After a couple of years of bouncing back-and-forth between buy and not buying, I've finally dipped into the DSLR age. This morning, I made the purchase of a Nikon D70s camera and a pair of lenses. Also included was a battery charger and two spare batteries, along with some other odds and ends of silly stuff. I got my camera and lenses (warrentied factory demos) from Cameta Camera on Ebay (also highly recommended by many) for $1059.90 plus shipping, so I would guess it would end up about $1080 after shipment. That price also included a Nikon dual battery charger and two spare batteries which I added with the camera kit. I'm going to pick up a few CF cards from digi4me.com to round out the pack along with a couple of filters for the lenses.
After reading endless reviews and chatting with folks, I finally went for this. Up til this passed weekend, I had been eyeing the D50 over the D70, but upon the push of several photographers here and elsewhere, I finally decided I'd ultimately be happier with the D70s. The cable release was a big deal for me, bigger than the issue I was having with the SD vs. CF cards (I own all SD cards so would have to purchase CF). However, since I was going to need to get bigger cards, it was an easier choice when I realized I would have to purchase new cards regardless.
I picked up a pair of Nikon/Nikkor lenses with this package... the main lens is a Nikon 18-70mm lens and the other is a Nikon/Nikkor 70-300mm lens. The price difference was only $90 with or without the 300mm, so I can't imagine the Nikkor 300mm to be a great lens, but for $90, guess it can't hurt.
I'm very excited! I've been hesitant for a long time as to whether or not to make this purchase, and with the recent sales I did on Ebay with my closet cleaning ventures, it was a much easier choice. After my auctions, I'm realistically only paying a few hundred out of my own pocket as auctions on old computer parts, electronics, and books paved out over $800 in sales for me. Either way, its been since my laptop since I've made a single item purchase this big. I can't wait to start using this!