I'm back!!! I traveled all the way to the mainland, stood in a long line at Best Buy, made a terribly difficult decision in the camera department and am now the proud owner of a DSLR Camera!
Wait. Didn't I own a lovely Nikon D40x that was used for the April Showers of Photos? Oh dear, did I neglect to mention a little tumble that D40x decided to take late one night? All the way down the companionway, skittering into Marianna's V-Berth before coming to rest upon the floorboards. That left nothing more than a nice exhibit of the interior mechanisms of a modern lens but the camera itself STILL WORKED
. After inspection I put the telephoto lens on the camera and took hundreds of photos that appeared perfect. Hal had wisely gotten all possible warranties, guarantees and even a promise that if it plunged to the bottom of the ocean if he retrieved it and turned it in we'd be a-okay.
So we did. We traveled up to the mainland and tried to turn in the busted lens but they wouldn't take it without the camera, being a packaged deal and all. Thinking it might not be a bad idea to have it checked out even though it appeared to be working fine, I did it. I turned it in. 6 weeks, two phone calls and one personal visit later, I received a phone call. They decided to Junk Out my beloved camera. This meant that all I had to do was bop into the store and pick up a new one. Sounds great except that the D40x is now a retired model.
That left me with either the D40 (same body, 6 megapixels vs. 10, everything else basically the same) or the D60 (10 megapixel replacement for the D40x so basically the same again, but with a slower shutter speed and several hundred dollars more) to choose from.
I went with the D40 and chose the same lenses I had previously (Nikkor 18-55mm and the Nikkor 55-200mm VR) and had a bit of spare change left for an external flash and a fun little tripod.
My new camera and my new haircut.
Oh, yes. I also donated 10 inches to Beautiful Lengths
Self-Portraits are so difficult