Depends on what you want to do (what type of photos you normally take). you might find that you are just as well served by a point-and-shoot digital with say 4 or 5 Mp resolution.
If you already have Nikon SLR lenses, this will help make your decision. BUT keep in mind the 1.5x "focal length multiplier" caused by the smaller-than-35mm size digital sensor. Thus, your trusty 24mm wide angle will now only be the equivalent of a 36 mm wide angle ....
In short, a good camera and a very good deal with the "DX" zoom lens that comes with the $1299 kit. (The DX lenses are designed specifically for the small coverage area of the digital sensor, thus optimizing the lens to get the best performance given the small sensor size). Note that the DX zoom in this case does provide some true wide-angle coverage (something like 25mm focal length equivalent in "35 mm lens" terms.
Your other "affordable" option -- if you want to go Nikon SLR -- would be the Fuji FinePix digital SLR body, but this is considerably more expensive than the D70 body -- for questionable value added(?) The Nikon pro digital bodies (D1 and D2 series) are in the $3-4K range ..........
Originally posted by Darcy
I would recommend the
Empire Builder with the Size 1 Brain Cell for your Gateway.
You'll be able to carry everything you listed inside of the Empire Builder, and you can carry the bag either by its handles or with the optional Absolute Shoulder Strap, which is exceptionally comfortable.
What really makes the Empire Builder jump out as the obvious choice is that it has removable file dividers, which sounds like the perfect solution for your class files. You can keep them organized and protected.
And yes, the Empire Builder and the Brain Cell both have the 'Treason Tag' sewn in :)
I agree that we need more pictures of the bags! I am looking at this camera. Can anyone here offer me some advice?