As I said earlier, it feels nice and solid, despite being plastic. The buttons are all in the right places, although some have moved around a bit from the D70 but that's not much of a problem. The autofocus seems nice and fast, although I had problems focussing through some leaves even with single area selected. I haven't cross-tested this with the D70, though.
The shutter/mirror mechanism feels and sounds more solid than that of the D70.
The Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 is really nice, too and seems very sharp across the range.
Stupid SD card reader doesn't work on my work machine (W2K says Insert Disk into drive x) and the reference machine with XP says the drive isn't formatted, so I can't show you any photos. :o( They look rather nice on the big LCD, though.
As I wanted to leave the house, a courier van turned up with the D80+lens (battery grip is delayed). Will play a little at lunchtime but so far it feels really nice. Not much differnet to the D70 but the big viewfinder and LCD make a difference already. The Sigma 18-50mm f2.8 feels nice and fast, too.
Good thing I ordered loads of SD memory, 169 RAW photos on 2GB isn't very much...
The Sony A-100
A DSLR with 10.2MP (same - and allegedly improved - sensor as the Nikon D200) and a range of lenses (Minolta/Konica mount), incl. three Zeiss ones.
Three very good points:
- internal image stabilisation (i.e. not in the lens)
- the dust reduction gimmick (an ablative coating on the sensor and a vibrating thingy)
- the price: $900 for body only (that's almost half the price of a D200)
- plastic body (a camera of this caliber should be a little sturdier)
- some fiddly bits/controls
If the camera holds what the preview suggests (and the image quality is really that good), this could be one hell of a nice piece of kit for any current Minolta/Konica users or those wanting to jump from compact into SLR photography.
No reason for me to give up on Nikon but wow...