As I recall, it was this equipment that brought Michael to encourage photographers to embrace the digital idiom as having really arrived. After warily considering the whole matter, I finally acquired a D30 about a year later (paying under $3000, as I recall), and that led to my finally abandoning my film bodies a few years later, with nostalgia and regret. Ah, how time marches on, who would have dreamed of the startling transformations in both hardware and software that has occurred. The limiting factor now is US! I like that very much. We live in exciting times.