It's good to see that you're behind the lens again after Sandy wreaked havoc on your life.
Hi Ed: thanks for your post and PM. We are presently on the road nearing the end of a two week trip to the mid west to see grand kids graduate from high school and college. We will return home to LBI this Wednesday. After 6 months and 9 days, we were able to move back home. Still a lot of work to do, but it is habitable!
I was an early adopter with the Pentax 645D. I imported mine from Japan, through Hong Kong ( international warranty, keep your fingers crossed about break downs, repairs, etc). It is a fabulous camera, with such easy, intuitive controls, that all makers should study it. Mirror lock up is a simple external knob. Turn it, and you get lock up. Turn it the other way to cancel it. HDR is a snap. Legacy lenses dirt cheap. I have manual focus lenses that I snapped up, used, the same week the camera was announced, long before I actually had the camera in hand. I have 35mm, 75 mm, 120 macro (Famously sharp!), 150 mm, 200 mm, 300mm EDIF f4, with brand new old stock,matched 1.4x multiplier, and 45-85 AF zoom. The average price I payed was about $150 to $175, except for the 300mm which was, as I recall, about double that.
I have some really amazing images taken post Sandy of the surreal skies, and repaired dunes. I hope to start printing when I get home. My Epson 3800 and 7890 were idle, and subjected to freezing temperatures for 6 months. Getting them up and running was a different story.
Nice hearing from you, my friend.
Beach Haven, NJ