I switched to a digital point-and-shoot camera some 2 years and recently started rekindling my interest in SLRs. So I dug out my 6-yr-old Nikon F60 which I havenít touched for almost 2years. The battery is still working (at least it's indicated as full), but when I pressed the shutter, it just opened and stayed open. I also checked my 2 lenses (Nikkor AF 280-80mm kit lens and a AF 75-240mm zoom lens) and found some marks inside including weblike fungus.
I have decided to buy a DSLR, but would like check from the experts here what is the best option. Some questions
1) What happenbed to my lens body? Can it and the lenses still be saved? Is it worth it? If not, is there a better way of disposing it than just dumping it out of the rubish chute? Got any 2nd hand market for them?
2) Would it be better (in terms of cost and features) if I just dump my old lens and buy a new kit? If the lenses arenít going to be useful (e.g. cannot use or use for manual only), Iím considering Canon 350D or D40. If the old lenses can still be of good use, I may buy a D50, D70 (if still available) or D80 instead
I'm looking for an SLR thatís easy to operate, doesnít need to be too many fanciful (in fact, I use autofocus almost all the time) and good value for money. Based on recent reviews, I take it that D40 is my best bet? Or did I miss any other gems around?
Also hoping to buy a zoom lens to compliment the kit lens. So if I'm buying a D40, any recommendations on what I should get? Cost?