As a professional photographic artist for over 20 years I took a long (12 years)break from photo due to life circumstances. Although my love for the medium has never left. I was primarily a street shooter and did some inhouse self portraiture mostly in double exposure through the camera(NOT PHOTO SHOPPED) it was never available then. I am a tech nut and even now want to start over and do what I have always loved. By the way what has happened to the great photojournalists of the past. I studied with some of the worlds best years ago. I love the style of Gilles Peress(if you know his work) and those such as Mary Ellen Mark(a bit old now) but feel the history of photography in my blood always. My biggest question is I wanted to utilize some of my equipment from the past (especially lenses) but it seems pretty impossible without much sacrifice in speed, focus and maybe even threat in this day and age. Many have went to landscape, but not me. I would like to utilize some of my great lenses...Pentax 6x7 lens(I think they will only fit the new Pentax K-7? with an adapter( which most just shake thier head). Although I have done made many photo modification in my life in the darkroom and in the camera(when others may have laughed) I am only concerned about the image! (OPPS with the best technical qualities I can get). It seems like I must either invest ALLOT of money or get a non-professional body and try to put the best possible optics on it I can buy.(this is what I would prefer) I have firm belief it is possible, but because I am new to digital I dont know how. Would you suggest starting int the middle ... D90, D300, D300s, Pentax k-7? or perhaps the 4/3rds system Panasonic GH1. The reason I say this is the old nikkor lenses (24mm, 50mm, 105mm will semi work with the nikons, the Leica R series(28mm, 50mm, 90, 180mm) will work with the Panansonic (believe it or not...price is about $1600) the pentax 6x7 lens with an adapter. Then what will function with the leica lens or any lens with an adapter??? the camera stores locally do not know, b&h pro stated the leica r series will work with a Canon with an adapter ( one made in germany is the best) These cost about $250.00 ??? or do I just start over and get a nikon digital and invest in a good zoom? Of course I would like to shoot 21- 24mm (wide) even fixed lens and a 90-105 mm range for portrait. In my days I loved the experience of getting up close with always asking for the image. However unforutnately the world has changed and it seems like most are shooting from a zoom lens at a distance not to be intimidated by the subject. I can understand it but I do not like it. The greatest part of photography for me was meeting the individual and giving them my time to listen and validate them and they gave me a great image...or at least a feeling of bonding with humanity whether it be people on the street or an famous individual. Thanks for listening and I would really appreciate your opinion very much. I must purchase in the next few days...it is my limit!!! Thanks and everyone KEEP SHOOTING (I need to practice what I preach) this is the greatest experience and love of all, even though the equipment is important. ps. I want to simplify my life...shoot easy, put the energy I have left at my age into what I enjoy most...the shooting, not printing, developing film, and all of the hard work that goes into it. Although I would not mind getting an epson 600 scanner for the images I have on film. Also I do not mind on spending more money if makes my life easier as now I am older, my vision is not as good and I do not work as fast. Thanks for your help :hail:and for reading this long message!