I'm far from a newcomer to photography. I started in the early-mid '60's with learning how to use a Speed Graphic, old Weston meter, and sheet film. After that, I migrated straight to 35mm.
From the late '60's, onward, I did more serious work, taking a couple of classes in pursuit of my undergraduate degree. I had seriously considered a professional position, and even had a couple of job offers, but family matters took hold, and I opted to remain in finance. During that time, however, I managed to start a part-time business, concentrating on portraits and weddings. I continued that until the mid-1990's.
All that time, I still took pictures, pretty much of what pleased my eyes. I like nature, still-life, and architectural. I still do.
I got to Nikon after affairs with Pentax (M42) and Canon. My first was a Nikkormat FT2, an FE, and I eventually graduated to the F3, N90s, and the F5. And, for years, I still shot large and medium formats. I had a number of monorails, converted press-to-field cameras, and most of the Mamiya medium format models.
My first digital camera was a Nikon Cool Pix 4300, and I still have it. When I retired as an IT program manager in 2007, I opted to enter the DSLR field with a Nikon D200. I've used it for the past nine years, and I'm very satisfied with its performance. My battery of lenses include Nikkors, Tokina, and a couple of Sigmas. I also have a couple of SB800 flashes.
Last month, I decided to devote more time to photography, along with my love for the shooting sports (trap, skeet, pistol, and rifle). I went to Nikon's site and started to compare models. Talk about a quantum change in technology! Faster processors, multiple memory slots, improved video, quieter shutters; you name it. I shouldn't have been surprised, since being in IT, I'm a disciple of Moore's law.
I'd read a number of articles about the new D500, and decided to compare that and the D750. I finally settled on the D500. For just a couple of hundred dollars more than I paid for my D200, I bought a huge leap in technology, allowing me even more time to concentrate on the image.
Glad to be here. There's a wealth of information, and It will take a while to start digesting. Thanks for the invite.