Hello all, I've just joined the forum and thought I'd introduce myself by inflicting 50 years of my photo history on your good-selves. Well it's over 30 years since I once had a letter printed in the AP magazine, so some catching up to do! Like a few teenagers growing up in the 70's at the time, my first venture into serious photography was to buy one of those Russian Zenit SLR's, having moved on from the family's Kodak Instamatic. Always keen to spend money on gadgets, by the time I hit Uni, I had a few lenses and a full (b/w) darkroom setup. It was certainly a good grounding for the basics in manual photography. More funds in the pocket following education, and the advent of cameras from Japan and the like becoming 'intelligent', I settled for a while on the Konica brand, ending up with 2 bodies and some lenses. Now I'd established myself as the 'photographer' within the extended family and friends, and the inevitable wedding, children, and pet photo requests kept coming. So I upgraded to Nikon. The FE2 became a loyal servant for the rest of the 80's and early 90's. I had a pair of bodies and mainly Tamron lenses. As the 90's progressed, the digital age crept in, and so did the demand for wedding videos that kept my attention for a while. However once every uncle owned a camcorder, and my own professional engineering career became more demanding, my regular Saturday pocket-money ventures ceased. Perhaps the saddest day of all was when I arrived at a camera shop in Scunthorpe, with a silver case full of all my Nikon gear, and got about £300 for it all, trading it in for a 'budget range' 4MP digital pocket camera, that would soon be worth less than a tenner. Oh boy do I wish I still had those FE2's now!. My hobby time (and spare cash!) all went in the direction of motor boats from 2,000 until 2017, when I sold was what by then my fifth motor boat. Sure I'd always had a camera, helped out at a few weddings, but for the last 6-7 years, the smartphone had become my only travel camera. I'd experimented with a decent 4K drone towards the end of 2017 after selling the boat, only for the photo/video aspects, but soon realised it was 'a younger man's game' and duly passed it on to my stepson. So in the Summer of 2018, having done much research into the current 'hobbyist' gear, I treat myself to a Sony a6000 APSC with both kit zoom and a 1.8 prime. My love affair with this little marvel was short lived, when I had it stolen after we had just arrived in Porto for our main holiday. Again it was my smartphone that had to capture both this wonderful city and the enticing Douro valley. I guess it was luck it was stolen on day 1 not day 7. I struggled to know how to replace the a6000. in the Autumn the £100 cash back deal had ended and I just couldn't bring myself to pay out the full price for all the same gear. After waiting a week or two, Argos for some reason lowered the price of the a5100 to £279 from £400, and I was now aware of both the advantages of the 5100 over the 6000, namely touch screen focusing and reversible lcd. I convinced myself I could live without the EVF! All was now well until my wife decided she wanted a camera to take close up photos of the wildlife now entering our new back garden. Thinking a Sony superzoom would be ideal, I ordered a WX350, only to find it so small that she couldn't use the controls properly so I sent it back. A bit more research suggested that a bridge camera was the best choice, and having become a Sony owner myself, I found the RX10 take the same batteries as the a5100, so that became a target for my wife. I managed to pick up a mint Mk1 RX10 off eBay for less than £300. The one with the 24-200 Zeiss constant 2.8 lens. Wow, what a camera! I've got so excited about it I think I may have to treat myself to the RX10 M4 as soon as I can afford.