Nikki, As another 7 owner I can confirm what John has said to you it is a tremendous camera and personally I think (No I know) it has improved my photography it is probably down to confidence, the camera feels right in my hands, I know it will do exactly what I want and expect of it, overall I feel confident it will provide me with the results I want and this to me is what a 'workmans' tool should do, help him or her to do a better job. If Minolta were to announce the release of a Dynax 8 i.e. a newer better version of the 7 I'd probably be one of the first in the queue. <font color=blue>RonM IRIPN</font color=blue> Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don't have film.