There's a saying out there that goes something like this...."Just because you own a Nikon, doesn't make you a photographer".
I am passionate about the images I take. I spend a great deal of time editing them and making them as perfect as I can. I have been using a Panasonic FZ50 with a wide angle converter for the past year. And although it's a great camera, it has a few flaws that have always got under my skin. So, I've been saving my pennies and I recently bought myself a new camera...a Nikon coincidentally.
I bought a Nikon D40 with a Sigma 10- 20mm lens and a Nikon SB600 flash. I may pursue multiple flashes in the future, but for now, I'm thrilled with the results I getting with this set up.
I notice a huge difference in the quality of the final image, which will result in less time at the computer post processing.
I have already received incredible feedback from the 5 shoots I've done with the new gear. I'll stick with it!