Spent the afternoon being shown the tricks and tips of using a professional camera by the talented Esper. There is a great deal of customization which can be done and alot of functionality which I'd not have found for months, if at all.
One of the things I'm most interested in trying is using the seven levels of bracketing to take some HDR images! Typcically, cameras only do a 3 level bracket.
I've been given advice on kit I should be considering, I've gone through it and made the following decisions.
Things to buy soon (ish)
Its not a cheap list, getting all of it, including the body I've just bought will set me back three and a half grand!! I will most likely pick them up in the order above as that gives me the widest coverage. a 17-40 gives me landscape and interesting portraiture opportunities and works well with the 50mm prime.
I already miss my flash and so that is next on the list of things to buy, having one, especially a TTL which works wirelessly means I can be much more creative in my shots and have more control over lighting.
A zoom is an obvious choice, and will probably be bought with an extender tube. I like getting closeup shots, of wildlife in particular.
Then the 24-105, its the most expensive lens on my list, but it will essentially take over from the 17-40 which can be resold. Its a solid 'walkabout' lens. If I could afford it this would be top of my list, but it will be quite a few months before i have that much spare cash!
Finally, getting back to where I stand with Sony is a nice wide angle fisheye which will allow for some awesome wide angles shots!