I found a good deal on a Maxxum 5 and an srt 100 I'm going to probably snatch those up the next time I get paid. I would get a Maxxum 4 at the pawn shop across the street from my house but I'm not a big fan of plastic lens mounts.
The lens offered with the 600si you showed would put me off, but I'm not big on massive 3rd party zooms. /quote]
Don't be so cavalier, Tamron lens are made by the folks that built the Bronicas, which did have very good optics. I have a Tamron XR 28 mm to 300 mm zoom which is only slightly poorer than my Nikon 28 mm to 200 mm zoom mainly because it covers a longer range.
Sorry you misinterpreted my post. I meant to say that I do not like/care for/use very wide range zoom lenses, particularly those made by third party manufacturers. I did not mean to imply that such lenses could not be decent optics. To me, that meant the 600si under offer in the ad quoted was coming with a lens for which I would have had no use, other than to resell. I believe the widest range zoom I use from time to time is a 28-135mm Minolta AF lens. It's a bit larger and heavier than the Tamron, but the quality is actually quite decent.
I just bought a Maxxum 8000i camera with a Minolta 35-70 AF zoom and 10 creative expansion cards for 50 bucks. It's a good upgrade from my Maxxum 7000. My Tamron 28-200 AF lens fits both as well. Good deals on Minolta cameras are everywhere these days. I've been a Minolta user since I bought my first SRT101 in the late 60's.
I have a 3xi, 7000i, Maxxum 5, and a Maxxum 7. The Maxxum 5 gets a lot more playing time because of it's small size and features. I take the 3xi and 7000i when I'm not worry about them getting banged up. The Maxxum 7 gets playing time when I'm doing professional work or want to record a special event.