Just wanted to say thanks to all again. I have decided on going the Maxxum 7 route for now, as that was my favorite body and I'm familiar with it, so will probably produce the best shots to start with. My father-in-law is going t send me his Minolta telephoto lenses to use for a while so I can decide what route to go from there before I purchase a lens myself.
Thanks for all the tips.
Jed