A new camera?

I loved my old SLR camera, a Minolta Dynax 500si, for which I have two lenses, a 35-70 and a 70-210. But a year or two ago, I realised that I hardly ever used it, and that I had to go digital. Not knowing much about such cameras, I bought a Polaroid PDC 4350 (4.2 megapixels) because the spec looked good at the price. And it’s a good camera in many ways – it’s handy, and it takes good landscape photos. However, it takes ages from I press the button till it actually does anything, so it’s nearly useless for taking photos of people. 🙁

Buying a new camera soon is a bad idea at the moment – replacing kitchens is expensive! – but I’d like to start thinking about what to go for. In an ideal world, I’d love to be able to use my old lenses, and ever since Miriam and I had those photos taken for Idith’s birthday, I’ve wanted a camera with a shutter release cable badly! Would such a camera still cost a fortune?