HI Mark, I want to thank you for your support. I think your circumstances enables understanding of my financial situation which defines everything I do. Folks who are not on a limited income often have a hard time understanding those of us who are. I can assure all of you contributors to this thread that I have no problem spending real money if a have it.
Example: My very beautiful and beloved hi fi system is worth around $70,000. I have been accumulating it for many years at a time when I could afford the best. Believe me, it is worth every penny. You see, photography takes second place to audio and music in my life.
I received my new to me D2XS today. I'm checking it out now. So far, so good. It seems to be as advertised. The HSC mode is neat! Also the LCD is excellent. The two batteries supplied both seem to be in good shape. I have not printed anything yet so I can't talk about resolution yet. The buttons seem to feel a little different from my D2H's. Or maybe it's my imagination? Doesn't matter, the camera feels great. Hopefully, it will take great pictures.
The camera is in perfect cosmetic condition as claimed. I've just mounted a Kirk plate on it and slipped on a Nikonians strap. I think it is ready to go. I'll have to do some shooting this week. I probably need some faster CF cards.