Thanks so much you guys for all your advice! You have certainly given me plenty to think on... LOL!
Pegelli: thanks for your post.
I’ve seen this advised on several sites, and I’m planning on popping into my local store in the near future. I just wanted to have an idea of what make / spec I was looking for beforehand.
I didn’t want to go in with no clue whatsoever, but I guess that’s gonna be the case anyway – LOL!
Dick: thanks for your post.
I am near Stourbridge.
Walter: thanks for your post.
Your advice on buying a newer model is backed up by advice from a ‘friend of a friend’ who is a professional photog. She said the same as you in that models improve so quickly nowadays that unless you are looking for a specific item, buying used is not always the way to go.
As I am leaning toward Canon, I guess IS in lens is gonna be my only option, and I do plan to get a tripod so I guess that means I don’t have to buy IS lenses all the time.
Am I right in thinking that I can pick up none IS lenses considerably cheaper than IS ones?
I suspected full frame would be out of my budget, which is why I was looking to Ebay. You never quite know what bargains you might pick up on there… (crosses everything, and prays like a demon!)
But I definitely need a camera that is going to ‘hold my hands’ in the beginning. LOL!
Dark Penguin: (excellent name, by the way!) thanks for your post.
Is the 40D as good as I have read on landscapes? I must admit I was drooling when I read the write-ups about it…
Bernard: thanks for your post.
I think given my budget, APS is the only option, and as I said earlier, I am already gravitating towards Canon. I am not sure about stitching, but I am sure it will be lots of fun trying…
Jason: thanks for your post.
Oh, sorry, I never meant to give the impression that I was writing anything off…, I just thought I might get a better deal by buying second hand…
I figured if I could get a reasonable camera at a descent price, I would have more money to spend on glass (which I know is the most important issue at hand).
As far as budget goes, as this will be my first DSLR, I don’t want to go crazy, particularly if I have to start looking at extending my kit with ‘bibs and bobs’..., some of which I probably haven’t even realised I am going to need yet, LOL.
Peter: thanks for your post.
I know this will be my ‘learning curve’, but it is still scary making that first purchase.
Hell, it’s scary making any purchase. LOL!
I just didn’t want to go out and get a camera, only to find that it couldn’t handle the type of shots I love taking. I’ve never worried in the past with P&S, but as I have an offer on the table to get some of my stuff printed on large format and galleried, I need to be able to provide the goods.
Now, what do you guys think of the Canon 450D, which is what my ‘friend of a friend’ has suggested as a starter. She shoots Nikon, but feels I would be happier with the 450D as I have already mentally gravitated to Canon. Plus, I have handled her boyfriend’s Nikon, and I didn’t really like the feel of it…
And do you guys have any thoughts on lenses, filters and tripods?
Thanks for all your help.