I'm inclined on learning how to better handle a DSLR camera and taking up photography as a hobby. I've handled a 7D at work and would like to get my own camera. I was hoping you guys could give me some advice to buying a second hand kit off the classifieds forum, I was looking at buying a second hand Canon 500D with probably a kit 18-55 and eventually add on a 50mm f1.8 to last me for awhile. Any comments on combination of lenses and body? My budget is small, I'm a uni student at the moment so I'm setting aside about $500 for now, which is tight I know. I'm looking at a second hand DSLR because I want to learn the skills required before I progress to buying a better camera, is this advisable?
From what I heard, it maybe dangerous to buy off the BnS, especially for newbies who are not sure how to check the equipment.
I'm relatively new to the photography scene, my initial exposure to it was quite interesting and I'd like to develop my skills further. Thanks for reading! =)