Greetings all, I'm new to the world of advance amateur photography but have been "pointing-and-shooting" for long awhile. After much consideration, I've decided to purchase a DSLR.
I was actually considering a prosumer digital compact. As I understand, there are quite a lot of good ones out there now. But knowing myself, I will give in to the world of DSLR eventually so may as well save money and get it straight away.
My main subjects are scenes, action/sports and portraits/people, more of outdoor but a lot indoor as well. Some questions and I will appreciate you generous input:
1. How fast is the turnover rate for DSLRs?
Eg. on average, how long will a new model be launched? I know it will take time for me to grasp the knowledge of DSLRs and don't want to spend a bomb only to have an obsolete piece when I finally do.
2. Any new models along the range of $1500 - $2500 coming out soon?
I'm currently considering between the 350D and D70. My friends tell me the D70 is better, but from what I've read, it's been out for awhile and I'm thinking a replacement isn't too far away?
3. What must I look out for if I purchase second-hand?
4. Are the deals on eBay USA any good?
I see ALOT of package deals up there claiming to give away $4000+ worth of freebies etc. Commercially speaking, I know this is not possible but they really do include lenses, accessories etc. at normal retail price. Why is that so? Grey market? Example, http://cgi.ebay.com/Canon-EOS-20D-Di...QQcmdZViewItem
5. Would you recommend a newbie get something beyond entry-level (D70, 350D etc.)?
I'm quite tempted by the EOS-1Ds Mark II, to be honest, because of it's looks. It's narrower than most DSLRs and I love the back. Would professional-grade cameras such as that have a longer turnover lifespan? It appears that the camera manufactuers are aggessively marketing DSLRs to everyday people and I would expect them to release prosumer models more often because of that.
6. Finally, for interest sake, what are are the pinnacle brands? I'm only aware of Hasselblad and Leica.