Hi, I'm intending to buy a Dslr by end of this year. I've been using a minolta prosumer cam for 4 years, but i find it lacking some features of a Dslr. The image shot on my cam becomes very noisy and unusable at iso 400 and 800. I can't get a shallow DOF on my cam even though the lens is a 18-200mm f2.8, 3.5. It takes about 30 sec to write a raw file onto the memory card. Thus i decided to upgrade.
I have a budget of $3000. My choice of cam would be the Canon 400D with a 17-55mm F2.8 IS lens. That would exceed my budget, but ideally, that would be the combination i want. I've read reviews about the tamron 17-50mm f2.8 lens and thought that would be a good lens to own too instead of the canon 17-55mm IS, which happens to be 3 times the price.
Here are my considerations:
I would want to have a f2.8 lens as i would not want to use flash in indoor shots.
Is the IS and the canon brand lens really worth 3 times the price?
I'm rather inexperience (still learning), should i be spending so much on a first Dslr purchase?
I can consider nikon also, but what would be the body/lens to get with my budget?
Please advice. Thanks