I'm thinking of upgrading from my FZ20 "prosumer" to a dslr without breaking the bank.
The way I see it, there are 2 ways to do this:
1) Buy an entry level dslr (e.g. nikon d40) ~$900 with kit
- Pros: brand new, warranty, perhaps technologically improved
- Cons: maybe lacks the functions even older mid-range dslrs have
2) Buy a 2nd hand mid-range dslr (e.g. nikon d70/canon 10d/20d) ~$700-$1200 from bns(may have to top up for a lens)
- Pros: more functions than new entry level dslr, possibly better performance despite
being old by virtue of being a semi-pro machine
- Cons: Old, probably no more warranty, maybe image processor/sensor has since been
Any thoughts as to which might be a better route to take?
Mainly, I'm thinking of getting a d40 (light,responsive,good kit lens,cheap,good picture quality,easy to use) but I'm tempted by the 2nd hand mid-range dslrs in bns particularly because they end up being around the same price and the d40 has had mixed reviews ("toy-like",no AF motor,etc) and many recommend getting the d80 instead (which is beyond my budget).
Would appreciate any advice/thoughts/opinions/experience...