i wish to take up photography as a serious hobby.. i've already read photography books and all that as well as read reviews on cameras and all..
i know now's the digital age and everything... thus i need help and advice on what type of camera to buy.. i've a few choices according to my budget.
option A :
canon EOS 300 kit + tele lens ($798 i think but surely cheaper from camera shops) + EF 50mm f1.8 prime lens ($160)
accompanied with a "normal" digicam that is like around $500, and memory card.. uh.. $100 ?
all prices are list price.. i expect that if i throw in a tripod and bags and all it should more or less be the list price of the cameras. and maybe $100 less.
film camera is for "serious" shots and digicam is for "point and shooting" and for previewing how the image would/might look like on the film slr.
cons : eos 300 ain't really a good cam, the kit lenses are supposedly very lousy, and if i'm really gonna be VERY serious about photography i'm gonna need good lenses that cost around/at least $1000 per lens (right ?)
a "normal" digicam ... photo quality wise ? unknown..
pros : of course film cameras are traditional and sticking with traditional might be better..
total cost : about $1500+, and lenses that i have with film camera are not even top-notch or decent.
option B :
to get a very very good digicam that can allow me to control aperture and all that stuff..
the budget can hopefully be lower than $1500.
i am considering getting the sony DSC-F717 or if a new replacement comes out by july/august (i'll only buy a camera then you see), then i'll buy the replacement. (727 ? :P )
i've read reviews and it seems the 717 is a really good camera. but it's not an SLR, not a DSLR, so i'm wondering how it will measure up to OPTION A's cameras settings.
pros : "IMAGE PREVIEW" with the same cam, shot taking with the same cam also.
cons : UNKNOWN ?
and of course
i can also consider alternatives to the 717. not the minolta dimage nor nikon coolpix but others such as
canon IXUS S400
any recommendations please ?
please bear in mind that i would like to have all the aperture and focus settings controls...
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP !!!!!