My first post. Newbie with not much idea of SLR or photography here. Need some help in buying a budget dslr. As photography is not my main interest and my other hobbies(R/C heli and hifi) are like bottomless pits, I think I will probably buy a set and stick with it for years. My budget around 1.5k and prefer to buy new because I have absolutely no idea about testing equipments.
Sometimes my hobby requires me to take some decently sharp and clear photos. Normally my photos will be of things like screws, tiny metal parts etc. And sometimes I repair my R/C heli till middle of the night under not so bright light with tired and shaky hands, so I think I prefer one that can handle higher ISO better so I don't have to use long exposure time. I like those nice bokeh too. I also find that most of the time I just move the camera, instead of using the zoom on my pns when I take such photos, so I don't think I need a zoom lens.
Occasionally, I like to take some photos of nice sky and simple scenery. Not super particular about how they come out, as long as they look decent.
some e.g of what I take...
I don't do photos of people or nature and I don't plan on walking around with a slr, coz I usually just bring pns.
As I really don't have the time to learn photography and editing, most of the time I will just be shooting with liveview and in jpg format. The only pp that I will do is crop.
Been reading and so far, my options for body are down to the sony A300, olympus E520 and canon 450D. As for lens, I am not too sure what suitable lens I can get after selling away the sony kit lens should I get the A300 kit. If I go the olympus way, I will probably keep the kit 14-54 lens and get the 25mm pancake. If I go the canon option, I will probably get just the body and a sigma 30mm f1.4. Which is more suitable for what I shoot?
I read that the A300 and E520 have more noise at higher ISO, so right now my I am leaning towards the canon 450d body+sigma 30mm which I think will put me a bit out of my budet.
I also read about UV filter. How much does a decent one cost? Any recommendation? What will happen if I don't use one?
Not planning to buy tripod or flash or other lens. Probably will get a small dry cabinet also.
So my question is, for what I usually take, the canon 450d+sigma 30mm is ok?