Hello guys, this is my first post here...great forum! definitely learn a lot and I want to purchase my first DSLR...I tried 450D,D60,40D,50D,D80,D90 for a rough short time while at shops and with that time regarding about ergonomics and grip, I feel the ones that feel good and comfortable for me are the D90/D80/40D/50D...the other cameras like 450D, D60 or D40 etc I feel is quite small in size and due to my big palms, it doesnt really feel at home in my palms.. perhaps I will have to get used to it more but the D90 and 50D are much better grip for me.. I am looking at a budget <2k.. can exceed by a bit but really not more than 2200. I think I have to also include dry cabinet ($118), uv filters + cleaning kits ($50 total?), bag (free if buy from AP), 4gb card (free frm AP).
So which camera should I get? I am probably getting from AP. I think I am gearing more towards the D90 since its a great camera and is at a competitive price and value for money with the 18-105mm kit at $1680. While the 40D can compete with the D90 at that price range but probably pay a bit more if I want a better lens than the default 18-55mm. Should I even for the 50D as a first camera? What advantages and disadvantages do the 40D/50D/D90 have with each other? And is it a wise decision to lower my budget a bit to get the D80 and save for a better lens, though its price isnt that far away from a upgraded D90. Using this camera as a start to photography and also for school and portfolio basis as well as I am going for a trip soon and I need to invest in one. Thanks guys.. much appreciated for the amazing help here.