First of all I will like to thank all the experts for giving all the expert inputs for the all first time DSLR buyers like me. After reading all the reviews and went to the respective shops to play around with the respective recommended cameras, I have zoom down to the following cameras
1. Alpha 550.
Played with it, really quite taken aback by the fast auto-focus and photo taking speed (think like its almost instand). The grid is also very nice (cause like alot of bros out there, I also have a very big hand to begin with). Overall the control is quite ok(well never played alot of with the menus, cause I totally don't know what are some of the options).
I also know that the camera have the build in AF motor, so the savings from the lens etc. Well I don't really need to record videos, so thats why i exclude the 500D. Also partly because I don't really like the handle of the camera, too small for me.
Played with it, also felt ok with it, just that it does not come with the auto-focus. The grid is also very nice, but I personally felt the Alpha 550 still have the best grid. Same as the above reason, control is quite ok.
Well so far all the infor. I gotten is from reviews, and also quite hard to find a shop that sells this camera. But seems like this camera does have alot of good reviews. Maybe some bros can advise where I can go and get my hands on this camera for a test.
My main req. for going into DSLR is more for lesuire photo (i.e. anything under the sun). Another req. is I would lile to also purchase a long range lens (i.e. 18-200) cause I would like to shoot something at a distance. So as Alpha 550 and D5000 have bundle offers, so might be tempted towards them.
Apart from choosing the camera, one think suddenly came across my mind when I asking at one of the big electronics stalls, when they talking about the purchasing of extended warranty. My question is would anyone in here perfer to purchase at RRP but with extended warranty or would anyone go to the recommeded shops i.e. MS Color to purchase at a must cheaper price?