Hi all, I just registered on this forum, although I have been reading it for sometime. It's a great place, I learned a lot so far!
I'm new to SLR photography, but it's been something that I've wanted to get into for years--since sophomore year in college. It's now almost 5 years since then, such a long time , but I want to take the plunge. My friend is getting married this summer, and I'm taking a big road trip this fall...so I want to have some time to have "learned" how to use the camera a bit before then.
So, I'm hoping you all might be able to give me some direction, maybe tell me how you got started and which way to go.
Right now, I'm deciding between the Canon 300D and the Nikon D70. Both seem like great cameras. Here's what I like and don't like about both:
-Readily available right now in the US
-It has been on the market for sometime, so it's more "mature"
CONS (at least the ones I've noticed)
-Slower startup performance (I always miss pics I want to take because my cameras are turning on!!!)
-Less manual controls
-Better kit lense
-Fast initial power up (yea!)
-More manual controls
-Harder to get right now
-New to market so more initial problems, less "mature"
-Firmware not user upgradeable! (Why did Nikon do this? I like being able to get the latest firmware on my products...plus for me in the US, I'd have to ship the camera to a service center)
As far as lenses, I'm thinking I shouldn't really be concerned with that, because both seem great. I guess I might eventually come to regret that IF I get really serious about photography, but for now, both gives me enough room to grow...
I'm planning on buying:
-Camera with kit
-4GB microdrive card (or should I get a standard compact flash?)
-UV Filter (for lense protection when in use)
Thanks for your help!
PS I should also mention that I'm trying to stay under $2000 USD. So I might be able to squeeze a Canon 10D in, but that would really be pushing it.