Hey guys..this is my virgin post! Was introduced to this place by my younger sis who just got into photography..but being a newbie also she couldn't gimme any expert advice so I thot I'll ask it here!
I'm looking to upgrade to a DSLR..currently using a Lumix DMC-FZ28..dunno if it's considered a semi-pro or what..whilst it takes decent pictures..I wanna try my hand at a DSLR..now I understand what Exposure and ISO and Aperture are and what i does when taking pics..the only thing I haven't figured out is metering and stuff..and of cos how to use a program to touch up on pics but that's a question for another time..
So right now I do not have a big budget..after reading some threads here..I think I better give some ideas b4 asking for advice..basically i'll be taking alot of holiday shots..so it's prolly like city/nature/scenery shots with ppl in them..and I guess i'd hafta take alot of pics at night or low-light conditions..so that's wat the camera will be used most of the time..as I've said I do not have a big budget so I'm stuck between a few options. Do not wanna spend more than $1K.
So..what should I do with my budget?
1. Get a used DSLR body? I've seen some going for around $700-800(Canon 500D 450D) but I'm not familiar with the models and how old or what range they are. With the rest of my budget maybe get a good set of lens?
2. Get a very basic DSLR like Nikon D3000 D5000 or Canon 1000D? Even with kit lens they fit comfortably into my budget. But are they any good at all? If they are not much better than the camera I'm currently holding then I might not wanna upgrade at all.
My main purpose of wanting to move to DSLR is of cos to take better quality pics..the Lumix can take decent pics but I've seen the pics my sis took with her Canon 550D and they are magnificent!
So what do you think I should do? Not asking which camera is better but should I be getting a used Camera or go for those very basic DSLR..please do lemme know what you think guys..I wanna get one in time for my Europe trip in 3 weeks time! TIA!