Hi, I'm keen on buying a DSLR before my trip in a month's time, so just hopping to get some valuable advice here.
1. Canon's website has EOS 550D (Body) - $949, EOS 550D Kit (EF S18-55IS) - $1099, EOS 550D Kit II (EF S18-135IS) - $1449. What's the difference between a body and a kit? Does the kit come with the body plus an additional lens? If so, is the lens necessary? And for a newbie photographer, is the kit purchased sufficient for most circumstances (without having to use different lens for different purposes)?
2. According to Canon's DSLR Comparison page, the EOS 550D offers viewfinder information whereas 600D doesn't. What's the difference, and is it really that important to have viewfinder information?
3. When looking through the viewfinder for DSLRs, will one be able to see the exact photo which is taken (i.e. including what's blur and what's not?).
4. When taking photos with an entry-level DSLR (for newbies), can one just use the various settings already in place for different situations (e.g. function to switch to different situations like portrait, scenery, night, etc)? Does a newbie have to manually adjust the settings for different situations? - Does this matter that much?
5. I read in some reviews that the Nikon D5100 does not have an focus motor? - What does this mean, and what are the implications?
6. I know that there're differences between EOS 550D, EOS 600D, Nikon 5100D, and that different people have varying preferences. So I just wanted to seek opinion from you guys as to which is better.
- Canon EOS 600D is "newer than" the 550D - based on the dates they were released right? I find it quite difficult to choose either as while the 600D is newer, there are a couple of features the 550D has which it lacks. (Same for Nikon 5100D) Anyone can provide advice here?
Thanks in advance