...Olympus E-3 and E-510 ? (to add to the dilemma ! )
The E-3 has "live view", and both has IS (in camera), so all your lenses are IS-ed .
I am looking at getting a DSLR. I am going back to South Africa early 2009 and want to get my DSLR soon so that I can be reasonably confident with it when I get to Kruger National Park.
I don?t have a lot of money, but know the importance of getting a good lens over a good body.
I've settled on Canon I think (but can be swayed to Nikon because this is my first serious camera so I really have no idea which brand is going to offer me a better short-term / long-term option).
Here is what I am thinking:
Canon EOS 400D with EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at RRP AU$3097 or eBay ~AU$2000 (includes 4GB memory cards (2), filters (3), USB card reader, Lowepro bag, hard case, tripod, cleaning kit)
Canon EOS 40D with EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM at RRP AU$3898 or eBay ~AU$2500 (includes 8GB memory card, filters (3), USB card reader, Lowepro bag, hard case, tripod, cleaning kit)
Canon EOS 40D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and a EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM through eBay for ~AU$2900 (includes extra batteries (2), 4GB card and Hoya UV filter)
I?m not sure what to buy. Given this is my first DSLR, will I benefit from the Canon 40D compared to the 400D? Am I a little more ?future proof? buying the 40D given it has recently been released? Do I get the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens or step up to the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens and get a cheaper third party (say Sigma) lens for when I need something wider (the Sigma 17-70?). Are the lenses I have chosen okay for learning how to photograph wildlife, landscapes and nature? Also, I've read there is a rumored Canon 450D on the way. Is this worth waiting for if it is due in February (only really a couple of months away which gives me more time to save). What about the Nikon D300 in a few months if the price comes down?
Also, what are the problems with buying off eBay? Obviously the AU$2900 option is an amazing deal. RRP that would set me back AU$5097. Are there big issues with warranty? Has anyone had experience with eBay? I'm in Australia so will a product from Hong Kong or USA cause problems if there is a Canon error with the product?
Ideally I would want a better telephoto zoom, but to step up to something with IS because I will be doing mostly handheld shooting is too much of a jump right now in price for me. I will try and add either a better telephoto zoom before my trip (maybe save for the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM) AU$2500 is my max budget, but I will stretch to the AU$2900 if the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is really worth it.
Anyway, if anyone has any advice or suggestions I would really appreciate it - I know this is a long ramble, but I want to make sure I'm getting this right because I doubt I'll update the body for a few years and probably won't be able to add a lens for a while (maybe a telephoto just before I go on my holiday).