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I agree with what mixedup and politik have said. To add to it, if you are obsessive then make sure you get a brand that you really plan to stick with. I wouldn't want to buy the pentax and sink a few thousand into lenses and then decide to make the switch to a Nikon or Canon. You would be sitting on a bunch of lenses that you cant use. Yes, you may be able to use 3rd party mounts to use the lens's but you would lose some functionality, like, Auto Focus.
My last purchase (g10) was from adorama, and i ws pleased with shipping time (it had to be precise, as my so was traveling in the usa at the time) and pleased with the price - at that moment. however, the very next week they dropped the price, and then again this week. i guess buying cameras is like buying stock these days...
[Edited on 12/22/2008 by mixedupmacandpc]
OK all, I think I am ready. I am going to buy the Canon 450D XSi. And since I am on a budget (and will want to buy a memory card, tripod, and probably a book on the thing), I am just going to stick with the base lens for now.
The best price I have found (from a company that I have heard is reputable) is $635 through Abesofmaine.com. Has anyone used them or know of a place I should check for a better price from a company I can trust?
According to Amazon, they sell it for:
under More Buying Options.
[Edited on 1/3/2009 by mkeefe]
Now that might work. Except, they are out of stock until Jan 10th. Not bad. I just didnt want to buy from a third party on there, which is what I was seeing when I searched on there.
The first link under "More Buying" is Amazon direct Their site can be confusing
at times.. I have to admit.
I've bought from Abesofmaine (but almost a decade ago). highly recommended.
OK, one more question before I take the plunge:
I am trying to decide if I should just get the stock lens, or get the lens separate. I am buying the Canon 450d XSi. I can get the stock lens camera kit for $650. If I can stay within the $650-750 range, I would consider buying lens and camera separately. For instance, I know the 50mm 1.8 is only around $100.
My main focus is shooting people and especially faces (I want immense detail on the faces: pores and peach fuzz), shot in outside locations. I want to capture and save a library of skies, textured walls, etc., to interswap backgrounds, as needed.
With that it in mind what would you all recommend?
Thanks, yet again.