First post here, hello everyone
I didn't think my first post would be in the photography section LOL.
I'm in the market for a DSLR camera. My birthday is coming up and this is going to be a birthday present to myself.
The criteria that the camera must meet.
-Total cannot exceed $1000 (this total would include a lens and body). I'll be buying it in canada, but canadian prices are essentially the same as american prices these days.
-I want a minimum of 10MP for photo manipulation and photo enlargements.
-Automatic functions would be nice, but not needed (I want this so that I can use the camera as I learn the ropes of DSLR, though I'm pretty sure this is a standard feature)
-MUST support the RAW photo format
-Support a live view LCD
-Cannot be Sony, I really don't like their overpriced flash cards.
Camera's I'm considering at the moment.
Canon EOS Rebel XSi 450D (only one camera that I can find that'll meet all of my criteria)
In addition to the above, anyone know of any good macro lens?
I'll fully admit I'm a n00b when it comes to photography, but I cannot stand the limitations of point and shoot cameras any more. My largest annoyance is the limitations and low quality photos in low light situations and the noise issues in close up pictures. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.