This thread could compliment the thread about lower-priced point-and-shoot digital cameras here. I want some specific advice in a different price range.
I've last looked a few years ago at (DSLR) cameras. These are cameras that are digital and operate with interchangeable lenses. I'm looking for pro-sumer cameras, and do not have the bankroll for a full-frame camera (unless they've REALLY come down in price).
I was looking at the following cameras:
I think these were the names/model numbers, anyway. The D2x had just come out when I was looking, and was around $1200USD.
I'm looking for something like the following, and will share the "camera reviews page" I was looking at as soon as I can find it again:
- DSLR - this is a must!
- Able to support a wide variety of lenses, from zoom to macro.
- Pro-sumer kind of camera: I want really really good pictures.
- Exceptionally fast shutter speed: I want to be able to capture, say, sports. Or fish pictures.
- Ability to hot-shoe a flash.
- Tripod- and remote-shutter-release-ready.
I must say, I went to the store to look at the Nikons a few years back and REALLY liked the look and heft of them. The Canons at that time felt plastic-y in my hand. So ... a preference would be a metal body casing.
Originally I started looking around when doing research for my master's thesis. It dealt with images (flagging images with hidden information) and I found Philip Greenspun's photography site absolutely phenomenal. He was also nice enough to let me use some of his images in my research. Suffice it to say, he has a whole hard-case he packs with him when he travels, and his artistic eye is fantastic.