I made a quick post on my twitter feed soliciting advice on a DSLR purchase. Shortly afterward I realized this was not something that could be discussed 140 characters at a time. I'd like to use this post as a discussion ground for my photography savvy friends to give me their advice.
Some background. I have a 7.2MP Sony cybershot that I purchased about three years ago. It's a fun little camera and I've been mostly happy with it but I'd like to upgrade. I have no delusions that I will ever become a professional photographer. I just want to take really, really nice amateur shots. I've been reading http://www.photo.net/
in an attempt to learn more about photography and what kind of equipment I should get. Lots of information has led to lots of confusion. All I really know at this point is that I should get a Canon or a Nikon because I'll have the greatest success getting lenses for those brands. I'll admit that I'm leaning Nikon but that's only because I picked up a D90 at Best Buy and fell in love with it.
Here's what I want:
-A camera body that I can use for years.
-Something with enough features so that as I learn more the camera will keep up.
-Budget-wise, I'm as concerned with not spending enough as with spending too much. If it costs more but is worth more, I'll take it into consideration (but remember, still an amateur)
So, what should I do? One friend has already recommended picking a brand and buying the cheapest kit. Is that going to get me where I want to go?