With Summer coming I'm getting eager to get back into one of my passions : photography.
I love taking arty landscape and Nature scenes as well as capturing the action, thrills and spills at the local Speedway (Western Springs!) and then of course there's all the family shots, weddings, kids and animals and don't forget the Car shows :)
Although I have no formal training I love learning by just taking photos, and lots of reading. I also seem to have a bit of natural talent as I always get compliments on my photos from friends and family.
I currently have a 10x Optical Zoom (Olympus) which has served me well over the years - Ive spent a lot of time playing with the manual features, but the 2MP and chromatic Abberations have more than frustrated me and finally its definitely dieing... As a consequence I haven't spent as much time as I would have liked to recently taking pics.
I'm thinking of taking the next big Leap and buying a DSLR, so far narrowed it down to the Nikon D7000 or D90. with at least a 18-200 lens and more if budget can stretch that far.
Obviously I'm happy to spend a lot of time learning about the camera and techniques etc and am looking for something that will keep me more than happy for the next 5-10 years, so the big question is which one should I get?
The D7000 is approx $500 more than the D90 - is the difference more than worth the extra features or am I better off with the D90 and spend the rest on another lens ?
Also, whats the Second hand market like on Trademe? Is it worth just buying a new body and sourcing second hand lenses?
Any help and comments appreciated :)
Or please tell me what gear you currently have and (with Xmas coming) what would be your ideal / dream Camera?