I've been mulling purchasing a digital SLR for some time now. My son got his Nikon D90 about 3 years back, and I've been a bit jealous. But I felt it was too heavy a camera for me.
My photo history: from 1976-1984 I taught a high school photo class. This was, of course, long before digital photography. When my beloved Minolta XG7 died, I bought a Canon Rebel. While I liked it, I was never 'in love'.
Fast forward to the digital camera takeover. In the past couple of years I've been using a Canon PowerShot, co-owned by me and hubby. It has good picture quality (you've seen my photos on the blog) but we SHARE the camera, and anyhow, I'm a little frustrated that this former photo teacher (me) now runs around taking snapshots with a camera set on 'automatic' or 'portrait' etc without knowing what those settings actually mean or do. So I've been wanting something I can really sink my teeth into.
My hubby must have noticed. He surprised me (seriously, I was REALLY SURPRISED) with a gift certificate to the local camera store, with enough $$ on it to make a fair dent in the cost of a new camera. So off to the store I went, to look at the options.
Here's the camera I am considering, and I intend to make the purchase FAST, so if you can offer any advice, please do it now. My son was suggesting I buy a Nikon, but on the top of my list is the SONY a57 with an 28-55mm lens. For an additional $100, I could instead opt for the 18-135mm lens, though I'm not prone to want to make the camera bigger/heavier. As a little bonus surprise, I was told that SONY had bought out Minolta, which makes me feel like I'm sort of returning to an old friend if I purchase the SONY.
I am also considering an additional lens for macro (I love macro pics) - the choice would be a 30mm f2.8 macro; but @ almost $200 on top of the camera purchase, I will probably have to put that off for the future. By the time I pay for the camera, a memory card, a case, and a polarizing filter (a personal favorite), and the extra warranty, I will have plunked down a sizable chunk of money well beyond my gift certificate. Plus the store offers a getting to know your digital camera class that I will pay for and take, because I am terrible at figuring things out for myself, and I want to really understand the new camera.
Anyhow, advice? Is this camera a good choice for me? I trust your opinions!