Great price, High Quality LENSes, Light and transportable, In Camera Image StabilizationOlympus E-500, Olympus E-510..
The E-510 is a good choice. If you're doing landscapes there's not much room to go wrong with any of the systems - stopped down to f11, f22, etc. you are going to get decent results with any camera and lens..
For a cheap price, there's the Olympus E-510, E-410, Rebel XT, Rebel XTi and Pentax K100D that I would recommend. A little more expensive is the Pentax K10D and Sony A100. Any of those bodies will work well - I might suggest one of the cheaper bodies because, honestly, they will perform just as well as the more expensive ones for your purposes..
What you really want to look at to make your decision is the lenses that each system (Olympus, Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax) offer. Do you usually shoot wide angle? Or telephoto? And what's your budget? Are you looking for prime lenses, or a more versatile zoom?..
I have been shooting as wide as possible with the kit lens. I don't currently work as well with the compression of the longer focal lengths, though it's something I'll hack away at..
I think that I want something to build upon, investing in better lenses that I can use down the road with an upgraded body, when I feel the need for higher quality, and I have a well paying job..
If I could get a body and lens for under $800, I'd be content, but I don't want to short change myself if I can get much higher quality for just a touch more. It's also dependent on how many hours I can get in the next couple months and how generous the holiday season is to me..
I hope this helps with recommendations. I thank you for your help...
There are a lot of great DSLR cameras out there for a great price. I would suggest looking into Pentax too, specifically the K100D Super. You can use old lenses back from 70s to Present (something that can help your budget by looking on ebay or a local Salvation Army/Goodwill). Right now they have a $100 rebate for the K100D Super and the K10D. Right now at B&H Photo, you can get the K100D Super w/ kit lens for $499 (plus the $100 rebate so it will be $399 in the end). Not to shabby for a beginner body saves ya to buy some good wide angle lens and maybe a fish eye for some interesting landscape shots.
The important thing when choosing a camera is to look into your crystal ball and try to figure out what you're going to be doing in the future. Quality lenses are going to be the most important consideration, along with a system that works for you. For me, that was Nikon. My first investment was in the body and kit lenses. Then I started getting higher quality lenses, learning more, and shooting more..
The lenses are key because bodies are disposable - lenses will last you much longer. If you can see beyond your current needs, it will help you decide on a system. Once you do, you'll probably stick to that brand for future bodies once you start adding lenses to your kit..
The best thing you can do is go to the store and handle the merchandise, research the lens systems, and choose a camera that fits your budget, is comfortable to handle, and has a well rounded assortment of lens options.http://www.katscan.smugmug.com..