I have been using point and shoot cameras for quite a while now. I am looking to upgrade to the best DSLR for venturing into a side business of photography sort of like Sean T. McHugh. I would like to be able to do wide and narrow angle shots. Also, I would love night photography with long exposures. While I am aware that my preferences indicated above have to do with Lenses, I am trying to consider the best camera to attach the lenses available to and bundles, if you will.
I definitively would like 14 bit color conversion which pretty much leaves the XSI and 40D as my primary choices. I am going canon because I have always used Canon and never had a problem. Also, they have a great range of lenses. I have noticed that Newegg has some great deals for both of this camera’s. At the time I wrote this, the 40D is sold for $1,129.99. What particularly attracts me to the 40D is that it seems the most professional of non-professional models. It comes with a pentraprism while the others come with a pentamirror. Also, the 40D is able to take pictures at a rate of 6fps. With my point and shoot I liked taking multiple consecutive action shots which led me to buy a really fast card.
The 40D comes with the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Zoom lens which attracts me for not being limited to the APS-C type sensors and being reusable when I decide to upgrade later on after I have mastered the camera. The XSI, on the other hand, comes with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens which is restricted to the cropped sensors. The XSI is sold for $824.99. If I was to buy the XSI body only and add on the same lenses that the 40D offers, the cost would end up being the same as the 40D combo which does not seem good, the 40D being a better camera. I also like to take shots of wild life and the lens coming with the 40D is closer to what I would need.
Please feel free to give me suggestions, as I am no expert, and I am willing to do the best for my money. I am trying to keep my budget around $1000, initially was $800. I know this does not allow me to get a couple of lenses, but I am looking to start with the best for what I like to do. I welcome all advices. If I am wrong, please correct me. Any ideas you may have about other combinations of lenses and camera's I would appreciate.
Thank you all in advance.