At current I own a point & shoot camera that allows for no customisation other than a choice of preprogrammed settings.
Its no longer enough for my needs and Im looking to buy a DSLR. I've been reading reviews of both websites (dslr tips and camera labs) and this forum for well over a year now trying to weigh up my options.
What I'll be using the camera for
General photography really, Like i said im new to the world of DSLRs so have no restrictions or requirements as to what I wish to photo. This could include long distance and night shots, really if I like the look of it, id like to photograph it.
Id quite like to have a high fps as Id love to take pictures during the action not just before and after, for example a bird in flight, deer fighting, runners running etc.
I want to buy the camera to take photographs, not movies. Its a feature I just will not use. If i want to take movies I have a movie camera for that.
I dont really have one, although idealy Id like to spend less than £2000 on both a camera body and at least one or two lenses. Im happy to except that I will no doubt be buying more lenses down the line, however the initial outset would idealy meet or be below this figure.
Cameras i've seen so far
I quite like the D90 and D7000. Im aware that the D7000 is the upgrade so would idealy purchase this. However like I said im new to the world of DSLRs so I do need to question whether or not I should be jumping in at the deep end.
My reasoning for looking at upper mid range DSLRS is because I do wish to make this a hobby and really want to get into all the numbers and features DSLRs offer as im bored with pre programmed features I want to be able to experiement and learn as I go. I also do alot of photography for the websites I design and build so scale isnt much an issue as I've no intention of printing posters.. Obviously it would be nice if this was possible, because I've no idea what a client will request.. (clients are a crazy breed) but its not a deciding factor.
The brand im looking for
Im happy to go with any. However from the reviews im swaying more towards Nikon because of the better AF and build quality. But if theres better alternatives I am happy to listen. Budget isnt really a concern I see this a an investment for enjoyment.
Im a complete novice, but I want to learn more so would love a camera that would allow for this. Im happy with buttons, menus and what not and can take virtually any interface thrown at me so im not interested in dumb downed features or built in tutorials. I want to learn from trial and error; experience and practice not from being spoon fed by some horrible restrictive learner interface. That said i would not dismiss a camera that had such a feature, I just would not use it. Like i said before I've been using both the websites and this forum along with many magazines and several books, so I am by no means afraid to research on things I dont understand and have all these resources to refer back to.
There is no time line for this and im in no rush as I want to get the most practical camera for my needs.
Appreciate all your help