Wow, I love what all I've read throughout your site, and through much research, self-turmoil, studying, reading, comparing, changing my mind (and looking at my checkbook) I've about decided the best way for me to get into SLR or DSLR is with the Canon T3i. My problem is trying to sort out these lenses and stay within my budget. It has baffled me. I'm more confused now than when I started, I think. 80% of my shots are on a Road Racing Course, action shots, attempted blurry backgrounds
, fast cars, motorcycles, motor-cross etc. Often I am at a great advantage, and close to the track, but I also sometimes am about 200 yards and with a Panasonic FZ 35 with 18X zoom can't get the clear shots I want. Not sure whether it's because I need an SLR or more zoom.
However, I do take people shots and a few indoors, as well as some great close-up nature and animal shots. I'm looking at a limited budget of around $1300. I've seen the Camera for around $630 with the 18-55mm IS II Kit. I really feel like I want a 70-300mm IS, but can't afford the top of the line ones and read critical reviews of the less expensive ones especially past the 200 mark. I'm not sure that would be such a big deal in my case, but it might. I'm just really baffled over what my options are to get the best coverage for what I need. I need to start somewhere and learn from there, but I've amazed people with a Super Zoom and have won photo contests. I'm not even sure I shouldn't just upgrade to the next new and better Super Zoom, but I keep hearing how much better SLR photography is, like buying the better quality phone. Any quick tips and two, legitimately good lenses for that kind of limited budget? I'm kind of thinking maybe do I need to cover the 18-135 IS USM range, then the 100-300?