I am planning to purchase my first DSLR camera, and I'm a little overwhelmed even after days of research and thinking I had finally narrowed it down. I really enjoy taking pictures of scenery, portraits, and children at play. I don't plan to become a professional photographer, but I feel like my current sony pocket camera is limiting me, as I get frustrated with the slow shutter, and lack of color depth in landscapes. My main focus in a dslr is color depth, reasonable shutter speed, and able to take photos at night. I was recommended the Canon EOS 60D, did research on it, and it seems almost perfect. But is it really? I'm a beginner with dslr cameras, but I want one I could grow into later on when I want to challenge myself with more options. I found online that the 60d is a good intermediate camera but also has some beginner options. Would I be better off with the 60d with a 18-135mm lense, or should I settle for a more cheaper/basic body and invest more in a lense?
Budget wise, I would barely afford the canon 60d, but I'm willing to go for it. I think the shutter speed is has is fine with me (the guy at best buy said with a higher shutter speed I could accidentally take way more frames than I wanted) and I don't really need lightning fast speed. I plan on taking action shots though, once in a while.
Could I get the same performance buying a cheaper body with good lense?
How many lenses would I ultimetally need to purchase if I get a cheap body and want to do all the above types of photography?
Any suggestions are gladly welcome!
thank you for your time!