I would like to ask the experts if it is worth it for me to purchase a DSLR camera with maybe a total of 2 lenses. I have a budget of 2k for camera and lenses. Note, video is a nice to have but not a big deal for me.
My background: I am retired. My first real camera was an OM-1 which I had for about 5 years and lost everything in a fire. Never did replace it and have used point and shoot cameras ever since. The canon S2IS, Panasonic Lumix FZ35 and Sony DSC-H55 have been my last three camera purchases.
I take mostly indoor family photos and the wildlife from the back porch. I have not been real happy with the results given from my two super zooms. Great range but with lots of noise and terrible in low light situations.
I was thinking of picking up a Canon T3I body with the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5 - 4.5 USM for inside work (I have found 25mm is not always quite wide enough). This lens would be a 16-35mm on the T3i. Would I have to deal with any fisheye effect at the lowest end? For the wildlife I think I would try the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM as I can’t afford the f2.8 versions. I would also add a 3rd party 1.6x TC for additional range, but not sure how bad it would affect the IQ (this would bust the budget).
Also, I do not use any software to enhance my pictures, other than what comes with the camera. Not sure I would like to start getting involved with that, unless it is truly idiot proof.
So with all that said, do I save my money and pickup a Lumix FZ150 or Canon SX40 and live with low light issues. Or will I get a significant improvement in IQ and low light capability with the DSLR staying within my budget?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions.