As you may know, I have a Minolta Maxxum 5 with the stock lenses (18-70mm and a 70-300mm) and a newer (but used) 50mm f/1.7. This weekend, I volunteered to be a second set of trigger happiness for a co-workers wedding. I was all prepared, but obviously nervous. However, from the get-go, I was uncomfortable with my "over the shoulder" type involvement for the Dad who paid approx $2500 for a photographer to come in and do the wedding. It just felt awkward taking additional shots where he was PAID for this. I was doing it FREE for experience and because he was a long time co-worker of 14 years now.
Anyways - I realized within minutes that my equipment is just outdated and had a very difficult time keeping up with the Jones'es. The photographer was blasting away with his Nikon D300 like a hot knife melts butter. His continuous and rapid photos were making me feel quite inadequate to be in the same zip code. For each of his burst of about 10, I was getting 1 to 2 images. Mostly in part due to my flash re-energizing and spooling up, as well as the lack-luster autofocus system during tricky backlighting. The bottom line is I have one or two options.
Buy professional lenses and flash for my Maxxum 5 which would still be on dated equipment, or invest wisely into a new up to date camera with the bells/whistles, and a bag of chips.
I have done some reading and although there is some negative comments or opinions, I would still like to open this thread to YOU, as more experienced enthusiasts and experts.....
Please tell me what camera is an overall GREAT place to start and grow INTO.
I had these in mind:
Nikon D300 (Which is what the photographer had)
Nikon D700 (What are the major differences from the 300?)
Sony Alpha 350 (will these accept my Minolta Maxxum 5 lenses?)
Sony Alpha 700
Canon EOS 40D
Or wait for the Canon EOS 50D
After seeing him continuously blast away even in the worst lighting conditions with his flash firing faster than I can switch my low beams to high beams on my car, I was thinking THIS is a good camera system! I have done some looking around for online deals for a Nikon D300 with the 18-200 f3.5/5.6, SB-900 Flash $440), MB-10 Battery Grip ($130), 4 Pack 1800 mAh battery special ($40.00), and a few other goodies. But I don't want to get caught short if this is "All Hype" or is it REALLY a good camera and it is being criticized just because we are on a Canon forum. I look at it like this...We are all enthusiasts and we all have a preference, but I would really like unbiased opinions. Sounds hard being on a Canon forum.....
I was leaning towards the Canon EOS 40D, but if that is a somewhat a dated camera, I don't want to step up to "dated equipment". And I am not so sure I want to wait out several months for a EOS 50D, let alone not even knowing the performance it will provide. But with many of the newer digital cameras at 12 mp or even 14, I think I am not interested in going down to a 10 mp selection.
Please guide me in a good direction.