thanks to some xtra work over the holidays, and judicious dumping of extra change into the jar, I've got a couple of bucks to play with and am faced with a dilema.
currently, I have the xs. While they don't seem to sell here very well, they still command a reasonable price on ebay.
the conundrum. sell the xs while it's actually still worth something and trade up to an xsi or a 40d? both seem to regularly go through the boards for reasonable prices. or live with it and sit on the cash for another year and get the 70-200 f4 IS. (liking the IS over the non-IS systems regardless of cost) I'm thinking that 15-200 in a 2 lens system with a flash is going to provide 99.5% of my needs based on the kinds of pictures I've taken before. Not to mention that the last .5% can easily be taken care of through lensrentals for those times I just want to play.
First off, I'm not disliking the camera at all, happy with the images I've gotten from it. Nothing spectacular yet, but some print worthy captures. One hell of a learning curve from a P&S though, actually have to unlearn alot of wrong and sloppy technique and laziness from it.
I'm no pro shooter by any means, the camera's still more of a toy than anything else. Likely it's still far more capable than I am. However, I've begun to play with raw more often and 1.5 fps in that mode kinda sucks, and I've toyed with trying to get decent shots of my friends dogs. I have no idea if the AF tracking is better on either of those cam's but it seems like even with the 15-85 I'm constantly behind them. find myself wondering if the AF on the cam is just a little slow - or is it just my technique needs more work. However, I love the near no weight of the current setup, and my friends 40D is a rather significant change, but dang it feels nice.
Yes I want my cake, and my pie and I want it to be free and easy and have no trans-fats.