I finally decided on a camera!! The Canon T2i/550D - isn't it pretty?
Once I decided on the Canon T2i, the next step was deciding if I wanted to get just the camera body or the body and the kit lens. That meant figuring out what other lenses I would want to eventually have. My main criteria when choosing both a camera and lenses (besides good reviews) were size and weight. I spent quite a bit of time researching lenses, trying to figure out which type of lenses would fit with my photography interests, and reading tons of reviews. I also spent some time talking to a guy in the Ritz Camera store and I very much appreciated the advice I was given from Marta and from Wendy & Rob while I was in San Diego.
After all of this, I finally decided that my dream dream lens was the 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens. It gets great reviews, is an IS lens, and would be a great walk around lens (with the 10-22mm as a second lens for wider shots). But because of the weight of this lens, it was just too heavy to consider right now. The price tag of over $1000 dollars was also a deciding factor keeping this in the dream dream category. Maybe someday...
So after weeks and weeks of research, I decided that the kit lens (18-55mm IS lens) would be a good lens to get. It is only $100 when purchased with the camera and it is a small and very light lens. Now that I decided on getting the kit lens, I was ready to purchase my new camera. The next step was finding one in stock.
The Canon T2i has been selling out very quickly every time it was back in stock. Some stores have been out of it for more than a month. I continued to check a few reputable camera sites daily and finally lucked out last Thursday. When I woke up, I saw that Crutchfield had them back in stock. I called right away and snagged one. Shipping was free but it is taking forever to arrive! The tracking info says it is supposed to arrive next Monday. I can't wait!!
I bought the camera with the kit lens and I also bought the 60mm Lens f/2.8 USM Macro Lens rationalizing that the 10% discount for any lenses purchased with the camera made it a good time to buy a second lens. The macro lens was the best deal with the 10% discount.
I still have my eye on the 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM lens and think I have settled on getting the 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Lens. The 10-22 is pretty expensive and is my dream lens ($769 at Amazon). I am thinking about getting it once I get my State Tax Refund. The 55-250 is a pretty cheap telephoto lens but also gets decent reviews. A telephoto (zoom) lens is not my top priority but it will be nice to have some day.
Now I need a camera bag! There are only a few places on the island that sell camera bags that I know of. I have not had time to get to any of these stores in the past few weeks. Meanwhile, as a member of REI, I had my yearly 20% off coupon that I could use on a bag but the coupon expired last Sunday so I had to decide quickly if I was going to take advantage of using the coupon on a camera bag. I decided to order the Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home Camera Bag.
The color I chose (black) is on backorder. That ends up working out well for me. This way, I will still have time to check out the two camera stores in town to see if I find a camera bag I like better. I am pretty sure that neither sells Crumpler bags though so I won't be able to compare that easily. I know that one of the stores sells the Tamrac Velocity Sling bags (my other choice) and the other store sells a large selection of Lowe bags (also highly recommended). If I do find a camera bag I like, I may cancel my Crumpler bag order.
I am so excited to get my new camera! Of course, before I can start shooting photos, I will have to figure out how to attach the lens to the camera first!