As some of you might already know because of all my ranting and raving, I've been wanting a DSLR for a LONG time. My mom bought me a Konica Minolta Z6 for Christmas and while it's an amazing P&S, it's not the same as my roommate's 350D (which he's let me touch ONCE).
So I've been looking (more hopefully than anything else) and found the following...
Olympus E-500 body and Zuiko 14-45mm lens.....$624.95
1 GB card......................................................$59.50
Sigma 55-200 DC 4/3 mount.............................$160.00
Total cost = $844.45 + shipping&handling
So here's my question...Is this worth it? The E-500 has a 2x crop factor so it'd be like having a 28-90mm and a 110-400mm lens. Are those 20 missing millimeters going to hurt me? If so, I can get a different kit that ALSO includes a Zuiko 40-150mm lens (80-300). This kit would cost about 80 dollars more. My only issue with that is there there are a LOT of overlapping millimeters and it seems like a waste of money. I still have to take into account the price of a nice bag, a tripod, and other accessories I may need.
I've done a LOT of research (checked a lot of review sites and different vendors for the best prices). But, in my opinion, it's always better to get first-hand reviews and advice. So, if anyone has had experience with Olympus or Zuiko equipment, is it good? Will the E-500 give me equivalient quality to the 350D or D50? I would love to go with Canon or Nikon since they seem to be the most common and most versatile cameras. But the prices are so high (around 900 for a basic kit and no extra lenses or memory cards).
Would any of you go with the Olympus?