QUOTE(Red Willow @ Jun 9 2008, 04:05 PM)
Got a couple of mags on the subject and there seems little between the systems. I knew once I made a choice I had bought into that system, which was why Sony had me a little worried as you seem limited to their lens.
Any comments about the image stablisation on the lens or the body?
What does the lens do?
I am due to get a long service award of £150 in vouchers and thought this would be an ideal chance to use them.
The lens is probably the most important bit of your set up - you could have the worlds best camera but stick a cheap plasticky lens on the front of it and you probably get worse results than a point & shoot. If you can afford £200 for a sharp lens and a camera, then do that as opposed to a better body and cheap lens.
With regards to image stabilisation, it depends on what kind of photo's you're planning on taking (if you're taking landscapes, a tripod would be 'stabalising' the camera and lens most probably), but if your looking for it on a body, then a Pentax or a Sony might be a better option. None of my lenses have IS, and you don't necessarily need it if you get 'fast' lenses ie those with a wide aperture like F2.8 or faster.
Sony cameras have good reviews, as do Olympus and Pentax, but with Canon & Nikon being market leaders, there are a lot more 3rd party lenses and products available, which tends to bring prices down. That said, it was a toss up between the Pentax K100D and the Canon 400D when I bought mine, and I would have been happy with either