I need to replace my Fugi 5100 compact digital SLR. I think I bought it in 2005 and it has seen hard use in many countries and states. I would not be suprised if it has shot 100,000 or more photos. If they still made this model, I would recomend it to anyone. In fact, it still works, it just seems slower, and it appears to have lost resolution over time. There is also a SD card that is lodged in it with a big chunk missing. Still works though. Crap, this camera has even lived through countless employees using it in the shop, and my employees (RIP) were able to break ANYTHING.
So, this brings me to my search. I studied photograhy in college (ok, I smoke pot, played in a band, and had lots of girl friends, but was enrolled in photography classes) anyways, I loved Canon's. After college I used Canon 35mm cameras to photograph my work, and my travels, until digital.
I went through a few point and shoot digitals and pretty much lost my love for photography for a while. When I got the Fuji, I felt as if I had settle for it due to price, but it took good pictures, had manual overrides and some of the stuff I was used to from 35mm's. I like taking pictures again.
Now I want to move on to a good SLR. Still on a budget, and I still prefer Canon's over Nikon's or any of the cameras I have looked at so far.
What are some opinions on the Canon EOS 60 D, and the new Rebel T3i? Should I look at other brands? Other cameras? What about 4/3's?
I will be getting one telephoto of at least 300mm to use for motorsports and some air to air. I do not know what kind of lense I need for air to ground, it seems like a wider one assures I capture what I want, and I crop later (hard to get a picture from a small plane sometimes)
Other than that I will be taking general vacation and travel, wildlife, and home photos, I guess my biggest concern is dust and moisture resistance and not breaking if it is bumped around.