I need help. I've had a few point and shoot digital cameras but now I am more interested in getting a DSLR. I've read some on this forum and gone through 10 different photography magazines and still somewhat clueless. My reasons behind wanting one are: more control over my photos, better zoom and quality and I enjoy taking pictures and want expandability from my camera. I'm a lot confused by the information when reading on lenses, still a lil miffed by the f/stop and what it means along with all the rest of the information on there, like IS and EF and all the other acronyms. Is there a dictionary somewhere that will help explain all this to me so I can better decypher what kind of lense would better suit my needs.
I can't very well pick out a lense until I know what body type I need it to fit and again I'm stuck here. I think I've dwindled it down to the Sony Alpha 100, the Canon Rebel XTI and the Nikon D80. I definately want the 10+MP ability but other than that I don't know which camera to pick and would like some inputs on this. I like the antidust features of the Sony and Canon, but I like the bundled lense w/ the Nikon along w/ the feel of the body (I know the lense reason is weak but focusing seems more natural with the dial close to the body). I've read a lot of the in camera features but I have no real experience with this and again want inputs from your experience and suggestions.
The types of pictures I will be looking at taking and concerned about lenses and best camera to support all of this is:
--Scenic (Tourist Pictures of Europe) along w/ zoom so I can get closer in my pictures than I can in real life
--Close Ups of Family and Friends
--Action shots of my little brothers playing sports
Any and all help/suggestions is greatly appreciated. Thanks