New Camera! Any Advise? Part II

After reading about over 100 reviews (slightly exaggerating), I am getting convinced that the Canon, start small add overtime approach may not work out. The main reason is that I see that the value (price-performance) of Canon lenses is not really mind-blowing. I built an excel sheet with pricing for different brands and great lenses based on my needs today and during the next couple of years. (prices in CAD)

Canon Rebel SL1 Rebel T5i 7D
Camera $520 $580 $1,250
Wide Angle $800 $800 $800 Sigma 8-16MM f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM
Macro $570 $570 $570 Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Zoom ???
Total $1,890 $1,950 $2,620
Nikon D3300 D5300 D7100
Camera $520 $800 $1,050
Wide Angle $850 $850 $850 Nikon AF-S DX 10-24MM f/3.5-4.5G ED
Macro $570 $570 $570 Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Zoom $470 $470 $470 Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Total $2,410 $2,690 $2,940
Sony A58 A65
Camera $450 $580
Wide Angle $540 $540 Tamron SP AF 10-24MM f/3.5-4.5 Di ii
Macro $570 $570 Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Zoom ???
Total $1,560 $1,690

Including Sony cameras here, which I consider generally lower priced and I may save me some money, I don’t have the trust in the brand and I don’t feel comfortable going with Sony. I always had the impression that Nikon is generally more expensive but looking at this table, it may not be true. But Nikon indeed has some convincing lenses in the price range I may afford.

Previously, I wanted to buy a low price body and mid-price lenses and at the end, buying a high-end body. But then I stumbled over the description of the water-resistant Nikon D7100. I don’t plan to throw my camera into water to see if it floats, but water resistant may come handy when you get into a rain shower on your hunt of some shots of animals. But double of price of Rebel SL1 or D3300?

Anyway, currently I lean towards the D7100, purchased initially with the macro lense and then later adding the wide angle (I may have to call my rich aunt).


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