Sharpest Tongue in the West
Are you wed to getting a brand new camera or open to secondhand?
Reason I ask is that you say you want to do airshows and motorsport, both of which will require a longer focal length lens which the 18-55mm lens is not, and it's also quite a slow lens too.
As an example i've recently bought a Canon EOS 1D Mk1 (ok it's old and not great for a beginner) and a Canon 70-200mm L lens all for £550.. and whilst it's not new, the lens is pro quality and thats where most of your image quality will come from, not the camera body.
If I was in yur shoes I'd consider an older camera (c.4 years old), but not too old like a 40D which you can pick up for a couple of hundred pounds, but is a good camera and better (IMO) than the entry level stuff you'll buy new, and then try and get yourself a decent lens - the 70-200mm f4 will set you back about £350 secondhand and is great quality (its a pro level lens), although you may find a tripod is handy for airshows in particular if using at full focal length. This lens will also actually do some nice portrait stuff if you favour a shallow depth of field (blurred background). If you really wanted also, you could pick up an 18-55mm lens on ebay for about £40 as they are very common being as they are supplied as the main kit lens. This set-up would be pretty sturdy too compared to the entry levels offerings.
Just my opinion, i've always bought my gear second hand and its never let me down. I've still got a EOS D-30 which is the first DSLR that Canon released under their own steam, and whilst it's not that good compared to newer models it still takes perfectly respectable pictures if you're not fussy with the white balance, but most of all it still works fine and its nearly 13 years old!
Last edited by beanoir; 26th September 2012 at 14:40.
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