I'm finally taking the plunge and getting a DSLR camera. I can't afford the top-of-the-line and most of this stuff is ridiculously over priced in my opinion. I've done a fair amount of research and plan to get the Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.10 MP. The kit lens seem to be pretty much junk, so I may decide to opt out on the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens and just get the body only. It's roughly ~$100 in cost between getting the lens or just getting the camera body.
Lens wise I want to get a zoom and a macro. I know most zoom lenses have the capabilities of taking macro shots. I want a true 1:1 macro, the zooms can't do that.
These are the lenses I picked out:
Tamron AF28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 AF Macro Auto Focus Lens
As you can see, I don't care about the Canon name when it comes to lenses. These two seem to be decent, but would like some thoughts and opinions from those that are more experienced than myself.
I am getting the SanDisk 8GB Extreme III SDHC memory card to be used as my primary card. A 16gb would be nice, but it's about triple the cost. I can always pick up another 8gb later on (a Class 6 memory card is recommended for the camera I have selected).
I have picked out the Tiffen 55mm filter kit that includes a UV filter, Circular polarizer, and a 812 color warming filter. I might pick up a skylight filter as well, maybe. I have selected a step ring to convert the filters to work with the zoom lens (macro is 55mm, zoom lens is 67mm) so I will not have to purchase two lens kits. The 55mm kit is the cheaper of the two, that is why I went with 55mm.
I have selected an extra battery (Canon brand) and am going with a Lowepro Slingshot 200 camera bag.
I think that about does it. I'm not too worried about flash right now. A decent one puts me well above my budget. I can throw a little light box together lined with black fabric for macro shots. I may look into getting a remote shutter release. I haven't decided on that yet. I will most likely get some kind of book to help teach me how to use the camera as well.
I would very much appreciate any thoughts, opinions, and recommendations.