Hi Guys,

As you can tell from the title I'm a newbie, apologies if this a common question but I need some independent (if that exists) learned advice on which camera would be suitable for a starter.

I've been looking at (online) :

Canon 500D
Canon 550D
Nikon D90
Nikon D5000
Pentax K-x
Sony Alpha 500

But I am open to suggestions other than these 6, in fact any manufacturers.

I suspect I will be shooting various situations from portraits to sports, during my learning curve.
I doubt I will be using the video capture either, but maybe a nice to have.

I don't want to spend more than 1000 but the less the better & would like a bigger lens than the standard 18-55mm.

Looking forward to your replies.