Hello, ive just began to take photography a little more serious after years of going to airports and airshows with two point and shoot digital cameras and taking basic aircraft pictures, i have now been promised by my wife that santa will deliver me a shiny new DSLR camera for xmas. I was hoping you kind, more experienced people out there could offer me some advice.

1) I have been told that the Nikon D3000 and the Canon EOS 1000D are the best starter DSLR cameras, but which is the best as both seem to be around the 350 mark with 18-55mm lenses.??

2) For photographing aircraft flying and takeoff & landing is a 18-55mm lense sufficient or is a big meaty 18-200mm lense preferred?

I know that the more experienced and wiser may get frustrated by simple questions like this but any help/advice would be appreciated.