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Hello!

So I've always been interested in photography but I've never actually taken the time or spent the money to pursue it. Now that I've saved up ~$800 from some part time work during college, I'm looking to buy my first camera. I've still got a lot to learn.

I've read some of the guides posted on here however I am still hesitant on picking one out so I'd like to ask the community for some suggestions. I'm going to be going back to Taiwan for a bit this summer and decided I might as well start there. I also do a bit of product reviews on the side :3

I've read a bit about the Cannon T3i as well as the Rebel XSi but I'm still open to more suggestions.

Thanks in advance!
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First, how important is video to you? Would you prefer the bigger bodies of the xxD series, or would you prefer the smaller bodies of the Rebel series?
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You should check out reincarnated's thread. I'm starting into the world of DSLR myself, and he's been very knowledgeable and helpful.

If you end up in the same boat I did at that price range, it'll be between the T2i and the 3100. My advice: HOLD the cameras. Really, if it's uncomfortable, you won't like it.

edit: I FOUND HIM!
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You should check out reincarnated's thread. I'm starting into the world of DSLR myself, and he's been very knowledgeable and helpful.

If you end up in the same boat I did at that price range, it'll be between the T2i and the 3100. My advice: HOLD the cameras. Really, if it's uncomfortable, you won't like it.

edit: I FOUND HIM!
Thanks for the morning lol!
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First, how important is video to you? Would you prefer the bigger bodies of the xxD series, or would you prefer the smaller bodies of the Rebel series?
I've already read through your guide here and there, it was very informative, thanks for that!

Video isn't that important to me but I would still be able to capture decent footage. As for the size of the body I'm not entirely sure. I'll have to go to a camera store and see how big they actually are first.

Edit: Thanks Aeschylus for the suggestions, I'll look into those as well.

Looks like it would be hard to suggest without knowing the user's preference. But I have fairly normal sized hands so I think I should be ok saying size wouldn't bother me. I'm definitely still going to a store to see though!
Edited by thisispatrick - 4/27/11 at 9:13am
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I've already read through your guide here and there, it was very informative, thanks for that!

Video isn't that important to me but I would still be able to capture decent footage. As for the size of the body I'm not entirely sure. I'll have to go to a camera store and see how big they actually are first.
Well, first off, I'd definitely look at the Canon Loyalty Program. To tl;dr it, you can send Canon a broken Canon P&S (You can easily buy one online for cheap), and you can buy a refurbshed DSLR from them at a cheap price.

As far as camera suggestions go, from CLP I recommend the T2i, and 50D.

The T2i is exactly like the T3i you mentioned, only without the swivel screen and wireless flash commander. All the other benefits of the T3i are video-based, and both cameras use the exact same sensor anyways. As you probably know, the T2i uses the same sensor as the 7D and has superb high ISO performance, as well as 1080p video. In short, it is a fantastic camera for the price.

The 50D on the other hand is a semi-pro body (the same camera I use). What it lacks in bells and whistles (does not have video), it makes up for in the UI. The second wheel in the back of the camera can be used for aperture adjustments, whereas all the picture options have quick-access buttons on the top that are faster to access. It's a much faster UI than I had on my XTi, and adjustments on the fly are extremely simple to me now. Of course, there's also the semi-pro benefits like a larger pentaprism viewfinder (T2i uses pentamirror) and partial weather sealing (I've had my 50D in pouring rain with no issues). Unlike the T2i (which takes SD cards), the 50D takes CF cards.

Both are different cameras meant for different tasks. The T2i has more features and a nicer sensor, whereas the 50D emphasizes ease-of-use. It's honestly very hard to say which is the "better" camera, because with either one you're giving something up to gain another.

As far as size goes, any of the Rebels can give you a good size estimate for the T2i. For the 50D however, you should try out the 5D or the 7D instead of the 60D. The 5D and 7D are much closer in size to the 50D, as the 60D was shrunk down and won't give you an accurate idea of the 50D.
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50D!

/nikon user
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50D!

/nikon user

/fail Nikon is D50...

/Canon shooter.
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/fail Nikon is D50...

/Canon shooter.
i was suggesting that he get the canon 50D :|
edit:

if he can still get one that is..
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sony a33 or a55.

/sony shooter.

but seriously take a look at these, since your new to photography you wont be as repulsed to the idea of having a EVF and they offer really good value for the money.
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