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So I have about $1,500 saved up. Well, a little more than that to be honest. I'm looking to finally purchase a DSLR for a few reason.
  • Sport Images
  • Film Projects
  • Random Use

So I need something that can take amazing quality images even when it's fast moving action. I need it to be as great shooting video as well. Now, like I said, this will be my first DSLR. That means I do not know the first thing on how to work them. But I'm more than willing to learn, I've been wanting to do this for a very long time. So what kind of things will I need to go along with the camera? Bag? Lens? Flash? Tri-Pod? Mic? Which camera? I've been looking at the T2i for the longest time, and here comes the T3i! So that's what I'm currently looking at. I'm not a Canon fan boy, so any brand is fine with me. Please make me the ultimate recommendation. I'm looking to buy as soon as tomorrow.
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A lot of people in here were recommending the Nikon D3100 or XSi for my first DSLR, with higher end lens.
     
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A lot of people in here were recommending the Nikon D3100 or XSi for my first DSLR, with higher end lens.
I'm not necessary looking for the easiest camera to use. Like I said, I'm willing to learn. The reason I put out the fact that this is new to me, is more for accessories and lens.
    
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I'd say the Nikon D7000, Canon Rebel T3i or 60D with 18-200mm lens.

Hmm where are these other people whose helped me so much in the past?
     
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You can do mid range body, D7000 Rebel T3i with a 18-200mm lens like Dork recommended.

Or a lower end body, like a 3100/5100 and a Sigma 70-200 2.8 professional lens.
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Originally Posted by xSeany View Post
So I have about $1,500 saved up. Well, a little more than that to be honest. I'm looking to finally purchase a DSLR for a few reason.
  • Sport Images
  • Film Projects
  • Random Use

So I need something that can take amazing quality images even when it's fast moving action. I need it to be as great shooting video as well. Now, like I said, this will be my first DSLR. That means I do not know the first thing on how to work them. But I'm more than willing to learn, I've been wanting to do this for a very long time. So what kind of things will I need to go along with the camera? Bag? Lens? Flash? Tri-Pod? Mic? Which camera? I've been looking at the T2i for the longest time, and here comes the T3i! So that's what I'm currently looking at. I'm not a Canon fan boy, so any brand is fine with me. Please make me the ultimate recommendation. I'm looking to buy as soon as tomorrow.
DSLR talk would probably be better here.

That said, my recommendations are for the Canon T2i and Nikon D3100.

The T3i only adds on a swivel screen and wireless flash commander to the T2i, along with video options like manual audio settings and digital crop in video. The image sensor is still exactly the same as the T2i, meaning you'll get the same video and image quality between the two cameras. I'd honestly rather get the T2i over the T3i.

With Nikon, the D3100 offers excellent performance for the price as well. Comes with 1080p @ 24 FPS video as well, and has excellent image quality. The only drawback is that it lacks an in-body autofocus motor, so only Nikon's AF-S lenses will be able to autofocus, not their AF lenses.

Between the T2i and D3100, honestly the differences are so moot that you're better off choosing the one you're more comfortable holding.

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I'm not necessary looking for the easiest camera to use. Like I said, I'm willing to learn. The reason I put out the fact that this is new to me, is more for accessories and lens.
I heavily disagree against this. Bodies devalue quickly; glass doesn't. Additionally, glass is what really matters with DSLRs. A cheap body + fast prime lens will do much, much more for your photography and videos than an expensive body + kit lens.

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I'd say the Nikon D7000, Canon Rebel T3i or 60D with 18-200mm lens.

Hmm where are these other people whose helped me so much in the past?
I dislike the 18-200mm lens myself. I'd honestly just grab the 18-55mm IS/VR kit lens. Since video is mentioned, I'd grab a 50mm f/1.8 for Canon, 35mm f/1.8 for Nikon, or save up for the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 for either mount. These lenses will give you a much larger aperture than the kit lens and the 18-200mm, and that gives you very nice DoF. The DoF alone is what sets DSLR videos apart from normal camcorders.

And the reason most photogs aren't here is because this is in the video cameras section, not photography


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You can do mid range body, D7000 Rebel T3i with a 18-200mm lens like Dork recommended.

Or a lower end body, like a 3100/5100 and a Sigma 70-200 2.8 professional lens.
A bit unwieldy for video though...
post #7 of 61
I agree with r31ncarnat3d, the t2i the best bang for the buck right now. They can be found for a quite reasonable price for just the body. I'd also pick up a 15-85. It's a decent coverage and it has both IS and USM. While it's not the fastest lens at 5.6, it is well priced. Together, the two will cost about $1480 today. However, wait to make your purchase. Anything related to photography is way up in price due to Japan. Before the earthquake, the T2i was going for around $600. Now it's going for around $700. Same goes for lenses.
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1500? 60D or D7000, no question.
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r31ncarnat3d points out the important information you should consider; he knows what he is talking about.

Personally I think the T2i with great lens is your best option. I sway to Canon more because I like their lenses more.
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1500? 60D or D7000, no question.
Still, I'd rather grab some lenses with that budget though. A T2i for ~$500, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 for ~$275, Sigma 30mm f/1.4 for $400 comes out to $1175. It leaves $325 for a bag, cards, spare batteries, and a tripod.

Or you can just go with the 18-55mm IS kit instead of the 17-50 and get a used 55-250mm IS for the same budget if you need telephoto capabilities.

Just my take on it, but I think it's a better buy than a 60D or D7000 with only the kit lens.
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