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I am looking at getting my gf a DSLR camera and these two are both the same price for me ($650). I don't know much about photography so I didn't understand most of the differences listed in the guide.

She used to do a bunch of photography with an old SLR camera, but hasn't done anything for the past couple years due to lack of access to a dark room.

If one of these cameras was selected would an additional lens or flash or something be recommended? I know she already has a bag.
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As a beginner I've picked up a Rebel fro my gf for one reason: you can mount any Canon-compatible lens on a Canon DSLR, even ones from old film cameras. As such buying a good lens (if one is not provided) can be as simple as buying an old film DSLR and changing the lens from it to the new camera. Apart from that I think both are a good first-buy.
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Well at those prices they both come with their respective kit lenses. They leave something to be desired, but they are the best bang for the buck lenses.

I'm not sure what else you could get. It does depend on what stuff she shoots. Though it usually goes like this. 55-200mm for longer range stuff. A fast prime lens for indoor shoots, low light situations and good bokeh for portrait shots.

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As a beginner I've picked up a Rebel fro my gf for one reason: you can mount any Canon-compatible lens on a Canon DSLR, even ones from old film cameras. As such buying a good lens (if one is not provided) can be as simple as buying an old film DSLR and changing the lens from it to the new camera. Apart from that I think both are a good first-buy.
Only EF and EF-S lenses are compatible with cropped sensor Canon cameras. And only EF lenses are only compatible with the 10D, 5D series and 1D series. The mirror would hit the back of the lens on EF-S lenses. The FD lenses require an optical converter, because they don't focus to infinity without it.

The T3 has better video controls over the Nikon. If this is purely for photography they are both pretty good. If anything it's a personal preference on how they feel in her hands.

The biggest disadvantage of the D3100 is the lack of a in body auto focus motor. For some of the older lenses they essentially use a screwdriver inside the body to focus the lens.
    
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