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Personally, TTL flash stuff complicates things for beginners.

Flash in general is a complicating step in learning photography. Why bother spending money on it if you're not sure if it's a usable option? My rule of thumb is that if you don't use it in the most basic high school photography class, you don't need it to start out.
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Also, say the OP wants to photograph indoor... anything... with his f/3.5-5.6 lens in low light with an entry level body (perfectly fine to have this body) and the high ISO noise that comes with it?

This entry level body shares a sensor with both the 60D and 7D, and uses the same Digic IV for processing. The kit lens has a good implementation of IS, so shooting handheld indoors without a flash is really not going to be an issue. 3200 ISO from that sensor is perfectly acceptable for screen viewing, thus extending the usability of the kit lens.
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Nikon is nice because you can use many of the older FX lenses. My kit includes 24/2, 35/1.8, 50/1.2, 85/1.8, 105/2.5, 55/3.5micro,75-150/3.5-4.5, 180/2.8 and other older lenses. I payed less than $100 for each. They are manual focus but damn sweet lenses. You cannot do this with Canon, sadly.

You can, but you need an FD to EF adapter. Problem is, there are next to zero good FD lenses that don't already have a better or similar EF implementation. The exceptions to that are still priced so far towards the top that it's not worth anyone's time. The exception to this, of course, is building a huge FD lens system for videography for practically nothing.
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I was talking about megapixel count because that's really the only thing that seems to be improving faster than the rest of the features.

Disagree. There's a marked improvement in the T2i's sensor over the one in the T1i (I know first hand, that same sensor was also used in the 50D) in both ISO performance and dynamic range.

The T2i is the best dollar-for-body deal a beginner can find, with features that will become more usable as you improve.
post #22 of 30
Sub knows his stuff.

As someone who's used a 50D for over a year now (same sensor as T1i), I can definitely +1 to the T2i's sensor being better in noise control. The T2i definitely does share the same sensor as the T3i, 60D, and 7D. It lacks more advanced features of the 60D/7D including rear aperture dial, top option buttons, larger viewfinder, better AF system, more crosstype AF points, etc, but it still shares the exact same image sensor.

Anyone who says they get different IQ out of the T2i compared to the 60D/7D is doing it wrong.
post #23 of 30
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I'm ordering my T2i on Monday. Ordering a BNIB body for $475, getting the kit lens from a friend who just got a tamron 17-50mm that basically replaces it. buying a 50mm f/1.8, and i will go from there. I really appreciate the help from everyone in this thread.
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out of curiosity, where are you ordering it BNIB (body only) for $475? That's a pretty good price (about what canon refurbs w/ 20% are going for)
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out of curiosity, where are you ordering it BNIB (body only) for $475? That's a pretty good price (about what canon refurbs w/ 20% are going for)

There are 3-5 options on eBay, I'm buying from a store with 100% good rep and only camera sales since 2000, don't think I can go wrong here. linky
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nice find.. it definitely pays to take a peak at eBay every once in a while.
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nice find.. it definitely pays to take a peak at eBay every once in a while.

is it really that good of a deal? I know on Newegg and Amazon it was like $600 without a lens. I wonder why the seller has plenty and is selling so cheap.
post #28 of 30
Yeah, that price is definitely pretty nice. I have to wonder if you're gonna get a kit box without the kit lens.. You never know. When you get it, take cell phone pics of what you receive as you're opening it and toss them up. I doubt they'd have 100% positive feedback if that were the case though..

The price they're asking ($477, free shipping) is even technically better than the Canon Loyalty Program ($448, because they charge shipping and tax).

Adorama is $549, which isn't a bad price for body only either. The prices are coming down, they're probably getting rid of the new old stock.
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Looks like a great body and a good price. Congrats to you on your purchase, I still remmebr how exciting it was for me when I ordered (and received) my first DSLR!!!!

Have fun:)
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Hey guys. the transaction worked out perfectly and it was exactly as described. Brand new in the box, everything was included. Excellent shipping, and the camera works great!
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