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My trusty Nikon point and shoot decided to bite the dust this last week and I figure it's time to move up to a DSLR since I have my iPhone for quick and easy pictures. I'm entering a design program this fall so I need one that will allow me to get more into the field of photography if I need to but still be simple enough for a beginner. I've used both Nikon and Canon cameras and don't really have a preference. I'd also need a lens or two (perhaps one general use and one macro).

So, what can you recommend? Budget would be around $800 but if there is a reason to pay more, by all means let me know. It's not set in stone.
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post #2 of 13
I would jump on the Canon T3i at that price point! Has the same image sensor as the more expensive crop sensor cameras just less features! Also does 1080P. Takes some great pictures!

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post #3 of 13
For a budget of $800 that needs macro shots.

- T2i with 18-55mm Kit lens = $650
- Canon 50mm f/2.5 macro = $299

This should take care of most of your needs. Of course, these are the prices for a new set, used prices can go a good 10-20% lower in the used markets.

It should serve you for quite a while, until you catch the fever of going for better lens and bodies.

Pluck.
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post #4 of 13
Or get the T2i about 2/3 the price via the Canon Loyalty Program in my link...
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*Spam Canon T2i or T3i*

Can't really go wrong if you pic one up via the Canon Loyalty Program like MistaBernie said.
post #6 of 13
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Went and picked up the T2i from a local camera shop. Price was good and they had a deal going where we got a second lens for a big discount. Thanks guys!
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What lens was it? Please don't say the 75-300mm, because it's just terrible.

And it seems like they are bundling it more and more. Almost like to get rid of it.
    
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What lens was it? Please don't say the 75-300mm, because it's just terrible.
And it seems like they are bundling it more and more. Almost like to get rid of it.

It was a telephoto lens since my wife wants to do more bird watching. I think it was the 55mm - 250mm but I'm not sure. It wasn't really a bundle but the local store had a deal where you got a big discount if you bought a second lens with a camera so I don't think it was Canon trying to dump them off. It wasn't in stock at the store so we have to pick it up today and I can tell you more.
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post #9 of 13
Sounds like it was the 55-250. A perfectly good lens for starting out (especially when paired with the 18-55 kit lens).
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Here's another question for you all: Any accessories that are must-haves? We got a camera bag and that's about it. We already had a second 32GB SDHC card from our video camera so we didn't need to pick up one of those. The guy at the store mentioned UV filters I think, are those important?
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