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I'm coming from a Nikon coolpix 5400 smile.gif

I found this combo on amazon below. Is this combo with extra lens a good deal?


http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Rebel-18-0-Digital-18-55mm/dp/B00894YWD0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=36JSGAWOFNORV&coliid=I36RCO6D3ECA5O

Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm EF-S IS II Lens $764.00
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras $226.42
Tiffen 58mm UV Protection Filter $6.68

Price For All Three: $997.10
post #2 of 22
I wouldn't get it if I were you......what do you like to shoot? Both of those lenses are mediocre at best UNLESS you like to shoot landscape/out door photography in bright light but your body will be limited by the sharpness of those lenses that I know for a fact as going from a kit 18-55 to a Canon 50 1.8 prime followed by a Tamron 17-50 2.8 both trump the hell out of the kit 18-55 lens on my 12MP Rebel XSI......
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Don't worry about lenses when you first start -- spending more money won't make you a better photographer. If you think you can use the telephoto, that's a good starter kit, though I would maybe search for a used T2i or T3i (if the flippy screen is important to you). The 18-55 is a fine lens to learn with, the old adage of the "nifty fifty" is more appropriate for film and full frame cameras, as the sensors in consumer cameras are smaller than a 35mm frame, and narrow the field of view at n focal length (multiply by 1.6 to find what the "effective" focal length would be on a Rebel/x0D/7D). It can be useful if you are a portrait photographer, but don't go dropping another hundred bucks until you know it's necessary.
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I wouldn't get it if I were you......what do you like to shoot? Both of those lenses are mediocre at best UNLESS you like to shoot landscape/out door photography in bright light but your body will be limited by the sharpness of those lenses that I know for a fact as going from a kit 18-55 to a Canon 50 1.8 prime followed by a Tamron 17-50 2.8 both trump the hell out of the kit 18-55 lens on my 12MP Rebel XSI......
I mainly shoot outdoor stuff, pretty much anything that catches my eye.
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Don't worry about lenses when you first start -- spending more money won't make you a better photographer. If you think you can use the telephoto, that's a good starter kit, though I would maybe search for a used T2i or T3i (if the flippy screen is important to you). The 18-55 is a fine lens to learn with, the old adage of the "nifty fifty" is more appropriate for film and full frame cameras, as the sensors in consumer cameras are smaller than a 35mm frame, and narrow the field of view at n focal length (multiply by 1.6 to find what the "effective" focal length would be on a Rebel/x0D/7D). It can be useful if you are a portrait photographer, but don't go dropping another hundred bucks until you know it's necessary.
T3i it is then smile.gif Price wise, how much should I spend for a used T3i with 18-55?

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post #5 of 22
I'd actually suggest a T3 with kit lens over the T3i. The kit lens will be holding you back and the extra 6MP gained from the T3i will be more than likely useless to you. I'd suggest that you get a new T3 and a 18-135mm lens that way you won;t find yourself in situations where you need to switch out lenses and risk getting dust on your sensor.

A brand new T3 body with the canon 18-135 will run you $700 you can probably pick up both used for a total of $500.

The 18-135 is a great outdoor walk around lens.
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If you're in the US, check out the Canon Loyalty Program in my sig - a refurbished T3i kit can be had for about that price, and a refurb from Canon would carry a 90 day warranty. Definitely a better value than trying to find a used T3 and 18-135.
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Sounds good guys. I think I'll go with the ti3 refurb. In the mean time, its time for me to get acquainted with the stickies. smile.gif thanks for everyone's help!

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So I found a t3i kit brand new sealed for $400.00 off of cragslist... should I be worried?

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Just be smart about it when you go to meet up with the seller (if you do of course). Public places, safety in numbers, yada yada yada..
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Oh yeah, always. Thanks man.

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