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A bit of background, I learnt photography on a pentax k1000 with a 50 mm prime about a year ago. Once i had finished that course i started using my parents old Nikon 60d which was my first real use of DSLR. Its a fairly solid camera but it only has 6 megapixels which limits the size i can print to.

So S am looking for a bit of an upgrade. I was looking at getting a rebel t3i body for 600, but i have no idea what lens to pick up with it, I need suggestions preferably under $300 US. I mainly shoot in urban areas and for family holidays. I was thinking of a 28 mmish prime so so with the crop factor it would be around 45 mm, again i really need suggestions.

I am also open on alternative entry range DSLRS's.

thanks in advance
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I recommend going to dpreviews.com as their entire forum is dedicated towards photography. Also, ever consider buying a used body? (so you can save money and get a better lens... that's really where the cost of the camera is anyways)
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7D 7D 7D 7D its mwarrens favorite camera tongue.gif







jk though. inside joke rolleyes.gif



what lenses do your parents have for their nikon? if you buy into nikon you can use their lenses if they have anything that would save you from getting the canon version of said lens. do you have any friends that shoot canon/nikon/sony? if so it easier when starting out if you can borrow and share with friends rather than having to buy all your own stuff thumb.gif

under $300 you are going to need to buy used.

if your budget is higher and you want to buy new camera kit with 18-55 lens then look at either T3i or D3200. my vote would go for D3200
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I recommend going to dpreviews.com as their entire forum is dedicated towards photography. Also, ever consider buying a used body? (so you can save money and get a better lens... that's really where the cost of the camera is anyways)

Their forums are terrible. You would be better going to photography-on-the.net (Canon forums) or fredmiranda.com (more Nikon oriented, but still plenty of Canon users).

I agree with conspiracy though. As you may know already, photography can get expensive.
    
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D3200/used or refurb D7000 and 35/1.8 DX. I can't even bring myself to recommend Canon to anyone not already invested heavily in their lens system anymore, and this is coming from someone who was.
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What is so bad about canon?
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Inherently, nothing. They make good cameras and great lenses just like Nikon -- but their market positioning and current model lineup is mysteriously expensive for no discernable advantage over the similarly-priced offerings from Nikon. Their crop sensor lineup is hurting for a sensor upgrade, and that's my biggest area of concern -- not just high-iso performance, but more important things like tonal reproduction and dynamic range. If you pick Canon, there's not any problem as far as I'm concerned. They make great cameras and lenses and you'll be happy either way. But just know they're still kind of playing catch-up with Nikon and, ironically, Pentax.
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T2i from Canon refurb for $300 and Tamron 17-50 2.8 Non VC for $400. Use the extra $300 to get a speedlite for bounce/fill. Thank me later wink.gif. T2i is all that you need as the center af point and recompose is just as good as even the 7D as only the center point makes use of the fast lenses by "seeing" f 2.8/5.6 allowing you to get in focus images very fast and accurately. It also has the same high iso performance as the 7D and the same image quality.
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I literally just bought a nikon 3200 for $509 with the kit lens as I couldn't find it this cheap with out it. I think I got a pretty good deal. I am going to America in December so I was going to pick up a nice lens or two while I was there.
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