Originally Posted by Cole19
Is this a good camera to get into DSLR photography. I've shot point and shoot for a while now and believe I have some of the basics, I really feel like a need something to step up my game.
I am getting married and buying a house this year, so as close to 500 dollars as possible is about as much as I can spend. = 0
Any and all advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks a bunch guys!
The Canon Rebel XS is an excellent camera. It has very similar IQ to the more expensive T1i/T2i cameras, and while it lacks video mode and some extra features like spot metering and two AF points, it's still a very capable camera and an excellent one to transition into as a beginner photographer.
If you're willing, why not look to buy used on forum marketplaces like POTN
? A used Rebel XS with kit lens goes for ~$400 on there, and the extra $100 can be spent on another lens like the 50mm f/1.8 for low light and portraits.
In short, you can't go wrong with an entry level body like the XS. I think many of us on here started out with bodies similar to the XS ourselves. I myself started out with an XTi, which was an older camera than the XS, and even it was more camera than I was used to as I was starting out
Originally Posted by mrwesth
I really don't think you can go wrong with entry level canon DSLR's.
I would even suggest buying body only, and pairing it with a 50mm 1.8. If you don't mind forgoing the zoom of the kit lens you will get much better IQ out of the 50, nice wide aperture, and cheaper to boot!
However, don't be afraid to check out nikon too. I've used high and low end of both and they are pretty much the same line-up with minor advantages/differences here and there. So take a look, they may have a camera that works a little better for you.
The problem I have with Nikon is that while they do make great cameras, the D3000 is one I'm currently on the fence about. It's the only Nikon in his price range of $500, and while I think its guide feature is great (should be implemented in all entry-level DSLRs for new beginners, IMO), the CCD sensor makes me a bit nervous because it's noisier than CMOS sensors.
Also, haven't really seen you on the photography forum until today, mrwesth, but welcome! Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 1/6/11 at 2:05pm