04-28-2014 03:31 PM
I am looking to move up to a DSLR. Keep in mind I am NEW...be easy on me hehe =) I am crossed between a few T3, T3i and SL1. The t3's are a few yrs older so i don't know if I would be wise to buy an older camera model. For the money I would like something I will be able to keep for a few yrs with out it being obsolete. That is where I am looking at the SL1 for newer technologies/hardware. Also would you buy a camera refurbished ? Canon site had some pretty good deals on both the t3 and t3i with the standard 18-55 lens.
I will be photographing mostly landscapes, portraits, and nature.
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04-28-2014 03:56 PM
I would certainly not hestitate to buy a Canon refurbished camera.
The T3 (without the "i" suffix) is Canon's lowest price-point entry-level DSLR. It's the most basic. They've now introduced the T5 (also without the "i") replaces the T3 at the low-end of the entry-range.
The T3i (with the "i" suffix) was Canon's high-end entry-level body back in the year when it was introduced... then replaced with the T4i and ultimately the T5i. But the T3i, T4i, and T5i all use what is essentially the same Canon 18 MP sensor. Also... the SL1 uses the Canon 18 MP sensor as well.
Don't expect a dramatic difference in image between the T3i, T4i (which is discontinued becuase it was nearly identical to the T5i), T5i, and SL1. The differences will be in camera body features.
The 60D and now the new 70D are mid-range bodies, but since the 70D was released, you can get a pretty good price on the 60D (if that's within your financial budget). The body is much nicer than the Rebel bodies. The 60D also uses that same Canon 18 MP sensor. The mid-range bodies are slightly larger and have a control layout a bit more similar to the pro bodies in that they have a top-LCD screen (in addition to the rear screen) which displays more info and also has several instant access buttons to change the most commonly used settings (ISO, focus mode, drive mode, etc.) and in addition to the main control dial on the front (near the shutter button) there's also a large rear-dial that can be controlled via your thumb (quite comfortably). The mid-range bodies introduce some features of the pro cameras while not yet removing the features of the entry-level bodies (e.g "scene" based shooting modes are still there -- whereas on a pro body those are gone.)
Canon's online store has a refurbished section. That page is located here: http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/cameras/refurbished-eos-digital-slr-cameras#
04-28-2014 04:32 PM
+1 on Tim's advice. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to buy a refurb directly from Canon. I'd go for a T3i. It's several years old now, but still fairly representative of what's coming out in the latest entry models. It's not going to hold you back.
04-28-2014 05:36 PM
I want to keep my budget within $600
I do like the body of the 60d over the rebel bodies!! I like the 2nd LCD screen. I think for now I will stay within the rebel line. The T3i is looking appealing the refurbed price you can't beat @ $320.
Here comes another question about lenses. A buddy of mine warned me to stay away from kit lens the 18-55 & 75-300 and go for a Tamron 18mm-270mm bc it is essentially both the kit lenses without having to swap out lenses and has better image quality. Is this true?
04-28-2014 06:57 PM
Relative to a kit lens the Tamron is probably on par with IQ. But in general I tend to stay away from superzoom all-in-one lenses. Part of the benefit of SLR cameras is that you can pick the right lens for the job. In order to add a wider range to a lens you have to make compromises to the image quality, aperture size, etc. So camera manufacturers typically make zoom lenses in categories: ultra wide, wide angle, standard, telephoto, etc., and you swap out according to your need.
I’m not saying they don’t have their uses (they’re great travel lenses), and some people are ok with the lesser IQ for the convenience. I just prefer the latter, and large apertures.
All that said, I’m not really fond of the Canon 18-55 kit lens. Mine was a poor performer and broke quickly, but others seem to have better experiences. I replaced it with a Sigma 17-70 and thought it to be a much better standard zoom lens. If you’re buying it refurbished and they have a body only, I’d look at getting that and a better standard zoom.
The 55-250 kit lens, on the other hand, is a nice little lens given the price. They just released a new version, with a bit of an increase in IQ. But if budget is tight I’d buy the old 55-250 in a heartbeat. I’d imagine you could get one for cheap.
04-28-2014 07:30 PM