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|05-08-2012 01:45 PM|
Actually it looks brand new - it is a typical trick for manufacturers to label 'reburbished' to sell out old models just before releasing new model.
|05-08-2012 09:46 AM|
|fgld73||I think at $399 this is to much for this camera. I recently purchased a new in box Nikon D3000 with the 18-55mm VR lens at $224 from Sears. I think the Nikon would be pretty much comparable to the T3. I would wait until the Canon dropped below $300 then it would be good deal.|
|05-08-2012 09:40 AM|
I don't think there's going to be any explicit Dad/Grad deals, but there have been an exceptionally high flow of deals lately, which is why I would aim to be a bit more aggressive with price targeting, especially if you're looking for a 2 lens deal.
One should note that if you've used older DSLRs, the T3 body in particular feels cheaper. It's not bad and it's probably structurally fine, but the lack of any rubber finishing definitely is surprising when you first grip it. But it "looks" the same to the casual onlooker.
I bought a 28-135 secondhand as my other lens, mainly because I often travel/sightsee in contexts where I can't/don't want to bring a camera bag with me. As such, the 28-135 has all the range I could feasibly need.
I know it's the kit lens from the 50d/60d, but I don't do enough hardcore photography you justify the ~400ish jump to the 60d. I just wanted to replace my aging Olympus kit, which altogether sold for about $275 after ebay fees. So my total upgrade cost was basically $300.
55-250 and 50mm are excellent lenses to complement the kit. The 70-300mm type lenses can good but you'd have to go for something like an L mount which is going to make the lens wayyy more expensive than this body. You'd be better off investing in a better body than a T3.
Hope this helps.
|05-08-2012 04:14 AM|
There are several good lenses, but they tend to be off brand like Tamron, Sigma, etc. Honestly... I stick with Canon. I may pay a premium for the lenses, but their resale value is usually better. I'd probably suggest a 15-85mm as your best bet for getting a good lens that is somewhat affordable.
Also, T2i is the next step up over the T3... and that is a really good camera.
|05-08-2012 01:59 AM|
What are these T3i pkgs you're speaking of? I'm not seeing any standout stellar ones that don't require me to do the stupid printer thing..
Also interesting that you say the 70-300mm is no good. (Relatively.) Any others I shouldn't waste my time/money on? I would have jumped on it since that $100 is so cheap.. especially with coups avail out there..
Thanks for anyone's two cents.
|05-07-2012 06:45 PM|
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|05-07-2012 06:00 PM|
if you're looking for a telephoto lense, this is a great deal to go with the t3
75-300mm for $99
|05-07-2012 05:48 PM|
|05-07-2012 05:42 PM|
PM to staples. Add 8GB card and 2 year warranty plus $30 off $150 seems like a good alternative.
This is the camera yes? http://www.staples.com/Canon-EOS-...uct_927344
|05-07-2012 05:34 PM|
it's a refurb but a lot of people jumped on it a few weeks back...
|05-07-2012 05:30 PM|
|05-07-2012 05:27 PM|
|05-07-2012 05:14 PM|
I agree that Canon and Nikon are comparable. Nikon bodies tend to be a bit smaller than Canon bodies. My system is Canon but sometimes I wish their bodies were smaller.
The biggest question would be whether this is the proper entry level for you. The next step up is the higher resolution T3i. If you think you may get more serious about photography over time, the T3i might be a better place to start. It's entry level but a step up in resolution and maybe some other useful features. While you might outgrow even the T3i, you will be happier living with it for a few years until an upgrade is in the budget.
A second longer zoom lens, probably a 70-300 or 55-250, will likely be the next addition to your Canon collection. If money is tight, the second lens might add more enjoyment than the T3i body.
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