DSLR purchase options

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DSLR purchase options

So, my husband asked me last night what I would "realistically" want in a camera if we could buy an SLR right now. We have talked about various cameras, like the Canon 3Ti and the 60D, as well as lens options. He asked, would I want a better camera (i.e. the 60D) that cost more, but would prevent us from investing much in lenses right now; or would I want something more like the 3Ti, where perhaps I could invest immediately in a macro lens (as I love macro photography) or a portraiture lens.

I think I would be inclined to get a little less in terms of the body and invest more in some lens that I'd like, rather than spend more on the body and long for lenses that we can't afford. But I would really like some input, as I'm not sure what the best course of action would be. What would you do if you had, say, $1,000 - $1,600 to spend? Would you get a pricier camera with fewer lenses, or go for something lower end and invest in a lens or two that you would really like?

Any and all advice needed and appreciated!!

(I'm trying not to get my hopes up that DH was asking about this for Christmas. I doubt it as we really can't afford it and we just took what little extra money we had socked away to get a decent TV, but you never know, I suppose!!!)

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Well, all that I can tell you is what has worked for me so far. I own a Rebel XTi. All I had was the kit lens for that (18-55) for a year. Then I got the 55-250. Now, 3 years later, I still have the same DSLR and a new 50 1.4 lens.

I don't quite feel like I have outgrown my camera yet. I was starting to feel like I was just before I got the 50, but once I got that lens, I realized that it wasn't really my camera, I just needed better lenses. Honestly, I'm perfectly happy with my little Rebel right now. Would I like to have a more "pro" camera? Yes. But I think that, at this point, I want to experiment with different lenses.

I've seen some amazing images on ILP from people using the older Rebel models. I know you've heard it before, but it's the photographer, not the camera.

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I'm wanting lens right now, telephoto for hockey is #1, I'd also like a Macro and Portorit. So I would likely buy the less expensive body and get a lens to go with it.

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I agree. good body great lens

Hope you get a nice pressie under the tree

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def. invest more in the lenses than the body. You won't notice a HUGE difference from one crop frame model to another, i don't think, but from one lens to another....YEAH! I have a Nikon D3100 (basic entry level) and when i got my 35mm 1.8, it rocked my world and i LOVE it. I feel like everyone who i did pics for before this lens, was ripped off, LOL.

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Agreed- lens over body. Smile Can't wait to hear!

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Thanks for the great advice, ladies, I will pass it on to DH!

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I would probably recommend a lower end body (T3i), 100mm 2.8 macro, and a 50mm 1.8. If you purchase all refurbished from Canon Direct it would be around 1,300 (that is US, not sure how it differs for Canadian).

I'm the queen of research, if you need help just let me know Smile

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That's right along the lines of what I was thinking about, Jen. Good to know the refurbished prices aren't too bad. Thanks for the info and willingness to help!

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I agree that if you don't plan on going into biz, then go for the lower end body and invest in good lenses. However, I started with an entry level camera and outgrew it pretty quickly. I've now got a crop sensor semi-pro camera (Nikon D300) but am now wishing I had a FF camera. I have never had fancy lenses (I have a Tamron 17-50 2.8, a nifty fifty 1.8 and a Nikkor 70-300 VR 4.5) but I admit I wonder what I could produce with top notch glass. I will not invest in good glass unless it will be compatible with FF as that is where I plan on going eventually.

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For those of you who have upgraded your cameras, at what point did you know that you outgrew your camera?