Thinking of buying a DSLR camera. Does this look like a good deal?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
3845 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MissGeeBee:   In general when you buy a camera body and a kit lens, you lose out a bit on the lens.  In my experience, the Canon 18-135 mm lens has slightly better image quality than the 18-200.  Both lenses are decent walk around lenses, though.

The price you quote is slightly lower than bhphotovideo’s current price, and also less than Hunt’s.

Personally I’d spring for the 7D, and whatever Canon lens suits your subject preferences.

Post # 6
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

For the price my FI says GET IT! Thats about as good of deal your going to get. As the 7D and comparable are a bit more pricey. It is a good camera, and it would be good to learn on if your interested in going further into photography, but will still be great on automatic, for your Hawaii trip. 

Post # 7
357 posts
Helper bee


MissGeeBee:  it depends how often and serious you are using this camera ( like if you’re using for professional reasons). If it’s more casual, a better camera that would suit your basic needs is the Canon Rebel T3i which is round $500-$600, and it’s an amazing basic camera. It still takes amazing pictures. 

Post # 9
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not sure what you plan to do in Hawaii but I would recommend the waterproof camera.  We have been to Hawaii twice. The first time we took our DSLR.  The second time we bought a new waterproof camera because we had to leave the DSLR behind so many times on the first trip and felt like we weren’t able to capture everything.  We were in Kauai where it rains a lot and on one miserable rainy hike we weren’t able to take any pictures and missed getting a shot of a pig that had gotten washed up in a tree (aling with some beautiful scenery).  With the waterproof camera you can take it snorkeling, kayaking and hiking in the rain with no worries and it still takes great pictures, plus it isn’t so big to lug around.  Thanks to our new camera we got pictures of the three humpback whales that swam ten feet from our kayak!  Have fun In Hawaii!

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Post # 10
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Barely_Blush:  I agree here. If you’re not looking to get into photograohy seriously and plan to primarily shoot on auto I would go with the t3 or t3i. I have the t3 and think it’s a great started dslr. Very user friendly, takes good pics on auto and has been easy for me to learn manual on (via a class). I bought a similar bundle for $500 but don’t foresee myself using the second lens much.

Post # 11
980 posts
Busy bee

I have the canon 60D and I love it. It was my first DSLR purchase and it is very easy to learn. It’s also slightly smaller than other models so easier to carry around when travelling. The quality of the photos you take really depends on the lens you have though so depending on how much you have I’d invest in a really good lens.

Post # 15
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have a t1i, really need to upgrade but yes I have some extra lenses with mine. I do some professional shooting on the side though. You can sometimes get better deals buying the body and then getting lenses. But that 60d seems like a decent deal to me! I have a 100mm macro I LOVE and a 50mm I got from a pawn shop with a traditional camera for $50.

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