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Canon T3i for a 14 year old (or, a used good quality older dSLR?)

 
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Dec 11, 2012 06:26 |  #1

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A friend emailed me to tell me her daughter is a photo freak and wants a dSLR camera for Xmas. I have no idea if she already has a P&S, I am guessing yes.

She doesn't want to spend a ton of money yet - want to see if she discards the hobby or trashes the camera. Wants to know if the T3i is a decent camera or not.

I don't know if this camera has menu-driven manual settings, or not, or if the lenses she buys will be interchangeable with other Canons. Definitely not 5Ds, at least, right? IOW she may be spending a lot for a system that may be obsolete when her kid turns 20 and wants a real camera.

Any thoughts? Muchas Gracias.


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Dec 11, 2012 06:56 |  #2

T3i Is a good camera. Thats my current and only body. It handles a of things well minus high iso performance. It will be a great camera for anyone at any age. They sensor is APS-c like your 7d and 30d. The lenses are interchangeable with other Canon bodies. If she buys EF-s lenses then those will only fit on other APS-C bodies. And what makes the T3i not a "real camera"? T3i and your 7d have the same sensor. While it may not be as rugged it certainely shares many similarites!


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Dec 11, 2012 07:07 as a reply to  @ TheycallmeLamy's post |  #3

I would look into the Canon loyalty program(CLP), you can get a t2i with a kit lens for $450, comes in a nice canon box, nice Xmas gift.

https://photography-on-the.net …hp?t=948785&hig​hlight=CLP




  
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Dec 11, 2012 09:42 |  #4

If she doesn't mind buying a used or refurb camera, that wouldn't be a bad idea. Then if her daughter decides photography isn't for her, she can sell the camera and not be out a bunch of $$.


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Dec 11, 2012 09:44 |  #5

mark2009 wrote in post #15352515 (external link)
I would look into the Canon loyalty program(CLP), you can get a t2i with a kit lens for $450, comes in a nice canon box, nice Xmas gift.

https://photography-on-the.net …hp?t=948785&hig​hlight=CLP

I second this, wonder if there's any stock left after Black Friday though!


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Dec 11, 2012 10:17 |  #6

The T3i with kit lens would work well for a beginner for sure. There's likely to be some more sales before Christmas as well. The T2i suggested above isn't a bad idea either.




  
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Dec 11, 2012 13:55 |  #7

Used 20d for $225. This is one of Canon's all time best prosumer bodies. They can often be found used as a kit which usually includes a kit lens. My wife has my vintage 20d (circa 2004) and I had my intern pick up a used 20d kit. Nice thing is it's an ef-s mount so cheaper lenses are available for it.


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Dec 11, 2012 14:34 |  #8

The T1i kit was ~$300 around BF. Not sure if they still have any stock though. T3i kit would be fine too if you can find a good price. I'd look in the T1i to T3i range.


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Dec 11, 2012 16:31 |  #9

Yes the T3i will be fine, as will a T2i or T1i.
The Canon refub store will get you a good price.
The CLP will get you a great price.
The standard 18-55 kit lens will be fine for a starting lens.
I see no reason to spend more for brand new when a refurb would be fine.
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Dec 11, 2012 20:36 |  #10

BrickR wrote in post #15354673 (external link)
Yes the T3i will be fine, as will a T2i or T1i.
The Canon refub store will get you a good price.
The CLP will get you a great price.
The standard 18-55 kit lens will be fine for a starting lens.
I see no reason to spend more for brand new when a refurb would be fine.
Merry Christmas!

My daughter is 11 (soon to be 12). I bought her a T3i with the 18-55 (about $450 through CLP with tax and shipping) and will give her my old nifty fifty as well.


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Dec 12, 2012 06:32 |  #11

Thank you everyone

I let my friend know that this was a great camera. I knew nothing about it.

Nifty 50 is a great idea...


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