Mavgirl wrote in post #16049610
The T3 is a solid entry level camera. The fact is that some of us have shot with far less and had no problems achieving good focus. You can learn to use any AF system to your advantage and becoming adept at manually focusing when necessary can also serve you very well (I can MF faster than many of my lower end lenses lock on with my 50D and 6D).
Well, yes, of course. But the fact of the matter is that he's shooting action, and will probably be shooting with a relatively fast lens at that (meaning, shallow depth of field).
Could he manually focus with a T3? Sure. But he'll be up against a dim viewfinder and he'll be going at it with essentially no experience.
If there were a really compelling advantage of the T3 over, e.g., the 40D, then I would be more inclined to recommend the T3 if that advantage really were that spectacular. But it's not. And it has a host of disadvantages.
Could the T3 limit you in some ways? Yes. But you can totally learn to work within and then around those limits. And once you've learned how to push that bare bones camera to it's limits you can carry those skills to your next camera you will be able to push that camera even further.
That's true. However, he can learn those things just as well with a more capable camera as with a less capable one. The difference is that the less capable camera will not give him options. And options are what you want when you're trying to get the shot. It's better to have more capability than less, especially if all other things of import are equal. In this case, not only are they more or less equal (high ISO is the only real difference, but even that only differs by about a stop, which won't really matter until he's up above ISO 6400. As you can see from my previously posted example shot, the 40D does nicely at ISO 5000, just 1/3 stop below ISO 6400), but they come at a cost savings to boot.IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/photos/n2185x/9095282595/ IMG_5088-1.jpg
The fact of the matter is that the 40D is the most camera he can get for the money in the T3 price range.
If he's to be saddled with a "basic" camera, then he may as well get a 20D for around $125, which is what KEH is selling one for right now (and it comes with a 6 month warranty to boot). It'll do very good ISO 3200 with the proper postprocessing, and people are still getting fantastic results with it (and its 30D sibling) to this day: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=464354
Oh, think the 20D/30D can't do ISO 6400? Think again. ISO 3200, pushed a stop. No luminance noise reduction. Standard Lightroom color noise reduction (25). Processed in Lightroom 4. Reduction in blacks only:
, on Flickr
Yep, there are white speckles at 100%. That can be eliminated in postprocessing. Note how they don't show up much at sufficiently reduced size.
While the above isn't as good as what can be achieved by the current generation cameras, it's worlds
better than what the OP can get with his current gear. And it's dirt cheap
: $125 with a 6 month warranty!
The reason I recommend the 40D is because of its autofocus capabilities. But as I said, if it's just a basic camera he wants/needs, the 20D is a far better deal than the T3.
If you're just starting out in DSLR photography, there really isn't any reason to go with a new camera body unless you really need video, something that is generally better done with a dedicated video camera (because the out-of-the-box ergonomics for video in a DSLR are horrible, and you'll spend a big pile of money fixing just that).