Interesting thing happened to me recently. For many years I have used Nikon equipment (since about 1984) and accumulated many non-pro lenses. My most "recent" DSLR was a D200.
Anyway, while I like my old equipment I needed something lightweight for travel. I ventured into the mirrorless world first with an Olympus EPL2, then with a Panasonic G5. Both had smaller sensors than what I preferred and the EPL2 turned out to be defective (battery overheated, front grip pealed off within the first week, etc.) The G5 was frustratingly complicated, but I stuck with it until I figured out how to get somewhat useable images.
Last weekend while at a theme park I dropped my G5. It suffered a nasty ding on the bottom plate and the focus ring of the kit lens chipped. My wife seeing how bummed out I was gave me the thumbs up to get another camera. My maximum allowed budget was $700.
My ideal camera would have to be lightweight (size didn't matter much as I have large hands), built-in viewfinder, decent IQ and preferably an articulating LCD. Since most of my lenses are older Nikon AF-D lenses, I would have to get a camera with a couple of kit lenses no matter what.
So, after much research I narrowed it down to either an entry level Nikon or Canon DSLR. I went to my local big name electronics store and handled both systems. I ended up liking the T3i the most as it was a perfect fit for my hands! I purchased the T3i with two kit lenses (18-55 and 75-300).
This is my first Canon! I just charged up the battery, set the time/date and started to fiddle around with the settings. Looks like I have plenty to learn about this cool little camera! It feels almost like I'm learning to speak a foreign language, but I'm looking to have fun in the process!
Any known quirks/suggestions/tips about the T3i?
p.s. I joined here about two years ago but never got the chance to purchase a Canon. Now hopefully I'll be here much more frequently.