EverydayGetaway wrote in post #18134586
What? Surly you must be joking...
DSLRs can be had for under $200 used and under $400 new... I started with a T2i and $200 Sigma 18-50/2.8-4.5 and some of my favorite shots even today were taken with that ($500) setup.
You don't need the nicest DSLR to take great pictures, you need knowledge and experience.
Agreed. If the OP (and GF) want to stay with old technology and ef-s lenses, a $1,300 kit is a quite capable. If she loves photography and gets in deep, that will be money she could have better spent on a 5D/5D2 and some fair EF glass. No way you make a well rounded collection EF glass for $1,000, leaving $300 for an old, out-of-warranty, no-longer-repaired, parts-not-available 5D. Spend $7-800 on a 5D2 and the budget goes south quickly.
28 1.8 $300
50 STM $75
85 1.8 $300
(notice we're over budget already)
28-105/135 zoom $150
70-200 f/4 non-IS $450
Add some lights/modifiers/controllers and the budget is approaching double the OP's stated limit. And no macro, long tele, or fast zooms. To me, that's a pretty thin kit for a good bit on the other side of $2,000.