Exposure101 wrote in post #16987180
I have two friends looking into picking up their first DSLR. One of them can go as high as $900-1,000 while the other one's budget is around $750 or so.
I personally would recommend getting a 5Dc and invest in a lens (like the 17-40 or 24-105). I believe that can be had for $1,000 or under. As for the other friend, perhaps Rebel series camera? If so, which one is the best in that price range? I am not too familiar with the Rebel series. Both of them like to take mainly landscape pictures.
Thank you for any advice/recommendations!!
It really depends on what they want to shoot, and what lenses they want to use now and in the future. For a budget, APS-C really does let you get a lot of camera for the least cost and it can really benefit someone after longer telephoto reaches too, early on, with a budget. But it can also be a regrettable mistake for someone who is a depth of field junkie, who wants it as thin as possible, and a wide as possible angle on top of that. So it really just comes down to what they want to do.
Today's APS-C modern cameras are excellent in terms of quality. The old mentality that they were super inferior is not true today. So there's nothing wrong with that. I wouldn't worry about quality any more regarding APS-C and full frame.
Instead, I would worry about the interaction between APS-C and full frame regarding lens options in the context of what they want to primarily shoot.
The only full frame option in this budget is the 5D classic, if going Canon. It's still a very good and very useable camera if you want the cheapest full frame Canon can offer you, that is still able to print greater than 8x10's, with decent ISO performance. This would be a great way to start, if your friend wanted to do portraits, or if your friend was into having the thinnest depth of field for super isolation, creativity, etc, and into the widest angles possible, so someone who's into portraits, landscape, etc, with razor thin depth of field. You can get them for $450~500 typically on ebay. Or you can get good ones on KEH.com. Still a solid performing camera. And they can always sell them later, as they will always be in demand being full frame, and inexpensive. Great start, because they can grow past it, and not lose on their initial purchase.
The APS-C options are wide open, so many options. 60D? T3i (or later gen rebels)? Lots of choices here. The features are generally similar. Personally I would push the 60D over the Rebels for overall use, if for nothing else, re-sale value. People start and if they get into this, they will inevitable want newer and more options, so whatever they buy first, if it's something they can easily re-sale, it's a good purchase, and the 60D is one of those options.
So my vote: 5D classic or 60D.