Phoenixkh wrote in post #16998223
If I were starting from scratch today, I would probably buy a 70D with the 18-135 kit lens. I haven't used that lens but from the photos I've seen posted and the things I've read, it's IQ is as good as my 15-85. I think I'd go with the 18-135 STM and add the new 10-18 STM for landscapes. I haven't felt the need to go wider than 15mm but I would want to go wider than 17 or 18.
Many of us who tried photography and stuck with it think in this way, "what if I had known I'd have gone straight for X equipment", but that doesn't necessarily make for sound advice, nor for a healthy outlook of on the situation.
When I saw you starting to post on the forums (I'd check your membership date if I could now that I hit reply), the 70D didn't even exist, or at the very least wasn't out, so you couldn't even have really started with the 70D.
Plus, even if you can spend the money to get that equipment, and have become sufficiently interested in the hobby to do so, that doesn't mean that every beginner can do so. I tailor my advice in that way.
In my opinion, recommending a T4i/T5i with STM kit lens goes exactly in that way. It is a model that is affordable for the budget stated in the OP, offers the best AF available in the Rebel line (something equivalent to what is in the 60D), and lenses which are very capable from the viewpoint of IQ, build quality, AF speed and accuracy, usability with filters, and decent pricing.