Any release dates yet?
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Can you not get in on the B&H 60D deal ($899 for 60D+18-135 and a few other things)?
Thus dust sealing is more important to me, and in this category even the 60d should do ok (unless non-sealed lenses, esp. zooms which will attract dust and sand like a magnet).
The 17-55mm f/2.8 IS is even more expensive. IMO, the 17-55mm is the best general purpose zoom for APS-C, and the 15-85mm is a close second. Both lenses are of L-series optical quality (as is the 10-22mm), but not build quality. Compared to the 24-105L or 17-40L, those three EF-S lenses (17-55, 15-85, 10-22) actually deliver better IQ than the 24-105 and 17-40 L lenses on the same APS-C camera (and the 17-55 outperforms the 16-35L II on APS-C, I know from personal experience).
Do you see yourself getting more serious about photography? Why not go directly to FF? If you have the money, you can go for a 6D or 5D2 for just a little bit more. If not, go for a 5D classic. 5D + 50mm F1.4 + flash will go a long way. You can add lenses as you go. If you see yourself going FF sometime soon, don't waste your money on an APS-C body and lens. Just my 2 cents.
I believe it's an affair you have with Canon, not marriage. Marriage is supposed to make you poorer AND miserable.
Also, just to mentioned, you said you are interested in the 60d as you plan to hold onto it for 5 years, but that model is 2 years old, and the t4i is the latest rebel model. I haven't researched this, but I think the t4i might have better ISO performance, and while many other features are great to have, that is a big one to consider and research. I do know that the t4i has the newest digic processor, while the 60d has the previous generation of processor. Just something to think about. If I plan to keep a piece of technology for 5 years, I prefer to have the most recent iteration of said technology, for that reason, I'd look strongly at the t4i. Especially if its cheaper, and even more so if the ISO performance is stronger, as I suspect it might be.
Well, yes...that's exactly what I did. The best choice would be to get the 18-135 and the 50/1.4. But I wasn't sure that was viable from a cost standpoint. Even better would be the 15-85mm lens and the 50/1.4. Plus a good tripod for nightscapes. Or the 5DIII and several L lenses. Just stop me when the cost gets too high...
Welcome to the club, you're on your way to becoming a poor man.
... but not the usability, the larger size, the lcd screen and back dial make a large difference in handling (at least to me).
Questions, 1) image quality wise, which of the two excel? 2) which would be better in low light or bright light? 3) Will I be missing out on the reach of the 18-135mm (close-ups/ tele) IF I do decide to get the 50mm f1.4?I'd get the 18-135mm kit lens, and consider the cheaper 50/1.8 initially - versatility of a zoom plus low light capability of a fast prime for a reasonable cost.
Neuro answered your questions, but I have one for you: have you considered the latest Rebel versus the 60D? Generally, the T4i's about $300 cheaper than the 60D, the features are in the same league and both cameras will produce about the same image quality. If you become serious about photography- you're likely going to upgrade from either of these models, anyway. The T4i would get you started and leave something in the budget for lenses or other accessories.