« on: January 25, 2012, 09:06:28 PM »
Based on your price range, if you want to start shooting right now, the best choices are probably the 60D or the 3Ti. I have the 3Ti, and have been very happy with it. It has the same processor, sensor, ISO range and number of pixels as the 60D. If you think you may use the video feature, both have articulating screens . That’s a feature that I have found to be very helpful, and why I’d suggest the T3i over the T2i. Since they are so close in features, you may want to go to a camera store and get the feel for both of them. If you don’t find the T3i to be too small or too light, it may be the camera for you. The extra couple hundred bucks you save can go towards getting a good lens.
You may have already noticed announcements about replacements for both these models. I wouldn’t worry about that. I still get a good amount of use out of my 40D that’s more than four years old. Yes, Canon updates the Rebel series (3Ti) about every year and the xxD series about every 18 months, but they don’t suddenly become obsolete. Having said that, there’s good chance you may want more than either of these camera can deliver in a few years’ time if you really get the bug. But based on your budget I’d suggest the T3i unless you really prefer the 60D.
Good luck, and please post what you decide.