I expect the 430EX II will be on the chopping block shortly after the 440EX-RT is released. (rumored this fall)
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In terms of post-processing software. Many will recommend Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop Elements, and even various plug-ins. Many people overlook the bundled software - Digital Photo Professional (aka: DPP). DPP is VERY good....
I would still go for the 24-105 over the 15-85 as:...
...I'm definitely set on the 60D or upcoming replacement (may end up holding off until June to see what happens). I've compared the T3i to the 60D and the T3i just feels small in my hand whereas the 60D fits well...Good decision and great choice, the wait game can drive one nuts.
One last question, the recommended lenses included some EF and EF-S. While I know that both fit the 60D, I'm less clear on what the impacts are to the perceived focal length and/or quality. Online postings seem to be somewhat contradictory on this matter. My understanding is that pictures taken with, say, 50mm focal length EF and EF-S lenses be framed differently on an aps-c sensor (as in the 60D) versus a FF sensor. Because of this, some postings have mentioned that an EF lens on an aps-c sensor will effectively extend the reach of the lens -- turning the 50mm into a 80mm lens (1.6x crop factor).
Wow, thank you. I must rethink the ste3rt, because for around 300 I can get another flash that communicates. Hmmm...And you get focus assist AND you get a potential on axis fill light. On the downside, it makes your camera side much heavier to lug around.
I'm probably going to wait for the new 440EX-RT as my on-camera flash and radio trigger. It is supposed to come out in the fall. At around $400 it's only marginally more expensive than the ST-E3-RT and offers the advantages above.
It should be as simple as turning it off. Even in the Auto modes, there's a setting to turn off the flash (press the flash icon at the 3 o'clock position on the rear dial, then rotate that dial to the off position - flash with the international symbol for no over it). Then, it won't pop up. In Av, Tv, and M, there's not even an option to have the flash automatically pop up - you must set it to off or on (or slow sync, in the case of Av mode).
personally i think the 24-105 f4L + canon 10-22 EF-S lens make a pretty nice combo
not that the 17-55 is bad or anything but the 24-105 is a really nice versitle lens and the 10-22 is pretty good for when you need to go really wide