Thanks for the help everyone! I used to own an xsi but had to sell it. I still consider myself a newbie to dslr's though. Was contemplating the t4i but after a bit of research on the net and then playing with the 60d at best buy...the 60d just felt better compared to the rebels. That 50mm f1.8 lens is nice...I like it and will order it also. What other lens should I pick up? Was gonna get the kit with the 18-200mm lens but not anymore. Seems like the 18-135mm is a better choice so I might go with that. Or I'll just pick up the body only and get whatever lens you all recommend. I have about $1500 to start off with.
Right on! I'm glad you are considering my recommendation! The Canon 50mm f1.8 is a beautiful and cheap lens but FYI: you need a lot of room to back up and get the shot. That's why I've still got my 18-135mm kit. It's nice to be able zoom back to 18mm for when you are shooting in small rooms or crowded areas. However, I must say the 50mm F1.8 makes people at ease when you are shooting portraits. People won't realize how close up the shot is even though you are standing 10-15 feet away! It tends to make people more comfortable when you're not shooting up close.
If you are looking for a long zoom lens the 70mm-200mm and the 70-300mm zoom lenses are great for shooting sporting events. Be sure to get one with at LEAST an auto focus and at BEST an Image Stabilizer too. (However, most people on here will probably say that an Image Stabilizer is absolutely necessary.) Keep in mind that if the 50mm f 1.8 means you gotta stand 10 feet away to take a portrait, a 70-300mm means you gotta stand at least 15-25 feet.
Here's the site I check first before I make any major purchases... www.dealnews.com
Type in whatever you are looking for into the search box. If you don't see anything listed, check mark the "show expired deals" box and it will show you how often the thing you are looking for goes on sale, and how much you can save if you wait for the next deal. Happy shopping!