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Canon gift advice
Michael L. Palmieri, Photographer
Barnegat | NJ | USA | Posted: 9:39 AM on 03.12.12
->> I would like to buy my sister a Canon DSLR for her wedding. She is already a Canon user and has some glass.

I am not too familiar with their consumer bodies. My question is this -- is the 60D worth the $300 more than the T3i for a non-pro? My sister minored in photo in college and is a good photographer. But ultimately, this camera will be for regular duty.

Any advice is welcomed.
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James Durbin, Photographer, Student/Intern
Kirkwood | MO | USA | Posted: 11:24 AM on 03.12.12
->> The 60D will outlast the Rebel, speaking from a build quality standpoint only. If she plans to use it for "regular duty" then I recommend the 60D even more. The Rebel series is really just designed for people who are getting into photography and it is meant to tide them over until they buy a real camera. Sorry if there are any hardcore Rebel users in here.
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Curtis Clegg, Photographer
Sycamore | IL | USA | Posted: 1:40 PM on 03.12.12
->> With every generation of the Rebel I am amazed at the amount of technology that is available for the price.

Aside from build quality as James mentioned, the thing I miss most on Rebels when I borrow one is the back dial. If your sister shoots in manual, she might miss having two dedicated dials, one for aperture and one for shutter speed.
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Baron Sekiya, Photographer, Photo Editor
Hilo | HI | USA | Posted: 3:18 PM on 03.12.12
->> The Rebels take a different battery than the 60D and cameras above it. Stick with the 60D as she can grow with it and if she decides to get a higher model of camera she will have the proper batteries, which aren't cheap.
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Peter Wine, Photographer, Photo Editor
Dayton | OH | USA | Posted: 6:58 PM on 03.12.12
->> I have a Rebel T2i, and the biggest difference I've heard about is the articulated screen on the T3i.

That said, I also have a Canon 1D, 10D and have owned the 30D.

I'm now using the T2i in place of the 1D more and more in situations where I need a higher than 400 or 800 ISO setting.

As others have said, the 60D is a better built camera, and if it follows the 10D and 30D progression, likely has an ISO between 800 and 1600 which the T2i (and likely T3i) does not.

I really miss that 800-1600 range a lot. (Which is why I sometimes use auto-ISO, as it can pick something in between, say 1200 when I'm using manual control...)

As I haven't used the 60D yet, I can't say whether it's worth it, but if I had the money, (but not enough for a 7D or 5DMk2) I'd buy one instead of a T3i.
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Jed Strahm, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | USA | Posted: 6:49 PM on 03.13.12
->> Might be a bit tacky, but if you can find a used one in the box, and save that little bit of dough you're talking about. Obvious I don't know the protocol in your family, but if it were me, I'd appreciate MORE camera over the new camera smell. Maybe think of something crafty to write on a note and stick it in the box on why you made the decision you did.
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