Since this is a seperate topic (in case of confusion, I had posted earlier about whether I should take the plunge and get myself a DSLR), I thought I'll do another post. As most people had pointed out to me, it seems to make most sense to get hold of an actually DSLR and then learn from there. So, after some searching and alot of reading, I've narrowed my choices down to two for now. The Canon EOS Rebel T3i(that comes w EF-S 18-55m lens) and the Canon 60D (that comes with EF-S 18-135mm lens).
Okay, here are my thoughts, I'm not sure how much sense they make, please feel free to let me know if I'm not making sense. I really hope to make a good value-for-money purchase that will fit my needs in the long run.
My main focus and interest would be people, mostly kids, hopefully in action, indoors and outdors, in lighting conditions of all types.
I'm currently in the States for a while, and the price difference of these two for me (based on the best price I could find online) would be nearly USD$400 (kinda alot of money here but still affordable yet would be a COMPLETE waste if I dont maximise the 60D's capabilities, right?). I've read thru and compared the specs of both DSLRs several times but because I have like ZERO experience, I'll need you guys to help me weigh in on this to make sure Im not making the wrong choice.
Here are the differences I've got from the specs:
-recording format, 60D has M-RAW and S-RAW but T3i doesnt (I cant think my books said what M and S RAW means..)
-60D has color temperature setting (wth is that?) but T3i doesnt
-eyepoint (again, what does this do?): T3i's approx 19mm, 60D's is 22mm
-focusing screen: 60D says Interchangeable (Ef-D: Grid lines, Ef-S: Point of focus, Ef-A standard focusing screen provided) T3i says Fixed. (again, what is this?)
-60D has "External Flash Settings, Flash function settings, Flash C.Fn settings", T3i doesnt state so.
-Continuous Shooting Speed : 60D high speed 5.3 low speed 3.0; T3i max 3.7
-Metering mode: 60D has Real-time Evaluative metering with the image sensor, T3i uses AF point-linked evaluative metering & Center-weighted average metering
(is this important?)
So, are these differences likely to be important enough to me to worth the price and weight dfference between the two (ok, if you cant tell yet, I'm not a man, am more on the petite side, and do not like lugging around unnecessary weight, so this DOES matter to me, haha yes I'm a wimp )?
I am also concerned that the 18-135mm lens really do seem to be much bigger than the 18-55mm, and that WILL contribute to the weight, right? Would the 18-135mm lens help me signficantly with my photograpahy if I'm photographing kids/people?
I cant get the 60D with the 18-55mm lens cos its not sold as a set and if I buy seperately, its gonna end up costing me MORE than the lens it came bundled with(the 18-135m).
And a last question, IF (a huge IF) I ever want to do this more professionally (very prolly not, but just curious) would either DSLRs cut it (with the addition of more equipment like other/better lens of cos)?
So......what do you all reckon?