Blondie22 wrote:CSKsMom wrote:Yep, for sure bfaddict! I have seen what I think are all of them now but the only the BB and Target bundles have the zoom lens. Funny how Walmarts deal is pretty much the same price but no zoom lens. This one my 17 yr old will be buying herself if she decides this is the camera she wants so definitely looking for the most bang for the buck without breaking the college fund. This camera will be for a college program so it's a plus if there is money left to actually pay for college, LOL!
Please please do your research on that zoom lens. It doesn't have Image Stabilization (IS) so it will pretty much require the use of a tripod. IS eliminates any hand shake that might come through in your photo when you push the shutter. 75-300 is going to be a very long range. Long story short, I bought the T3 but opted to not get the zoom lens because I knew it would be of no use to me. I used the money saved to purchase a 55-250 with IS from someone on Craigslist for $100. Fantastic lens, I don't use it very often, but it's great. Plus, the kit lens is 18-55mm and the zoom is 75-300mm, leaving you a big gap in your lenses. Just some things to consider!
I hear ya but we are in a unique situation. My kiddo who will be buying this for herself is a semi-pro photographer now. She will be going to college next year taking a digital photography diploma. IS is not a factor for her in the zoom lens and she actually needs a 300 lens for her sports photography that she does and gets paid for. At this price point, she will still have money left to buy other lens as she needs them, but I have a 250 lens anyway on my setup. Hopefully I get my dslr back as a bonus, LOL!