Most people follow this question by saying “I have NO IDEA what I’m looking for!”
Remember, NOTHING substitutes a professional photographer’ services. 🙂 But in the case of wanting a solid camera for family memories, here’s my answer: I’m a Canon girl. While I never had a Canon Rebel, the Rebel series is Canon’s introductory DSLR system.
There are three “levels” of Canon camera bodies:
- pro-sumer (“professional consumer”)
- professional (which is what I use for my photography business)
I would consider the Rebel series a HOBBYIST camera. It is NOT for professionals. If you sell your images, even for a nominal fee, I urge you to at least look at the pro-sumer level DSLRS.
As of today, Canon has Rebels (with a kit lens) ranging from $549-$899. Remember this is not your total investment. As a hobbyist, you will probably want more than one lens, but a kit lens is ok to start with. You will need CF cards, an extra battery, a camera bag, and beginner editing software (like Adobe Elements). I have personally never used Adobe Elements – I went to school for computer graphics, so I have always used the full-blown version of Photoshop.
As of today, Canon’s pro-sumer series ranges from $999-$1699.
As of today, Canon’s professional series ranges from $2499-$6999.
Hope this helps!
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