Originally Posted by BigieSmallz
I have been doing a lot of research on a new camera. Right now I have a basic sony cybershot but would like to upgrade to a dslr. I am going to be taking a basic photography class here at my local community college so I can learn the basics. I have a budget of about $1000, I would like to make it to $1300 to the Cannon 60d or the nikon 7000 but I cant see myself forking out that much more money. You can buy them with no lens for cheaper but I JUST DONT KNOW! Any help would be appreciated.
I agree with Robert. Find out what you need first, then make a plan as to what to buy from there. The odds are you won't need a really expensive camera. It's not about the camera, it's about what the person behind the camera does with what he or she has.
IMO, far too many people drop tons of money into the newest DSLR's and still only manage to take snapshots with it. These same people often call themselves "proffessional photographers" and they're not even close.
A friend of ours is a pro photographer and he can do wonders with a Fuji throw away camera. One would never know that he didn't use a $6,000 camera ( not including the lense) if he didn't say that the photographs was taken with.
If you can get into a decent camera body for a decent amount, there are companies that will rent out lenses if you need a specific lense that may be out of your budget. This is something the friend that I mentioned above does when he wants to play with a lense, but not invest the cash. He'll rent a lense for a weekend and go shoot whatever tickles his funnybone that day.
I'm guessing that this class you are taking is going to be a newbie class, so you shouldn't need a $3,000 lense. They may require a 50 mm as most classes that I'm aware of do, but you really shouldn't need more than that.
I'm a Canon snob, so I have no thoughts on Nikons. But, another place to poke around for cameras and camera related stuff is http://www.bhphotovideo.com/
Sometimes they sell refurbished cameras at a fraction of the cost of new stuff. My only warning about them is if you decide you want to buy a camera from them, read all the fine print and understand what the camera comes with. They often have camera "kit deals" but they fail to mention that the camera doesn't come with a battery, ect so you end up getting nickeled to and dimed to death for the stuff that is needed to make the camera work. If you find that you're running into that problem, you'll be better off looking locally.
B&H is a cool store, I've been there in person, but their habit of claiming to sell kits when it isn't a complete kits sucks.