I have had so many requests from beginning photographers on what camera they should buy. Their basic criteria is; what’s the best one for the money? First off, I wouldn’t buy any other brands than either Canon or Nikon, period. The reason is if you ever want to rent something your chances go way up with these two manufacturers. Since I am and always have been a Canon buyer; that is the only one I really know much about. Take the date of this article into consideration in your decision, things change so fast. If you are a budding pro who is going to shoot live events or have people in a studio setting you positively must have two cameras. One is your back-up. Nothing spells amateur more than just having one camera. You do not want to have a camera go south on you in the middle of a shoot. Not only is that client toast, but he or she will talk. So here’s the big finale folks; my choice, if I had limited funds and needed the best for the money, is a Canon Rebel T2i. And of course, all the lenses you can afford, but, you need to cover a wide angle to telephoto from like 17 – 300. You can do that in just 2 lenses if that’s all you can afford. But, I would suggest a fast 24 fixed lens to use for video. Actually, as of today’s date the T3i is available. The reason I choose the T2i is if you buy it on eBay for example, it’s fairly cheap. Plus, I actually own one and it’s quite a camera.