Summary: This is my first DSLR camera body. I had several Canon lenses and Pentax lenses for old film-SLR. I thought to buy one of those camera bodies for a long time, because I miss the big lenses that can shoot in the dark, which the regular digital camera cannot do well. The Canon T3i obviously is cheaper but with better pixel quality. I was worried that without a stabilizer, the old lenses will not do well.
Conclusion: I LOVE this camera! I was hesitant to purchase at first because of the price, but I am so glad I did. I do mostly video and candid photos. This camera is easy to use and takes amazing photos and HD 1080 videos. My only con is that is that the zoom is loud and "piecy" in videos. I would suggest getting multiple batteries also because battery life is short for long videos.
Pros: Nice features/settings, Quick Start-up time, excellent image quality, Simple controls/menu, easy to use, excellent quality videos
Cons: noisy, Short battery life, Heavy/Bulky, zoom loud in videos, zoom shaky in videos
Summary: I've had this camera for almost a month now and I'm in love. As a new photography student, this kit was an awesome starter solution. I got the two-lens package (18-55mm and 75-300mm). I'm a videographer and bought this camera specifically over the T3 because of the T3i's full HD video capacity. Great starter kit!
Summary: Very pleased with camera and lenses, but bag is horrible. The bag included in the kit is not big enough to hold camera, additional lense, and battery charger. All I can get into my bag is my camera, 18-55mm lense, and charger. Very disappointed that they don't include a bag that is completely functional.
Summary: You get what you pay for and this kit lives up to the Canon name. The body and lenses are high quality and durable. I use this for astrophotography and have not been disappointed with the results.