Canon 60D vs Canon T3i (600D) vs Nikon D5100 with ~ 18-85 lens, which kit?

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Canon 60D vs Canon T3i (600D) vs Nikon D5100 with ~ 18-85 lens, which kit?
Feb 29, 2012

Hello,

I am going to buy my first DSLR for taking pictures of kids, for portraits, group photos, architecture, and landscapes, in daylight and low light conditions, indoors and outdoors. I am not going to do anything fancy with them such as make poster size prints and etc. but I do want to take quality pictures. I came down to the following choices but despite this comparison I still cannot decide.

http://blog.dojoklo.com/2011/02/20/canon-t3i-600d-vs-t2i-550d-vs-60d-vs-7d-etc/

1) Canon 60D or T3i (600D) or Nikon D5100.

2) If Canon then one of these:
-- EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM; 4.8 rating on Canon website, app. $700.
-- EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; 4.1 rating, app. $500.
-- EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS; 3.8 rating, app. $340.

3) If Nikon then:
-- AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR; 4.7 on Nikon website, app. $630
-- AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR; 4.2 rating, app. $430.

I'd appreciate your input to help me with my choice.

The third Canon lens on my list (18-135) does not have USM, should I immediately rule it out ?

If I upgrade to a full frame camera in a couple of years, are these lenses will be compatible? Nikon website says DX lenses are not compatible. What about Canon?

Thank you!

Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5) Canon EOS 60D Nikon D5100
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