Every other week, sometimes more frequently, a friend, family member, or colleague asks me when is the best time to purchase a digital SLR camera. Most often, I tell them to wait until the next Canon lens bundle promotion, unless of course they want to go with Nikon. It looks like we’re actually on the tail end of one such promotion.
The current bundle promo is eligible on the Canon Rebel T3i camera kit with 18-55mm lens*, the Canon Rebel T3i camera kit with 18-135mm lens*, and the Canon T3 with 18-55mm lens. The T3i with 18-55mm lens is what most people will want to go with, but if you’re on a tight budget, the T3 with 18-55mm kit will serve you almost as well.
Then, add the 55-250mm IS telephoto lens to the order. This lens is priced at $200, and the bundle discount takes off an extra $150. This is one of the best budget-friendly zoom lenses that Canon offers, and it is a nice complement to the 18-55mm kit lens.
There is also a mail-in-rebate offer on the Canon Pixma Pro9000 II inkjet printer. This printer is priced at ~$450, and the rebate is for $400. A lot of people resell these printers, but they’re also nice to keep and offer incredible print quality.
*Amazon reports that the T3i bundle discount was valid until Oct 15th, but they might (will probably) come back again soon. The T3 bundle discounts are still valid until Oct 29th, or while supplies last. The T3 product page is actually showing a $200 bundle discount if you purchase the $200 Canon 55-250mm IS telephoto lens with it, making it a little over $500 for the combo right now.