Originally Posted by p8ntcheck45
Canon t3i (maybe t2i if that has video?) with kit lens and 50 1.8 lens if you need a camera with video,
Or a canon 30d or 40d with a tamron 17-50 2.8 if you don't need video
The T2i does have video, 720 and 1080.
Only additions to the T2i that the T3i has are a flip out screen and wireless flash control. Neither is essential to someone just starting out.
Not exactly sure what additions they did with the T4i but with it being newer, I'd save money and put it into glass.
The T2i was my first DSLR and it definitely got the job done. I still keep it in my bag as a backup.