Originally Posted by timmy
However, your suggestion for good combo would set a buyer back approx $1700 for the camera and $1000 for the lens so that's not a entry level suggestion I hope. Going by the video's conclusions a relative beginner could start out with a 500D at$570 and the $1000 lens and probably get very good pictures anyhow, still saving around $1100.
I think the point probably should be that the lens DOES matter more than the body in most situations, but that it is unlikely that someone who can throw $1000+ at glass is going to skimp on an entry-level body. More so, the difference between a decent $500 lens and a $1500+ L-series lens is insignificant to most folks. A $600 body with a $500 lens is going to create great pictures in most situations.
Case in point, last year I purchased a 7D with a 28-135 kit lens and then separately purchased a 17-55mm f/2.8 lens (hmmm, why does that sound familiar...). I gave my old camera body (original EOS digital rebel) to my wife along with the 28-135 (replacing the really ****ty 18-55 kit lens that ships with those). That camera's pictures are now 100% better than they were before. And though my 7D + 17-55 still puts it to shame in low light or action situations (and resolves more detail in portraits), it is nearly as good for travel / landscapes and fine for casual shots.
Ebay for my wife's setup is around $600. I got a good deal on 7D & 17-55, but still set me back around $2400. I'd spend that again and more, but there's no doubt that most folks could never justify spending 400% more for my walkaround kit.
Oh, and I still use my $80 nifty-fifty for some of my portrait shots with great results, proving that there doesn't even have to be "lots of glass" for it to be good.