I bought a Canon Rebel T3 about a week ago. Amazon had them for sale for $400 which was a pretty good price for the camera and a kit lens. I actually bought it at Best Buy though because they matched the price of Amazon and it was right in front of me at the time. Then I noticed that Best Buy had a combo special going this week. I was looking for a telephoto lens and saw that Best Buy had a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III lens with the camera and they gave you $150 off the price of the lens if you bought the camera and the lens. Plus they give you a fairly decent bag which costs like $25 at B&H. And the regular price of the lens? $199. So because I had just bought a camera they gave me the lens deal (they match their own prices up until a certain time after you buy). So that had me with $400 in the camera and $50 for the lens plus a $25 bag. The way I see it I got the lens for $25 because I needed a bag anyway. I know this isn't the best lens in the world. It doesn't have IS so it's strictly a tripod lens but still - $25??? I'll use it until I find a good deal on a better lens. It has more zoom than the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS II even if it doesn't have IS. Heck I've paid more than $25 for a lens converter and that wasn't exactly a complex piece of equipment with stellar glass. It's just hard to beat this deal even if you rarely ever use the thing. I figure I can sell it or trade it in or whatever at some point. It's just hard to go wrong with a deal like that. BTW the deal wasn't available online when I looked. It was a store deal in the Cincinnati area. The best deal I saw on their web site was $100 more than I paid for the same gear except there's no bag in that deal.