DSLR noob emergency! How significant is a built in auto focus motor?
So I've been doing my research but somehow I failed and missed this. Today I took the plunge on a Nikon D3100. It's the entry level model - I already know, I'm a DSLR noob. Previously I was considering the Canon T3 or T3i. The D3100 seemed like a nice compromise. To keep the details short, most specs I compared well.
But I was looking at other lenses and somehow through all the people I talked to and all the stuff I read I missed on how the D3100 and T3 lack a built in auto focus motor. So I have to buy more expensive lenses than if I bought the T3i.
Did I not hear about it because it's not actually that important? Are the nice lenses going to have built in motors anyways, so the non ef-s lenses that I could buy with the T3i aren't going to be that nice?
Not to be a booger, but just looking for advice on this matter in particular - I've already been through the "No you should get this other camera because __" a hundred times :(