Thanks guys, I'm actually starting to second guess my second thoughts....haha. The flip screen may be useful afterall. And my other quesiton is.......Rod, specifically on the T3i when the flip screen is closed what is on the other side of that screen? Is there a display on the closed side of the screen so that you can still see what you are shooting?
The main benefit of the flip screen (I have a 60D with it) is that you can shoot video,for example while sitting down and still see what's being recording if the camera is higher than you are. The screen also allow you to see better if your shooting in live mode by angling it away from the sun. BTW when the flip screen is reversed (LCD in toward camera) you are actually protecting the LCD from damage, etc when you travel or have it in camera bag, etc.