|QUOTE (Primer43 @ Jan 5 2008, 16:20)|
| Go to page 46 and look for my first post on that page, about half way down. I explained to Mercie about why I think the Canon 350D/Rebel XT is a good starter DSLR in that price range. I've got one and it's great, imo.|
A good site to buy from? I'm pretty sure I got mine (with the kit lens, which I say works well, but is limited on zoom) on Amazon.com from Amazon (as opposed to a private seller) for $500. Looks like it's going for $460 right now on there, but I'd look around first, you might find a better deal. I hear B & H photo is a great place to buy from, excellent service and competitive prices. It's $460 over there too.
Here's a very indepth review on it.
Some basic info, it uses a rechargeable Lithium battery, included with the kit (as well as a charger), and uses Compact Flash cards wink.gif
Don't go for the version III, it'd be useless with that camera. Stick with a version II CF card if you go with that camera.
Hey thanks, I'm really temped. I went on Amazon and it shows the Rebel XTi for not much more, would I be better off with that?
I wish I could have went with the XTi, but I was stretching my budget at the time as it was.
I'd say go for it if you can.
The pluses over the XT and the XTi would be:
* New 10.1 effective Megapixel CMOS sensor (versus 8.0 on the Rebel XT)
* New dust reduction system (more details on this later)
* Large 2.5" LCD display (versus 1.8" on the XT)
* No more LCD info display (the main LCD is used instead)
* 9-point autofocus system (versus 7-point)
* Can now take more shots in a row in burst mode (27 vs 14 JPEG, 10 vs 6 RAW)
* New Picture Styles feature, first seen on the EOS-5D and 30D
A negative is that "Battery life is 10% lower than on the XT", although it shouldn't be a huge problem. If it is, just buy a second back up battery!
Here's the same site's (that I posted before) review on that, I'm sure it will give all the details of it compared to the XT, since it's the XTi's predecessor. http://www.dcresourc...iew/index.shtml
Keep in mind when buying that "Body Only" means just the camera. For a starter, I'd really suggest going with the lens kit (comes with the 18-55mm lens). And be VERY aware that there's tons of scam sites for cameras. Like bestpricedcameras.com, STAY AWAY! Plenty of other ones. I'd suggest googling the site name and looking for reviews from many places on the store first, to make sure they're good.