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post #211 of 217
Jason brings up very good points. I don't have small hands, so I like my big camera: it only will get way too heavy if I get into the big telephotos

But you know, any of the Rebels will have the potential to take you far. The thing about getting into SLRs is finding out about manual exposure. Once you have a good understanding of manual, and some experience shooting what you like, you may find that your current camera doesn't have features that you want. Once that happens...well hopefully the more expensive Canons will come down in price But if that doesn't happen you've got a camera that will last you for a long time (whether its that the Rebel seems like the best thing since the invention of ice cream, or you lose interest)

As for size differences....are there any photo stores in your area that might let you hold the cameras? That could be a possibility in seeing what the size of things are really like.
post #212 of 217
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Originally Posted by jjcha View Post
I don't know if it's the precise reason why, but on my last trip back to Japan I noticed more than a few Japanese women shooting XTi or D50 or whatnot. I can't say I'm complaining, whatever the reason, given I do have small hands...

I dunno... maybe they expect the men to be shooting D200!

Best,

-Jason
I'm not sure why, but I think they should really make a survey out of this (well, I'm sure Canon already did do a market research and all that before deciding to reduce the size of their DSLR) and find out whether actually the market really want their DSLRs smaller. Who knows maybe actually they figured that they prefer smaller DSLRs??? (if it's true, this is so weird to me)

But so far in all forums I frequent, the majority I see prefer the larger size DSLRs (I don't mean large like D2X large here, but just something not as small as Canon 400D).

My partner got small hands, but even she thinks that the Canon feels a bit small for her. She thinks the D200 is too big but she likes the feel of D80/D50/D70. But then again, Nikon DSLRs although small, they have very good ergonomic.

I just hope that this trend doesn't get too far and making all DSLRs except the pro-level ones are small. That'll be a nightmare.
post #213 of 217
I own a 400D, the grip is a bit small for my hands, but I bought an extra battery grip which slightly extends the grip. Now the grip is big enough and the extra weight adds a little more stability. I have the Opekta (sp?) since the Canon one is too expensive for me.
post #214 of 217
I find that with camera grip, I won't be able to fit my camera into my bag anymore (Nova 2 AW). Damn camera bag. That's the reason that I use to keep myself from buying a grip.
post #215 of 217
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Originally Posted by skev13 View Post
I think I will go with the 300D. If I ever take the hobby more seriously, I'll probably definately upgrade. I guess you can say the same about headphones... Everyone starts off with KSC75's before they decide to empty their wallets!
I think that was the wise choice. If you don't know how far deep you'll get in, it's ok to start with cheap body. Buying lenses will be a better use for the money anyhow. I recommend Tamron 17-50 f/2.8.

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Originally Posted by dj_mocok View Post
I just hope that this trend doesn't get too far and making all DSLRs except the pro-level ones are small. That'll be a nightmare.
Anything smaller than D2s or 1Ds are too small already well at least for me

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Originally Posted by dj_mocok View Post
I find that with camera grip, I won't be able to fit my camera into my bag anymore (Nova 2 AW). Damn camera bag. That's the reason that I use to keep myself from buying a grip.
I have 5 bags for various configurations. I don't really see a need for vertical grip unless

- weight balance
- vertical shooting
- extra battery life
- ergonomics

Honestly I don't mind a small camera if I'm not using it for a long session.
post #216 of 217
the small size of the 400D/350D is what kept me away from the rebels. my pinkie would hang off the bottom of the camera, which didn't seem right. the D50/70 on the other hand feel just right.
post #217 of 217
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Originally Posted by verymagicalguy View Post
I own a 400D, the grip is a bit small for my hands, but I bought an extra battery grip which slightly extends the grip. Now the grip is big enough and the extra weight adds a little more stability. I have the Opekta (sp?) since the Canon one is too expensive for me.
I too use the grip, which helps your pinky find somewhere to sit and helps the weight/balance, but doesn't make the grip any thicker which is where the Rebel grips really fault.

Two 1100mha batteries is much more convenient than one 750mha battery, though. I can go forever on one set of batteries.
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