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post #16 of 105
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help, guys. I was going for a D40 at first, but now...aiming for a Canon Rebel XTi now.

(Of course, I want a XSi, but my budget would probably allow only the purchase of the body )

What lenses for the XTi do you think I should get with my remaining $200-$300?
post #17 of 105
Xti body - New w/all new materials - Canon Digital Photography Forums

buy that and then you'll have ~$500 for lenses

ETA: Just found this for sale! rebel xti black + nifty fifty+ xti field guide book - Canon Digital Photography Forums --- this way you would have ~$500 to spend on lenses but already have the nifty fifty out of the way


then I would recommend something like the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro (~$350 used i think... fantastic walkaround lens) and a nifty fifty (EF 50mm f/1.8... ~$65 used)


or you could probably spend a little less money on the walkaround and get something that's still pretty decent and save some cash for a telephoto lens as well... like getting a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (~$300 used) and a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro (~$160 used)


that would be a good option if you need/want a telephoto right away. if i were you i would go straight away for the 17-70 and nifty fifty though, and save up for a telephoto... because that sigma is seriously a great lens.


check out Canon Digital Photography Forums - Powered by vBulletin for a lot of info on canon gear
post #18 of 105
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Originally Posted by TheMarchingMule View Post
What lenses for the XTi do you think I should get with my remaining $200-$300?
Hard choice. Really need to know what you'd like to shoot most?

Are you set on getting this camera at Circuit City? B&H has XTI's for $569 + $13 shipping:
Canon | EOS Digital Rebel XTi Digital Camera Body | 1236B002

Now, don't try these calculations without Mathematica handy, but that would leave you with $431 for optics. That gets you a very nice prime or a more-than-decent zoom lens like the Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 that many like so much.
post #19 of 105
Hold the phone and call me Martha! I had no idea the XSI kit was below 1K:
Amazon.com: Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black): Electronics

You can get the XSI plus lens kit for $836, and that's the new IS kit lens . Maybe put the extra cash toward the 50mm 1.4 or a nice tripod and away you go. You can alway sell lenses when you feel the upgrade pangs.
post #20 of 105
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Originally Posted by Samgotit View Post
Hold the phone and call me Martha! I had no idea the XSI kit was below 1K:
Amazon.com: Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black): Electronics

You can get the XSI plus lens kit for $836, and that's the new IS kit lens . Maybe put the extra cash toward the 50mm 1.4 or a nice tripod and away you go. You can alway sell lenses when you feel the upgrade pangs.
The XSi really isn't that much better than the XTi, though - and the OP can probably do better than the 18-55 (which isn't bad, I should mention) with the difference in price.
post #21 of 105
Thread Starter 
Yeah, I'm planning to buy it at Best Buy, because of the easy return service should anything go wrong, and my dad refuses to let me buy online where if it comes to me "bad," then at least I won't have to go through the hassle of shipping it all the way back.

The XTi is $700 right now at Best Buy.

I'm about to leave though, and one of my stops is going to be CC, so I'll be bringing along a SD card so I can take experimental photos, then look at them once I get home.
post #22 of 105
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Originally Posted by M0T0XGUY View Post
The XSi really isn't that much better than the XTi, though - and the OP can probably do better than the 18-55 (which isn't bad, I should mention) with the difference in price.
Yea, I've no experience with it (I use an XTI, with no intention to upgrade yet). I'm still surprised by its price. I've seen a friend's flickr, though. His shots look fantastic; he's got zero experience with DSLR's. It would make my decision little more taxing if I were buying today. I'd say it's difficult to really screw up your purchase.
post #23 of 105
Thread Starter 
Bah, guess I'll be trying out both the XTi and the XSi.
post #24 of 105
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Originally Posted by Samgotit View Post
Yea, I've no experience with it (I use an XTI, with no intention to upgrade yet). I'm still surprised by its price. I've seen a friend's flickr, though. His shots look fantastic; he's got zero experience with DSLR's. It would make my decision little more taxing if I were buying today. I'd say it's difficult to really screw up your purchase.
Very true. Pretty much all DSLR's these days (entry-level or pro) offer stunning image quality at low ISO settings - and it doesn't hurt that manufacturers are getting much more competitive with feature sets and lens design. That's probably why so many people are trading in their point and shoots these days: camera's are getting more user friendly, cheaper, and still better in terms of image quality and technology.
post #25 of 105
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Originally Posted by TheMarchingMule View Post
Bah, guess I'll be trying out both the XTi and the XSi.
Try to talk your Dad into letting you buy online on the way. Throw a big-ole tantrum.

Saving tax and that mark up, you could clean up on accessories (read: tripod) and/or the 50mm 1.4.

Good luck.

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Originally Posted by M0T0XGUY View Post
Pretty much all DSLR's these days (entry-level or pro) offer stunning image quality at low ISO settings
Yep, Jude has a macro in the PYPH thread @ ISO 800 with the XSI. Look pretty damn good.
post #26 of 105
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Samgotit View Post
Try to talk your Dad into letting you buy online on the way. Throw a big-ole tantrum.

Saving tax and that mark up, you could clean up on accessories (read: tripod) and/or the 50mm 1.4.

Good luck.
Haha will do. I agree, buying online saves at least $100, so it'll be worth it in the end.

(By the way, it took me awhile to realize that your avatar was of a platypus' spur)
post #27 of 105
buy online ftw! so much cheaper, esp in the US
post #28 of 105
Maybe you should consider the new Rebel XS as well??
post #29 of 105
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Originally Posted by Samgotit View Post
Try to talk your Dad into letting you buy online on the way. Throw a big-ole tantrum.

Saving tax and that mark up, you could clean up on accessories (read: tripod) and/or the 50mm 1.4.

Good luck.



Yep, Jude has a macro in the PYPH thread @ ISO 800 with the XSI. Look pretty damn good.
To be fair in 2 senses, however, ISO 800 isn't particularly high, and Canon is renowned for its low-noise sensors and effective noise reduction. Even my D200 couldn't have taken that clean a shot beyond IS0 500, however.
post #30 of 105
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Originally Posted by darkninja67 View Post
Used Canon 20D with a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8. That will walk all over the Nikon entry level stuff.
That's a bit of an over-statement. I bought a 20D to replace my D50 and sold the 20D within a few weeks of buying it. High ISO performance was better and the 5fps was nice but colors looked off to me and AF accuracy wasn't as good imo as the Nikon D70s/D50. Shots out of the D50 required far less PP than the Canon but maybe that's just because I'm used to Nikon. Just my two cents.
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