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Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

rebel_xti
Review Date: Dec 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $799.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Light , easy to carry , Sharp Images , Good Color , Great Camera for the price ! Nice Big LCD , 10 MPs for BIG prints
Cons:
Small build for big hands (but you get used to it) , Buy the Body only - forget the lens kit , small viewfinder (especially if you wear glasses)

I used the Canon XT for a year before I "upgraded" to the XTi. I DO NOT regret the move. Sure I could have gone to the 20D or 30D, but I wanted to keep with a camera that was light and speedy, and easy to transport. The XTi fit the bill perfectly. All my lenses and the camera fit into one backpack for hiking with the family.

This camera has all the options needed for a beginner or the advanced amateur, but Pros may be disappointed with the choice of options. ISO noise reduction is great and the built in Sensor Dust removal is a god-send. Speed is top notch (3 captures a second) with a fast CF card and I've had no problems getting plenty of good sport/nature shots. Startup time is amazing as well.

Skip the Lens Kit and buy a 70-200mm F4 L and a 17-40 F4 L and you got the camera outfit to get you threw all the major things necessary for awesome shooting. It also works wonderfully with the much maligned EFS 17-85mm IS, which is a very good walk-about lens.

Whatever camera you see reviewed, there are going to be people who hate this and love that , but love this and hate that. As far as I'm concerned (and I am NO Pro user or photographer!), this camera is the best bang for the buck that can be found from Canon.


 
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f4-5.6 IS USM

EF17-85
Review Date: Jun 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $529.99 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Fast focus , Nice 'hiking' or walk around lens , suberb sharpness at 85mm
Cons:
Barrel distortion , minor CA , build could be a bit better

This lens is the one I use when I'm hiking and just goofing around. It works great for most of the shots that I take, but I wouldn't recommend it as an 'only' lens. The CA is in the acceptable levels to me, but the Barrel Distortion gets annoying at times, even if it can be corrected. If your looking for a good walk around lens, this one works great. It feels bulky, but in my big hand, it fits well. So far its been a joy Smile