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Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

Review Date: Jul 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: great beginner camera for digital SLR, Image quality, Nice features, Excellent Image quality.

I've had the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT for over a year now. I upgraded from a Canon EOS Gll (35mm film camera) and a Kodak digital point and shoot. After learning this camera i was glad i upgraded. It has taught me so much that i now take it everywhere i go just incase theres a shot out there that i would miss if i didn't have it with me. The Auto setting are good for the beginner like i was. I took great pictures with the auto settings. But i became more courious about the other settings and learned how to use them. I now shoot in P program mode so i can set my own settings.

Also the kit lens was a great beginner lens and i still use it for my wide angle lens. How ever if you can upgrade i would highly recommend it. I upgraded to the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM as my main lens. My image Quality is great on this camera now. I used to get somewhat soft images with the kit lens and when i put this lens on, my images are now sharp, with good contrast and color. I never thought lenses would make that much of a difference but it does.

The XT takes great pictures with proffesional quality. From other reviews that i have read this camera rivels the bigger and more expensive cameras, with image quality equal or close to theirs. For this reason this will be my main camera untill i am forced to upgrade.

This is a great entry level Digital SLR with Image quality equal to profesional cameras.

Some people grip about the camera size and screen size. Thats all personal preference. As long as i get quality shots with ease of use, thats whats important to me. This camera is still for sale even though the XTi is out in the stores, and its still a good investment. I have tried the XTi and i will be keeping my XT. I don't think the 10 megapixles or the larger display screen on the XTi is worth upgrading yet. We will have to wait and see what Canon does for future upgrade models, so maybe in 5 more years ... if then.

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Review Date: Jul 7, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $239.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: cheap price, Great beginners lens, zoom range, metal mount, light weight.
Rotating front element, need a tripod when zoomed out.

I bought this lens for use on a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT. The price was right, not bad for learning how to use a zoom lens. With the 1.6 cropped sensor like on the XT, the lens becomes a 120-480mm. A lot of zoom for those times you just can't get close to something for a good shot. If you do use alot of zoom you should use a tripod for clearer pictures. With out a tripod the pictures comes out blurry and you can really tell through the view finder how much your body moves about even when you think your standing perfectly still. The front element rotates while focusing so its pretty hard to use a circular polorizer on this lens.

When you use this lens and have the camera mounted on a tripod you will get decent pictures. This lens is not sharp and images are somewhat soft but when you need alot of zoom to take a picture you can get a decent shot. Sometimes the auto Focus hunts a little when focusing in on a object. This lens is not a fast lens for sporting events, but great for zooming in on objects not very close such as wildlife. I keep this len in my bag at all times for those times i need the zoom for that shot i would miss if i didn't have it with me.

I do recommend this lens for anyone who doesn't have the money for an expensive zoom lens and just wants to get some pictures of things way out there. Great for beginners to learn how to use the zoom lens and what its able to do. I think its a good investment and a keeper for me.

Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Review Date: Jul 4, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $499.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Image quality, contrast, color, Excellent zoom range, Image Stabilization, light, and USM Auto Focus

I did alot of research before buying this lens. When it all came down to the end most people like this lens alot to use it as there main lens for everyday general purpose use. I am an amature and by no means a professional, but when i purchased my Canon EOS Digial Rebel XT to get away from the point and shoot cameras I was very disappointed in the quality of my pictures. The kit lens ( EF-S 18-55mm) that came with my camera just didn't please me at all, picture quality or enough zoom range.

I did my research and found that the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM was highly recommended by alot of people. I ordered this lens and was amazed on the image quality in my pictures. The sharpness, contrast, and color was great. I couldn't believe that just changing lenses would make that much of a difference.

The Image Stabilization feature really works well. I use this feature alot especially when the light starts to get low. It makes it easy to take pictures with out having to lugg around a tripod everywhere you go.

I take alot of pictures of sporting events and the 135mm zoom ( 216mm on a 1.6 cropped sensor) makes a perfect zoom for such events.

I am now pleased with my investment in the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT coupled with the EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens. I now also use this as my main lens and very rarely have to switch lenses, this gives me the range i need for most everything.

I highly recommend this lens for anyone who takes pictures in this type of range. You won't be disappointed.