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Canon EOS D30

D30
Review Date: Feb 1, 2007 Recommend? | Price paid: $300.00

 
Pros: Very nice inexpensive DSLR to learn on. Very well built body.
Cons:
At 3.3 MPs its considered low today.

You can't compare this to more modern bodie because of the low MP count. But it is made very well, the pro-series bodies are awesome. Would make a very good first DSLR for anyone looking to learn a bit before dropping big bucks.

 
Canon EOS Rebel XTi (400D)

rebel_xti
Review Date: Feb 1, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: $610.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Lightweight and inexpensive DSLR
Cons:
Too small for some hands. I personally could never get the image quality from the XTi that I get from my XT, maybe just a bad copy.

When I first heard of the new release of this body I was stoked to get one. But, after playing around with it I found I wasn't getting the same high quality images that I was able to get from my XT. All shots seemed a little too soft and most shots taken with Auto WB looked overly blue.

The additional 2 mp more didn't seem to make much difference at all.

I suspect that I may have had a lemon, but I have read many similar reviews, so who knows.


 
Canon EF 20-35mm f/2.8L

ef20_35mm
Review Date: Feb 1, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $450.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Feels very well made, although heavy. As sharp as any zoom out there.
Cons:
Narrow zoom range.

This was my first L lens, so naturally I was impressed. The build quality is great. A little slower focus than USM but not bad at all. For the price it definately serves its purpose well.

 
Canon EOS D30

D30
Review Date: Jan 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $300.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Rugged, large (I have big hands), large viewfinder.
Cons:
Low Megapixels

Just got one used for $300. I normally shoot a Rebel XT, but thought I'd get a lesser expensive body to keep with me in the car all the time. Something I wouldn't cry about if I dropped it. Turns out I really like it. More user friendly than the XT I think. Much more professional. Can't beat the price. 3 Mp is kinda low by today's standards but I can't complain.