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Canon EOS Rebel XT (350D)

Review Date: Dec 3, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $500.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Image quality still on par with newer cameras Easy to use Good high ISO performance
No dust prevention system Multi-point AF unreliable A bit on the plastic side Built-in flash a bit weak

Despite its age it's still a good DSLR. You can still buy them new, cheap.

The good:

As long as you use a good lens (not the kit lens) on it, the pictures will be great. Controls are well laid out and the menu makes sense. ISO values over 400 are perfectly useful.

The bad:

There's no dust prevention system. If you use all the focus points, there is a high chance it picks the wrong ones. Use the center one only and it will be spot on most of the time.

The body is a bit on the plastic side and the built-in flash could be more powerful.

AF sometimes hunts under backlit conditions. There are some quirks in the controls. In some modes it doesn't take the flash into account when calculating the shutter speed. If you shoot in Tv with the flash enabled, it reports that the shutter speed is too fast. When you take the picture however, the exposure will be correct. In A it will simply not take the flash into account.

Despite some drawbacks, still a great camera.

I'm using the Tamron 17-50 on it.

Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF]

Review Date: Aug 31, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Sharpness, price, constant f/2.8 aperture at all focal lengths
CA sometimes visible, occasional focus hunting in low light

For the price it's nearly impossible to get a better performing lens.

I also considered the Sigma 17-70, but I'm glad I've chosen the Tamron. Sharpness is very good at all focal lengths and aperture settings. Barrel distortion at 17 mm is there, but not much of a problem. F/2.8 is perfectly usable at all focal lengths which makes it a good indoor lens.

Focus is generally acurate, but on my 350D it sometimes hunts in low light or in some backlit conditions. I've read this is mostly a 350D issue. I've seen it focus a number of times in complete darkness though using AF assist beam.

The lens is very resistant to flaring. CA is well controlled, but visble in some shots at pixel level. Nothing really to worry about.

The AF is noisy, but I don't mind. The zoom ring turns opposite to Canon, but I like it that way.

At EUR 320 ($470) it is almost guaranteed to please you.

It's been said that there may be quality issues with the Chinese-built version. I've got the Japanese-built lens.