XT vs XTi?
Here's my dilemma. I can get a used Canon XT w/ a lens for $300. I can get a new Canon XTi for $500 w/ a lens. I will have $300 in January, and an additional $200 in March. Should I get the Canon XT with the kit lens in January, and in March buy an additional lens/backup point and shoot, or should I get the XTi with the kit lens using the money combined?
Get the XT body only and get a decent lens with it. I'm in favour of the 17-85 IS as it works well on my XT despite what the detractor on this forum will say.
Actually for the $300 the XT comes with an 18-55mm lens. I can't buy it body only, because the kit is the only configuration the seller offers.
Originally Posted by Rhys
The lens you mentioned (if I'm looking at the right one) is $400. That's a bit out of my price range.
Since the lens that comes with the XT is an 18-55 lens, the add. one I want to get would be a telephoto zoom. What would be a good one for under $200?
Haha, here we go again... don't bother about that 17-85 IS. It is nothing special, and not at all within your budget (and other lenses are better).
The XT is a good camera capable of good images. The XTi's main improvement is in the autofocus system, which is a bit more accurate/reliable.
Your budget does not seem to allow it, but instead of the 18-55 kit lens, you might want to look at the new EF 18-55 f3.5-5.6 IS. It is sharper, better than both the standard old 18-55 kitlens and that 17-85.
It costs around $180.
About tele lenses... only one tele lens will give acceptable quality for around $200. That is the Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6 APO DG Macro. All others do not perform well at the tele end, losing contrast, sharpness too much.
It will cost around $220.
Even though I would recommend the XTi because of its AF system, I still really like my 350D(XT) and can make nice photos with it.
How many exposures has that used XT been through? If you don't already know, find out.
Coldrains 350D should go in the "Canon Hall of Fame" when he is done with it:)
I'd get an XTi for the superior LCD display for shot preview and sensor cleaning.
Or you could get a used EOS 20D off www.keh.com for less than $500 and enjoy a prosumer Canon capable of 5 frames per second (but you have a tiny LCD display like the XT).
It's not that complicated. Funding will allow you limited choices. Your poll doesn't show that. In that you ask about buying the XT and using $200 to buy another lens; that's not going to happen unless you buy used. P&S back up? not neccessary, unless you need it on the job.
This sounds like your first Dslr, I'd go with the XT and the kit lens. Get to know the camera; it's strengths, it's weaknesses and use the heck out of it as well as some decent imaging software. The focus issues as well as the 2mp diff. will not affect your artistic style nor your interest in photography.
For $300 in today's market is a drop in the technological bucket, even purchasing a new P&S for that much will give 3-4 yrs of what you want.
My say on this one is go for the XT, use it for a year, sell it for $200 and upgrade.
Thanks for the reply.
Originally Posted by fotogmarc
In my first post I did say that the XT w/ the kit lens was used and it was $300. So do you think I should get that, and later on get another lens?
I say XT
I've seen many great photos with the XT really..but what kind of photos will you be taking?