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    XTi vs XT

    Could any recommend what camera I should choose from? I just bought the XT from Best Buy (Package deal with bag, extra lense, etc) for $700. But I read it is 3 year old technology vs the XTi. Is there truely any difference? I will mainly use it to photograph the kids and at their sporting events. I don't plan on printing poster sized pictures... 8 x 11 max. This is my first digital camera.

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    I haven't used an XT, but I know that the XTi has an improved auto focus system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fractalgfx View Post
    I haven't used an XT, but I know that the XTi has an improved auto focus system.
    I owned the XT for 2 1/2 yrs and XTi for a weekend. I didn't notice a significant improvement in IQ or AF functioning so I returned the XTi. IMO the cameras are very close. Comparative pricing should be the final decision-making factor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24Peter View Post
    I owned the XT for 2 1/2 yrs and XTi for a weekend. I didn't notice a significant improvement in IQ or AF functioning so I returned the XTi. IMO the cameras are very close. Comparative pricing should be the final decision-making factor.
    To be quite honest I don't find the XT focussing problems to be major issues. Feed it Canon lenses and you're laughing. IQ seems similar to that on my 30D.

    Personally, I have a 30D and an XT. If I were buying my 30D again would I? I think so. Would I buy an XT as opposed to a 20D? No - I think I prefer the controls on the 30D.

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    The XTi's AF is more precise, it can give better results with some lenses. This does not mean that your particular XT has to be bad though. The XT is a very good camera still, and if you are happy with it you do not have to change it.
    Whether or not you made a good deal is hard to say, the "extra" lens can be mediocre or not. And the bag can be what you want, or not.
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    The XTI is a fine camera, a touch more resolution, better AF system I'd say is worth the few extra dollars.

    Tim

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    Oh and "package" lenses are usually crap.

    My recommendation? Exchange it if possible for XTI "kit" and buy a nice zoom lens to go along with it if you want to do sport shooting.

    Tim

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