"Good (and bad) first DSLR experience for this long-time digital camera hobbyist"on by DigitalCameraMann
Pros Nearly instant power-on. Extremely fast focusing with kit lens AND sharp pictures at all focal lengths. Fast multiple-frame shots (3 fps) even with slow (4x) CF card. Low image noise at high ISO #s
Cons Full Auto Exposure setting uses ISO 400 (instead of ISO 100). No ability to frame shot using LCD; focus screen & mirror dirty after just 3 days (major SLR shortcomings). Small LCD; hard to see in sun.
Summary Purchased Canon Digital Rebel XT with kit lens and 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM telephoto lens 3 days ago and have already shot 350 pictures. The ability to change lenses and low noise at high ISO settings were the primary reasons this long-time non-SLR digital camera user purchased his first DSLR. The very good reported user experiences with the original Canon Digital Rebel, the availability of the new 8.2 megapixel Rebel XT for US$999, and a reasonable total user package price of $1500 after adding an image-stabilized Canon 75-300mm USM telephoto lens clinched the deal. With these two lenses I can cover a 35mm equivalent focal range of 27mm to 480mm and shoot clear, hand-held outdoor shots over entire range at ISO 100. Indoor telephoto shots up to 480mm are possible without flash, but I find ISO must be increased to 800 or 1600 for sharp hand-held shots. Very happy with the image quality of kit 18-55mm EF-S lens and the very fast focus times of this non-USM lens. It is also very light weight. I have found I mostly use Program exposure mode, since I can control the ISO setting, white balance mode, etc. I’m not happy with Full Auto Exposure mode choosing ISO 400 for outdoor shots in full sunlight (and all other shots). Why not use ISO 100? Granted, there is no noise visible in outdoor ISO 400 shots until you zoom in on monitor-displayed image and the noise is not visible in 8x10 prints except in shadows. Using ISO 100 in Program mode eliminates this shadow noise. I have found the A-DEP exposure mode useful for ensuring wide depth of field and sharp exposures, especially for telephoto shots. I have experienced a few grossly underexposed indoor flash pictures under fluorescent lighting (5-15 foot range) in Full Auto Exposure mode. Not sure what the problem is. Overall, however, I have been very pleased with the quality of the majority of pictures taken so far including: macro shots, portraits, landscape photos, flash macro shots (no camera shadow), indoor flash pictures, and telephoto (all hand-held). Camera is ready-to-go the instant you turn it on. Can review pictures immediately on pressing review button and zoom in up to 10X. LCD can be hard to see (both pictures and camera settings) in bright sunlight. Increasing LCD brightness to maximum helps. Viewfinder is big, bright and clear with good eye relief for eyeglass wearers.
After an hour of outdoor shooting in windy conditions yesterday, however, a major problem developed. The focus screen located inside the top of the camera body and the internal mirror got contaminated with dust and yellow tree pollen. I only had the internal camera body exposed for maybe 90 seconds total during the course of 4 lens changes. I was able to get the mirror clean but I cannot completely clean the focus screen – it’s impossible to access with the dust blowers I have. If I cannot keep camera internals clean over course of 3 days, what will happen over 6 months or a year of use? What if the digital sensor gets dirty? Also, I find the inability to use the LCD to frame pictures BEFORE taking them a BIG negative. I realize this is a “feature” of SLR cameras, but it still sucks. For these two reasons, the camera will be returned. Guess I’m not cut out for a digital SLR. For those that are – the Canon Digital Rebel XT is a fine camera, and I can highly recommend the 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM lens.
"An awesome camera!"on by JaBurd
Pros 8.0 mega pixels, A great lens, Good flash, Fast, Fast, Fast
Cons Although the camera is smaller than its Digital Rebel counterpart, large hands will take some adjustment time to get comfortable with this camera.
Summary This is the best camera I have ever used. Wanting to get back in touch with my High School and College photography days I finally broke down and upgraded our digital camera to the Canon DR XT. The images this camera creates are absolutely stunning. Users must understand that photography takes practice and no camera will take a perfect picture every time. Professionals are able to take great pictures from years of experimentation, trial and error, and practice. This camera will allow someone who has great photography knowledge to take advantage of all it's amazing features. It is also a great camera for the beginner with a thirst for learning all about photograpy.
This camera is just flat out fast. Given I am coming from the background of an older Digital Point and shoot. There is just no waiting for any aspect of this camera. Instant power on, The focus is fast, the shutter has no delay, it records images to the compact flash instantly (I am using a 1 gb CFII card), and the flash is ready for another shot in less than half a second.
There is little room for improvement for this camera given it's target price range. It took me about a day to get my large hands to adjust to the size of the body. Definately go to a store to hold it and see how it feels.
I would highly reccommend this camera and have not come across anything that it leaves me wishing it had.
Pros Great image quality, low noise, lots of lense options
Cons Some button arrange moment, control quirks and kit lense
Summary This is absolute the best dSLR for the price range of under $1000. Its image quality is as good as the Canon 20D, if you can forgo some of the more advanced features in 20D (more custom functions, higher ISO boost, etc), the money saved by buying the Rebel XT will net you a very good quality lense!! Go for the Tamron 28-75mm for a great deal on a sharp lense and a L glass for a telephoto if you can swing it, togeterh with the kit lense then you will have the most of shooting range covered!! Image quality is superb, very good saturation/contrast. With DIGIC II, you've got the best noise performance on the market, almost bar none!!
A few little quibbles about the camera is the access to some frequently changed options (ISO setting, meter mode, WB) is a bit awkward. Could use a custom ajustable color temperature setting. And the soft focus of the kit lense, I knew it was probably a mistake to pick up the kit lense but I did anyway, and my instinct was proven correct. The kit lense is soft and have some chromatic aberation issues, but usable. A canon USM wide angle zoom would really be what's needed to bring quality to the image. But the 18-55 kit lense is probably a 6 on a scale of 10, it's got decent angle of view, but the lense is slow and soft!! AF on the kit lense is fast, and the lense is LIGHT!!
"awesome camera"on by gary evensen
Pros light, excellent image quality
Cons kit lens is worthless
Summary dont bother with the kit lens its a waste the sensor is sharper than the lens!
not anything i can say bad about it ive shot about 3000 pictures so far
Pros speed is great and it is compatible with a Magicstor Microdrive 2.2 some of the older versions are not
Cons None at this time for me, I am a glass is half type of person.
Summary I took it to Italy with me and I bought it just for this trip, It took pictures that others could not get on theres because of the speed. All around I took over 600 pics and I am completley satisfied with the weight, size, speed, zoom, memory cards,and other lens fitting it.