"Excellent all-rounder for beginners and intermediate levels"4.0 starson by jsargent
Pros: 8 mp, Simple to use, good image quality, very light weight
Cons: Bad tungsten WB (although AWB is good), no preshot preview, no video
Summary: This camera is small and if you are used to a film SLR it takes a short time to adjust to holding this. However, the saving in weight is good (since lugging around my EOS 30 film SLR on a full day of treking killed my shoulder). As far as the build quaity goes I have the black model which to me seemed fine. I bought the EOS 350D (XT rebel) because the differences between the EOS 20D and the EOS 350D could not justify the $600 difference in cost. I actually find the weight saving a big advance for the EOS 350D over the EOS 20D. I have tried my previous lenses on the camera which are the SIGMA 28-135 macro and the SIGMA 70-300 APO DL macro lenses and did not find any incompatibilites. My lenses were bought in 2001 and 2002 but older Sigma lenses may have a problem. I would not call this a professional backup camera since most professionals would not use the APC sensor but use a full size 35mm sensor. The difference in sensor size means that you have to multiply the focal length of the lens by 1.6 to get a 35mm focal length.
I general I am very pleased with this camera and the results that I have from the pictures.