"Best Bang for Buck"4.5 starson by CountryBoyShane
Pros: Value for money. Has same focus system as Canon 30D, extremely easy to use, great low light shooting, can cover action photos with ease and qualtity
Cons: Loss of Top LCD screen, no spot meter. NEED TO UPGRADE YOUR LENS!
Summary: Lori is beating down the new Rebel for silly reasons. Let me tell you why this is the best "bang for your buck" DSLR on the market.
10MP with anti-dust: Making big prints? Don't worry about it. Canon totally stole and reverse engineered Sony's anti-dust protection and also added a feature that vibrates dust off the sensor so it won't degrade your pictures. Absolutely brilliant!
Stolen features from Canon 30D: It has the same 9-point autofocus system as the 30D and can take almost the same amount of continuous burst JPEG shots... coming in at 27 next to 30D's 30.
Big Screen: The new 2.5" LCD screen was the biggest complaint on the XT. The XTi visits this issue and makes it 2.5" instead of 1.8". They have removed the status LCD panel and put it on the main LCD which makes viewing things from on a tripod, or in general use, a lot easier. Some people might not like this debating that it is hard to see in the sun and can drain the battery. The sun might be an issue, but you should be buying a backup battery anyway. The screen shuts off when you put your eye up to it anyway.
Amazing results in any situation: Low light, indoor, outdoor? Canon's CMOS sensor has you convered giving you low noise pictures all the way up to 1600ISO. Nikon, Sony, and Pentax are nowhere near where Canon is in this technology. Look at dpreview.com tests with the Nikon D80 and you'll see. The Rebel always pulls out more detail and you can acually print big pictures even at 1600ISO.
Here are my beefs:
No spot meter. If you need to have pictures come out well that have the subject backlit, this is sort of necessary. There are many tricks like locking the exposure on a higher value, or doing things in DPP, but it's A SMALL ISSUE. IT'S NOT THAT BIG OF DEAL LORI! LAY OFF!
Man Hands: If you have "man hands" like Lori does, then the ergonomic feel might not suit you. I have bigger hands, but quickly got used to it. Just like any other thing in life, you have to get used to it and it's not hard. I'm still able to access manual controls extremely fast just like I am on my father's 30D.
Kit lens = Garbage: Do yourself a favor and don't get the Kit version. Just buy the body. The only reason why I got the Kit was because I work at Best Buy and i get employee pricing on the Kit (we don't sell the body). I made some money off it on eBay. I use the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L. YES. L-Glass is a huge difference. It is worth every penny! Invest in glass... not the body!
I was cycling between the 30D and regular Rebel XT for about 4 months, then the XTi answered my prayers. I figured I would use the saved money for L-glass and wait until I have moved on out of college to get a 5D (or whatever is out)
HOPE THIS SETS YOU STRAIGHT!