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Samara D. Graham

Canon rebel XT or 20d

I am about to upgrade from a point and shoot to DSLR. I have a budget but I also want a camera that I will have around for a while. I have looked at a good number of reviews and have narrowed it down to either the Canon rebel XT or the 20D. I'm just uncertain if the differences between them is enough to justify the jump in expense. I have done mostly portraits but have a desire to try other areas of photography. Any input would be much appreciated.

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1/5/2006 9:47:15 AM

Margie Hurwich
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/16/2005
  Samara, I can only offer you this. I was in the same boat as you 5 months ago. I took the advice of a photography to "put both in my hands" to see which one felt better. I have very small hands. The Rebel XT fit perfect, which the 20D was too big. I would never have been able to handle that large of a camera. I have upgraded my lenses from the standard 18-55mm lens that comes with the XT, but I don't regret my decision.

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1/5/2006 2:27:12 PM

Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  I agree with Margie, go to the camera store and hold them. Also if you dont have many lenses/other accessories that would work with them, it may be better to get the XT and use the money you saved to get some more lenses/accessories, because it's been said that better lenses would benifit you more than a better body. Also about the 20D, I've heard that most of them have some focusing issues. I've never seen a picture that I could tell had this problem, so I don't know how bad it is. If you want to find out more on this, search the forum for "20D Focusing Issues".

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1/5/2006 5:06:52 PM

Andrew Laverghetta
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/13/2004
  I don't think it's really fair to say "most" :-P hehe

I've got a 20D and I really like it, it's worked fine for me. I'm a 21 yr old male and have hands that find ease in holding the camera. To me the XT feels more like a EVF (electronic viewfinder) advanced point and shoot because of the side. The pictures that can be had with it will be better though of course than the EVFs.

The camera store is a good idea though. I had held a normal digital rebel before but when I got a chance to hold the 20D with the battery grip, I had to get it lol. I got mine from B&H along with a few other goodies on a student loan. I tend to agree with the comment about buying the lesser camera body only and getting a better lens but that will be a quite larger jump up and it's sometimes hard to get as wide of a view as you might like.

Hope this helps you out some.


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1/9/2006 10:38:51 AM

Samara D. Graham   I really appreciate the responses to my question it gave some good things to think about. Thank you

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1/9/2006 10:54:12 AM

Travis Fouche   There is a comparison of the two that I found really helpful when I was making the decision. Take a look at

What made the decision for me is that I have seriously considered adding studio lighting to my setup and wanted the PC Cord connector that is available only on the 20D.

The other thing to keep in mind is that if you are planing on buying in the next few days and taking advantage of the Canon rebates you can double or triple your rebates if you buy a camera and some acccessories.


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1/9/2006 12:24:55 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005
  I have the XT and LOVE IT.

As for the PC cord connector, I can connect my camera straight to the PC, so not sure what you mean by that, but if you mean it doesn't have a sync lead, I bought a hot shoe adaptor for $25 and it goes on the camera and my sync lead goes into that for my studio lighting.

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1/9/2006 2:48:20 PM

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