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Valeria A. Pereira-Howell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/8/2007
 

Rebel xt vs xti


I am in the process of buying a new camera and learn how to take good quality pictures of my family, trips (lanscape, beachs, buildings...)Please help me to decided which Rebel should I get. XT or XTI

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6/9/2007 2:21:37 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  The XT is a terrific camera, and would be recommended if your budget is very limited. Otherwise, get the XTi. It is the latest generation with the improved AF system from the 30D, and some other minor changes (like 10mp v. 8mp, larger LCD, and self-cleaning sensor).


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6/11/2007 6:21:23 AM

 
anonymous 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/7/2005
  I have both the XT and XTi, I absolutely love my XT, and although the XTi is very similar, I am not use to it yet, not to say it won't become my fav bit of equipment - I am sure it will.

Although I can't seem to get it to fire with my studio lights, but it will fire with a speedlite - don't want to hijack this question, but any answers as to why? ta My XT fires fine with my studio lights - and both cameras are set up the same.


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6/11/2007 5:37:35 PM

 
Marius Liebenberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/21/2005
  Get the XT and save some money for a good lens, like Canon's 'L'. It is amazing what an entry level body can do with good glass.


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6/12/2007 4:04:05 AM

 
Valeria A. Pereira-Howell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/8/2007
  Thank you all. I am kind of thinking about it.
I am afraid of buy the XT model and it become outdated quickly.
But yes, I could use good lens.


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6/12/2007 9:45:08 PM

 
Karim Abiali
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/8/2005
  Wait a bit, and Canon will have a new generation of rebel by the end of the summer, therefore the XTi will get cheaper. I own both XT & XTi, and same as Natalie, for some reason, I am used to my XT more than the XTi! I mainly use the XTi for indoor macro and head shots, while I use the XT for outdoor photography. Believe, there is nothing you can take with an XTi you can't take with an XT (the extra 2mp are not of big difference in quality), they are similar except for the self cleaning, larger LCD and the improved AF. Don't worry the XT will not be outdated. Again, it all depends on what you want to shot. I would go with Marius advice - Get the XT and save the money for a good lens (i.e get the 17-85mm IS instead of the kit lens 18-55mm, which in my mind is useless!). Good luck with your choice. ka.


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6/13/2007 5:19:58 AM

 
Valeria A. Pereira-Howell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/8/2007
  Thanks Karim
Maybe I should wait a little longer. I want to take family shots (a have a 19mo boy) indoors and outdoors, also better travel pictures.
My father in law was into photography (unfortunetely I never met him), so I got all his equipment, he used film. Tons of stuff and some lens, like:
Soligor auto-zoom 1:3.5 f55-135mm
Canon FL 50mm 1:1.8
Canon FD 50mm 1:1.8
Tamron Tele Converter 2x for C/FD (not sure how to use it)
Super Lentar 1:2.8 F 28mm
Tiffen 49mm close up lens set +1, +2, +4 (I believe is a filter)
58mm skylight filter.

I still have 3 closed boxes of photography stuff to open.
What do you guys think?

Thanks


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6/14/2007 11:02:41 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  I don't think the next camera model that Canon releases will be a replacement for the Rebel XTi. It will more likely be a replacement for the mid-range 30D. The only evidence I have to back up this assumption is the pattern Canon has followed for the last few years for its mid-range and Rebel cameras.

Let's ignore the high-end cameras (and lump the 5D in with them). That leaves us with:

Feb 03 - 10D mid-range
Aug 03 - 300D Rebel
Feb 04 - skip
Aug 04 - 20D mid-range
Feb 05 - 350D Rebel XT
Aug 05 - skip
Feb 06 - 30D mid-range
Aug 06 - 400D Rebel XTi
Feb 07 - skip
Aug 07 - ??D mid-range?
Feb 08 - ???D Rebel?

There's no guarantee that they will stick with this rather obvious pattern, but if they do, then the new model this August will be a replacement for the 30D. My bet is that it will use the 10MP sensor from the XTi, and will include the sensor-cleaning feature.

If you wait for the "next new thing coming", you will wait forever, because there is always a "next new thing coming".

I agree that upgrading from the kit lens is an important step, but I don't recommend getting the Rebel XT instead of the XTi at this point. The XT is $500 for the body, and the XTi is $675. If your budget is so tight that you can't spend an extra $175 for newer technology, then you might not be ready to jump into the world of a digital SLR. Because the body and one lens is just scratching the surface.

Chris A. Vedros
www.cavphotos.com


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6/14/2007 12:25:35 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  >>My father in law was into photography (unfortunetely I never met him), so I got all his equipment, he used film. Tons of stuff and some lens, like:
Soligor auto-zoom 1:3.5 f55-135mm, Canon FL 50mm 1:1.8, Canon FD 50mm 1:1.8, Tamron Tele Converter 2x for C/FD (not sure how to use it), Super Lentar 1:2.8 F 28mm ...<<
The lenses are interesting and usable on the old film camera, but Canon obsoleteted the FL/FD mount back in 1988 with the introduction of the EOS autofocus cameras and their all electronic EF mount. There are adapters for fitting FL/FD manual focus lenses onto EOS autofocus cameras, but they have significant limitations and are generally not worth the bother.

>>Tiffen 49mm close up lens set +1, +2, +4 (I believe is a filter)
58mm skylight filter.<<
These would be usable on a new camera. However, 49mm diameter for filter threads is smaller than the diameter of most lenses you'd want to use these. 58mm and larger is most common.


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6/14/2007 1:45:11 PM

 
Valeria A. Pereira-Howell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/8/2007
  Thanks again for all replies.
Chris, I never said anything about budget, all I asked was opinions on what the best for what I wanted to do because I am very new to digital SLR.
I did read about both cameras and I know that some guys here can really help in my decision. By the way, I loved some of your pictures.


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6/14/2007 8:55:14 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  It looks like my prediction was correct.

CLICK HERE for a preview of the Canon 40D.

Chris A. Vedros
www.cavphotos.com


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8/20/2007 10:46:25 AM

 
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