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Tim E. Poertner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/4/2008


I've been useing a Rebel 300 35mm for 6 months now, and figured with the cost of developing 6 rolls a month for 12 months, I could buy a XTi or refurbished 20D.

Question #1)
who's got experience with both, and which is a better buy... or should I save some more and jump straight to the new 40D?
Or maybe stick with film for a while? i'm still new, but am only shooting in Manual mode to learn more. mostly nature, and macro.

i have all canon equip so i'm sticking with it. granted i'm sure there's more expense in the beginning with memory cards, photoshop, spare battery, etc.

Question #2)
is there something out there besides carrying a laptop (which I dont have) to save files to, as to only carry 1 memory card instead of multiple?

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1/15/2008 8:01:53 AM

Stephanie M. Stevens   I don't have either of those cameras so I can't help with that except to tell you that they both have small sensors, so your film lenses would behave a little differently than you're used to. For example, a wide-angle lens will not give as wide a view on the small sensor as it would on a larger one; the shot will appear cropped.

As for your second question, Several companies make stand-alone storage units geared toward photographers. These are essentially tiny computers that consist of a screen, a few navigation buttons, and memory card slots for direct downloading. They are small enough to carry into the field and many have as much memory as a full laptop. They range from fairly cheap models that show only basic memroy information to mare expensive ones with large screens that allow you to review your photos in the field. Jobo and Epson both make them, I have one from Wolverine and I love it. With 120GB of storage I have my entire archive on it (over 20,000 photos) plus movies and music. I take it on 2-week-long vacations and have a way to store, view, and share my images as I go, plus entertainment for the flight, and I leave my laptop at home.

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1/15/2008 1:36:22 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  The XTi has controls and size (but heavier) that are very similar to your EOS 300/Rebel, so that may be an easier transition. The 20D/30D/40D are a bit larger with metal covers, better viewfinder, and rear Quick Control Dial like the EOS 30/Elan series.

Re Canon equipment you already have, the lenses will work fine (assuming they aren't older Sigma lenses). However, they will give a narrower angle of view on the XTi or 20D than they do on your film camera, so you may need a new lens to get wide-angle on the digital. If you have the RC-1 or RC-5 wireless remotes, or RS-60E3 wired remote, then these work with the XTi, but not with the 20D/30D/40D. The 20D/30D/40D do not have built-in wireless control sensors, and use a different style plug for the wired remote. If you have a Canon -EX series speedlight, an E-TTL compatible third party flash, or a simple auto-thyrister type flash = then it'll work fine with the digital EOS cameras. If it is an older -EZ series or other dedicated TTL flash, it won't give auto flash exposure.

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1/16/2008 7:25:53 AM

Brad Calkins
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/2/2005
  I have an XT (not the XTi) and a 20D, and both are excellent for taking pictures. My advice is to pick up, handle and look through an XTi and a 20D (or 30D). The viewfinder in the 20D is better, and operation is snappier due to the faster framing rate. Bottom line is that you need to see if you can live with the size increase. I used the XT for a year, then added the 20D, and am now preparing to sell the XT - I definitely like the 20D better, but I'm prepared to carry around a larger camera.

A key thing on the XTi is the larger screen. If I was looking today I would try to find a refurbished 30D, instead of the 20D. In local stores a refurbished 30D is selling for $766 Canadian, while a new XTi is $612. Not a huge difference.

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1/16/2008 7:44:28 AM

Peter K. Burian
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/8/2004
  I agree with Brad. A 30D or a Rebel XTi.

Cheers! Peter K. Burian

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1/18/2008 12:57:35 PM

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