Rebel is a kliler digi-cam
While we're on the topic of digi cams, any one out there with experience using the Digi Reble XT?? 8 mp, and comes with a half ass lens. Want to get into the digi SLR thing, but don't want to dump the price of a 20 or 30D. My 35mm are starting to get old and I'm starting to look really seriously. Any input would be cool.
Yo Squish, I have a Rebel XT/350d - depending on where you live. The kit lens is o-k, but nothing great. I bought the body and paired it with a wide angle 17-40mm f4 "L" series lens. The "L" lenses are their pro grade lenses - all metal construction, not that cheapo plastic stuff like the kit lens, better glass, faster/quieter focusing, larger aperatures at a given focal length and so on. I also have the 70-200mm f4. Its an incredible camera.
Like all pro-sumer cams you have to do a little digging to change some of the settings. On cams like the 20 and 30d, stuff like the ISO is accessible with a button on the cam, on the Rebel its in the menu so you can't change it on the fly. You have to hit the menu button, scroll down to ISO and then change it. When shooting indoors with varied lighting sometimes you need to be able to just skip from 400 to 1600 pretty quickly, which you can't do on the Rebel. So I guess it depends on how much control you want.
There are some all-in-one setups like the new 10mp Sony that offer incredible focal lengths, incredible imaging and such, you just don't have the option of changing lenses like a traditional SLR, check them out. If you're only planning on running a basic lens and not doing pro-type work, they'll more than do the trick.
The Sony/Zeiss lens is so awesome you'd pay more than the price of that cam just for the equilavent lens on a Canon or a Nikon, so that's something to consider. And it has all the manual controls of a traditional SLR. I came *this* close to buying the Sony. The placement of the LCD is the only thing that kept me from buying it. As a bonus they have a wide and tele convertor that threads onto the end of their lens.
The biggest advantage of the DSLR is the variety of lenses, the fact that the viewfinder shows the entire image and the ability to manually change the depth of field. Cams like the Sony come pretty close, and will do the trick for most. I wanted the ability to go wider and longer than the Sony could so I opted for the Rebel. The wide angle is an incredible lens too.
But the zoom is only so-so IMHO. For me, I need something faster like the f2.8 to shoot indoors. I am debating on selling it to get the f2.8 with image stabilization, but the downside is the 2.8 IS lens is 3x the price and right now I'm having a tough time convincing myself that I really need a $1300 camera lens. But to go 200mm at f2.8 and not need a tripod indoors has me itching to pull the trigger. Overall I'm very happy with the Rebel though.
If only Sony put that damn LCD in the "normal" place I might be able to save a lot of hassle...