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User currently offlineThomasWarloe From Norway, joined Jul 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

I have thought about buying a new camera, and am looking at the Canon EOS Rebel xsi. I found a deal on www.jumbopackages.com for $489 for just the camera body. This sounded like a good deal. I was planning on buying a good lens for the camera, and that is why I decided to only buy the camera body. Would there be any reason why I should get the camera and lens instead of buying the lens separately? I have also heard that there are problems with the auto focus feature on this camera. Can anyone who has this camera confirm this? I would like people's opinions on the Canon Rebel xsi (particularly people who own them), and any input on why this would or possibly would not be a good camera choice. If you do not think this is an ideal choice, please tell me which camera you think is better.

Thanks,

-Thomas


[Canon EOS 60D + Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L USM Lens + Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM Lens]
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User currently offlineRonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 762 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5791 times:

Very good choice. I like that you're buying the camera and no lens.

Other options depends on your budget. I would recommed the canon 70-200 line, starting with the f/4 and faster or with IS if your budget allows.

I have the XS model. I use one shot mode and that works very well, the others like AI focus or Servo don't work as well for me. With one shot mode, my only issues with AF are shooting the sun. Sometimes it misses focus and get the buildings in the foreground instead, but that is easily fixed by another half depress of the shutter to get it right. Another slight issue is at night on a tripod, sometimes I have difficulty focusing it properly. Not sure if this is all cameras, or the rebel entry level basic AF...

Another option would be a slight used / good condition 40D body only for $600-650...

But I see nothing wrong with the XSI.



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User currently offlineHernan From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5779 times:

Don't listen to the hype! Get you a Sony, stabilization is in the camera and the lenses are great, from Zeis to Sony to Sigmas, great choices and save money!

User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5760 times:



Quoting Hernan (Reply 2):
Don't listen to the hype!

Canons are hyped for a reason.......

But I agree, a Sony would do you, however the lens line-up isn't quite as impressive as Canon's.

Karl


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5759 times:

I've never heard of that site, and from the reseller ratings there was only 3 ratings. I'd stick with bhphoto.com, adorama, beachcamera or amazon. That camera body itself lists for $579 on these reputable sites, so I'd be cautious from buying from jumbopackages. XSI is a great camera, you'll be happy with it. Might want to go to bestbuy or any other camera stores to get a hands on feel (canons, nikons, sonys) to see which feels better in your hands if this is your first DSLR.

User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1744 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5752 times:
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Quoting JakTrax (Reply 3):
But I agree, a Sony would do you, however the lens line-up isn't quite as impressive as Canon's.

The only lenses you absolutely cannot get is tilt shifts and superteles above 600mm. If you need those things then Alpha isn't for you (even when the new 500mm f/4 comes out soon). In terms of spotters, all of Sony's glass (and older Minolta glass) is up there if you avoid the clunkers like the super cheap plastic 75-300 zooms. Between Sony, Minolta, and third party, you could do a lot worse than go with Sony (by say going with Pentax or Olympus) in terms of lenses.



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User currently offlineThomasWarloe From Norway, joined Jul 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5746 times:

Thanks for all the replies so far. I was just wondering, is Tamron a good lens producer? I have looked at the Sony A200- the one that would probably be Sony's equivalent of the Canon EOS Rebel XSi, but am still slightly leaning towards canon. One of my main problems with the Sony A200 vs. the XSi is that the XSi has 12 vs the A200's 10 mega pixels. I also tend to like the canon brand- seems to score better on the reviews that I have read. One thing that bothers me with the XSi is that many people report that it produces soft/unsharp pictures- has anyone had any problems with this? Reviews also report that it tends to produce underexposed pictures. No one has mentioned Nikon yet though- are they not as good? All replies are appreciated,

-Thomas



[Canon EOS 60D + Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L USM Lens + Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM Lens]
User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1744 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5743 times:
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Quoting ThomasWarloe (Reply 6):
One of my main problems with the Sony A200 vs. the XSi is that the XSi has 12 vs the A200's 10 mega pixels.

This won't make much of a difference, you should be more concerned with what lens you're putting on the bayonet.

Nikon is good but the entry level models lack an AF motor and ergo many Nikon lenses cannot AF on the D40/60/3000/5000.



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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5731 times:



Quoting Dvincent (Reply 7):

This won't make much of a difference, you should be more concerned with what lens you're putting on the bayonet.

For that reason, I'd suggest Canon - even though I use Nikon. Nikon caters to the entry level, or the professional photographer, and not much in between.

Canons lens and accessory range is very complete - and it is very costly to change manufacturers if you decide that Sony/Canon/Nikon isn't the right one for you.


User currently offlineDl767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5732 times:



Quoting Hernan (Reply 2):
Don't listen to the hype! Get you a Sony, stabilization is in the camera and the lenses are great, from Zeis to Sony to Sigmas, great choices and save money!

I agree!! I got a Sony instead of a Canon or Nikon and I'm extremely happy about it. My friends have a Canon and a nikon and both of them have decided to look at sony for their next camera after using my camera.

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 3):
Canons are hyped for a reason.......

I don't think so, I'm very happy i didn't get a Canon or Nikon, they do have a lot of options for lenses and accessories but I honestly prefer the structure level of sony lenses and find them to be really nice. Just because something is hyped doesn't mean it's the best


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5719 times:



Quoting Dl767captain (Reply 9):
My friends have a Canon and a nikon and both of them have decided to look at sony for their next camera after using my camera



Quoting Dl767captain (Reply 9):
I don't think so, I'm very happy i didn't get a Canon or Nikon, they do have a lot of options for lenses and accessories but I honestly prefer the structure level of sony lenses and find them to be really nice. Just because something is hyped doesn't mean it's the best

Better go sell my 30D and L lenses then as you're obviously more qualified than me when it comes to this sort of thing.....

Yes, Sony are good, no denying, however Canon and Nikon are hyped because they are generally the best-suited to the needs of many photographers. Being in the game so long has helped these two manufacturers gain an edge, as many people like the fact that imaging - and imaging solely - is their business. Go to any major sporting event and chances are the majority of the photog's there will be using Canon or Nikon.

It must be admitted that some of Canon's entry-level bodies feel rather like toys, however the fact remains that Canon and Nikon offer the biggest range of lenses and accessories.

As for the comment made earlier about Nikon and Canon guys switching to Sony, I'm a Canon guy who's had a play with an A200 and I won't be switching any time soon.

Go play with them and see which feels best for you. Also, always make provision for your hobby (and budget) to grow by checking out what may be available a few years down the road when you want better lenses, etc.

Karl


User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1744 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5703 times:
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Quoting JakTrax (Reply 10):
who's had a play with an A200 and I won't be switching any time soon.

Karl, you should play with an a900 (or the a850 when it comes out, which will be full frame for less than $2,000), the a200 is an entry level camera that is below your 30D. Of course it won't feel as good.



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User currently offlineRonS From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 762 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 5694 times:



Quoting ThomasWarloe (Reply 6):
One thing that bothers me with the XSi is that many people report that it produces soft/unsharp pictures- has anyone had any problems with this? Reviews also report that it tends to produce underexposed pictures.

I have the model below the XSI, the XS and my photos are not soft. They all need to be edited with software anyway on any camera . Sharpness has more to do with the lens too.

Every camera and lens combo exposes slightly different. Once your set up, you will know what settings produce the best exposure and go from there. Not an issue I don't believe.



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User currently offlineThomasWarloe From Norway, joined Jul 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5682 times:

I was kind of planning to buy a less expensive lens to start out with, and then move on to better and more expensive lenses as my budget allows. I liked Canon to start off with because, as some of you mentioned, they had a large selection of lenses. I do kind of agree with JakTrax- I do seem to lean toward Nikon and Canon because they only participate in the business of imaging - I feel more comfortable with them, though I am sure there is nothing wrong with Sony. Sony models seem to be priced lower that their equivalents- is this for a reason? Also, can anyone who has a Sony suggest a Sony camera that would be in the $500-$600 range for only the body? I have looked at the A200, but it did not perform that well in reviews against Canon and Nikon equivalents. I am still open to buying a Sony camera, but I was dissapointed by the reviews of the A200. Thanks for the replies so far, they were very helpful.

-Thomas



[Canon EOS 60D + Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L USM Lens + Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM Lens]
User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1744 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5675 times:
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Quoting ThomasWarloe (Reply 13):
Also, can anyone who has a Sony suggest a Sony camera that would be in the $500-$600 range for only the body?

The a200/a230 always come with the kit 18-70 lens. You can get it for $500 (or even less if you find it on closeout). Keep in mind that the difference between the D60 and a200 (which use the same sensor) boils down to maybe a little difference in JPEGs at ISO 1600/3200. If you do a comparison at DXOmark you'll see that the two are within spitting distance. The difference really boils down to the lens you put in front, not so much on the imager in this class of camera. It also has more features (like a non-crippled lens mount) over the D60. Compared to the Rebel XS it's less of a match. You may prefer the handling of the a200 which has a bigger grip and viewfinder and more dedicated buttons than the Rebels, for instance.

Sony's DSLR division was Minolta's until KM decided to divest themselves of the camera business. They make the sensors that go into their SLRs (and Nikon's too). Though I have an a700 which has slightly different quality than the a200, you can take a look through my images to see that you can get good quality using Sony/KM.

The big thing is to go pick up the cameras and try them out and see which one fits the best.



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User currently offlineNwc100 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5673 times:

So here I go again in defence of the a200....

First off I went out and tried all the cameras in my budget D60, 1000D?? and the a200 the only one that felt really comfortable in my hand was the a200 ( I only have small hands!! ) next thing was my budget was £400 for whatever i got, So I ended up with the a200 kit and a tamron 70 -300 lens, This was on special offer for £100 if bought with camera so got that as well and a 4gb card....and another 4gb card from amazon just in case....the alpha does about 200 shots in raw and jpeg!

So am I pleased with it yes I am, My only picture on here
Big version: Width: 1024 Height: 684 File size: 437kb
is this one and It was published in june/july copy of the LOG the magazine for The British Airline Pilots Asscociation (BALPA)

So a cheap (ish) camera can get good results, Personally I think the person behind the camera (me) is what lets it all down!!

I'm pleased I did not spend a huge amount of money to start with as I find it more challenging to get good images with the gear I have, And as I learn more about the camera and generally taking photos it has inspired me to save for a new lens, Will be either the sony 70-300G or a tamron or sigma 70-200 F2.8.

Personally I would get what feels comfy to hold and go from there, remebering there is a whole world of things to take pictures of.

Here is some more pictures I have taken http://myaviation.net/search/search.php?uid=6605

Any questions on the a200 just ask......Dont forget as well sony is bringing out a new range of cameras soon a230, a330 etc so you may be able to pick up a 200 or 300 for a bargain soon!

Nick


User currently offlineDl767captain From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5664 times:



Quoting Nwc100 (Reply 15):
ny questions on the a200 just ask......Dont forget as well sony is bringing out a new range of cameras soon a230, a330 etc so you may be able to pick up a 200 or 300 for a bargain soon!

Ya let me know also, i've tried out some of the newer ones in comparison to my A200 if you have some questions


User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5649 times:

Also, I wouldn't hesitate going for a refurbished model. My Canon 20D was a refurb from adorama a few years back and I saved a nice chunk of change. Camera comes back from Canon as if it were brand new. Never had a problem with it. Even bought 2 refurb point and shoots which work flawlessly. They have a refurb XSi for $469 right now and free shipping (another reason why I think that jumbopackages site might be a bait and switch company).

Might want to check out the dpreview.com forums too.

[Edited 2009-08-10 13:13:50]

User currently offlineThomasWarloe From Norway, joined Jul 2008, 265 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5634 times:

Thanks for the replies so far. What exactly is a refurbished camera? Has it been broken? Dazed767 said they came back like new, if this was the case I wouldn't have a problem buying one of those.

-Thomas



[Canon EOS 60D + Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L USM Lens + Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L USM Lens]
User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1744 posts, RR: 11
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5626 times:
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Quoting ThomasWarloe (Reply 18):
Thanks for the replies so far. What exactly is a refurbished camera? Has it been broken? Dazed767 said they came back like new, if this was the case I wouldn't have a problem buying one of those.

There was a problem with the camera, it was returned to Canon (or someone else), they fixed the problem, and now they can resell it as refurbished.



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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5625 times:



Quoting Dvincent (Reply 11):
Karl, you should play with an a900 (or the a850 when it comes out, which will be full frame for less than $2,000), the a200 is an entry level camera that is below your 30D. Of course it won't feel as good.

Like I say, I have absolutely nothing against Sony and the A900 is in a league above the 30D; but when someone suggests ignoring Canon and Nikon completely and goes on to say that friends are abandoning the big two for the A200 it's kind of condescending to people using entry-level Canons and/or Nikons who are getting quality results.

Remember people, it ain't the camera or really the lens, but the person looking through the viewfinder that determines image quality. Anyone experienced will get decent results with any DSLR. Some prefer Canon (it was right for me), some Nikon, some Sony, and I'll happily admit that Sony bodies (from what I've seen) are actually of better build than equivalents by Canon/Nikon. But go with what's best for you. Play with them all. If you are happy after a few months with the images you're getting then you've made the right choice, regardless of which manufacturer you chose.

It's ridiculous in a forum such as this to slag off a particular manufacturer and try and steer someone clear outright. I do, however, stand by my comments regarding Canon's extensive lens range, which I think is undeniable - but that doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend an alternative and that's not saying I think other brands are inferior. I simply advised the OP to consider what he may want to do in the future, which I think can have a big bearing on choice.

Finally, I came from the Minolta stable when I jumped to digital so I'm in no way resorting to favouritism.

Karl


User currently offlineMHO From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5622 times:

Well, I am another vote for Sony. Why? - the IS is built into the camera body, so it's not an issue with lenses, and the A350 is nearly 15 MPixels, for not much more than the others. Got mine for $600 at Circuit City before they disappeared. I am quite happy with how the camera handles, and the available lenses, and in my opinion, the extra pixels are a plus.

I certainly won't knock Nikon or Canon, they're all good products, but my preference is the Sony product.



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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5618 times:



Quoting ThomasWarloe (Reply 18):
What exactly is a refurbished camera?

It's a camera that could have been sent back for numerous reasons. Could have been a demo camera and gets sent back to Canon to be brought back up to spec, or could have been a camera that was returned because something got damaged or they could have decided they did not want it after all and it was sent back. It gets retested, recertified, and then resold. They usually come with a 90 warranty in case something goes wrong. Looks brand new, you can't tell that it was a refurb (other than the sticker on the bottom).


http://www.adorama.com/ICADRXSIBR.html?searchinfo=Canon+XSi
Read the reviews on the bottom.


User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1744 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5614 times:
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Quoting JakTrax (Reply 20):
It's ridiculous in a forum such as this to slag off a particular manufacturer and try and steer someone clear outright. I do, however, stand by my comments regarding Canon's extensive lens range, which I think is undeniable - but that doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend an alternative and that's not saying I think other brands are inferior. I simply advised the OP to consider what he may want to do in the future, which I think can have a big bearing on choice.

The entry level Nikons should be avoided simply on the grounds that you will cut yourself off from a lot of Nikon glass that won't autofocus. I actively tell people to buy a D90 because there's no real growth room in the lesser bodies. If all you do is plan on using the kit lenses with the entry level models then be my guest, but watch out for anything that needs a screw drive...

I never liked Canon cameras simply on ergonomic/functional grounds. Canon has always made a bunch of puzzling decisions on their bodies... but their top end glass is great. Never denying that.

I don't mr. DL767captain is actively slagging other brands but so much as being enthusiastic.



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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5613 times:



Quoting Dvincent (Reply 23):

I never liked Canon cameras simply on ergonomic/functional grounds. Canon has always made a bunch of puzzling decisions on their bodies... but their top end glass is great. Never denying that.

That's why I didn't go Canon. I disliked the feel of the 40D. I tried the a900 recently and while I liked the performance of the camera, I disliked the feel and control layout.

I find that the high-end Nikon cameras are the gold standard for ease of use - they just have everything where you want it, and easy to access. Much simpler than having to go through menus to change functions.

I always recommend against the lower than D90 Nikon cameras for the reasons you suggest - and the D90 is pretty cheap now anyway.


25 Dvincent : There's a certain gestahlt to a Sony/KM control layout - namely, all of the main shooting controls can be operated one handed and with gloves. Each b
26 DL767captain : Ya I didn't mean to be ragging on other brands I just like to defend my personal camera choice from people who make quick assumptions. That is a big
27 JakTrax : Whatever feels best for the user. That was precisely my point. To be fair this shouldn't be solely what sells Sony. Whether the IS is in-camera or in
28 JohnKrist : I've been a Minolta user since mid 90's when I bought my first SLR and whan tehy released the 5D I got one and loved it since it felt like home. Was l
29 JakTrax : I think this depends on the photographer and lenses used John. The Nikons yes, as the AF problem with some lenses I'm sure would be an issue if you e
30 JohnKrist : Well, that is true, but does the 70-200 physically fit on a 1000D? I know there was some issues with entry level Sonys and the bigger G-series lenses
31 JakTrax : John, My friend manages it, LOL! Even the largest L lenses will fit onto and work with Canon's baby 1000D without issue. It is advised, however, that
32 Dvincent : The cost savings of in-body IS and the fact that it works with any lens makes it a killer. If you really need the swimmy viewfinder, that's one thing
33 ThomasWarloe : Thanks for all the replies, they were very helpful. I looked at the D90- but it seems to be way over my budget for he time being. Looked like a pretty
34 Post contains links Dvincent : These cameras have similar capabilities, but the a350 has a quick AF live view that the XSi does not. I wouldn't worry too much about the MPs. You sh
35 JohnKrist : As DVincent said, between the A350 and the 450D/Rebel XSi it's more about how they feel in your hand. And do a search on Ebay etc and check for used g
36 ThomasWarloe : As Dvincent mentioned, I do plan to go to a store soon and feel what the cameras feel like. I have felt a Canon XS, and I liked the feel, but I have n
37 Cpd : It is a good camera - essentially the heart of a D300, but without the better 51 point autofocus (only 11 point). If saving up a bit longer to afford
38 ThomasWarloe : Unfortunately, the D90 is still too expensive even for me to save up for. It would take me a couple of years to get that amount of money. Thanks for a
39 UnitedJumboJet : How about a used D70s or D80? Even a used D200.
40 JakTrax : D70s is really a bit too old, but a D80 or D200 would be fine. If you like the feel of the Canons then go with your instincts........ Karl
41 JohnKrist : If it will take you a few years to save up for a D90 I don't think that the amount of accessories or long expensive lenses is a factor in choosing a c
42 ThomasWarloe : It does sound like a good idea not to purchase a used camera since I am on a tight budget. I think I will just spend the extra $100 and get a new came
43 Post contains links Dvincent : There's the gold standard, B&H... www.bhphotovideo.com
44 NQYGuy : Has the OP considered the new-to-be-released D3000? I've seen it with a kit lense for around GBP£399. Just out of interest, as the camera is supposed
45 ThomasWarloe : Thanks for all the replies so far. I looked at the D3000, and the reviews about it were okay, I guess. Didn't look too bad, but I don't think it is th
46 JakTrax : Someone's telling you fibs..... There are very few lenses out there these days without AF, and besides this issue isn't unique to Canon - any brand o
47 ThomasWarloe : I went to another store, and they had the Sony A330, but not the A350 which was the camera I wanted to try out. I did not like the grip on the A330 (n
48 Dvincent : The A330 grip is entirely different than the A350. It's more similar to the Oly 420's grip (an old style flat SLR grip). The A350's grip is more simil
49 JakTrax : Thomas, Without doubt the best starter lens in my opinion is Canon's EF75-300 F4-5.6 USM III. Of course it's not as good as some of the more expensive
50 Dvincent : I have a friend with the 55-200 and I was quite surprised at the image quality of the lens. It's certainly very good for a beginner's lens. Of course,
51 Post contains images JakTrax : Dan, Firstly, I'll forgive ya for not being a Canon man... While Dan is right when he says there are very many quality images here taken with the 75-
52 Dvincent : The number of Canon 7x-300 lenses is only rivaled by the number that Minolta (now Sony) made... I would say the price premium for the 70-300IS is pro
53 JakTrax : Unfortunately it appears on this occasion that the OP really is looking for something cheap, in which case the budget 75-300 USM III would be a safe b
54 ThomasWarloe : What is the USM for on the EF75-300 F4-5.6 USM III; and do I need it? Also, amazon lists a 58 mm UV/Haze filter for $6- they say it is mainly to prote
55 JakTrax : Thomas, USM (Ultra-Sonic Motor) is Canon's high-speed focussing motor, which comes in either ring-type (better) or the older micro-motor variety. For
56 JRadier : FYI, all Canon EOS (which includes all Canon DSLRs) don't have a focus motor in the body, that is a Nikon (and perhaps others) thing. All of Canon EF
57 ThomasWarloe : Thanks for the information. Is buying a 1.4x converter a bad idea, or will the EF75-300 F4-5.6 USM III be enough zoom? I almost always shoot my pictur
58 JRadier : With the lenses you are looking at the converter is a bad idea, as it won't fit (and thus, work).
59 JakTrax : The 1.4x converter doesn't degrade quality to the degree of the 2.0x but as JRadier says they don't fit the cheaper range of lenses (mainly designed f
60 ThomasWarloe : I see. Is Canon planing on coming out with any new cameras in the same category as the XSi; is there any point in waiting to buy the XSi in hope of a
61 JakTrax : You could look at the 1000D (Rebel XS in the US) or even the older 400D (Rebel XTi), then use any savings to buy better glass. Even the 350D (Rebel XT
62 Post contains images Dazed767 : From Imperial Hill, Canon 300D+75-300mm IS (really soft over 200mm). I had that lens for years and was fine for the most part at LAX.
63 JakTrax : The 75-300 Justin mentions is the more expensive IS version, which has completely different optics to the much cheaper 75-300 III. Don't confuse the
64 ThomasWarloe : Hmm... I looked at the prices on the XT and the XS, and though they sell for less, they unfortunately do not give me back enough money to buy a decent
65 JakTrax : More megapixels allows for greater crops with less quality loss but this in my opinion is bad practice as your images should require as little post-ca
66 ThomasWarloe : Is it a good idea to buy a used lens if you can examine it before buying it? Then the 75-300 IS might be a possibility, since I know a used camera and
67 JakTrax : Yes, it's a good idea but ask for a test. Better still, ask for a full receipt and some sort of warranty whereby if you encounter problems you can ret
68 ThomasWarloe : Is there a possibility that dust can become stuck between the two pieces of glass? I have a similar issue with the camera I have now, and somehow a pi
69 JakTrax : Dust can indeed become lodged between elements but it rarely poses a problem unless there's an excessive amount. With DSLR lenses they can be professi
70 ThomasWarloe : Have you ever gotten dust between your lens, and is it expensive to get it cleaned? -Thomas
71 JohnKrist : I had a Sigma 135-400 for my KM 5D that had lots of dust inside due to a faulty seal. Cost me $100 to get it fixed at a Sigma Service center here in S
72 Dazed767 : Depending on where your at over by in and out, you might want something a little wider but I can't say for certain, it's been a few years since I've
73 ThomasWarloe : Actually, Dazed 767, I am getting the XSi. Are lens hoods a good idea, and what is a fair price for one? -Thomas
74 Cpd : If the lens is intended to have a hood, it will come with one. The hoods you can buy are mostly only for replacement purposes in case you lose or dam
75 ThomasWarloe : So then I shouldn't need a lens hood. Also, is there any equivalent to the 75-300IS for zoom, quality, and price range? Since the 75-300 is soft beyon
76 JakTrax : The EF70-200 F4 L is one of Canon's sharpest lenses and if you search the forums you'll find nothing but praise for this piece of glass. It is, howeve
77 ThomasWarloe : I was looking at the 55-250mm is, and it seemed to get pretty good reviews. Though it has 50mm less zoom, would this lens still work for aviation phot
78 JakTrax : I've not had experience with the 55-250 IS but I've heard it's pretty sharp for the price. I think this lens would also be a good choice for you. Just
79 ThomasWarloe : Ok, that sounds good. It costs less than the 75-300 is, so that is also good for me. Thanks, -Thomas
80 JakTrax : Thomas, The 55-250 IS does cost less but it isn't as good a lens. The 70-300 IS (it's not the 75-300 IS - that's the older, discontinued version) has
81 Post contains links Dazed767 : http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/19...-56-is-test-report--review?start=2 photozone's review on the 55-250mm IS. http://www.pbase.com/cameras/canon/ef
82 ThomasWarloe : Thanks for the replies. The 55-250 mm seemed good, since it seemed to have reasonable quality and was inside of my budget for the time being. I have o
83 Post contains links JakTrax : Thomas, Do bear in mind that the 55-250 IS doesn't have a USM and so focussing may be sluggish at times. A big put-off for me is that it's also not pa
84 ThomasWarloe : I finally got the camera and the lens!!! I have been trying it out, and will post some pictures as soon as I can. Thanks for all the replies I got on
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