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Canon Digital Rebel XT DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens (Black) (OLD MODEL)
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- 8.0-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 16 x 22-inch prints
- Includes Canon's EF-S 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 zoom lens
- DIGIC II Image Processor provides fast, accurate image processing; captures images at a rate of up to 3 frames per second
- Fast start-up time--.2 seconds
- Powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (included, with charger)
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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel camera now has a new, faster, even smaller big brother. Sibling rivalries aside, the 8.0-megapixel Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT SLR adds resolution, speed, extra creative control, and enhanced comfort in the hand to one of the smallest and lightest digital cameras in its class. Even with its advancements in ergonomic design and technology, this easy-to-use EOS digital camera is compatible with all of Canon's EF lenses, including the EF-S lenses.
In-depth review from dpreview.com:Read the full Canon Digital Rebel XT review at dpreview.com.
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I don't want to repeat a lot of the things other reviewers have said, so I'll make some additional observations that will hopefully add value to what others have said. One of these is a comment about the fact that the camera is faster than the original Rebel due to the 8 MP CMOS and DIGIC II processing image. This gives it higher resolution, faster recovery time between shots and almost instant startup time when compared with the original Rebel. I found the camera overall to be a bargain considering its performance and the fact that they included a good lens.
Two modes that I appreciated were the While Balance Bracketing and monochrome mode for working with black and white photography. The bracketing allows you to automatically take three images for every shot with different white balancing settings. Given that I can erase the pictures I don't like, I think this is a great feature. I also like that I can experiment with black and white photography.
Another interesting feature of the camera is the CloseUp mode. It works at wide angle settings and at 55 mm as well. When you use it at 55 mm it magnifies the image and you can focus in as close as 6 inches in order to capture detail in flowers or whatever your subject is. This opens up a lot of possibilities for some interesting shots that would otherwise be difficult.
In short, this is a lot of camera for the price. I am very pleased with my purchase and pictures can be blown up very large at 8 MP resolution.
While I haven't tried it yet, I'm interested in experimenting with some astrophotography using this camera. Given its light weight, small size and accessible controls, I think it might be excellent for some astronomy applications where you need to piggy back a camera on a telescope.
Only negative: This camera is SMALL. I have large hands (not huge) and my three first fingers and my thumb are all I can use to hold this camera. HOWEVER, just buy the battery pack and your pinky will have something to hold onto.
I recommend getting the 28-105mm lens (non-IS) as I did.
Definitely a VERY good camera. However, after having this camera since July of 2007 - I've already put in my order for the 40D :).
I ordered the silver body Rebel XT camera as I like it better than a faux pro black camera (this is afterall not a pro camera), and black cameras look dirty or dusty all the time. It came rapidly from Amazon.com. I have had mostly good pictures with this camera, but there are a few things I would add to the other posters.
Pro: compact, light, fast, good in outdoor daylight.
Cons: in incandescent light the AWB is only fair. The picture color is better if you set this manually in a manual mode rather than using the AUTO mode.
Sometimes the autofocus has a tough time figuring out where things are indoors, and sometimes there is severe hunting, with an occasional focus which is way off. You can fool this autofocus in situations where the subject is further back than foreground objects unless you set the focus point ahead of time, which is usually not what you think about on the spot.
ISO speeds in AUTO mode is 400, and cannot be set higher. You can set this to 1600 with very little noise in the non-auto modes.
Kit lens is a bit soft in my example, despite good reviews. I got in a Tamron lens (28-75) which seems sharper, but some say this lens has a yellowish cast, which I have not seen yet. One other thing pointed out by the professionals: you have to wait till the buffer has saved the picts to the CF card or they will be lost. So long as the little red led has stopped flashing you are OK.
Overall I am happy with this camera. I wish it were a bit more user friendly and intuitive, and there was more control over the ISO and AWB in auto modes. You can't expect the kit lens to be very good considering the price it is, but I would rather have a better prime lense than a cheap zoom which you have to replace anyway. Next time round I will just get a body and forget about the kit lens. For those looking to step up from a point and shoot film camera or a lessor digital, this is the right direction. I do wonder if I should have got the 20D instead, but for the difference in price, I got my Tamron lens and I am happy I did it this way. Good luck and happy picture taking to you all...
Edit 4/10/2005: before doing my 24-75 zoom Tamron lens rebate, I wanted to be absolutely sure there were no front focus issues with this lens in this camera. Some have said the Tamron lens might have a front focus issue, and I spent a lot of time yesterday and today specifically looking for front focus problems, and found none. I took dozens of pictures indoors and out, with flash and without, and found no consistent problem worth sending the lens or camera back for. As I said above the focus is sometimes off indoors, probably due to low light, but much more often than not it is good. Outdoors today I shot some sharp pictures which focussed spot on, and I am pleased with the Tamron len's performance in my Rebel XT.
One little complain is the attached flash pretty weak, but I still give it 5 stars because I know I can't ask for more at this price and an external flash is an easy solution. The included len is good but not great. It's not a big deal since I am expecting it.
If you come from point-and-shoot world, this camera definitely is a good start and Canon XT camera lessons on Canon website are very helpful.