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Old 04-10-2005, 08:18 AM   #1
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I think we are fixing to buy a Cannon Rebel XT Digital. Any words of wisdom, do's or don'ts, better camera
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Old 04-10-2005, 01:34 PM   #2
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I'v got a Canon Powershot S1 IS and have been more than happy with it. 10X Optical zoom coupled with a 32X Digital zoom and 3.2 Mega-pixels.

I went ahead and also bought a larger memory chip(512 MB) so that I can take a lot of pictures. My suggestion would be to get rechargeable batteries as you'll go through quite a few.

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Old 04-10-2005, 02:04 PM   #3
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Like Marsh said Larger Memeory card and rechargable batteries....And you'll be good to go
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Old 04-10-2005, 06:26 PM   #4
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What are you going to use it for? are you going to get it with the standard kit lens? You will want another lens so you should be thinking about that when you buy your camera. The XT is a good camera but only as good as the lens you put in front of it.
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Old 04-10-2005, 06:29 PM   #5
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Was looking at this package.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=rvi:1:1v_home
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shut up Andy............cornbread you not once, not twice but twenty three mother cornbreading times with the unlubricated horn of satan...........


Duck hunting is a way of life and thats all I got to say about that.

No matter where you go, there you are.


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Old 04-10-2005, 06:39 PM   #6
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We have the rebel and the G6, love them both.
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Old 04-10-2005, 08:06 PM   #7
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I think we are fixing to buy a Cannon Rebel XT Digital. Any words of wisdom, do's or don'ts, better camera
I don't think you can get a better digital SLR for less than $1,000. That being said, you need to match it with lens of at least equal quality.
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:02 PM   #8
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Another great choice (FZ20 Panasonic )

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz20/

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfz20/page9.asp
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Old 04-10-2005, 10:13 PM   #9
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how do you like the pic quality of the canon? i am thinking of getting the S! but cant make up my mind. its in the price range of what i can spend right now. i looked at the minolta z3 and z5 but the sample pics ive seen seem to have a good bit of noise..

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Old 04-11-2005, 11:51 AM   #10
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This package I am looking at has Sigma brand lenses for the extra lenses. Does anyone see that as a problem. The cannon brand lenses would be about $200-300 more. The guy I talked to said he did not believe it was worth the extra money.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=rvi:1:1v_home
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Old 04-11-2005, 08:23 PM   #11
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On the surface this looks like a really good deal but I would be skeptical. The lens mentioned are not great nor do the sell even close to the MSRP. The 70-300 is an ok lens that goes for about $160. The 28-80 goes for about $75 and is a pretty marginal lens. The wide angle doesn't even list a brand and my guess is it is worth about $30. The 4 gig microdrive is a waste, I would go with a 1 GHz sandisk Ultra II for about $80. The filters....you can easily live without as with most of the rest of the stuff listed. My bet is that they will try charge 2 to $300 for insurance. The camera is probably gray market meaning the warranty may not be as good. In the end you are going to pay about $1400 to $1600. Below are 2 options I think you should consider.

Rebel XT body $900
Sandisk Ultra II 1 GHz $90
Sigma 28-300 lens $270


Total of about $1300 Use the extra money to buy a Pelican Case some Pec Pads and Eclipse (cleaning kit) and maybe even a Tripod.

I am a bit biased but I like the Nikon D70 although the XT has some advantages (the regular Rebel has none).

If you look at Nikon....

Nikon D70 6.1 Megapixel Interchangeable SLR Camera w/Nikon 18-70 f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED Dx Lens

This combo goes for about $1,050 at Abes of Maine but has an additional $200 rebate. The lens is a very good lens (check out the reviews) This would leave about $600 for another lens and a 1 GHz card or other accessories.
I have this lens and it is OK, especially for the price. $130 at B&H

Nikon Zoom Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Autofocus Lens

Click here for some pics from these two lens.


My biggest recommendation....do what you are doing now....do the research, take your time, read the reviews...the prices are only going to come down. Abes of Maine and B&H Photo are two reputable online camera stores that have very competive pricing and good customer service.

dpreview.com is a great site for info/reviews.

One warning....you will want a nicer lens one day soon Like this one.
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Old 04-12-2005, 04:21 AM   #12
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I should have mentioned this earlier but here's a great digital camera review site. It is by far the most comprehensive site I've seen:

http://www.imaging-resource.com
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Old 04-12-2005, 06:53 AM   #13
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This package I am looking at has Sigma brand lenses for the extra lenses. Does anyone see that as a problem. The cannon brand lenses would be about $200-300 more. The guy I talked to said he did not believe it was worth the extra money.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=rvi:1:1v_home
I went through the whole sigma lens game and i'd steer clear of them. At least get the cheap Canon brand lenses, there not as grainy and will focus faster/better for you. Really noticable when reaching out with the zoom.

I'd rather have sim memory than the drive. They transfer faster and if you get into shooting birds with it, you'll be happy you did.

I shoot an old Canon D30 and absolutley love it. Stepping up to either a Canon XL1 or GL2 pro video camera this season. For 2k, your making profesional videos and it takes still pics along with the option of capturing stills from the vids.

Nikons take awesome pics, but you need a degree in photography to figure em out. At least the canon has enough fool proof settings to get you going. I have not touched the new nikons, but the slr film ones were next to impossible for me to figure out and i did take some photography in high school.
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Old 04-12-2005, 07:43 AM   #14
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for once id like to find a digi cam that can truely take the rough conditions i see while hunting and not be treated with kid gloves

ive had 4 digi camera crap out on me..and not because i droped them in water or anything like that..

anyone know of digi cams made for use on salt water keep working
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Old 04-12-2005, 07:54 AM   #15
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This is some great info. Thanks alot. I need all I can get before spending this kind of money on a camera.
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Old 04-12-2005, 08:28 AM   #16
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GO with the Canon 20D

This camera shoots at an amazing speed for capturing action shots. I think for the money this is the best value for a DSLR.......if you go with this camera get the package with the 17-85 lens with IS as a starter lens and then be ready to break the bank for a monster zoom lens. I've been looking at after market lenses and have been told by many to stick with the Canon lenses. I guess I'll be saving for quite a while for that 100 to 400mm lens.....

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Old 04-12-2005, 09:43 AM   #17
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Get the canon or nikon lenses-the cheaper lenses do not produce the same quality pictures as those lenses and the cheaper types may not operate as efficiently. You can"t go wrong with lenses made by those two companies.
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