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Shooting w/ a Canon Rebel XTI

 Rebel XTI

Back in December I blogged about my search for a new lens for my Canon Rebel 300D. My plan was to keep the older camera for another year or two – instead, investing in a Canon L series lens. Well, the plan changed a little.

I’m now shooting with a Canon Rebel XTI 400D and I’m loving it. I was a bit concerned about the size of the camera (its grip is smaller than the 300D’s) but by adding the optional Canon battery grip I solved the problem and doubled my power capacity – nice if you don’t like having to worry about keeping the camera charged. I bought the camera without the kit lens – instead opting for the highly regarded Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR DI lens. This lens takes fantastic pictures and it covers a popular focal range even on a camera with a 1.6 FOVCF like the 400D. I also picked up a copy of Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 lens for shooting the kids indoors in low light situations without my flash. The 50mm takes fantastic pictures, with excellent background blur, and it’s a steal at less than $100. This rounded out my end of 2006 camera upgrade and I feel like I’m set for at least a few years. Eventually, I’m going to want a full-frame camera like Canon’s 5D but I’m happy for now. I’ve also got my eye on Canon’s 85mm f/1.8 prime as well as a their 70-200mm f/4 or f/2.8 L lens but that will have to wait for a while.

I upgraded from the 300D to the 400D because I thought the enhanced feature set warranted it. I also felt like the time was right to sell my 300D – resale value will decrease sharply this year as 10MP cameras become the standard. I managed to get $425 for my 300D on eBay – that’s pretty good considering I paid about $700 for the 400D body.

I’m not going to bother with specifics about any of these products because they are all reviewed by better resources already – instead, I’ll provide you with links to some of the resources I used to research my upgrade.

Related Resources: 

Lens and Camera Reviews: – great resource for Canon lens and camera reviews

FM Reviews – a lot of professional opinions here / Canon and Nikon lenses – detailed lens and camera reviews – the ultimate camera review site

Buying: – always competitive, great for lenses

B&H – bought the camera and one of the lenses here 

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