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Old    Randy (dudeman)      Join Date: Mar 2005       07-03-2008, 11:02 AM Reply   
Found this deal for my wife's birthday, but I know nothing about cameras. Is it worth it? She has a Sony point and shoot right now and she was looking at these. She's just your amateur picture taker, nothing fancy.

http://www.broadwayphoto.com/viewproduct.aspx?id=812749
Old    Eubanks (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       07-03-2008, 11:13 AM Reply   
That is a great camera for somebody looking to break into the DSLR world. That being said, what all will she be using it for? These cameras can be overkill for some people and they get very frustrated when they get one and the pictures turn out worse than their cheap point and shoot. Just remember this is a big camera too so she needs to be aware that there will no longer be the "pull the P&S quickly out of my purse to get a picture" anymore. I have the original Canon Digital Rebel and love it, but I had to grow into it. This is a lot of camera but can also take amazing pictures if somebody is willing to put in the time to learn how to use it.

So like I said, what is she doing with it? Shooting the kids around the house? Taking wakeboarding pictures? Landscapes? One other thing to consider is the costs of the extras...batteries, compact flash cards, card readers, lenses, flashes, etc. Just something to be aware of...the DSLR world can be expensive!
Old    Randy (dudeman)      Join Date: Mar 2005       07-03-2008, 11:19 AM Reply   
She'll be taking a lot of wakeboarding pics and various things. She's outgrown the point and shoot. I don't think she ever has used it for pulling it out quick and taking a quick pic, so she should be good. She doesn't really have a hobby right now since she sold her horses, so I think this would be pretty cool for her. She does take a lot of pictures. Thanks for the input Eubanks.
Old    Randy (dudeman)      Join Date: Mar 2005       07-03-2008, 11:35 AM Reply   
Here's another question. Is it a wise choice to purchase the extended warranty? That may sound like a dumb question, but like I said, I know nothing about cameras. Do they usually break within the first year if they are going to break?
Old    Eubanks (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       07-03-2008, 12:13 PM Reply   
I doubt you would need an extended warranty, but you never know. I got the dreaded "ERR99" that happened on some of the Canon's which rendered my camera useless after a couple of years shooting. I dropped by Best Buy with my extended warranty in hand and they just handed me a brand new camera off the shelf. I needed it but most will not. On that note, I would NOT buy from the link you posted. Look at the feedback about that store: http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Broadway_Photo

B&H Photo Video (www.bhphotovideo.com) is where most people buy their equipment if they are going to buy online. They have great prices and extraordinary service.

I would say go for it if you can still find the XT from a reliable shop unless you want to go newer. That is the 2nd generation of the camera, and the 4th generation is arleady out called the XSI. I would probably look at it or go with the 3rd generation (XTI) which you should also be able to get for a really good price right now. The XTI has a larger LCD screen, more pixels, and some other nice features that do not exist on the XT.

All that being said I think you should go for it! I had never really taken a picture in my life when I got my Digital Rebel. It was WAY, WAY too much camera for me, but I have really grown to love photography and use my camera to more of it's full potential over the last 4.5 years. I would also look at buying her something like the book "Understand Exposure". Just handing somebody a DSLR can be overwhelming if they don't have a starting point. www.dpreview.com can also become your best friend. They have a glossary of all the photography terms and also have dedicated forums for just about every DSLR out there.

Good luck! Let her shoot with the kit lens for a while before you start throwing down money on lenses. After some time she'll better understand what type of lenses she will need.

Here are some pictures I took in Europe last year with the DR. Lots of people take much better pictures than me, but this should at least show you what is capable for a generic phototog like myself with the Canon DR!
http://www.pbase.com/eubanks01/europe
Old    Randy (dudeman)      Join Date: Mar 2005       07-03-2008, 12:30 PM Reply   
Thanks for the heads up on that store. I checked out B&H because I've purchased some video equipment from them, but they were out of stock. I looked at the XTI, but it was more than I wanted to spend. Might have to spring for it though. Sweet pics.

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