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Old     (khaz)      Join Date: May 2007       12-22-2007, 9:18 AM Reply   
I am getting my first digital camera right after Christmas, after years with a 35mm. I have checked that the lens I already have, will work with the new camera, and I was just wondering if I should get the body alone, or get it with the lens that comes with it? Right now I have Canon 28mm, 50mm, and a Prospec 70-210mm. The new camera would come with a 18-55mm. Is it worth having that lens as well?
Old     (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       12-22-2007, 10:17 AM Reply   
I'd buy it without the 18-55.
Old     (phantom5815)      Join Date: Jul 2002       12-22-2007, 10:59 AM Reply   
Which one is available body only or body with lens.
And if the body isn't available, how long is the wait vs your need?
Old     (peter_c)      Join Date: Sep 2001       12-22-2007, 12:31 PM Reply   
Which camera are you getting? :-)

I would skip the lens too.

Except Costco has some good deals.
I can't get it to post with a URL link???
Old     (khaz)      Join Date: May 2007       12-22-2007, 12:46 PM Reply   
I am looking at the Canon XTi. I am pretty much a rookie, and my lenses from my old camera work with this one.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       12-22-2007, 5:57 PM Reply   
The 18-55 is probably as good or better then the 28mm you have but won't touch the 50 from an IQ standpoint. Going from 35mm film body to a 1.6X sensor will take some getting used to, your 28mm isn't going to be wide at all and with a 10mp sensor you're going to see lens irregularities you probably never saw on film. But unless you're prepared to buy some additional lenses I'd say the 18-55 isn't a bad idea until you decide on what you want.
Old     (khaz)      Join Date: May 2007       12-22-2007, 6:11 PM Reply   
Thank you all for your help. I have enjoyed looking through the pictures that have been posted here on this site, and look forward to getting into this hobby.

I did find the camera with the lens at Walmart for $616. I have not seen it cheaper anywhere yet. Not sure what will happen after Christmas.
Old     (cmawsr)      Join Date: Nov 2002       12-22-2007, 7:12 PM Reply   
I'd get the lens. this way you can have a real wide angle. Stopped down it's not that bad of a lens. Primes are great but having a zoom in this focal length is great on a digital camera.
Don't get me started on walmart
Old     (khaz)      Join Date: May 2007       12-22-2007, 7:56 PM Reply   
Old     (khaz)      Join Date: May 2007       12-22-2007, 7:59 PM Reply   
Just found out I am getting some gift cards for somewhere other than Walmart, so no need to worry about that!!
Old     (deuce)      Join Date: Mar 2002       12-23-2007, 7:54 AM Reply   
Depending on what your local tax rate is in SD....probably would be better off buying from either of these.....
Old     (khaz)      Join Date: May 2007       12-23-2007, 8:02 AM Reply   
Thanks. I will just have to find something else to do with those gift cards.


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