Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Get the Goods: Why I'm Not Upgrading to Rebel XSi

Pre-orders for the new Canon EOS Rebel XSi have already swamped my email. While I think it's a great looking camera, I won't be upgrading from Rebel XTi. Calumet Enews announced today it's offering preorders for "the new Rebel XSi, an irresistible upgrade for owners of older Rebel cameras and those looking to make the jump to a digital SLR."

"Previously only available in higher-end bodies, Canon's EOS Rebel XSi introduces Live View to the EOS Rebel series. You'll be able to compose and fine-focus on-screen with up to 5x magnification. Canon has updated Live View by adding a live, contrast-based AF mode that operates similar to a point-and-shoot, letting you autofocus without interrupting the display. Of course, this wouldn't mean a thing without the latest image-processing technology. With the new DIGIC III processor, 3.5 frames-per-second bursts, 12.2 megapixels, SD card compatibility and 14-bit conversion, the Rebel XSi packs exceptional speed and image detail into its lightweight body."

I agree that if you are just making the leap to DSLRs, the Xsi would be your best bet. But I wouldn't spend the money on it if you already have the XTi. The XTi has been a wonderful camera for me, and I intend to stick with it until I can afford the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. I would instead suggest investing your money in as much high quality glass (or lenses) you can afford and keep whatever DSLR body you are working with now. I just got a new Canon 16-35 2.8, and Canon EF 70-200mm 2.8 L IS USM and they are FABULOUS when mounted on my XTi body. Check out my galleries for yourself...all of those were shot with either my XTi or my Canon G9.


Lee said...

I agree wholeheartedly. I have never been a fan of framing a shot in the LCD screen, even on point-and-shoot cameras. For one thing it is a great way to drain your batteries.

I think I probably got my first and last dSLR when I purchased my EOS 20D. It does everything I want it to do and so things I don't know how to make it do! :-) And I'm very happy with the results I get. But...and that's a major BUT...I may never have all the lenses and filters I want. If only I could afford that 70-200 IS f/2.8 Canon lens I want so badly...

Sheba Wheeler said...

It is a great piece of glass Lee! Save up and get it. I think I'm just about done with buying equipment for now. I have spent up my Wolf Camera credit card and I haven't even received the damn thing in the mail yet! ;)

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