A&P Talk me in (or out) of a Canon XTi

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  1. kristin

    kristin my dog > *

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    I have been spending far too much time in the A&P forums and you guys have pretty much already talked me into it, so really, all I want to know is the "bad" things that go along with the camera, so I can decide if I really want to get it. :)

    I currently own a Sony DSC-V3 and have had it for about 2.5 years. It's a decent little camera, and has some manual settings, but it's not as manual as I would have hoped. I got it fro my mom for my 18th birthday and have taken somewhere around 9,000 pictures. Honestly, the only gripes I have with the Sony are that it's not as manual as I'd like, and the quality of the images is, to be honest, crap. If I take a picture at it's "full potential," (which I always do) the picture doesn't look good unless I scale it down to 30% (sometimes 50% depending) of the original. It is far too pixelated and just looks like overall crap. Not that big of a deal since I resize my photos to smaller than that usually, but it still bugs me.

    I went to Best Buy yesterday to look (not to buy - I know they are overpriced!) at the XTi first hand to see if I really liked it as much as I like the pictures of it on the internet. I absolutely loved it! It reminded me a little bit of back when I was in to film SLR photography which I loved. The only question I had about the XTi, which I wasn't able to find out last night, was if you can use the LCD as a viewfinder as well as the actual viewfinder?? Pretty much pointless as you can't see near as much detail with that as you can using the actual viewfinder, but it's a habit I'm used to and it's nice on occasion.

    I've already decided that I'm going to buy through B&H if I decide to buy the camera.. Just wondering if you guys had any problems with it (though I don't see anything but good things from what I've seen here).

    Thanks :wavey:






    Cliffs: I have a Sony DSC-V3 that I am happy with, but think I could be happier with an XTi. Prove me right or wrong.
     
  2. Beeno

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    It's a great little camera. I love mine :bigthumb: The only problems I have with it is the tiny viewfinder...makes manual focusing a bitch. Oh, and no spot metering.
     
  3. kristin

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    Is there an option to use the LCD as the viewfinder, or is it only there to show image details?
     
  4. SenenCito

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    um..no you cant use the screen as a viewfinder
     
  5. kristin

    kristin my dog > *

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    :cool: Thanks
     
  6. Redliner7

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    Which holds true for 99.9% of the DSLRs out there, whether its Canon/Nikon/whatever. And of the ones that do offer live-view on the LCD screen, you lose quick, automatic focus and lose the shooting speed that makes a DSLR special in the first place.
     
  7. kristin

    kristin my dog > *

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    That was what I figured, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
     
  8. SenenCito

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    One thing you should know though, after a bit it doesn't even bother, in fact you begin to hold all cameras like that and look silly
     
  9. kristin

    kristin my dog > *

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    :werd: Like I said up there, I started out with photography with a film SLR a few years ago so I've already gotten used to it once. I'm sure it wouldn't take long to get used to it again.
     
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    buy one.

    don't buy one.
     
  11. NSX

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    Nikon D40x > Canon XTi

    but...

    Canon 5D > Nikon D200
     
  12. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    you're joking, right?
     
  13. SenenCito

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    you forgot to add

    $2,500 > $1,500


    might as well make the story complete.
     
  14. e.pie

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    I would rather have a used 20D for less
     
  15. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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  16. up|dn

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    From what I've read, the 20D doesn't have spot metering either.
     
  17. up|dn

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    But yeah, for me it's between the XTi and the 30D. I really want the 30D, but can't justify the extra ~$400.

    Hoping for a reasonably priced used 30D body, I think.
     
  18. e.pie

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    get a used 20D, the only major difference is the smaller LCD
     
  19. Pants

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    If your old camera was a Canon, and you have lenses, flashes, etc. left that you'd like to use, then go for it. If you don't have a lot invested in one system, then I'd say try out some other cameras. You'll get good pictures from any DSLR on the market, but it is important to get one that "feels" right. Otherwise your equipment will just get in your way.
     
  20. up|dn

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    What about the spot metering?
     
  21. mojito

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    nope, but life goes on. doesn't have picture styles either
     
  22. up|dn

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    so the general consensus is that a used 20D is still better than the XTi?
     
  23. mojito

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    yes
     
  24. Doodie head

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    scroll wheel on the 30D>buttons on XTI
     
  25. e.pie

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    my god yes
     

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