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Canon XTI package
I think I finally have weighed all the options and the Canon xti seems like the best bang for my buck right now. I am thinking of this package.

Http://cgi.ebay.ca/...4QQcategoryZ147173QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem.

Does this have everything I need to get a good start?Also, what do you think of the package overall? Worth it?..

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This camera is very good, and a good price at the moment because of the advent of the XSi. I'd avoid this particular kit like the plague however; it is padded out with a what is probably a lot of cheap, useless, no-name junk, like the flash, tripod, 'wide angle lens' (which looks like a screw-in adaptor), etc. etc. Also it comes with a weird choice of lens: the Tamron 28-80 will work, but these cameras normally come with an 18-55, a much better focal length range. the 28mm limit on the Tamron lens, which is probably an old model left over from 35mm film days (it's not a current model), won't give you any wide-angle and will be quite restrictive for general purpose use..

If you are in the US check out the web site of B&H photo in New York - you can get an XTi (with the correct 18-55 mm Canon kit lens) for $600, or body only (and add the lens of your choice) for $520. As and when you decide you want a flash or a tripod, you will need decent ones or you will be wasting your money..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #1

... the tele zoom in this kit, the Tamron 75-300mm F/4-5.6 LD AF Macro Lens, is not the current model (which is the 70-300mm f4-5.6 Di LD AF Macro). This may just be a couple of typos... but it may also be an out-of-date version which has been superseded..

I did find the Tamron 28-80 listed as a current model on a UK seller's website but it is giveaway cheap, probably because it is not a useful focal length range since 35mm film ceased to be the norm..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

The kit is mostly useless junk that they throw in to make you think you are getting a deal..

The Tamron lenses are the cheapest things they can get their hands on. The "wide angle" is a screw on filter, and is junk. The "flash" is useless, and not as powerful as the built in unit. The tripod will barely hold itself up, let alone support a camera..

Ebay is not the place to buy a new camera, unless you really know what it is that you are buying. There are a lot of these sellers that peddle these "kits" to the unsuspecting public..

Go to B&H as mentioned above, or 17th St Photo, or Adorama, or even Dell! Maybe even the local shop, if you have one. I'd even buy one at Best Buy before I'd get one of these EBay "bundles"..

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Comment #3

So, the consensus don't buy the tamron lenses and don't fall for the cheap stuff that ebay stores try to throw in...

Comment #4

Drad2k4 wrote:.

So, the consensus don't buy the tamron lenses and don't fall for thecheap stuff that ebay stores try to throw in..

Just to be clear: Tamron makes some nice lenses. The advice isn't to avoid all Tamron lenses, just those..

Also, there are many places that will try to rip you off after advertising low prices, and not just on eBay. Check this out:http://www.flickr.com/.../groups/digital_rebel_faq/discuss/72157600136789778/.

Any place that is advertising prices significantly lower than the major Internet retailers (B&H, Adorama, Dell, etc) should be considered to be suspect...

Comment #5

New package. http://www.adorama.com/ICADRXTIKR.html.

This is a refurbished camera. What are your opinions on refurb cameras...

Comment #6

"Refurbished" can mean a lot of things..

It can mean "customer returned, then checked and found to be working fine, then resold" or it could mean "had a defect, was repaired, then resold" or it could mean "demonstrator or store sample, checked and found to be working fine, then resold.".

If you save some money, it could be a good deal, since they usually come with some type of warranty. I noticed that camera was "refurbished by Canon" so it may be worth considering..

I have purchased refurbished cameras before, and have had no problem with them. The Olympus C7000 I got for my wife was the result of a massive recall for a flash sticking problem on that model. I believe Olympus recalled them all, including dealers stock, made some modification to the pop up flash, then resold them all as refurbished.MartyPanasonic FZ7, FZ20, FZ30, LX2Olympus C4000, C7000.

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Comment #7

Yah, I have good luck with refurbished stuff before. I decided to purchase the camera. Great price, and the fact that it was refurbished by Canon is reassuring. Thanks for all of the advice. I now have to learns the ins and outs of actually using the a DSLR...

Comment #8

Mike703 wrote:.

I did find the Tamron 28-80 listed as a current model on a UKseller's website but it is giveaway cheap, probably because it is nota useful focal length range since 35mm film ceased to be the norm..

It would still be useful on a Canon EOS 5D, but anyone who can afford a 5D can also afford better glass.....

Comment #9

Mike703 wrote:.

This camera is very good, and a good price at the moment because ofthe advent of the XSi. I'd avoid this particular kit like the plaguehowever; it is padded out with a what is probably a lot of cheap,useless, no-name junk, like the flash, tripod, 'wide angle lens'(which looks like a screw-in adaptor), etc. etc. Also it comes witha weird choice of lens: the Tamron 28-80 will work, but these camerasnormally come with an 18-55, a much better focal length range. the28mm limit on the Tamron lens, which is probably an old model leftover from 35mm film days (it's not a current model), won't give youany wide-angle and will be quite restrictive for general purpose use..

If you are in the US check out the web site of B&H photo in New York- you can get an XTi (with the correct 18-55 mm Canon kit lens) for$600, or body only (and add the lens of your choice) for $520. Asand when you decide you want a flash or a tripod, you will needdecent ones or you will be wasting your money..

Best wishesMike.

And, many of the pieces they're counting are the accessories that come with the camera...

Comment #10

Basically it's a good deal, not great but certainly not bad. If you could find a refurb body for around $400 it would be better and then get the 18-55IS version instead of the kit lens and you'll have spent around $550.Regards,Hank.

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