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My daughter is really is a HS SR and into photography. She wants to study it most likely as a minor in college. Currently she uses a Cannon SD 600 point and shoot however she has had about 8 people ask her to do their SR picutres and is ready to move up. I was going to buy her one for her B-day and she has spent many hours in the Camera shop chekcing them out. She likes Cannon most and goes back in forth between the the XSI and the D40. She is really concerned with the wt of the 40D.

Will the XSI hold her back if she goes that way?..

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Gary43 wrote:.

My daughter is really is a HS SR and into photography. She wants tostudy it most likely as a minor in college. Currently she uses aCannon SD 600 point and shoot however she has had about 8 people askher to do their SR picutres and is ready to move up. I was going tobuy her one for her B-day and she has spent many hours in the Camerashop chekcing them out. She likes Cannon most and goes back in forthbetween the the XSI and the D40. She is really concerned with the wtof the 40D.

Will the XSI hold her back if she goes that way?.

The XSI is a fine camera and appears to be her choice...go for it. Most of these cameras have more features then she will probably ever need. I would let her choose the lens however, but you could not go wrong with the 50mm f1.8 for it's quality and price to start off with and should do fine with the SR pictures.best, i.j...

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I make spelling errors sometimes but geez, I had a hard time reading that....

Anyway....

I assume you mean 40D not D40 (D40 is a Nikon model), 40D is a better body with more features than the 400D/450D, it is a lot of camera for what it costs. For sports and action photography the 40D is much better, and it is built from metal so it is a little tougher. For other uses it may not be worth the extra money to you...

Comment #2

Rich?.

Buy the 40D..

Not rich, but able to afford the 40D? Buy the XSi and spend the money you save on other things for her..

Right fromt he start, she'll find good editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 (if you use Windows) almost essential. That's around $100. She may need a book to tell her how to use it. I like the Visual Quick Start Guide (another $30).

If she's going to be doing portraits, a protable reflector like a Photoflex Lite Disk is a good idea. The white on one side and silver ont he other is the best bet for starting..

Set the rest of the XSi / 40D price difference aside for a month or two; she'll be back with other needs (another memory card, a polarizer filter, a tripod) soon enough..

BAK..

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Gary43 wrote:.

My daughter is really is a HS SR and into photography. She wants tostudy it most likely as a minor in college. SNIP.

There have been multiple threads about which camera is best for a college student taking photography classes..

While digital cameras dominate the photography world most photography classes start out using black and white 35mm film; at least for the first year. Only in the second year do they start with color film. A lot of the students time is spent in the dark room developing film and then printing B&W prints. The theory behind this is the process of making "art" is more important than the tools used to make art..

So wanting to minor in photography is a non factor in selecting between a 40d and an xti..

Those who forget history are condemned to go to summer school...

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Gary43 wrote:.

Will the XSI hold her back if she goes that way?.

There's nothing about the XSi that will "hold her back" except if she were to go into high speed photography, like sports shooting, where she might want a fast frame rate like 6 frames per second (which the 40D is capable of). Otherwise, the XSi is a great camera that is more than most people need for the vast majority of situations...

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I can't imagine much of a reason not to buy the 40D. It's around $900 for the body which is unheard of for this level of camera. This is a magnesium semi pro level camera which is extremely durable and high build quality, while the XSi is a plastic fantastic consumer model..

Normally, I'd suggest what fits the budget and level of experience, but right now Canon has reduced the 40D to a no-brainer price. We're talking a camera that's been on the market for less than a year with a price of $1300 a month ago, and that price was considered fantastic for what you got..

Consumer Reports just rated the 40D only a notch behind the $1800 Nikon D300 and a Best Buy, and that was based on the $1300 price tag. At a little over $900, it's a steal..

Cheers, Craig..

Comment #6

Blow up buildings? use a cannon. P.S. I'd go with the D40...

Comment #7

I own the 40D, but I recommend the XSI to those getting into photography-especially those that are not committed yet..

All the lenses for the XSI for on the 40D (E and EF), so other EOS canon friends will be abel to swap lenses either way. You can't beat the price point on the XSI, and the specs are smokin'..

The 40D should be considered an entry level semi-pro, or someone who is majoring in photography and will be doing a lot of retouching, etc. The better sensor in the 40D will help with that, but she won't be able to tell the difference between the images from both cameras..

The body of the 40D is heavier-on purpose. It is meant to take a beating in the field, which I doubt your daughter will be giving her camera. She also won't be able to just throw a 40D into her purse. It just won't happen. That means a whole 'nother set of things is needed ot bring it along, and she'll simply start taking her POS around more often than the heavier EOS..

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Comment #8

Yet another option, if you don't want to spend the money on a 40D, but want the build quality etc., check craigslist for a 30D and go look at one. Avoid anything that looks questionable of course, but if it looks good, feels good, has a receipt from an authorized seller in the US (if that's where you live), and the seller shows he knows how to take care of things and has a reasonable explanation for selling it, no reason not to..

P.S. All the cautionary measures apply when buying used gear. If it doesn't feel right, don't do it and you'll know if it doesn't...

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Bstring wrote:.

Yet another option, if you don't want to spend the money on a 40D,but want the build quality etc., check craigslist for a 30D and golook at one. Avoid anything that looks questionable of course, but if.

Good point. An enthusiast friend of mine is selling his..

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Comment #10

I'm no expert in Canon gear but if your daughter is half serious I'd go with 40d just because of it's better build quality for only slightly more money. Other's have pointed out the huge discounts being offered on the 40d from only a few months ago..

Get her an after market camera strap from an online reseller. A padded strap makes all the difference with respect to weight. Something like a Lowepro Voyager C or Optech strap will make a heavier camera feel much more comfortable than the strap you get in the box, even if used on a lighter body..

I also recommend a fast 50 f/1.8 for low light and to see if she prefers the operation of a zoom vs prime (fixed focal length lens)..

Good Shopping Luck..

PS: IMHO the version 1 18-55 Canon kit lens is not very good. Look for an alternative. I'm sure some experienced Canon users can chime in with some recommendations on another Canon or third party lens that's better value at low cost...

Comment #11

I totally agree with mrxdimension. The 40D is the biggest no-brainer on earth right now, IMO. With the existing rebates it's price is a little over $900 and it's night and day over entry level plastic cameras that cost nearly the same..

Canon's 18-55 is a good paperweight, while the 18-55 IS lens is quite lovely. But, I agree with many here that a 50 1.8 prime might be the best choice. Actually, I'd look at a Canon 24 f2.8 as an alternative. That will give the field of view of a slight wide lens from film days.Cheers, Craig..

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