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Hi there  Newbie here, been lurking for a while, but mainly just checking out reviews and various other posts for the past 6 months while researching dslr systems. So I've narrowed it down & I've come to the conclusion that I will get a canon.....for reasons that I care not to take the time to explain tonight  Here's where I'm having the problem.......do I go with the Xsi w/kit lens & leave myself a little room to play around with getting a zoom lens & maybe a prime.......or do I get the 40d w/17-85 (they don't have the 28-135 kit in stock) & hope that I get a lens for mother's day or something? Just looking for a little advice on what you would do if you were in my shoes......please & thanks..

Mainly right now I'm shooting landscapes, & kids, but I'm venturing into wildlife & dirt bike/quad racing & various other sports..

I've had the chance to handle both cameras, in store, so I know how they feel in my hand. However, I am still undecided.Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance......

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Kyty wrote:.

Hi there  Newbie here, been lurking for a while, but mainly justchecking out reviews and various other posts for the past 6 monthswhile researching dslr systems. So I've narrowed it down & I've cometo the conclusion that I will get a canon.....for reasons that I carenot to take the time to explain tonight  Here's where I'm havingthe problem.......do I go with the Xsi w/kit lens & leave myself alittle room to play around with getting a zoom lens & maybe aprime.......or do I get the 40d w/17-85 (they don't have the 28-135kit in stock) & hope that I get a lens for mother's day or something?Just looking for a little advice on what you would do if you were inmy shoes......please & thanks.Mainly right now I'm shooting landscapes, & kids, but I'm venturinginto wildlife & dirt bike/quad racing & various other sports.I've had the chance to handle both cameras, in store, so I know howthey feel in my hand. However, I am still undecided.Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks inadvance.....

My opinion (free, and worth every penny)... unless you know that there are features you need on the 40D that are not on the XSi, go for the XSi and save the change for an additional lens when you know what you want (like a fast prime for indoor use wit the kids, or a tele zoom for sports)..

The XSi is very capable and will do what you want. The 40D is a lot bigger and heavier; it has an ISO setting of 3200, and a faster burst rate (6.5 pics per second rather than 3.5). if those are important to you then go for the 40D but for what you might call 'general purpose' use I would go for the cheaper, lighter, and basically equally capable XSi with scope to add a another lens in a while..

No doubt the next poster will say exactly the opposite!.

Best wishesMike..

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No doubt the next poster will say exactly the opposite!.

No, I'd agree entirely!.

You really do need to know why you want the 40D over the XSi because the photos most people get will be no different. In fact you'd get a bigger difference buying the cheaper camera and a better lens for it..

Make sure if you get the XSi that you get the new kit lens with IS, a much better lens than the old kit lens..

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I am a huge fan of the xxd series cameras and suspect the new 450 is a crackeryou can hear the but coming cant youBut you mention an interest in sports and dirt racing for which the 40D would be much better suited.The 17- 85mm lens is a really useful range to have as a walkabout and a 70-200mm seems a shoo in as a gift.Get the better camera nowthe lenses will follow in good time.Above all ENJOY.PJT..

Comment #3

Thanks for your replies  I do appreciate them. It would appear as though peolpe must be tired of answering the which system should I get question.....lol..

I know what the differences in the cameras are (on paper & in hand) & still I feel the need to pick someone else's brain. It's a huge investment & I don't want to kick myself afterwards by second guessing my purchase, because I don't plan on upgrading bodies with every new arrival. After making this purchase I'll focus my resources into acquiring more glass until my body gives out or until the kids are big enough to take it over....whichever comes first  Thanks again for all the replies. I'll let you know what & when I decide!!..

Comment #4

So is how it feels in your hands. Personally I could never use a rebel... too small. For my wife, the 40D is a bit large (although not so large as to rule one out completely)..

Kyty wrote:.

Thanks for your replies  I do appreciate them. It would appear asthough peolpe must be tired of answering the which system should Iget question.....lol.I know what the differences in the cameras are (on paper & in hand) &still I feel the need to pick someone else's brain. It's a hugeinvestment & I don't want to kick myself afterwards by secondguessing my purchase, because I don't plan on upgrading bodies withevery new arrival. After making this purchase I'll focus myresources into acquiring more glass until my body gives out or untilthe kids are big enough to take it over....whichever comes first Thanks again for all the replies. I'll let you know what & when Idecide!!.

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My opinion (free, and worth every penny)... unless you know thatthere are features you need on the 40D that are not on the XSi, gofor the XSi and save the change for an additional lens when you knowwhat you want (like a fast prime for indoor use wit the kids, or atele zoom for sports)..

Most semi-pro and pro photographers would say, choose the glass first and then the body! Just as Mike said it!.

I'm a beginner too and was struggling with the same issue. After reading a lot of reviews and taking opinions from avid photographers, I came to the conclusion that I would outgrow XSi soon, with a need to replace it much sooner (of course, sooner is a relative, but you are a better judge for that) With xxD, I can stick on with it much longer, for it will take much longer to master it. It's up to you to choose whether the features of xxD really matter to a degree that you are willing to shell out extra $$$s..

Here's another suggestion, if you are stuck between 450D and 40D, give 30D a hard look too! I intend to take semi-pro body and a cheap zoom lens, once I master the techniques, body functions and basics, I can invest in more expensive glass..

Hope this helps.-just a beginner like you.AtulT..

Comment #6

Hi.

Here's a thought - I sold my 18-55 kit lens on my XT because it was very soft and blurry and went out and bought the 17-85. I was instantly disappointed, and 18 months later I was glad to get rid of it last week!! I wouldn't recommend that lens, especially at the price they charge. I mean, if you aren't too picky it's okay, but I can't see someone not being too picky after spending $700 or so on a lens...

I would have been much better off either getting something like a 17-40 L or skipping the boring midrange altogether and getting something like a 10-22 Canon or Sigma equivalent and maybe a 50mm prime to slot in the middle..

I dunno about anyone else, but I find the midrange of limited use to me. I am a ultrawide junkie, and the 10-22 apparently is glorious! 17mm on a small sensor dSLR is just not wide enough for me!.

Kyty wrote:.

Hi there  Newbie here, been lurking for a while, but mainly justchecking out reviews and various other posts for the past 6 monthswhile researching dslr systems. So I've narrowed it down & I've cometo the conclusion that I will get a canon.....for reasons that I carenot to take the time to explain tonight  Here's where I'm havingthe problem.......do I go with the Xsi w/kit lens & leave myself alittle room to play around with getting a zoom lens & maybe aprime.......or do I get the 40d w/17-85 (they don't have the 28-135kit in stock) & hope that I get a lens for mother's day or something?Just looking for a little advice on what you would do if you were inmy shoes......please & thanks.Mainly right now I'm shooting landscapes, & kids, but I'm venturinginto wildlife & dirt bike/quad racing & various other sports.I've had the chance to handle both cameras, in store, so I know howthey feel in my hand. However, I am still undecided.Any advice or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks inadvance......

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