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Old Dec 2, 2007, 11:00 AM   #11
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benalexe wrote:
I found what I think is an incredible deal on a digital rebel xti for $599 with lense 18-55.
Be careful.

There are lots of scammers around with nice looking web sites with nice logos, etc. Most are located in Brooklyn (where they seem to be able to get away with it).

The best price I see on this kit (for the black versus silver XTi) right this minute from a a reputable dealer is $619 from 17th Street Photo:

Canon REbel XTi with 18-55mm Lens

When you see prices that are much lower than you find at http://www.buydig.com or http://www.bhphotovideo.com on Canon gear, there is usually going to be a catch. ;-)

The scammers will call you to confirm the order. Then, you'll also find out that they'll want to sell you high priced batteries, extended warranties, stuff that normally comes with the camera anyway, want to include inflated shipping and insurance charges (sometimes unauthorized). Anything to increase their profit (since they can't sell the camera alone at the advertised prices without losing money, without tacking something on).

If you don't buy enough of the outrageously priced extras, your camera will suddenly go to backorder status (of course, the web sites still show them in stock and your credit card has been charged). They'll often sell gray market gear, too (not intended for sale in the country you live in with a store versus manufacturers warranty).

This has been going on for years. It's a racket.

Do yourself a favor and stick with a reputable dealer.

Make sure to check out any vendor you consider using http://www.resellerratings.com
(they're a bit better about filtering out fake vendor reviews compared to most)

If they are not listed, avoid them (these guys tend to start up new web sites often under a variety of names). If they have a small number of customer reviews there, avoid them (they tend to try and get away with padding their own ratings with glowing reviews). Some even seem to have their own ratings sites now (with all of the stores listed being same old scammers, with the reviews unbelievably good).

Suggested Reading:

How to buy a Digital Camera without being robbed

Ask about a specific vendor here if you're not sure about them.

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Old Dec 2, 2007, 11:14 AM   #12
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benalexe wrote:
Is the 18-55 as good as the zoom on a small point and shott like the canon powershot?

My brother also told me he has a lense for his rebel xt which is 18-200. I can alwyas use that one instead. But I wonder is the zoom on the 18-55 good?
An 18-55mm lens on a Rebel XTi will have approximately the same angle of view (apparent magnification) as a 28-88mm lens on a 35mm camera.

That's probably starting out a tad wider and not going quite as long as the typical 3x zooms in most pocketable cameras. But, there isn't going to be a lot of difference in the focal range/usability in most conditions.

As for the "Ultra Zoom" type lenses like the 18-200mm your brother, they tend to have their drawbacks from an optical quality perspective (lower optical quality, slower focusing, etc., compared to most lenses that have a less ambitious focal range from wide to long).

I'd probably avoid the 18-200mm models. If you really want that type of lens, look at the newer Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Di-II LD (it's a little better quality lens compared to most of these ultrazoom type lenses with a lot of range from wide to long). It's around $475 from some of the online vendors right now.

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Old Dec 2, 2007, 4:23 PM   #13
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The price is right for my brothers lens FREE..

He has liek a 20 -300 lens.

As for the rip off. I live on Long Island. The store name is Labelle and it is located in Lake Grove. They do sell on line as well but this one is go into the store and pick it up.

Is there still a risk under that?

These guys have been around for a long time as well.
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