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Old Feb 6, 2007, 9:52 AM   #1
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Hello, I was planning to buy a Canon digital SLR. I have a Canon film SLR and several nice Canon lenses already and want to upgrade to a good quality digital SLR.I've read numerous reviews on this site and have a question as to what you would buy. I have a choice between a new Rebel XTi priced at $719.00. Or a Canon factory refurbished20d or 30D (with 1 year Canon warranty) the 20D is $679.00 and the 30D is$879.00. I'm trying to keep the price down so I can also purchase an additional L lens that I've been wanting. Any opinions of which of these 3 cameras you would purchase at these prices and why would be greatly appreciated.

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Not sure about the prices as I'm in the UK but what do you want to use the camera for as this will have a big affect on the final decision which way to go.
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Mainly will be using the camera for recreational photography. I enjoy landscape shots but also shoot family pictures and local sporting events. I am taking some new digital photography classes this spring at Indiana University so I may like to get into more advanced type shooting in the future.
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Mainly will be using the camera for recreational photography. I enjoy landscape shots but also shoot family pictures and local sporting events.
The first part of this is fine as all 3 cameras will do your recreational/landscape/family shooting however there are some advantages of the 20D and 30D over the XTi in that they had 5 fps continuous shooting. Also if you have reasonable size hands you will find the 20/30D much nicer in the hand than the XTi.


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I am taking some new digital photography classes this spring at Indiana University so I may like to get into more advanced type shooting in the future.
If you are looking for more control from the camera then again the 20/30D will be better with the 30D having more features (neither the XTi of 20D have spot metering for example).

As you have already mentioned though the glass is going to make a big difference and for photo quality in 'normal' situations you won't notice much of a difference in the three of them. As you already know the glass is what you will keep the longest and dSLRs are getting cheaper all the time so as long as you stay Canon in the future it will not be a huge issue which you get. Best advice is play with them all and see what feels good in the hand then work out which features you really need.

As I shoot over 90% sports I went with the 30D over the XTi also didn't like how small the XTi is.

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Old Feb 6, 2007, 8:47 PM   #5
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If I were you I'd buy the XTI, it has the latest Canon technology, self cleaning sensor, 10MP. Canon is gamling big time to add those key featureson an entry DSLR to compete with the Nikon 10MP D80.Canon fansanticipate the new 40D especially among the 20D owners. I expect the 40D will have that new anti static coating sensor plus self cleaning feature of the XTI, 10MP, I'm not surprised if it has more MP to compete with the Nikon D200 and the new Fuji S5 Pro. The XTI is new, you have one year manufacturing warranty. If you feel the XTI is small with the battery grip on, then you have two tough choices, the 30D or 20D.Check the price ofa used 30D again youmight find a better deal, some30D owners have two bodies, theycould sell one for a new 40D.The20D is the oldest, I don't know about the shutter cycle, what's the condition, like new, fair, some dents...? Is it from a trusted vendor?

Check the return policy of the refurbished camera you intend to buy. Your budget is around $1,000, you can stretch a little more for anew 30D with at least one year manufacturing warranty since you already have some existing Canon lenses.

Lastly, buying a used camera is the same as buying a used car, unless you know how to check it.If you have a chance to attenda camera show, watch howa vendor buy used cameras from photographers, see howhe tests the shutter, whathe looks for after the shutter test...
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