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Old Oct 20, 2009, 3:32 PM   #1
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Well the Canon XSi arrived right on schedule this morning (10/20). A lot of you indicated that you really wanted to see how the XSi auto focused with the Canon 18-55mm kit lens.

Here is the first shot out of the camera. It was taken indoors at ISO 400 with no flash and it looks like the auto focus worked as advertised.

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Old Oct 20, 2009, 3:40 PM   #2
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new toy...cool...I am awaiting your comments on THIS one...
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I'm not totally sure what can be learnt from this, in these sort of conditions I would expect all dSLRs and for that matter pretty much any other camera to focus OK.

I've not necessarily kept an eye on everything but what sort of concerns have people been raising about AF?
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I would have had the very same assumption. However, I have spoken and corresponded with more than 10 individuals who have had some complaints about Canon's Xxx series auto focus ability.

So, wanting to dispel this assumption, and because i was about to get a Canon XSi anyway, I agreed to share my experience with the public..

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OK. Were these all situations or more difficult ones as I've not been aware of anything going around. Most problems have seemed to be user issues going to a dSLR from a P&S etc where there wasn't the experience of using a larger sensor camera.
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Hello again, littlejohn-

Yes, the Canon XSi arrived this morning (10/20) right on schedule. It looks to be light, fast, and quite handy. I will have to get my head into the documentation to give the camera a fair shake. However, this is one of the DSLR cameras we promised to look at in depth.

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Old Oct 20, 2009, 4:36 PM   #7
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A good example of the kind of feedback I have received can be found in the Canon Point & Shoot Folder where Trigger1937 and I have a measurably long exchange on the auto focusing complaint that he has had for some time.

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Hi there, Folks-

Tonight we have three more Canon XSi photos for you. The camera is not razor sharp, or at least I have not see that effect yet. Perhaps as we move and try different lenses, things will get much sharper.

These three photo were taken with the Tamron 18-200mm lens, a lens not known for being razor sharp either. However, in line with being fair, I must also advise you that the XSi actually did capture a lot of fine detail. That is good!

Here is the first one, it is a photo of the Rouge River bridge in Gold Beach, OR

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Our second photo is kind of interesting. I found an old sunken ship wreck that I photographed. The detailin this photo is excellent.

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Our final photo is one of our very regular subjects, my husband Bradley. Once again I was amazed at the sharpness and detail.

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