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Old Oct 26, 2010, 6:32 AM   #1
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Default Which Canon Digital SLR for a beginner who wants to get serious?

Hi, am an amateur photographer wanting to learn more. At the moment I have a compact Sony Cybershot, and am thinking the next step is a digital SLR. In the future I would also like to learn about using long and wide lenses.

I hear the canon Rebel range is recommended, but am very confused over what model to get. Also, is Canon Rebel the same as Canon EOS - what is the difference? Perhaps a Canon XS ? (as its in between Xt and XSi).

Any suggestions, or if you can guide me in right direction - would be much much appreciated as feel very confused and in the dark right now

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Old Oct 26, 2010, 7:43 AM   #2
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yes eos is the line, the eos rebels are the compact size ones of the eos. The XSi is a much better camera then the xs, xti, or xt.

The canon does give you the best lenses option on the market. And the XSi has and excellent AF system in the entry to mid level market.
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Old Oct 26, 2010, 12:31 PM   #3
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Are you considering other brands? Sony and Pentax both have good entry cameras. Nikon's have great features as well, although their lenses are more expensive at entry level.
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Ok standard questions, what do you want to shoot and what does serious mean to you? Canon makes great cameras, so does Pentax, Nikon and Sony. Each has it's own strengths. If we understand the two questions, it will be easier to help. And welcome!
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Any suggestions, or if you can guide me in right direction - would be much much appreciated as feel very confused and in the dark right now

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Confused and in the dark??? You ain't seen nothing yet. Wait until you get all the questions about what you want to shoot and such and then the suggestions about this brand vs. that brand and this system vs. that system, low light capability vs. fast AF capability, portability, video capability, etc, etc, etc, will start to pour in. Then you'd be confused and in absolute darkness. See, you asked a very specific question, right? You've already heard that the Canon's are recommended so I'd say listen to shoturtle. He gave you a straight answer to your question.
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Old Oct 27, 2010, 11:18 AM   #6
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Lol Tulio. You are right though. However, I think it is better to know of different brands than to just buy a Canikon because of the brand logo (I prefer Sony's myself). And if the OP lists the stuff he wants to shoot, we can decide based on those without him having to worry about tech details.
I would agree XSi is te way to go. Unless you have other jeeds, like video, in which you may want to get a higher level model.
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The problem I have is with the assumption that the OP hasn't done any research at all before posting his/her question, which in many cases it's simply not true. Some people post open questions like "I want to upgrade to a DSLR...which one should I get?". In this case, yes, questions should be asked back and suggestions involving different brands/models should be made based on the answers since the question did not suggest to this or that brand and it is obvious that the OP does not have any preference at this point. However, some people have done a fair amount of research before coming here and have already selected their brand of choice. They are aware of other brands and models. Now, he/she is asking for a very specific answer regarding models within the brand of choice and I believe we should respect that and answer the specific question with a specific answer, like shoturtle did.
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The problem I have is with the assumption that the OP hasn't done any research at all before posting his/her question, which in many cases it's simply not true. Some people post open questions like "I want to upgrade to a DSLR...which one should I get?". In this case, yes, questions should be asked back and suggestions involving different brands/models should be made based on the answers since the question did not suggest to this or that brand and it is obvious that the OP does not have any preference at this point. However, some people have done a fair amount of research before coming here and have already selected their brand of choice. They are aware of other brands and models. Now, he/she is asking for a very specific answer regarding models within the brand of choice and I believe we should respect that and answer the specific question with a specific answer, like shoturtle did.
I agree, however that is tempered by the question of use. the Canon line has good AF and lots of lens available, on the other hand you have the K-x which is an extreamly good bargin and can do many thing just as well, maybe better than the low end Canons. I can understand your position and I may temper my comments in the future taking that into account. Steven
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I look at it this way, the title is about getting serious. If going pro is on the agenda, canon and nikon is the best routes. Pentax and sony has good cameras, for amateur and avid photogs. But they do not have the progression path like canon or nikon going to FF.
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You can't go by the title but by the content. Many times people choose bad titles for their posts/articles. The assumption that the OP (not just mja but anyone posting a question) does not know that Pentax, Sony, Olympus, etc., exist and offer good products at attractive prices is what bothers me. The question was "which Canon rebel to get" because the OP is confused with all Rebel models available. The answer should be for instance the T1i because it has this and that and the price is right, or whatever. Now, if the OP then asks "how about Sony?" then the answer should be the A380 or A700,... and not "ho about the Pentax instead?". That's my opinion anyway.
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