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 Post subject: Entry level DSLR
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:32 pm 
Looking to enter the DSLR market - wanted a step up from my point-and-shoot, but will use for typical home (ie. non-professional) applications. Was a little overwhelmed by the choices, but spoke with a friend who is a professional, and he recommended Canon because he had had great results with his Rebel XTi. My research quickly revealed that model is no longer available. However, I'm having trouble figuring out what the follow-on or replacement model would be. I'm finding names like Rebel XS or XSi or T3, and an EOS 1100D in the reviews, but having trouble translating that into finding something available on the retail sites? Can you straighten me out? :? Thanks.

 Post subject: Re: Entry level DSLR
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:09 pm 
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This line goes like this:
Rebel XTi = EOS 400D (from 2006)
Rebel XSi = EOS 450D (from 2008)
Rebel T1i = EOS 500D (from 2009)
Rebel T2i = EOS 550D (from 2010)
Rebel T3i = EOS 600D (from 2011)
Rebel T4i = EOS 650D - and that's where we are at the moment; it was just released.

Below that there are the 1000D and the 1100D (Rebel T3) but those are not really... well... too impressive.

So you could say:
xxxxD = beginner
xxxD = amateur
xxD = semi-pro
xD = professional

Don't know why they are still using the "Rebel" names in America; confuses much more than just the numbers.

Canon EOS 500D + Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Canon EOS 33v
Canon EF 28-80mm 3.5-5.6 USM + EF 24-105mm 4L IS USM + EF 100-400mm 4.5-5.6L IS USM + EF 50mm 1.8 II + EF 100mm 2.8L Macro IS USM + Sigma 12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM + Canon Speedlite 580 EX II + Nissin Speedlite Di 466

 Post subject: Re: Entry level DSLR
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 6:25 pm 

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It could be worse.
In Japan these cameras are referred to as Kiss.
So if you want to go with the original name, we should probably refer to all these cameras as Kiss cameras.
Personally, I prefer the XXXD or Rebel moniker.
The reason for different names is to call something by a label that would work better for the demographic you are selling to.
Rebel is a brand name that has been built in North America for a long time, getting rid of it would probably cost some sales at this point.

Canon 5DIII, Rebel XTi/400D
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II, 24-105mm f/4L, 50mm f/1.4, 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DO, 85mm f/1.8
Sigma 150mm F2.8 EX Macro

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Canon 430EX II
Opteka 13mm, 21mm, and 31mm extension tubes
Vivitar 50mm f/1.8 for OM System

 Post subject: Re: Entry level DSLR
PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:10 pm 

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BleuDragon is correct about the Rebel name being very recognizable in the USA market. It precedes digital cameras; name recognition is important in the USA market.

On the original topic, well, first, welcome to the forum! :) The XTi is still a quite capable camera. Its digital Rebel successors have added video capability, so consider that if video is important. I started serious digital photography with an XTi that my wife bought from a friend, and we still have it.

Gordon's reviews are quite good, at the main Cameralabs site.

Canon 5Ds R/7D2/7D/5D/40D/1D2N/M3; Nikon F6/D3s/D700/FM3A/1Dx/Coolpix A. Lens selection undergoing changes; some favorites: Zeiss 2/135 APO Sonnar, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS and 135L, Nikkor 14-24/2.8G and 24-70/2.8G.

 Post subject: Re: Entry level DSLR
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:52 pm 
Thanks for the information. This was very helpful. Looking forward to jumping in to my new hobby!

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