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Is this a good camera to get into DSLR photography. I've shot point and shoot for a while now and believe I have some of the basics, I really feel like a need something to step up my game.

I am getting married and buying a house this year, so as close to 500 dollars as possible is about as much as I can spend. = 0

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks a bunch guys!
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I really don't think you can go wrong with entry level canon DSLR's.

I would even suggest buying body only, and pairing it with a 50mm 1.8. If you don't mind forgoing the zoom of the kit lens you will get much better IQ out of the 50, nice wide aperture, and cheaper to boot!

However, don't be afraid to check out nikon too. I've used high and low end of both and they are pretty much the same line-up with minor advantages/differences here and there. So take a look, they may have a camera that works a little better for you.
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Is this a good camera to get into DSLR photography. I've shot point and shoot for a while now and believe I have some of the basics, I really feel like a need something to step up my game.

I am getting married and buying a house this year, so as close to 500 dollars as possible is about as much as I can spend. = 0

Any and all advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks a bunch guys!
The Canon Rebel XS is an excellent camera. It has very similar IQ to the more expensive T1i/T2i cameras, and while it lacks video mode and some extra features like spot metering and two AF points, it's still a very capable camera and an excellent one to transition into as a beginner photographer.

If you're willing, why not look to buy used on forum marketplaces like POTN? A used Rebel XS with kit lens goes for ~$400 on there, and the extra $100 can be spent on another lens like the 50mm f/1.8 for low light and portraits.

In short, you can't go wrong with an entry level body like the XS. I think many of us on here started out with bodies similar to the XS ourselves. I myself started out with an XTi, which was an older camera than the XS, and even it was more camera than I was used to as I was starting out


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I really don't think you can go wrong with entry level canon DSLR's.

I would even suggest buying body only, and pairing it with a 50mm 1.8. If you don't mind forgoing the zoom of the kit lens you will get much better IQ out of the 50, nice wide aperture, and cheaper to boot!

However, don't be afraid to check out nikon too. I've used high and low end of both and they are pretty much the same line-up with minor advantages/differences here and there. So take a look, they may have a camera that works a little better for you.
The problem I have with Nikon is that while they do make great cameras, the D3000 is one I'm currently on the fence about. It's the only Nikon in his price range of $500, and while I think its guide feature is great (should be implemented in all entry-level DSLRs for new beginners, IMO), the CCD sensor makes me a bit nervous because it's noisier than CMOS sensors.

Also, haven't really seen you on the photography forum until today, mrwesth, but welcome!
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It's a great camera for what you are looking for. The Canon online store has a refurbed kit with lens for $350 plus taxes and shipping. Or for something a bit better they have a refurbed XSi kit for $400 with some of the 20% off coupons floating around.
    
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It's a great camera for what you are looking for. The Canon online store has a refurbed kit with lens for $350 plus taxes and shipping. Or for something a bit better they have a refurbed XSi kit for $400 with some of the 20% off coupons floating around.
As soon as I read your post I jump to the site and couldn't find the XSI for 400$. I did saw the XS for 350$ any ways I was intrested on the XSI kit and Adorama has it for 479$ but the T1i kit is on 499$ from canon. is even cheaper than just the refurb body

What is the warranty and what is included with the Refurb from canon anyone?? Hopefully I get a cam this weekend
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As soon as I read your post I jump to the site and couldn't find the XSI for 400$. I did saw the XS for 350$ any ways I was intrested on the XSI kit and Adorama has it for 479$ but the T1i kit is on 499$ from canon. is even cheaper than just the refurb body

What is the warranty and what is included with the Refurb from canon anyone?? Hopefully I get a cam this weekend
It should be a 90 day warranty.

If you buy from Adorama though, it's $50 more refurbished, but is also covered by Adorama's (not Canon's) one year warranty.
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So I am planning on ordering the XSi refurb kit from cannon tonight or tomorrow hopefully. Just got to get approval from the boss. = )
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So I am planning on ordering the XSi refurb kit from cannon tonight or tomorrow hopefully. Just got to get approval from the boss. = )
Can you provide link if you did saw it at 400$ from canon as the other guy stated.

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It should be a 90 day warranty.

If you buy from Adorama though, it's $50 more refurbished, but is also covered by Adorama's (not Canon's) one year warranty.
Thanks I will buy from Adorama most likely the XSI will come around 490$ shipped and 1 year warranty with them vs the T1i from canon will be 550 shipped 90 days warranty. I can spend the extra 60$ on memory and start saving for 50f1.8 being reading those a most have. Beside what I being reading the mayor difference are in video no intrested, the megapixel and some other minor stuff. The chart on the link provides comparison on hte specs http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...preview_2.html is this a good decision xsi over t1i, thoughts?
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http://www.retailmenot.com/view/shop.usa.canon.com

Here you go, its a 20% off coupon on selected.
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Can you provide link if you did saw it at 400$ from canon as the other guy stated.



Thanks I will buy from Adorama most likely the XSI will come around 490$ shipped and 1 year warranty with them vs the T1i from canon will be 550 shipped 90 days warranty. I can spend the extra 60$ on memory and start saving for 50f1.8 being reading those a most have. Beside what I being reading the mayor difference are in video no intrested, the megapixel and some other minor stuff. The chart on the link provides comparison on hte specs http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...preview_2.html is this a good decision xsi over t1i, thoughts?
That's pretty much all the differences.

The biggest difference to beginner photographers would be the video capabilities, honestly. The higher ISOs are unusable, the higher MPs won't matter unless you do a ton of cropping, and while the higher res LCD and vignetting correction are nice I don't consider them to be drastic differences to warrant a price hike.

So, in short, if you don't need video, I doubt you'd notice the difference between the T1i and XSi.

The XSi itself is a great camera. I just found a used one for $425 for a friend of mine and he absolutely loves it. Tried it out myself too and I think it'd make a great beginner camera and would probably last you a long time before you even begin to "outgrow" it.
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