Buying a Digital SLR - Need Advice

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  1. crowl31

    crowl31 TPF Noob!

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    I'm looking to buy either a Cannon XT or XTI. I'm new to the SLR market and don't know much about cameras but I want to learn.

    I found this package on EBAY, Can you tell me if its a good deal?

    (all items brand new)
    • Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT SLR Camera
      Supplied Accessories:
      NB-2LH Battery Pack
      Battery Charger
      Power Cord for Battery Charger
      USB Interface Cable
      Video Cable
      Neck Strap
      Viewfinder & Body Caps
      EOS Digital Solutions CD-ROM:
      -ZoomBrowser EX
      -ImageBrowser
      -ArcSoft PhotoStudio
      Digital Photo Professional 1.6 CD-ROM (for RAW file conversion)
      Instruction Manual CD-ROM
      Owner's Manual
      1-Year Canon U.S.A. Warranty
    • 1GB Compact Flash Memory Card
    • Tamron 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Autofocus Lens
    • Tamron 75-300mm F/4-5.6 LD Macro Autofocus Lens
    • Wide Angle Converter Lens
    • Black Stylish Camera & Accessory Case

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      Table-Top Tripod
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      Full Size Tripod
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      Deluxe Lens & LCD Cleaning Kit
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      Digital Camera Memory Card Wallet
    TOTAL COST = $660.00
     
  2. ZIN

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    I will comment about 1 thing... Be careful buying on ebay make sure they have great feedback. Alot of packages give lenses that are not to good but those seem pretty nice in my opinion .
     
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    Well, you can get the XT and a 18-55mm kit lens (a much better choice for this camera, I feel - the 28-80 is not a great range) at B&H for about $510. Then the Tamron 75-300 (about which I have no opinion - I've never used one) is about $130. A 1 GB CF memory card would run you about $25 -- so you're up to about $665 at B&H. BUT, you know you can trust them...and I think the 18-55 lens is a lot better choice.

    The other stuff you'd get in this deal from e-bay is...just in my opinion...junk. A "wide angle converter lens" for a DSLR? Better to get a wider lens - the 28-80 is already slow, and I can't imagine what it's like with a converter lens on it. The free tripods you get are usually worthless, and the cleaning kit is usually a little water and a soft cloth.

    My view (and it's just mine) is to skip this one and go with B&H, or Adorama.
     

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