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  1. JahLynJie

    JahLynJie TPF Noob!

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    I've been browsing around Canon.com and Amazon.com this morning. I'm not looking to buy anything in the near future- more or less just adding to my wish list.

    But, being that I'm new to all this photography stuff, I've ended up a little confused (not a rarity for me lol).

    I was looking specifically at the Canon Rebel XT and XTi.
    Now, on the Amazon.com page for the XTi, it states that the body is $665.88, the lens kit being $737.00

    Alright, prepare to laugh at my silly question. Does "body only" literally mean... body only? I mean, no lens at all?
    And the lens kit is the body and lens, right? Or is it just the lens?

    Egh, sorry. Sometimes I'm a little slow.
     
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    Yes.

    Yes.

    Welcome to the club. :D
     
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    Aw thanks for the quick answers.
    I feel so much more informed now. :D
     
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    Not a stupid question at all...even if it was...it's Friday ;)

    That's correct, 'body only' is just the camera (with all the usually accesories like cords, battery, charger etc.)

    The 'kit' includes the 'kit lens' EF-S 18-55 F3.5-5.6
    It's a good lens for the price (less than $100) and a good one to start with...but it can leave a bit to be desired at times. It might be a wise investment to forgo the kit lens, when you get the camera, and consider an upgrade. Just an idea anyway.
     
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    Thanks for your input, Mike. I'll keep that in mind.
    In the meantime, I need to save up all my pennies. :D
     
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    For what it's worth, I bought the xti kit this year and now I kind of wish I had bought the xt and a better lens. The kit lens is a good starter lens, but by the end of the first day with the camera, I already wished I had a better lens. On the other hand it's forced me to think more about my shots and work harder to get certain photos.
     
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    a friend of mine bought his first SLR a nikon D40 and only got the body....and no memory card :D

    he rang me up on his mobile from the Field asking why it wasnt working LOL i really tried hard not to laugh... but it didnt work.

    i still take the **** now, as you do :)

    what he exacly thought about buying a camera and walking round with a great big hole in the front i will never know??? i would have thought anyone would have stopped and said to themselves ..

    "hey, somethings missing??"

    obviously not :D
     
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    "Hey, I have the aperture set to zero and I can't change it. What's wrong?"

    LOL

    Did he really think that the sensor would just pick up the image wihtout any optics?
     
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    lol that's funny RedDevil :D
     
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    I would not fork out the bucks for the kit lens....if you still wanna go small just the the 50mm 1.8 it's cheap and wow!
     
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    So if I skipped getting the kit lens, opting for an upgrade, what lens would be recommended as a good 'all around' lens? Or do they sell an upgraded kit lens? I haven't seen anywhere on the Canon site where you can buy just a lense.
    I'm new to all this (stating the obvious).
    Thanks for your patience.:lovey:
     
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    I replaced my kit lens with a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Di-11 LD Asperical (IF)
    The 2.8 aperture is constant throughout the zoom range and the image quality is excellent. It retails for $449 (you may find it for less) Tamron also offers a rebate every month. Currently it's $10usd.
    The image quality of this lens has been compared to the Canon lens which costs over twice as much, although the Canon one has IS.
     

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