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jillian clarkUntitled

i got a nikon d80 instead, hah. 6 years ago


I didn’t exactly save or buy for it. But what I really wanted WAS it, period. And my boyfriend got it for me. It’s an amazing camera.

And it takes beautiful pictures. 6 years ago

Flitting ♥ FairyYeah! I got it!

Now to buy the CF card… damn. But I’m super excited to figure it out and take some new snaps. YEAH! 7 years ago

aveparamoRebel XT

This camera really helped me get into photography. Partly it’s being able to use RAW format; partly being able to change lenses. The lens is really more important than the camera. It was a pain trying to get the autofocus to work with the flash on this camera tho.

Get a 50 mm 1/8 lens – its cheap and really good quality, and allows you to take pictures in very dim light. Has no zoom. 7 years ago

theladylexyI did better... I bought a Nikon D80

...And I love it. It has such a big bright viewfinder and lots of focus points and is wonderful. After comparison shopping, I realized that the D80 gives you SO much more for the money. Here’s a great comparison article: 7 years ago

elainewCanon Digital Rebel XT

I’ve had my eye on this camera for over a year now, but sadly the money thing hasn’t happened yet. I’m currently using a Canon point&shoot, which is wonderful but definitely limiting. 7 years ago

Little PancakeUntitled

Honestly, this just wasn’t worth it. I’ll get one sometime, when there aren’t more important finance things. 7 years ago


takes incredible pics, kinda expensive but worth it 7 years ago

Flitting ♥ FairyWell...

I got my trusty Minolta (circa 1970) fixed. AND I bought a Canon Rebel (the SLR film one, not digital).
So this is still on my wish list. 7 years ago

Little PancakeCanon Rebel

I want this camera! Period. 7 years ago

petabytesay hello to my little freng

A semester of working with the XT proves it. This is probably the hardest working entry/prosumer dSLR in the market today – and for a good reason!

Now, to save up for a really good lens or two. :D 7 years ago

Flitting ♥ FairyI may have to do this...

sooner than I planned to… my old, trusty Minolta broke Friday and is at the repair shop. Poo!
I had to scramble to finish an assignment for today, and I scraped it together, but I wasn’t as happy with it as I could have been.
I sincerely hope that I’ll find out that the camera is A) Fixable at a price I can afford OR B) That I should just keep it for sentimental value and buy a newer one for use for the rest of the semester, which ends for this class in ONE WEEK! 8 years ago


I got one! 8 years ago

D'Arcy NormanFather's day present

Got an XT for Father’s day. Absolutely loving it. Doesn’t make me a better photographer, but makes it a heck of a lot more fun, and I’m shooting more photos, so I’m winding up with more that I like…

Totally worth doing. Everyone should have a DSLR. 8 years ago

wackydesignerfor sale!

Hey guys. I have a Digital Rebel and a Rebel XT Kit for sale. I used to be a photography student and dropped out after a semester and its just been sitting in the box. Contact me. wackydesigner at hotmail.
Chao. 8 years ago

Living In God's Exquisite, Miraculous SufficiencyLove It

We bought our camera about 2 months ago off of eBay. It was brand new and came with all this stuff. We love our camera.

Before that, we had a Minolta Dimage and though it was a good camera for first time digital camera buyers, it left a lot to be desired.

So far, we are very happy with our camera. It takes a lot of great pictures and the battery life is really long. The only thing is the camera is much bigger and heavier than our Minolta, which makes putting it in your pocket impossible. 8 years ago

Chris GarrettBest thing you can do to improve your photography

I would definitely recommend anyone who wants to be a better photographer to go with a DSLR, the feedback you get from digital and the control you get with SLR, just unbeatable for learning and learning quickly.

And you will have fun

And you will enjoy the results 8 years ago


I absolutely recommend the Digital Rebel XT to anyone who has a serious, albeit not full-time, interest in photography.

I can’t live without it. 8 years ago

SemiquaverIt's good, baby.

It’s a great camera. The focus can be on the soft side and it gets occasional exposure glitches, but that’s really it. 9 years ago

dirgonreceived the camera

OK, I finally received my camera… not the one from eBay, but the one that I ordered from another location. It has been a very fun weekend. :) 9 years ago


It appears that I am going to have to open this goal and do this all over again. Last week, I won an auction on eBay for a Digital Rebel XT. It was an auction for multiple items, so there was actually several purchasers. After about three days, I got on eBay to contact the seller for a tracking number. To my disappointment, I found that the seller is no longer a registered user of eBay.

There is a 10 day wait before eBay and/or Paypal will take a complaint. After that, I am not sure how long it will take to get the money back if I go through the proper channels. I could go ahead and call VISA, but I hate to do that to Paypal. I don’t know if they will cancel my account on Paypal or not. 9 years ago

dirgonwaiting ...

OK… I now have to sit here and wait for the camera to get here. 9 years ago

dirgonmade the purchase

OK… I guess I get to find out what “whatever” really means next week. I made the purchase of the new camera today. I found it on eBay. The final price was a little more than I had originally mentioned to my wife, but I still saved about $300. Hey… I got free shipping! :) 9 years ago


Yea, ladies… have you ever said that to your guy when they asked you about buying something? We married guys know exactly what that means. It means you sure as heck better not get it, because you will pay for it if you do. hahahaha

I mentioned to my wife about buying the Digital Rebel XT from eBay, because I had found it about $500 less than what it goes for retail. She told me “whatever”.

Hmm… I wonder if she means that she does not care if I purchase it? I better make bedding arrangements outside with my Labrador Retriever. :) 9 years ago

dirgonDigital Rebel (300D)

My father just picked up a steal on a Canon Digital Rebel. This is the original (300D), not the XT (350D) model. I got to play around with it today a little when he dropped by to try out my 75-300 mm lens on it. One thing that I noticed real quickly is that the 300D is a lot bigger and a little heavier than my Canon EOS Rebel G (film camera).

Unfortunately, my father is going to have to send the camera off, because we finally figured out why someone took it back to the location where he got it. It will not fire a shot when the lens is set in AF (auto-focus) mode. According to posts that I have found on a few forums, the original Digital Rebel had an issue with the secondary auto-focus pin breaking after a few months of use. One person’s description of the problem was exactly what we were seeing here. :(

Nonetheless, it does take some pretty nice pictures in manual mode. I believe he is probably going to keep it and use it in manual mode for the next few weeks until my nephews high school football season is over and then send it off to be repaired under warranty.

This pretty much seals my desire on the Digital Rebel, but I will be getting the 8 megapixel XT model, though. :) 9 years ago

dirgonCanon Digital Rebel XT

My wife and I already have a Canon EOS Rebel G with a couple of lenses. I am interested in the Digital Rebel, because I can use the same lenses from the 35 mm camera on the digital camera. We already have a Canon A80 point-and-shoot, but I would love to get the digital SLR next. 9 years ago

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