View Full Version : Canon Rebel XSi

07-10-2008, 11:10 AM
Hey everyone I am new to photography and I was just wondering if the Canon Rebel XSi is a good choice to start off with. Right now I am using a basic cheap digital camera but it does the job for just starting out. need something a bit better now that I am getting more into it. Any reviews?

07-10-2008, 11:55 AM
Canon, Nikon, Pentax, and Sony will all render great images to people who know how to use them. There is no predominent winner. My advice would be to compare prices and features that are important to you.... go and hold each of the models you are interested in... and make a decision from there...

good luck..

07-10-2008, 11:58 AM
the only photos i really shoot right now are black and white. i want to expand but do not understand the concepts and terms of photography yet so making a choice is based on pure pixels right now lol

07-10-2008, 12:44 PM
the only photos i really shoot right now are black and white. i want to expand but do not understand the concepts and terms of photography yet so making a choice is based on pure pixels right now lol

Wrong, wrong, wrong! :eek: Not to be rude, but pixel count is the least of your concerns. Any DSLR with 4 or more Mega pixels will do fine. As Travis said, spend a couple of hours down at your local camera store, pick up all the cameras, have the clerk show you the basic controls, compare features, price, and availability. THEN make a decision.

07-10-2008, 04:33 PM
thanks for the advice guys. I am probably going to head down to the photo lab today and check out and compare some differant products

07-10-2008, 06:33 PM
Hi Ben997,

We have had this discussion a few times on this forum so i just wanted you to see this thread

It may give you some food for thought.

Although the Canon Rebel XSi is a good camera to learn on you could probably get away with a used canon 20d for HALF the price or less.

Hope that helps,


07-11-2008, 10:28 PM
I am going for a quick camera/photo lesson tomorrow. I have just taken the camera out of the box. I was told by 3 professional photographers that this camera is an excellent camera, especially since I am just getting my feet wet in the world of digital photography. I will keep you updated as to how user friendly the camera is, and perhaps post some pics!

07-11-2008, 11:28 PM
I absolutely love my Canon Rebel XSi. I highly recommend it to anyone! It is so easy to use, even for just beginners. While it is not recommended to stay on auto, you can defintiely produce some beautiful pictures! I have had mine since April 1st (when it first came out) and I have nothing but great things to say about it. Here are just some pictures I have taken with my camera... (if you want to see more, they are located at http://www.flickr.com/photos/10752260@N05/)





07-11-2008, 11:41 PM
Hey those are some nice photos FusionFoto!

07-12-2008, 11:43 AM
they certainly are some great shots - i love the swings!

07-12-2008, 05:58 PM
I love the swings too! What settings did you have the camera on to take that..was it sunny out..cloudy? I just started playing the camera today..and the first lesson was a tad confusing. The gal said to keep it on "P" programs, but I have taken a few on auto..a few using Macro (which turned out nice). I can't imagine that my pic of swings would turn out as beautiful as yours did!

07-12-2008, 09:06 PM
You know what, I really have no clue what settings my camera was at. I usually shoot on M (Manual) though and then just play around with the settings.

Thank you all, the swing picture is pretty popular amongst my friends, family and contacts on flickr.

07-12-2008, 10:07 PM
Since you have this camera FusionPhoto, I have a question for you! I can't turn the camera on for whatever reason..I used it today for a bit, then later it wouldn't turn on, so I recharged the battery, still didn't work. I did everything noted in the troubleshooting guide, checking battery installation, door, card door closed porperly, pressed the "Disp" button. Is there any reason you can think of WHY it won't power on? Did I get a lemon? :confused:

07-12-2008, 10:28 PM
That is really weird photoguru, i have never heard of that happening. I have not had any problems with my camera whatsoever so I have no clue why yours is not working. I would bring it in and get it looked at or possibly replaced. I hope you get it fixed!

07-12-2008, 10:38 PM
Thanks for you quick response. I will take it in tomorrow morning..hopefully there is a simple solution. The sales lady that gave me a quick camera lesson today, wasn't all that helpful in teaching me "the basics", she went into detail about customizing programs, and things that were a little advanced for me at this point. However...turning on the camera was simple enough, so I am puzzled as to why it won't power on now. I will keep ya updated! Thanks again!