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Santa says "just go buy it!" 
1st-Dec-2007 09:37 am
A couple of friends have emailed me about sales this weekend, so I've been doing some more research on prices for the camera I want (the Canon Rebel XTi), plus Santa has told me to go get it if it's as cheap as it's going to get, which it is.

So, the two sales are at Merkle and Downtown Camera, and yet the cheapest place (comparing the price of the XTi body and the main kits) is actually Aden. [Body only: Merkle=$650; Downtown=$569; Aden=$569. The 2 lens (18-55 & 75-300) kit: Merkle=$1000; Downtown=$940; Aden=$850!]

Guess where I'm going today! :)

Update: The deed is done!! :)

I am now the proud owner of a Rebel XTi (sorry Trevor, I couldn't resist), with the battery grip and a Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC lens with Optical Stabilzer! :)
1st-Dec-2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
I feel sorry for you for not getting a Nikon ;)
1st-Dec-2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
3rd-Dec-2007 04:00 am (UTC)
the lens should be a nice walkabout lens, albeit a bit slow (i've got the same one, only from Nikon .. 18-200 with IS/VR/OS/whatever you want to call it). It's nice for the lengths it covers, but sometimes something faster would be nice (which is what i'm saving my pennies for now )

battery grip? doubt you'll be needing it. you'd be surprised at how long the cam's last on a single charge with the onboard battery ;)
5th-Dec-2007 03:14 am (UTC)
How much is "something faster"? Are you trying to compete with Mr. Almost-$2,000-on-a-lens? :)
5th-Dec-2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Ya pretty much


Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 with Vibration Reduction runs about $1700 or so brand new :\
5th-Dec-2007 04:03 am (UTC)
5th-Dec-2007 04:11 am (UTC)
the canon one is $1800 at downtown camera (so about the same price)

but they're realllllllllllllllllly nice lenses :)

maybe if I win the lotto

/le sigh
5th-Dec-2007 03:16 am (UTC)
The battery grip is more for weight/comfort - I've heard a single battery can last long enough to fill a card.

(I only got a 2Gb card - I'm keeping an eye on prices to get a second.)
5th-Dec-2007 03:42 am (UTC)
I've been going with 2gb cards (specifically SanDisk SD Card Extreme III 2GB ) Because they're not much more than the 1gb cards (49.99 vs 36.99), and the Extreme 3's are pretty fast (at least sez Rob Galbraith: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007 )

Having a fast look at CF cards (which I think the rebel uses?) the price diff is about the same, but there's a bit of a jump up to 4gb cards

Battery can last a LONG time .. I think I've charged mine like twice (?) since I got it the end of September, and I've taken over 1000 shots already with it. I can't imagine using a grip with mine. If I was a pro-shooter like Nex doing weddings then maybe :)
5th-Dec-2007 04:08 am (UTC)
I've got a SanDisk Extreme III 2Gb but CF (as you said) - I thought 2 * 2Gb made more sense than 1 * 4Gb ... plus I had already maxed out my budget! :)
5th-Dec-2007 04:12 am (UTC)
it also makes sense so if your card goes, you don't loose *all* your pics .. you still have some :)
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