Digital Rebel 300D vs Rebel XT

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Dr Nick, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. Dr Nick

    Dr Nick Guest

    Hi, I'm new to the group, am having sort of an "argument" with a friend and
    wanted to ask the pros (or at least peopel who know mroe about the topic
    than myself and my friend) we are running an Ebay business and up until
    recently were shooting with a 20D (great camera) but a little overkill in my
    opinion. we would take the pics then do some lite photo shop work to them
    before putting them on-line. we are now looking for a new camera because we
    no longer have access to the 20D. and don't want to spend the 20D's price
    tag considering we are both pretty amature and didn't use a lto fo the
    features it had to offer. We are looking at buying a Digital rebel 300D or
    getting the newer rebel XT. there is a decent megapixel difference (6.3-8.0)
    between the two of them. is this a difference we will notice when putting
    them on-line? (we would take all pics at full quality, then photoshop them
    at full before compressing them to put on the web) the fact that it's about
    a 200 dollar difference between the two fo them (can get a rebel for about
    600 bucks and an XT is around 800 or so) what would you recommend for
    shooting stuff that will go on the web? thanks!

    -Nick
     
    Dr Nick, Oct 26, 2005
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  2. You won't see any difference after downsampling to web size. None, nada,
    zip.
    The XT improves on the 300D in a lot of minor ways (see the list at the link
    below) that, I think, add up (for example, the better flash control (E-TTL
    II and FEC) could make your work easier). So my recommendation would be to
    go for the XT if possible financially.

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos350d/

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
     
    David J. Littleboy, Oct 26, 2005
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    Dr Nick Guest

    looked at the link but form what I see most of it is greek to me, lol. we
    woudl mainly use the dial on the top of the 20D but didn't use too many of
    it's features, I imagine we will do the same with the rebel so I don't think
    the fact it has extra features is gonna matter too mch. any ideas on cheap
    places to buy a rebel? possibly new (I know it's hard to find a new rebel,
    I'm mostly finding refurbs) thanks!
     
    Dr Nick, Oct 26, 2005
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    Dr Nick Guest

    ok Decided to go with the XT found it brand new in box with a lens for 720
    shipped. looking for a 1GB card for it. my question, are all cards created
    equil? I see some "ultra" cards and other just normal? are all brands
    created equil? what card should I get for this to maxamize it's speed?
    thanks!

    -Nick
     
    Dr Nick, Oct 26, 2005
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  5. http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=6007-7699

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
     
    David J. Littleboy, Oct 26, 2005
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    Dr Nick Guest

    Dr Nick, Oct 26, 2005
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  7. Hmm. I'd guess not a lot. Even though the XT is USB 2.0, and worlds faster
    at downloading than the 300D, I saw a benchmark somewhere that showed that
    it was still a lot slower than a USB2.0 card reader, so that would probably
    be the limiting factor.

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
     
    David J. Littleboy, Oct 26, 2005
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    SimonLW Guest

    If cost is the issue, I'd say you don't need the Rebel at all. I shoot my
    ebay pix with a 3MP camera and use flood lights on each side. The pix look
    very good. The sub VGA resolution images that ebay uses that are strongly
    compressed just don't need the resolution the Rebel gives. If you can find a
    1 MP camera (on ebay!) it should be all you need.

    Of course, you can host your own images, but I see auctions where they put
    up multiple huge images that are not compressed enough and take forever to
    load. I'm on dialup at home, so I click out of these auctions.
    -S
     
    SimonLW, Oct 26, 2005
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  9. Dr Nick

    Nick Vital Guest

    yes I do host my own images (ebay charges insaine fees per picture to have
    them host it) so my pictures are typically much better quality than the
    average ebayer. but i still keep in mind they do need to be small as not to
    discourage bidders on slow speed connections. main reason I want the rebel
    is we used a 20D (I know WAY overkill) before and it was great, also
    espically nice to be able to change lenses (for example using a macro lens
    to take pictures of jewlery and other small items is GREAT). Also looking to
    get into some other stuff (non-web) that the camera woudl help us "grow"
    with so we wouldn't have to buy another one down to road.

    -Nick
     
    Nick Vital, Oct 26, 2005
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    l e o Guest


    You can put a link in the ebay ad with more pix and bigger pix (free) …
    unless they change the policy.
     
    l e o, Oct 26, 2005
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    l e o Guest


    You will like the XT more. It's much faster. I assume you don't just use
    the camera for ebay only [that's really overkill]. The XT is fast enough
    to capture running dogs. I have 20D and love it.
     
    l e o, Oct 26, 2005
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    This old Bob Guest

    If you are going to be downloading more than 512MB of pictures at a time
    using a card reader (which is really the best way to do this) you will want
    at least a 40x card so you don't have to wait 15 minutes for the download to
    the PC to finish. On a XT you don't need the fast cards for shooting, but
    the slow downloads to the PC will make you want to cry.
     
    This old Bob, Oct 26, 2005
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    Nick Vital Guest

    You will like the XT more. It's much faster. I assume you don't just use
    well before we used to use a 20D just for ebay (yes overkill) but we walked
    out of that palce (problems with the owner.. LONG story, lol) and are going
    out on our own. at first it will be used mainly for web work but we have
    plans in the future to do a lot more photo work. but for now why use a fly
    swatter when a bazooka will do just fine ;-)
     
    Nick Vital, Oct 26, 2005
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    Matt Ion Guest

    To add some perspective, you probably don't want or need to put any
    picture bigger than maybe a couple megapixels on any eBay ad...


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