Bag Eos

Bag Eos
Is this a good deal on a Canon Digital Slr?

– Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS
– Canon – 75-300mm f/4-5.6 Iii Zoom Lens
– Starter kit that comes with an extra battery, Camera Bag and a 58mm protective UV filter

All of this for $649. I want a camera that me and my wife can use. She is a teacher and I am a photo hobbyist. I wanted to move p to digital SLR.

For less than $100 you can upgrade to the Canon XSi and pick up some added features and benefits.

The kit you show would be fine for outdoor photography with the 75-300mm lens but indoors you’ll need a lot of room to maneuver that big lens – and 70mm is not wide enough for indoor group pictures in an average room. Plus, the 70-300mm lens apparently does not have Image Stabilization (IS) which a big long lens needs – unless you plan on always using a tripod.

The XS and the XSi comes with the standard 18-55mm IS lens which I believe will be more useful for you, especially indoors. Later on you can add another lens, perhaps the EF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM or the EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM.

Although you didn’t specify where you saw the kit you listed, if you’re buying on-line I suggest first checking the seller at http://www.resellerratings.com Unfortunately there are as many (if not more) on-line scam artists as there are reputable sellers. One favorite trick is to sell you what’s known as a “gray market” camera and lens. Sure its cheaper but if you need warranty service you’ll have to ship it off to its country of origin since it wasn’t imported by an authorized Canon importer.

Here are some well-known, trusted on-line sellers:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com
http://www.adorama.com
http://www.keh.com
http://www.uniquephoto.com
http://www.beachcamera.com
http://www.ritzcamera.com

Good luck and Merry Christmas.

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