Originally I planned to wait another month for the first price drop on the Canon EOS Rebel XSi also known as the 450D. With the price at $899.95 for the kit that included the image stabilizer lens, it was $100 more than I wanted to pay. Even with the body at $799.95, it was still more than I wanted to spend. Then came Fatwallet and Dell.
Over Memorial Day weekend, there were the usual number of deals out there. Not only did I end up with an awesome deal on a new HP 3050 LaserJet printer at $149.95, but I was able to find a couple of Dell Small Business Deals that knocked down the price down by 17%, below $750. I could not pass it up.
You might ask, why did it take so long for me to write about it? Well, to make a long story short -- I ran into some problems with Dell Financial Services (DFS). First, they somehow mixed my credit up and linked my account to some painting company. Nice. By the time I got it all sorted out, it was two weeks later and the order was only place yesterday!
But, thanks to the camera being located in Southern California, it was just a 1 day ground shipping to make it here. While I am charging up the battery tonight, I thought I would post some initial impressions and pictures of the unboxing.
Here's the initial opening of the box, a pretty standard Canon packing job:
With the top removed, there is the Canon EOS Rebel XSi 450D with the Canon EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens with image stabilization.
Here is a look at the back of the Rebel XSi, this is where the biggest changes are for the 400D / XTi users.
Now that I have the box opened up, the major differences I notice are:
- An addition of the ISO button on the top of the camera where the shutter button and focal point buttons are.
- A much larger LCD screen with Live View
- No buttons for display, menu, etc. on the left side of the LCD screen to make room for the larger LCD screen.
- Additional grip on the back side of the camera.
Some other thoughts on the camera:
- The Camera Armor protection I just purchased for my Rebel XTi will not fit proprely on the Rebel XSi due to the changes in button layout. A little bit of a bummer since I just picked it up a couple of weeks ago.
- I am really excited about trying out the IS / Image Stabilizer lens on the XSi camera. Will the IS functionality improve greatly from the non-IS kit lens? How will my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens? I was not happy with the kit Rebel XTi lens.
- The Canon EOS strap has a red border now instead of grey. Nice touch.
- New batteries means more eBay purchases. Now I need to go on eBay and pick up a few LP-E5 batteries for travels. Unfortuantely, there are no after market battery grips out yet and the $150 price seems a little steep today.
- I cannot wait for the battery to finish charging to try it out!
The real question now, is what will become of my Canon EOS Rebel XTi? You'll find it on eBay within a week. :-)