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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Rebel XTi – Gone with the Wind.

Not literally, but over the past few weeks I have had several people ask me what I am doing with two different cameras – the Canon Rebel XTi and the Canon Rebel XSi.

Was I starting a camera collection? Did I break my other camera? Why did I need two relatively similar DSLR cameras?

The short answer is that I do not have two cameras anymore. It would be unnecessary in my opinion to have two camera bodies that are so similar to each other. Now if I had a Canon EOS 5D or similar, I could see myself keeping a more entry / lighter model around like the XSi.

Sold my Canon Rebel XTi on eBay

As is the case with most of my obsolete technology items, I dropped the Rebel XTi on eBay with my standard $.99 starting (to reduce eBay costs) bid and let the market determine what the price would be for my camera. I included everything that came with the camera, the Rebel XTi body, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens, all the original accessories and paper work and I even through in the Camera Armor protector since it does not fit the new Rebel XSi model.

After a week on eBay, the entire package fetched $500 – or if you remember from my post back in February – only $10 less than I originally paid for my XTi (minus the Camera Armor) accessory. I was pretty impressed with the outcome since the XTi is now the “older” model. If I applied that to my purchase of the XSi, I only ended up spending $250 for the newer model out of pocket.

It was a sad goodbye to the XTi in some ways, as it was the first DSLR camera that I purchased. It has captured some great moments in London, Paris as well as a lot of family events. While the camera was great to me, I am not sad to see that EF-S 18-55 lens go – I am hoping the IS model that came with the XSi is far superior.