Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Canon Digital Rebel XS

Canon Rebel XS dSLR
"Canon Digital Rebel XS dSLR" w/17-85mm ƒ/4-5.6 USM IS
Taken on Canon A-1 35mm SLR - 50mm ƒ/1.8 FD - Polypan F 50ASA @ ASA 6
Developed in HC-110 Dil. H 9:30 @ 20°C
The one camera I have doesn't get the same recognition as my film cameras, nor my dSLRs.  The Canon Digital Rebel XS is a very impressive entry level dSLR.  Using the same digital sensor as the Canon EOS 40D (a professional series dSLR) it has remarkably clean, clear, sharp, and detailed images.
I really enjoy using the Rebel XS because of its small size, and ease of use.  There are some aspects to the camera I'm not a fan of.  The pop-up flash, well, I've never been a fan of pop up flashes, or on-camera flashes in general.  The body also feels unbalanced when using larger lenses, such as the 17-85mm ƒ/4-5.6 USM IS lens, as seen attached in above photo, or the 75-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 USM II lens that I also have.  It feels very unbalanced, and cumbersome.  Perhaps if it had a battery grip, it might be a bit easier to handle.
Canon Rebel XS dSLR
"Canon Digital Rebel XS dSLR" w/50mm ƒ/1.8 EF II
Taken on Canon A-1 35mm SLR - 35-70mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 MACRO FD - Polypan F 50ASA @ 6ASA
Developed in HC-110 Dil. H 9:30 @ 20°C
Other things it's missing is a PC port, although it's consumer dSLR, it's not important.
The buttons are also not in the greatest of locations.  The ISO button, located behind the quick jog wheel, is hard to remember where it is located, and the AE-LOCK and AUTOFOCUS POINT SELECT buttons are easy to confuse with each other.
One of the nicest things about this is the built in Diopter correction, which is amusing, as I have one other camera with a Diopter correction built in, but it's more than 60 years old.  My Fed2.
Sure, the 40D has it, but most dSLRs today have it, whether it's Nikon, Pentax, Canon, Sony, etc.

Other than that, it's a very nice camera to use, and even the starter lens it comes with (EF-S 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS) is a decent lens.  It's quite sharp, contrasty, and has nice coatings to reduce flare.  A well constructed lens considering the cost of the lens.

Originally I purchased this camera in hopes of eventually moving on and opening up a portrait studio, but now I'm  starting to look more toward the side of doing Realty Photography.

Until next time, keep those shutters firing!

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