Canon EOS Rebel XS 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)

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maven3 Jan 14, 2012
This is a great starter DSLR. It's a slightly older model, and the lowest-end one Canon made, but it is still a whole lot better than a point and shoot in terms of focus speed and image quality. Plus, you have a fantastic set of lenses you can upgrade to.

As a first lens upgrade, I'd suggest the $100 50mm 1.8. That lens with this body will get you 90% of what most pros can do (if not the same) in terms of technical quality and background blur.
zoelee Jan 15, 2012
I bought a 55-250mm lens from Amazon Gold Box several days ago, and I am thinking about to get a 50mm lens. With these three lens, this little camera can do almost everything I want :)
maven3 Jan 15, 2012
Those are the three lenses I recommend most/first :)
mAmphetamine Jan 18, 2012
should i still upgrade my glass if I'm going to have this camera set to auto mode all the time and primarily take hand-held night shots of landscapes with the pop-up flash on?

or would it be better to upgrade to a 5d ii neck strap instead so i can look more pro?
maven3 Jan 19, 2012
Better glass will always improve your image quality.

I guess I don't follow your intended use of taking night/landscape/flash photos. Night photos on auto mode never turn out well for me.

If you want to do landscapes, generally you want smaller apertures (and the resulting larger depth of field). If this is the case, the cheaper lenses will show less improvement as lenses tend to perform better when using a smaller aperture.

However, handholding at night is likely to give very dark images (only flash lit) unless you have a large aperture. The 50mm 1.8 would help here, but you still probably want a tripod.

What type of night/flash/landscape photos are you interested in?
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zoelee Jan 14, 2012
Good price for this little camera. Excellent for the starter :)
psplove Jan 14, 2012
Now $399.99 for DOTD