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should I keep this camera? Canon EOS Rebel XT 350D

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I resurrected this camera that I had but hadn't used in a few years. I have a EFS 17-85 lens with stabilization. I want to use it for landscape shots really.  Weather (thunder and snow storm) type shots and such for longer distances.  The camera is supposed to be able to shoot in RAW at 8megs.  That seems fine for the most part but if i want to use this for other uses and have photo's made; will I able to get at least a 8x10 of good quality out of this camera?  

 

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/eos_slr_camera_systems/eos_digital_slr_cameras/digital_rebel_xt

 

 

EDIT: I did figure out the settings for RAW.  


Edited by Finndog - 10/14/14 at 8:01am
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Finndog,

 

11x14 should be fine if you don't crop much. My wife has some nice 11x14 prints that were shot with a 6mp Sony "bridge" camera (small sensor).

 

For landscapes, you won't get the detail you will get with more mp, but you'll learn a lot in the process, and be able to decide if you want to upgrade in the future. Maybe the camera will be fine for the uses to which you will put it.

 

Processing from RAW will also help. RAW files are typically 12 or 14 bits per color, while JPEGs are only 8 bits per color. (This has nothing to do with how many megapixels the camera has.) When you process (using, say, Adobe Camera Raw, which is built into Photoshop Elements), you can, to some extent, decide which 8 bits you want to use. You can lift shadows to get color and detail, you can recover color in skies which are too light in the initial rendering, and many other things.

 

Use it, learn it. You already own it - why not? The basics are the same for any camera, so what you learn won't be wasted. After a while, you'll know more about what you really want and you'll be able to make a better decision than you will taking advice from self-appointed interwebs "expert" boneheads like me.  :o

 

PS: You might find it useful to invest in a small, convenient sling bag that rides on your back while skiing or bicycling. Then it's more likely you'll have the camera with you when photo ops present themselves.

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Thanks so much for this great reply. Greatly appreciated it. I will look into the sling. Of you have a link please post.
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A sling bag is sort of a cross between a backpack and shoulder bag. It rides on your back like a backpack and usually has an auxiliary strap to keep it there when you're being active. Unlike a backpack, you can unclip the auxiliary strap and swing it around front to access the camera (like a shoulder bag). You don't have to take it off and put it down like a backpack. The access is generally through one side so that the access panel is on top when you swing it around in front.

 

You can also swing it around in front to ride a chairlift.

 

Sling bags have the disadvantage that all weight is placed on one shoulder. The shoulder strap is generally of backpack quality, though, and a 350D with the kit lens shouldn't be too heavy.

 

Sling bags are made by a number of companies (Lowepro, Tamrac, Kata, Thinktank, Case Logic, etc.). I use a Lowepro Slingshot AW 102, which is, remarkably enough, available in the local Wal-Mart. I don't know if Wal-Marts in the States will have Lowepro items, though.

 

Link is: http://store.lowepro.com/slingshot-102-aw

 

In my AW 102, I have:

Nikon D7000 with 18-105 kit lens mounted

Nikkor 70-300 zoom

Panasonic waterproof compact in its own padded Wal-Mart case

various small accessories

 

I liked it because it was small enough to grab and go, and I can ski, bike and kayak with it. Many alternatives either swing around too much (the Lowepro is stable with the auxiliary strap clipped in) or they would ride underneath the spray skirt of my sea kayak.

 

You may find that something a bit smaller works well for you. If there is extra space, it can be used for things like lunch or a stuffable rain jacket. You may also like a holster style, as long as you can secure it to your front or back rather than just carrying it like a shoulder bag.

 

For air travel, I use a larger shoulder bag that also carries a flash, laptop, back-up drive, keys, manuals, documents, passport, etc. That way, I don't have to empty my pockets for security because everything is in the camera bag. It weighs a ton when loaded, and it clearly shows that this hobby is getting out of hand! Gear lust can be just as bad for the photography habit as it is for the ski habit.

 

Have fun. Take the camera everywhere, shoot thousands of pictures, delete most of them, be pleasantly surprised at the good ones, figure out what made them good. It does require entirely too much time in front of the computer, though...

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