Canon’s EOS Digital Rebel XT; 8-Megapixel CMOS Sensor And Options Galore Page 2
One drawback to the camera, and this being more from being spoiled by others,
is the LCD display. In low light and shade the 1.8" 115,000 pixel screen
is visible, but in sunlight the comparatively small screen is fairly unreadable
due to surface reflection. It's good that you can set many functions using
the manual toggles and LCD panel rather than the monitor, as using the monitor
for setting menus and reviewing images after exposure in any kind of direct
sunlight is very difficult. Pushing the ISO setting toggle, for example, opens
the ISO menu on the monitor, again difficult to see in bright light. The display
does have helpful information, such as overexposure warnings in image review.
Playback and deletion, as well as navigating through the many pictures you will want to take with this lightweight camera, is fast and easy, as is accessing Image Effect modes (AV, TV, Manual, and Program with Shift) and, if you will, the Scene modes. Having depth of field preview is always expected in an SLR, and appreciated in this model. And the battery-lasting power is indeed impressive, providing you with plenty of power to shoot throughout a day without too much concern.
Image quality overall is quite impressive, easily yielding impressive 11x14" prints, thanks to that 8-megapixel sensor yielding a 24MB file. While some might have to upgrade via the web to open the XT (CR2) raw files in their image-processing software of choice, loading the simple but effective, and included, raw converter in Canon's Digital Photo Professional software will do the trick. The XT's success is hard to argue with, as it delivers very good quality images and enough imaging options to keep even the most control-oriented photographer busy.
Sigma's 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM Lens
For our tests we worked with both the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT kit lens and the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 fixed focus lens. This new lens offers a large maximum aperture ideal for working handheld in low light and for creating impressive shallow depth of field effects, often difficult with zooms with narrower maximum apertures. This EX DC HSM lens is designed to match the APS-C size image sensors of digital SLR cameras but is not apt for 35mm or full-frame sensor use. The Sigma lens is constructed with two SLD glass elements, designed to minimize chromatic aberration. In addition, a glass mold aspherical lens in the rear group of the lens reduces color aberration. The lens offers 40cm (15.7") minimum focusing distance. Operation of autofocus was rapid and silent, this being an HSM model; you can also manually override focus at any time.
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