I will be buying a Digital Rebel XT in the near future. I have been looking at many places, including those who advertise at the back of the magazine. I have found that Abe's of Maine has the cheapest price. Abe's of Maine also offers some Kits other than just getting the camera with the 18-55 mm lens. One kit includes the following:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Silver)
Canon 75-300 III EF Lens
Crystal Optics 58mm 3 Piece Multi-Coated Professional Filter Kit
Sandisk 1 GB Compact Flash Card
Sakar Universal Digital Camera Screen Protector
Sakar 5 Piece Lens Cleaning Kit
This kit is priced at $852.40 after rebate and the camera with 18-55 mm lens is $752.99 after rebate. It almost may seem like a no brainer to pick the kit with all the extras for only about $100. I'm wondering though if it is better to start with the 18-55 mm lens and then go from there over time. I have used SLR cameras in the past, but it's been about 3 years. Before looking at camera prices, I knew that I would like to get lens similar to the 75-300.
I'm just wondering what other people thought on this and if anyone has any advice.