I finally made the move to a DSLR about 10 months ago, and that's the one I chose, based on the research I did. It was Popular Photography's Camera of the Year when it came out, and I found nothing but glowing reviews. The only difference between the XSi, and the current model at the time (I think it was the T1i) was the addition of video and one more ISO level. Personally, I don't care about video (if you do, don't get the XSi), and all the reviews said that the degradation in image quality made the extra ISO level pretty much unuseable anyway. Plus, Canon makes some of the best lenses in the industry. While this is less true with digital than it was with film, the lens is still probably the most important part of the equation when it comes to taking clear, sharp pictures without distortion. For the type of pictures you want to take, get the best quality macro lens you can afford.
I'm loving the XSi. Now if only I could afford the 5D mark III ...
Last edited by Jack-in-the-Green; 09-07-2012 at 12:00 AM.
Reason: Because I'm fussy, and a perfectionist.
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