Thursday, August 24, 2006

Canon Weighs in With the EOS 400D / Rebel XTi and New Lenses

A video of the new Canon 400D in action:

Life just got a little more complicated for new DSLR shoppers with Canon's announcement of the 400D DSLR.

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/400D is slated to ship in mid-September 2006 in the U.S. at an estimated street price of US$799, or US$899 in a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II. The body will be available in both silver and black.


Like I've said before though, it's a good thing for consumers. It sure looks pretty. Now, what's Canon going to do about the 30D at 8.2MP? Check out a very well done spec comparison here of the 30D vs. the 400D. There's also a developing discussion of the 400D and other new entries over at

More dirt on the EOS 400D:

Mobile Whack primer rumor mill

Engadget post
with plenty of commentary

Another Engadget post

Excellent DPReview comprehensive preview

A post from Cnet UK

And, in related news, Canon has also dropped the bomb about their new 70-200 f/4 L IS lens that Canon users have been begging Canon about for years!

Canon claims 4 stops through this lens' new image stabilizer. Pretty impressive. The entry price on 4 stops? $1250!

Maybe not as exciting as the fancy pants 70-200 f/4 L IS above, but noteworthy nonetheless, is the Canon EF 50 f/1.2 L lens. This bad boy fills a portrait lens gap for the cropped sensor DSLR users that were use to the 85 f/1.2 L on their full-frame cameras. Thanks Canon!

UPDATE: Link dump coming at you. Everybody's got something to say about Canon's new offerings. Check out the Tech Specs from Imaging Resource has articles on Canon's new lenses as well as the new Rebel XTi. Rob Galbraith was kind enough to provide the .pdf of Canon's White Paper on the Rebel XTi along with a detailed article. The Digital Camera Resource Page has an article on the new XTi, including some big pics of the camera in both colors and one shot of the XTi with the BG-E3 battery grip attached. Guess I should also point out Canon USA and Canon UK's sites. You can also digg it. Gizmodo's got the goods too. DC Review and Let's Go Digital have a little to say. Last but not least (actually, my favorite photo author on the net to read), Bob Atkins has an article on the 400D as well as a great spec comparison between the Canon 400D, Nikon D80 and Sony Alpha A100.

Oh, and now, you can pre-order the Rebel XTi from with a lens ($899) or without ($799) for the release of October 20.


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