Why I love my Canon Rebel Xti(400D) even after over a year

December 7 , 2007 11 comments

Once upon a time

I took pictures everywhere I went. If you asked me what I did, I’d sit you in front of my photos. :P I’ve been asked by a few people what I got. It’s been over a year now since I purchased the Canon Rebel Xti (400D for the Europeans).
Prior to the SLR (I still have it), I got a point and shoot camera, it was a Canon A95. I even got a waterproof case for it when I went to Hawaii to go snorkeling (Canon makes a great waterproof case).


  • Get UV filters for all your lenses so that you can protect them from the dust, and finger prints that WILL happen.
  • Get a lens wipe cloth. You will get fingerprints. It will happen or dust.
  • If you click on the photos they will take you to the Amazon store so you can what the latest prices are. Plus keep an eye out on the Canon Promotions for the rebates.
  • This tip I learned from Jason, the battery comes with a cover. On the cover, there is a cutout for a battery shape and the blue square on the bottom of the battery. If you have used the battery flip the cover so it isn’t blue. That way you know if you’ve used the battery or not without putting it in the camera.

  • Which Canon and why?

    I got a Canon Rebel Xti/400D. Why did I get it? My friends had Canons so we shared lenses. Why didn’t I get a Canon 40D or something like that in the professional series? My hands are smaller. I think it is a great camera for women or anyone that doesn’t want the extra bulk. But if you have big hands then you probably won’t want this camera because of the grip. Go test it out for yourself. For me being 5’2” it works for me.

    What lenses did I get?

    I bought the “kit lens” the lens that came with the camera (you can just purchase the body).
    I got the kit lens because I didn’t have a Canon lenses at all.
    Pro: Good for taking group shots
    Con:Not great for low light situations.

    • Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm: Pro:Great for macro shots plants, “blurry” background photos, Con:If you start taking portraits with this then your friends may not appreciate their pores being enlarged

      Example of the a picture I took with this lens.


    • Canon 50mm F1.4:
      This is the basic lens I would get. People love the portraits I’ve taken for these. Here’s a link to some of the portraits. I’ve taken using this lens.

      Pro: Great for portraits, great at low light situations
      Con: isn’t good for group shots unless you enjoy being across the room (which I’ve had to do when I forget to bring another lens).

      Here’s a photo I took in an Arby’s (fast food) restaurant in Dec 2006 of my friend’s daughter.

      Blue Eyes


    • Canon Ef-S 10-22mm F3.4-4.5:

      Pros: Great for shots like the Grand Canyon/outdoor wilderness shots, has some zoom abilities. If you are in a tight indoor space you can get everything in the picture Con: It stretches people and things out on the edge of the frame, people do look fat and get annoyed at you later even if you explain they haven’t gained weight but it’s really the lens. :P

      Examples of what photos look like with this lens:

      Look down! (New lens)

      Look at the edges of the photos (people are stretched out):

      Subway Boy Band Shot

      Outdoor shot:

      Autumn in New York

    What Accessories?

    • SanDisk 2G Compact Flash II: I got two of them so that I could switch it out and if I for some reason one of them malfunctioned then I’d have the spare.


    • Canon Wireless Remote Control RC1
      Pro:I wanted to be in some of the photos and who doesn’t love a remote. :D
      Con: You have to be in the front of the camera. It comes with a holder that you put on your camera strap but you MUST remember to put it back. I am on my second remote now.

      Check out the photo of me using the remote it is in my right hand:

      Merry Christmas 2006 family photo


    • Canon Rebel Xti Battery:
      Why? You will need an extra battery. The camera does have an indicator but it is always good to have a spare.


    • Canon Speedlite 430EX:
      I got this because my friend Jason had one and I got to try it out. I used it to take photos for the Leukemia Lymphoma event in Feb.
      It was great because you can bounce light up and then people don’t look washed out or have that deer in headlights look in the photos.

      • Hope this helps :)


Sat Dec 8, 2007 at 12.20 am

Caleb K

...and we all LOVE looking at your many and incredible photos on your Flickr page. Keep ‘em coming!


Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 08.26 pm


Wow ~ Thanks for this post!  I just bought a friend’s Canon EOS 10D, have no idea how to use it, am stumbling along, and learned a lot from your post.  Thanks!


Mon Dec 17, 2007 at 06.59 pm


Cindy, I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog.  I am getting the Rebel XTi for Xmas and have been searching for blogs of people who have REAL PHOTOS using it.  I’d love to get more tips from you from a newbie!


Thu Dec 20, 2007 at 07.24 pm


hey there, i just stumbled across your blog and I was wondering how the eff in hell do you put the strap on the xti.  It’s been driving me nuts insane!


Sat Jan 5, 2008 at 06.43 pm


This entry rocks!!


Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 11.49 pm

Sam Brown

“...even after a year” Great post—I think you’ll still love it after 3+ years.

The release cycle of digital cameras is silly IMO. They keep releasing new versions which really don’t accomplish much more than the previous. 1 or 2 more megapixels? do you really need em? Are you taking great pics often with the pixels you have? They are just introducing more noise. Live view? I’d rather not use it—something else to drain the batt or break down.

I brought the 20D a few years back and while I look at the new releases don’t really see any need to upgrade but often recommend the 400D to friends wanting a dSLR.

I am jealous of your 50mm and flash though—they are both on my wish list along with maybe the 10-22mm you have.

Thanks for the read! Keep shooting.


Wed May 28, 2008 at 05.35 pm


Hello, I am looking for advice from someone else who has experience with this camera! I just got it and I’m wondering if something is wrong with it. When I just use the automatic mode in many situations it totally bleaches everything out—basically underexposed shots. It puzzles me because even regular point and shoot digital cameras don’t do this! Any suggestions?


Mon Aug 25, 2008 at 01.48 pm


I have the same exact camera and would not give it up for the world.  Cannon definitely got it right with this one!

Corso di fotografia


Tue Oct 28, 2008 at 12.23 am


Help!  I have a Canon 450D, which I love.  However, today I noticed while shooting that there is a faint black line in all my images.  It almost looks like a hair strand.  I cleaned the viewfinder and the lense to see whether that was the problem. I even switched memory cards to see if that was it.  None of these methods helped resolve the issue.  I’m panicking now as I bought the camera in Asia and cannot return it.  Any suggestions?


Fri Jan 23, 2009 at 07.37 am

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Wow really nice Canon Rebel Xti(400D. Really good information and full information on this camera and it’s accessories. I love only canon digital cameras, so you don’t how much happiness you given me. Thanks for your nice information.


Sun May 8, 2011 at 04.54 pm

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I have had people tell me that nikon cameras are better than canon cameras, but I believe the canon rebel is the best. I love all the functions especially EOS Integrated Cleaning System. I especially like to take jewelry pictures with it. Just genius!! I will always be canon Rebel fan.


Constantly, trying to learn new things, and on the way I get to meet some amazing people with my camera by my side. XOXO!

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