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..."disposable society"...$600 on a digital camera..now it's might be worth $100...$150 on a K-1000...now it might be worth $75.
There will be a time when your K-1000 will be consider an antique and any working/good condition one will be worth more than you originally paid for it. I can't say the same for a digital camera. I know of a photographer who basically burned out her original Rebel and it was only a year old. The cost of repair was close to the cost of a new XT (she bit the bullet and upgraded to the 20D).
I, myself, have 3 A2 bodies...all used. I bought the 1st one with a selection of lenses. The 2nd one was to allow me to have color in one and B&W in the other. Why the 3rd. one?...well the 1st one's mode dial is starting to go (a common problem with this camera) and it was cheaper to purchase the 3rd. one than to consider the repair costs on the dial. So now I have a backup plan.
But this is only good as long as I shoot film. I do know that I'll be moving over to at least a 20D but not for a while. That one I !know! I'll baby after the pile of cash I'll have to lay out.
I haven't researched the specs, but I think your XT strategy is good. However, check to see how many of your current Canon lenses would work on the Rebel.
In our situation both of our film cameras are the EOS line and the lenses will work with the Rebel...albeit with a 1.6 magnification factor so wide angle may be a problem but we'll live with that limitation.
I did talk to the wife and I think she's agreeable to multiple lenses weight and bulk when carrying these. I'd still like to get her something along the lines of the Fuji but I'm reading that the fps is 1.5 and the write time to the CF card is "s l o w". So as long as she's shooting landscapes, still shots or anything dead or not moving that camera 'will do'. Models, on the other hand are neither dead or non-moving... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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