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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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Your First Lens

The Canon EOS Rebel XSi is frequently purchased with a lens, often the Canon EFS 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS autofocus lens, which adds only about $100 to the price tag of the body alone, and is thus an irresistible bargain. You can also buy the XSi body alone if you already have some lenses. Other Canon models, including the EOS 1D Mark III, EOS 1Ds Mark III, and EOS 40D, are generally purchased without a lens by veteran Canon photographers who already have a complement of optics to use with their cameras.

I bought my EOS 40D as a body-only, because I already had a collection of lenses, but when it came time to pick up my XSi, I went with the kit that included the 18-55 image-stabilized lens. Who can turn down an IS lens for only $100? ...

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