for storage. My 20D can fit about 110 raw images on a 1gig card. I think the Rebel is comparable. I have a San Disk Extreme III 1gig which, the last time I looked, had one of the fastest speed ratings.
Forget the battery until you get some experience. My 20D has never needed a spare battery even on the occasion when I shot all day at a seminar (400 plus images shooting simultaneous raw and jpeg).
So I'm ordering my Canon DRebel XT from B& H today, and am looking for memory card and battery recommendations.
Memory card - how many pictures can 1 Gig hold? Also what brand would you recommend - I'm deciding between Sandisk and Lexar. (i also heard Hitachi has a 3 gig selling for $150 - not sure how good it is though!)
Battery - do you recommend I get an extra battery for the XT? I'm actually not sure how good the battery life is.
many thanks, your advice appreciated!