I'd say that it depends upon your budget. EF-S 18-55 IS is a pretty nice lense, so is Canon Rebel XTi.
1. The one with the IS is the better lense. I'd say much better coating and the lense components.
2. I'd rather choose Rebel XTi instead of Rebel XT, nearly obsolete by now. THe newer DSLR, the better techonology. You can pay for the good lenses later on.
I would like some opinions on which DSLR to purchase. I am somewhat familiar with photograpy principles, but I am relatively new to the DSLR world. The camera would mostly be used to take pictures of my small kids with some travel/landscape type photography thrown in too.
Here's what I'm leaning towards right now. I'm either going to buy a Canon Rebel XT (yes, I know it is discontinued) or a Rebel XTi. With the Rebel XT, I would just purchase the body and then add a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens.
If I buy the Rebel XTi, I would only be able to afford the stock lens kit, which is the EF-S 18-55 mm Lens.
So, a few questions:
1. Is there a difference between two lenses I'm considering? Does one have image stabilization while the other does not?
2. What would you do given the situation?
3. If you don't like either option, please suggest another set up that runs between 500-700 dollars.
Thanks for your input.