O.k. I know that there are a lot of these threads, but based on the replies that others get, I assume you guys don't mind.
My rebel xt died. Cost is a huge factor, including overall cost (accessories, etc)
My choices... (all are referbs, with their advantages/disadvantages as I see them)
40D - uses CF that I have, bigger camera, would not require a grip, 1 year warranty. Would require 1 extra battery. ($699) (no lens)
SXi - would need new grip, battery's, memory cards, 90 day warranty. Newer technology than what I have. ($549) (w/ IS Kit lens)
XTi - would allow reuse of my batteries, my grip, my memory cards. Oldest technology however, not much of an upgrade from what I already have. 90 day warranty. ($349) (No lens)
Here is my thinking, tell me I am wrong. I like the idea of a bigger LCD. I would like to keep the money down, but I think I can swing the 40D. My rebel XT took over 30,000 shots before it died, and with the 40D being the only one of the three rated for 100,000 shots, and the 1 year warranty, I am leaning that way.
I would love the IS kit lens, but can live without it. Unless I get strong opinions telling me why I am wrong... the XTi is just too old, the SXi is o.k, but add a grip and batteries, and memory, and I am at the price of the 40D.
Your feedback is appreciated.
p.s. I also seem to see more issues with the SXi vs the 40d, is that true, or is it just that more people own the SXi.