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Canon Rebate Deals

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With the Canon fall rebates there are a number of options which represent really good value, especially if you're buying a Digital Rebel XT or EOS 20D. The key is buying three items from the rebate list. If you do this you get 3x the rebate on each item and that gives you $300 off an EOS 20D or $225 off a Digital Rebel XT - plus significant discounts on the other items you purchase, up to $150 on some lenses. In order to maximize rebates you need to buy three items. Which items depends on your personal needs, but there are a couple of really good deals if they fit your needs. Perhaps the most obvious low cost "3 item deal" is this:

  • Canon EOS 20D ($1300 less $300 rebate) or Digital Rebel XT ($800 less $225 rebate)
  • EF 75-300/4-5.6 III ($160 less $15 rebate)
  • PIXMA IP 6600D printer ($180 less $75 rebate)
If you need a printer and an inexpensive telephoto zoom, this makes a great outfit. If you buy the camera body with the EF-S 18-55 kit lens, you have great basic coverage from 18-300mm (28-480mm in full frame 35mm terms) and the kit lens will cost you less than $100. While the 18-55 and 75-300 are obviously not Canon's highest quality "L" series lenses, they are both capable of yielding good results.

Note that the PIXMA IP 6600D is $180 less a $75 rebate (if buying 3 items), making a final cost of $105. The less expensive PIXMA IP 6220D is $150 less a $45 rebate (if buying 3 items), so the final cost is still $105. The IP 6600D is clearly the better deal here if you're getting a three item discount.

A Digital Rebel XT with EF-S 18-55/4-5.6, an EF 75-300/4-5.6 III and a PIXMA IP 6600D printer would cost you a total of around $905. Not a bad deal! With the EOS 20D the price would be around $1340. If you want help in deciding between an EOS 20D and a Digital Rebel XT, take a look a the article here that compares them: EOS 20D vs. Digital Rebel XT

Another good choice for a 3-rebate list is the EF 70-200/4L. At $600 less a $75 3-item discount it ends up at $525. For an excellent "L" series lens which gives you an effective 112-320mm (in terms of full frame 35mm field of view) and which can take the Canon TCs if you need more reach, $525 is a bargain price. If you can afford it and you want something a little better than the EF 75-300/4-5.6 III, the EF 70-200/4L USM is an excellent choice.

If you want something better then the EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 then there's the EF 17-40/4L. It matches well in a set with the EF 70-200/4L and there's a $75 3-item discount, making the final price around $625.

For someone who wants "the best", then the 3 -item set:

  • EOS 20D ($300 3-item rebate)
  • EF 17-40/4L ($75 3-item rebate)
  • EF 70-200/4L ($75 3-item rebate)
makes a good choice at around $2300 after a total rebate saving of $450. If you want to bridge the 40-70mm gap you can go with an EF 50/1.8 II for around $75 (no rebate) or you can go first class with the 50/1.4 or the EF-S 60/2.8 macro, both of which do qualify for the rebates. However I think (and this isn't 100% clear) that you still get a 1-item discount on the 4th item if you buy 4 (or more) items. Don't quote me on that though.

As I said earlier. obviously the best discount combination for you depends on which lenses you already have and which lenses you need to add, but the combinations mentioned above represent pretty good value if you're starting out from scratch. Some people have even been known to buy an extra item they didn't really need just to get the additional discount! For example if you bought an EF 75-300/4-5.6 III that you didn't really want just to get an extra $100 off the EOS 20D, even on a 2-item purchase you'd effectively be paying $50 for it, and you could certainly resell it for more than that on ebay!

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