|Rebels are great cameras for the price and I've heard great things about them, but go to a camera store and try it out first hand in a store to see how it feels. Some people say they like the feel of a Nikon better, it's all in what you like but you can't go wrong with either. I don't know what your budget is or what you like to shoot, so I won't get into lenses.
Starter accessories: First get a large memory card, 1GB or more. They are relatively cheap nowadays. Lexar, Sandisk, and Transcend are good brands. Second thing would be a camera bag. Amazon has a decent Canon backpack for $37. Next I would get a tripod. Doesn't have to be super fancy, but spend a little more on a good sturdy one, preferably with a quick release plate. With the tripod, you could get a remote for the XT, wired or wireless and they are only about $20.
That should start you off ok (for now), and maybe some lens cloth or a Lenspen. Amazon also has dvd training guides for the Rebel XT which might help you get to know your camera faster.
Good luck and let us know what you get.
Message edited by author 2006-06-28 08:31:38.