Canon Rebel T2i Beginners Review

As you may remember, J and I purchased the new Canon Rebel T2i (550D). We really wanted a camera that included video capabilities (this narrowed the decision down to the T1i and the T2i). I also was happy with the higher megapixel on these cameras. Really our decision just came down to availability but I do believe there are some features on the T2i that made it a good buy over the T1i.

  • 18 megapixles instead of the 15.1 on the T1i.
  • Slightly better LCD screen
  • Better high def video options
  • Optional external microphone input
  • 3.7 fps in continuous mode over the 3.4 on the T1i
  • Compatibility with the new SDXC cards

With the camera package that I got, I also got an 8GB SD card, a camera bag, and an extra lens.

The T2i Body:
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The T2i Kit Lens (28-35mm f/3.5-5.6)
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The extra telephoto zoom lens (75-300mm f/4-5.6)

6473A003 - Canon 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens
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The 8GB SD Card

LSD8GBBS100 - Lexar Media 8GB SD High-Capacity Memory Card, 100X Speed

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The big black camera bag

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I got all this for $899 on a Black Friday deal. Normally the camera and kit lens alone would have been $799. I figured for an extra $100 it was worth it to get the bag (normally $75), the zoom lens (normally $250), and the extra SD card.

My review so far

I really like this camera! I read through the first three chapters of the manual and a couple of online sites and I feel like I’ve gotten the hang of the beginner stuff. It really helps to just take the same picture multiple times with different settings. The playback will show you what the settings where in case you forget.

The kit lens isn’t bad. I am happy with the shots I have taken with it so far. Our house has some good light but I would like a lower aperture lens (50mm f/1.8 maybe) for portrait/low light stuff.

The telephoto lens has a good zoom on it. It is really large and heavy though. I’m not quite sure yet where I will use this lens. I am actually already thinking about selling it so I can purchase the other lens that I think I would use more frequently.

The bag is very large and heavy. It will do a great job storing about 4 lens, the manual, and the camera. I just can’t see myself actually lugging this around somewhere though. I will probably keep it as a storage bag and get a smaller bag to take with me when I leave the house.

As I spend more time learning about this camera I will be sure to keep posting. If I get comfortable enough, I may post a few tutorials so I remember what I did and maybe to help out others! Stay tuned!

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