Canon EOS Rebel T1i / 500D 15.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)
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- scout987aSep 6, 2010by
Great camera but very different from a Point & Shoot
This is a very good camera but if you are moving up from the point and shoot realm, you'll have to get used to shooting in a very different way. I wasn't expecting such a change, and that threw me at first.
When I decided to move up from the point and shoots I've been using, I did a lot of research and narrowed it down to a few Canons and a few Nikons. I decided on the T1i because the kit I bought included an 18mm to 200mm IS lens. The length of this lens gives me almost as much "zoom" as my former P&S, and I like to be able to get close to things that I can't get to physically--across water, up in trees, etc. I do love this lens but it is heavy in comparison to the standard 18mm to 55mm kit lens. Luckily I have a tripod to use for evening and night shots. There is no way to hand-hold this lens when the exposure ends up being almost a second or more.
I had been used to framing shots with the LCD screen, which you can do on the T1i, but it's not quite as easy as it was on a point and shoot--and it eats up a LOT of battery power. So I had to begin using the viewfinder--which I hated at first, but I soon began to see its advantages, and now I like shooting that way.
Even though I was used to using the manual setting on my P&S, I had to take the time to really learn about exposure, aperture, ISO, f-stops, etc., in order to really take advantage of what this camera offers.
Initially I shot completely in Auto mode. The photos came out okay, but the colors were very, very pale and disappointing. Even when I tried to use the "picture modes", I was disappointed. With some research on the net, I found that there are ways to set up custom color options. The Canon manual is very WEAK in terms of teaching you about this. I HIGHLY suggest getting "Dave Busch's Canon EOS Rebel T1i/500D" to help you learn how to set up your own color choices.
The Busch book also helped me to understand the functioning of different types of lenses and to understand the various ways one can change ISO, f-stops, etc.
If you use the LCD to review your shots, you may need to do some test runs before you can get the LCD to accurately display the shots. I had taken some shots of sunflowers, and on the LCD, they looked underexposed, so I used the exposure compensation feature and increased them about a third or up higher. When I saw the actual shots after I uploaded them to my computer, the shots that looked underexposed on the LCD were actually correctly exposed, and the ones I increased were now overexposed. So I adjusted the brightness of the lcd up a bit and things now seem pretty accurate.
When I've gotten things right, I've taken some shots that really surprised me in their quality.
In conclusion, I would say that I am very happy with this camera, but the learning curve was higher than what I had been expecting to experience. At first I was frustrated, but with some more reading and with some helpful videos I found on Youtube, I have come to begin to really enjoy this camera.Read full review
- mountantqsFeb 2, 2011by
I have been a photographer for 30 years working with 35mm, 4x5, 8x10 and digital. I just upgraded from an 8 mp Canon XT. And I am very pleased with the improvements on the T1i. I can use my remote shooting window again! - as the old Rebel was not compatible with 64 bit systems. I have used Canon equipment since my first SLR - an ftb in 1975 - and have never had and complaints. The larger preview / menus screen is a real plus, as well as the added flexibility. I don't use video so that's not a concern. As far as people complaining about lenses, I don't get that one, I don't think the naked eye can tell the difference.
- 9f12f5953ccb4fc...Feb 8, 2010by
Love the Eos Rebel T1I But be careful
I love this camera. However, the lenses sold in this kit are not digital they are analog, and can not be used with the video. I am still not quite sure what the difference is. So you have to purchase other lenses to take videos. Analog lenses are used for SLR cameras, not DSLR. They can be used with the DSLR, just not with certain features, like video. Also, lenses are not Canon Lenses, they are a cheaper brand. The live LCD is nice, but can only be used in certain settings, which if you don't know how to use those settings doesn't do you much good. Doesn't not work in Automatic mode. That was dissappointing. The large memory card is nice, but doesn't work in older computers.(HP Media Edition with Windows XP) I don't believe this Camera and Kit are the cheapest way to go. May want to check out different avenues. You get a lot of stuff, but not neccessarily needed or useful. I probably should have returened it, but was going on vacation and needed the camer to take pictures of the grandbabies. The camera is what I was looking for, I just need to get more lenses and learn more about the camera. I think it is going to be great, can't wait to start enjoying it.Read full review
- michaelp4272Dec 16, 2014by
A great buy.
I love this model of camera. It can go up to 12,800 speed if need be. Great for taking night pics of the moon or Christmas lights. The autofocus is fast and the item is pretty durable. I bought this to replace my T3 which is only 12.2 Megapixels. This is 15. Windows 8 picks this camera right up when you connect it. I did not need the additional software it came with.
- sherm-hilDec 30, 2016Verified purchase - USEDby
awesome buy ..worth every dolloar!!!