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I was started shooting with 35mm film on mid-late 90's with Nikon gear, later (2003) I switched to Canon, working with the Canon 1n based Kodak DCS520C camera making photojournalism. A 2MP bulk 2kg camera, a hardly to believe 1/1 MP/KG ratio... LOL. But in 2010 I was left the pro-photography world, and months later my DCS520c had died. So I found myself with some professional lenses and no body to handle then. Since I was not longer working, and money was an issue at time, I had choosen the "cheap" 500D to handle my lenses while I'm shooting with no professional compromises. Although I still have my pro skills and personal choices when shooting, so even with the 500D 80% that all my shots I made in RAW, with no flash in these 80% of the amount.
I make this intro to tell that my review is a pro-owner review, even I had choose this model only to handle my lenses while I'm shooting for personal purposes, I'm looking for my gear as a pro-shooter.
Since 2010 (when I bought my T1i new on B&H) I have made about 15k pictures. 5k pictures by year in a 3 year ownership, so now it's time to review it.
The positive about this model was the color reproduction, I really like the colours that this model gives me. More than 50% of my shots are made with telephotos and those tele shots are 50% in AI Servo and the others 50% are half made on MF and half on One Shot mode. So I can tell with absolutely no doubt, the AF on 500D works fine. I've worked with prime L lenses also third-part lenses too. AF sensor works a little bit more reliable with 2.8 apertures, with 4, 5.6 and others f-stops the AF still works great, but still below the performance that you got with 2.8.
One problem is the metering system in this model. The metering system always give me a little bit (like 0.5/0.7) overexposed images, so I was almost 100% of the time working with -0.5 to -1.0 EV (even in RAW, to save time later in DPP).
Another big problem for me is the manual mode. I had only worked with the "expert" modes like M/Av/Tv modes, but the M mode is a big headache to operate when you looking to change the shutter/f-stop configurations with the eye on viewfinder, it's impossible to do, cause you have no way to control both configurations in this way, the only way to do that is looking on the rear LCD, with obviously takes a lot of time for me, but that's the reason that I had made the introduction, this kind of issue that I related above is professional-related issue, from who shot a lot on manual mode like me, I don't think this will be an issue to the amateurs.
By-the-way the handling is poor, even with the BG grip, the camera was so tiny, and have a lot of plastic as well, but the big problem is how it handles, and it is very hard to handle, unless you are a girl or someone with little hands.
If your gonna shot with telephotos, either prime or zoom, think about the grip, it was almost indispensable in this cases.
The weight is good, have not to complain.
I basically bought this kit for the camera body, the two
"real" lenses, the memory card and the camera bags. For those thing I will rate it as goo for the accessories and excellent for the camera. The other accessories included, the "make belief" macro and wide angle snap on lenses, tripod, and every thing else I would rate as average and below average. They are extremely cheap and basically use less if you are interested in serious photography. But other than that the price was right and it is an extremely nice camera for the price.
camera was what i expected 300mm lens good but the 55mm was cannons entry level and accessories are cheap tripod is garbage ,cheap flash UV lens are alright lager soft case is cheap small case is good hard case is cheap but the price was right for the T1i and lens I paid 1099.00 but at 1499.00 not worth it in my opinion at that price
After purchasing the camera and actually doing a few photoshoots,I find goods and bads about this camera. First off I kinda wish I knew that the camera isn't compatible with some software I already owned.And now have to upgrade my software.The camera takes quality images,but what good is quality images if you can't upload them on certain softwares.
Don't bother getting the extras in the kits (filters,external flash,hardcase,wide-angle and telephoto). It's not worth it. They give you bottom of the line extras.
I got this Canon Rebel T1i camera as a Christmas gift from my wife and kids. They knew nothing about buying a camera and had no idea that it would come without a lens. They thought a "bundle" was the same as some of the "kits" listed (that came with multiple lenses and accessories). Although the sale itself went smoothly and upon my review they got exactly what was listed, they have been frustrated about a return/upgrade possibility. So I now have to spend much more for lenses...Let the buyer beware!
Pro - Camera and lens are good.
Cons - the rest of the package is of lesser quility then it appears.