The Canon T2i brought a lot of versatility and narrowed the gap between semi professional photographers and casual hobbyists. The T2i uses the same sensor that is on the Canon 7d which is considered a pro-level camera al-beit on the lower end of pro.
Either way, just the fact that a regular consumer can get the same sensor and picture quality that a camera that costs twice as much is a pretty cool fact. In addition, the Canon T2i introduced a high quality HD video capturing system in consumer grade hardware.
The image quality of the T2i is very good and as someone getting into the DSLR scene, I have to say that this was a very good entry model into the world of digital photography after point and shoot cameras.
When I originally began my search for the right DSLR there were several factors that I took into account when moving up from my Sony DSC T-10. First of all, when getting into DSLR’s, you should be ready for one thing. Cost! DSLR’s are expensive and for all the right reasons. The camera takes really good quality photo’s and very expandable for whatever level you want to take your photography to. The good thing is there is a DSLR for every budget and the T2i is on the higher end of the entry level market but packed with a number of features.
At the time of this writing, the T3i is out and is above the Canon T2i and just below the Canon 60D. Some of you may be curious, but the reason I went with Canon was because a friend who lived close by recommended the T2i when it came out. My sister has a Nikon as well as other friends, but more or less, I went with Canon because I didn’t know any better and trusted my friend who was a freelance photographer.
Anyways, the T3i adds a couple of nifty features that the T2i doesn’t have and like I mentioned earlier really depends on how you intend to shoot. Seriously though, the T2i is still good for photography and videos if you are only looking to get into the DSLR scene without risking too much capital.
The main benefits for me were:
- 18 Megapixel pictures
- intuitive menus and button layout
- Light Weight
- a bright High Resolution 1 million pixel 3″ LCD
- Compatible with EF and EF-S lenses
- High quality components taken from the 7d
- Affordable price, package deal, or rebate
- Friends have Canon
- Easy to use
I originally purchased the T2i in May of 2010 and as I stated in the beginning of the post, I recently sold the T2i. The only reason I sold the T2i was because 1.) I was out of warranty and 2.) the resale value was still pretty good and 3.) the t3i and the 60d were out with some very attractive features that I was interested in. 4.) I wanted more granular control of taking pictures, meaning I wanted to spend less time in auto and preset mode and more time in Av, Tv, P, and M mode. The T2i has these settings too but just not in the increments I wanted.
I love the T2i and my Girlfriend loved it too. We were both very happy with the T2i and I doubt you would be disappointed if you purchased this camera. The advantages of the newer models are mainly for 1.) you spend a significant amount of time doing video or 2.) intend to spend more money on wireless flashes.
The stock T2i kit is very good but I would recommend getting an additional lens and protective lens filters. After you’ve purchased the camera I would spend an extra $100 or so to protect your investment and keep it in good working condition.
The basic starter kit I would say for all users are:
- Extra battery ($10-$33)
- Lens Pen and Blower ($20)
- 8gb Memory Card ($15)
- Travel case ($20-$70)
- 58mm UV lens filter ($10-$20)
- Memory card reader ($13)
The extra battery will always come in handy when you’ve run out of battery and these LP-E8’s generally last about 400-500 shots in my use. The lens pen is nice just incase you get dust or the occasional finger print on the lens or lens filter. The Class 10 8gb memory card is enough space without being too excessive and for $15 it is very inexpensive and will be fast enough for capturing HD video without problems. Canon recommends a Class 6 or better and for the price, I would recommend the class 10, not much of a difference in price but a good amount of difference in performance. My class 6 transcend doesn’t always work well for me when capturing video. I get the occasional, stop recording for no reason, problem. Something I haven’t had an issue with the Class 10 card. The lens filter will generally protect the lens without getting in the way of a shot. The 58mm Hoya I’ve linked to has an aluminum ring and the threads are perfectly matched to the T2i kit lens. I also include a USB memory card reader to 1.) save battery 2.) convenience 3.) portability 4.) ease of use. In general, I don’t like to constantly power the camera on and off to download files. When you get to multiple cards, it just seems more efficient and less annoying instead of positioning the camera by the computer, opening up the rubber side that covers the usb plug, plugging in the cable, and turning the camera ON. I prefer to pull the card out and stick it in the reader. For $13, its worth it for me to use a card reader. At first I didn’t use it because I was trying to be frugal, but if you take a lot of pictures, you’ll definitely notice the battery drain and the constant plugging the camera in and out and turning it off and on. It really is nice to leave the camera in the bag and only pull the card out.
When I got my T2i, I purchased the additional 55-250 lens, some extra batteries, lens hoods, lens filters, and battery grip. I found it wasn’t exactly necessary for all the options I purchased and ultimately, sold the T2i, batteries, and battery grip. The battery grip for me just wasn’t very useful. It added a significant amount of bulk and not much value. I didn’t shoot long enough to justify the extra battery the majority of the time. When I upgraded to the 60d, the battery life is nearly double the LP-E8 so I doubt I will need to purchase a battery grip this time around.
That’s it for my first blog post! Hope it was useful to someone!