Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Your Questions, My Answers | camera edition

Remember a few centuries ago when I put up the "ask me anything" post?  Remember how I said I'd get my answers up within the next week?  And remember how I never did?

Yikes, guys...I feel really bad about that.  I've had a draft going for quite awhile (you know, like a few centuries ;) but never exactly finished it.  So to make up for things, I'm going to answer you in a few posts, and you use your questions as more like posting prompts.  Here's edition one, covering the camera-related questions I got.

I received an abundance of these - what camera, what lenses, which do you recommend?  Hopefully those of you who asked me these have gotten a chance to look at my camera bag page where you can see all of my (super-minimal at the moment) equipment.  But just to summarize things:

-I have a Canon Rebel T2i, which yes, is an DSLR camera.  I'll also occasionally use my Canon Powershot.

-It does change lenses, although (I hang my head as visions of me as miss-lens-junkie slip from your mind) I only have one right now, an 18-135mm.  It wasn't exactly a kit lens, but it came in a separate "camera package" at the store I was buying it from.  The one thing that I don't particularly like about it is that it has variable aperture, which means that the its aperture abilities change depending on how far it is zoomed.  (As in, at 135mm the lowest it can go is f/5.6, but it can get down to f/4.0 when at 18, etc.) 

-In the near future, I'd like to get a telephoto and 50mm.  By the "near future", I mean as soon as I have a couple hundred dollars on my hands.


What are the "goods" about Canon Rebel? What are the "bads" about it? Is it worth it?

The "good"...Well, where do I begin?  I don't have any other DSLRs to compare it to, but I really like this camera.  It has wonderful auto modes for some one just wanting to get some nice pictures, then Shutter Speed and Aperture Priority modes for those wanting to do a bit more, and lastly, full Manual where you can play around and control, well, everything (it sounds scary...but, seriously, if I can do it, you can too!). 

I really love how my pictures are turning out - great quality, wonderful bokeh, and I don't have to do as much basic photo-editing (although they tend to load pretty slow on Picnik - gah), etc. Oh! And the shutter makes an awesome clicking noise when I take a picture.  Which, of course, makes a world of difference in and of itself.

The "bad"...I can't think of much I don't like. It's a little heavy/bulky, but I think you'd run into that to some extent with any DSLR camera, and it depends on the lens, too. Sometimes I feel a little odd carrying it around, especially when we're like running errands or something, but I don't mind all that much.

Also, just throwing this out here - The Canon Rebel T2i also had an HD video-recording mode, which is pretty neat and comes in handy (although I'm no video-tographer, or whatever you call them).  I *think* that this is its main difference from the Rebel T1i...So, if you're not interested in having video, you might as well save a bit of cash and go for the T1i instead.

This camera was worth it for me.  It's not up to me to decide whether it will be for you - but do consider it.

What made you choose Canon over Nikon (or another brand)?
I've sort of grown up with Canon, you could say. The point-and-shoot cameras I had before my Rebel were Canon (And I had loved them), so it felt sort of "right" to continue with that brand. Probably the biggest reason for choosing Canon was the price, however. When my dad and I were at the camera shop comparing things, The Rebel T2i was on sale and with a better lens than the Nikon I was looking at.  So there ya had it.

But, truth to be told, I love love love Canon now.

I got a lot of "What DSLR camera would you recommend (someone mentioned a budget of $1000:)?"
Wow, I am definitely no camera genius here, and besides my own camera and a lot of recommendations and such from other photographers I seriously don't know a lot about this. Above I rambled a bit about why I like my Canon Rebel, and if that sounds like something you're looking for I definitely recommend it.

I've heard many different philosophies when it comes to camera-upgrading: get the best you can afford, only upgrade to a DSLR if you're going to use it like one, etc. Personally, I don't have a strong opinion on this topic, but I recommend doing a lot of research and comparing before making your final decision.


About the pricing: If I remember correctly, my camera cost about $829 new (with basic lens). I had to pay more, however, because I purchased a the better lens as well as a warranty type thing, which I totally recommend. All in all, it may have cost a little over $1000, but it was totally worth it for me. Keep in mind, however, if you're really interested in photography you'll soon need want many more lenses, filters, a flash....You see, it's kind of an expensive hobby. ;)

I know that there are Nikon DSLR's or comparable (perhaps even better) prices . I'm a Canon gal all the way, but don't think I'm telling you not to look into other brands.

If you're in the market for a DSLR camera, I recommend reading this post. I found it the other day and it was very helpful for me even though it didn't completely apply to myself.


  Thanks for letting me ramble about this - I'm hoping someone might have found this semi-useful;)Do you have any more camera related questions after reading this?  Drop me a comment and I'll answer it - to the best of my abilities - in the section below.

And...don't forget about my photo challenge!  See here.

Part two - photo-editing edition - coming soon. 

See you then (or before, knowing how I am with these posts:),


  1. I like the photos, especially the on of your cat. :)

  2. I loved this post Hannah, and I can't wait for part two! Do you mind if I post about it on my blog?

    When you said, "If you're in the market for a DSLR camera, I recommend reading this post. I found it the other day and it was very helpful for me even though it didn't completely apply to myself." I couldn't find the link.....

  3. I have a Canon Rebel XT, also, although I just saw you have Tli?. It is really awesome. I have a small zoom range on it right now, but am looking at a very nice lens kit that goes up to 300 mm zoom right now! It is kind of expensive, but I do have a little bit of "surplus" money right now, Lol. My uncle is a photographer, as is my deceased grandfather, and I am really into it now!! I consider myself pretty lucky to have an uncle to talk with about buying lenses and stuff! :)

  4. Hi again! :) Thanks for the info, I currently have the T1i and I LOVE IT. I too, wasn't too interested in taking video with my camera, I think I would rather just have a separate toy (video camera) to do that with! Heheh.

    I just purchased mine at the beginning of Sept. this year! I seriously adore it! (it's like a cooler husband... hahahha I KID!) This is my first DSLR camera! And I am still trying to figure out how to use it! Hehehe

    Well, I walked away from the computer and forgot what I was going to ask! :) haha

  5. OK Hannah, I may be (finally) (eep) (yay!) looking into buying a DSLR :) This post was really helpful! Thanks! I'm actually thinking yours sounds pretty good right now...not like I have anywhere near $1000 yet...but anyway, thanks for the tips! Loving doing all this research :)


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