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)?
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:),