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Jun 07, 2010 15:10 |  #1

Hi,

I have a friend asking my advice on which camera to get. This will be a first DSLR for them but it sounds like he may have some film experience. Without getting as much info as I would have liked, I wrote a five page discussion for them about the differences between types of cameras and what cameras and lenses can do. At the very end of the letter, I recommended the T2i with the caveat that I really needed more info from them. She did say they wanted to use it for sports, kids, portraits, etc.

Here's the kicker - they got backed to me and decided on the T2i but later said that they couldn't find any and that they were going to go with the T1i instead because they are taking a trip to Yellowstone this weekend and had to hurry.

I replied back, recommending that they consider the 50D instead of the T1i, or perhaps renting a camera/lens for the trip and waiting until a T2i is available.

Is this good advice? I've never used a t1i or a t2i or a 50D. Thought I would get some info here quick as I'm sure they are running around like chickens with their heads cut off right now.

They also asked me what telephoto lens I recommended. This is like asking what car to buy. For the sake of brevity, I said the 70-200 f/4 was a great buy, but if I were headed to Yellowstone, I'd bring a wide-angle.


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Jun 07, 2010 15:14 |  #2

Depends on whether they want video or not. 50D has some advantages for still work in ergonomics, build quality, and controls, but no video. I rarely recommend the rebel line for people who are serious but the new models are great cameras. As for telephoto you made a good suggestion if its within the budget. Wide angle is nice, but honestly there are lots of great landscapes to be made in Yellowstone with longer lenses as the mountains are in the distance from a lot of roads.




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Jun 07, 2010 15:15 |  #3

I got a chance to play around with a T2i and I must say I was very impressed. So impressed I am probably going to get myself one when I want to travel light.


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Jun 07, 2010 15:17 |  #4

gonzogolf wrote in post #10319285external link
Depends on whether they want video or not. 50D has some advantages for still work in ergonomics, build quality, and controls, but no video. I rarely recommend the rebel line for people who are serious but the new models are great cameras. As for telephoto you made a good suggestion if its within the budget. Wide angle is nice, but honestly there are lots of great landscapes to be made in Yellowstone with longer lenses as the mountains are in the distance from a lot of roads.

Great! Thanks! Does the T1i have video? I honestly don't use mine much on the 7D.


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Jun 07, 2010 15:20 |  #5

Yes the T1i has video but the video on the T2i is better. I believe its closer to that of the 7D where the T1i is a bit limited. I think it only does 15fps at 1080 I am not certain but i am sure the T2i has some advantages here.


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Jun 07, 2010 15:21 |  #6

I'm not sure I'd want to break in a brand new, unfamiliar camera 4 days after I bought it, on a trip to Yellowstone; but I'm a slow learner.


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Jun 07, 2010 15:22 |  #7

Yes,

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Jun 07, 2010 15:22 |  #8

runninmann wrote in post #10319340external link
I'm not sure I'd want to break in a brand new, unfamiliar camera 4 days after I bought it, on a trip to Yellowstone; but I'm a slow learner.

Me neither but since they have NO camera right now, they need to get one in their hands and start fiddling with it!


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Jun 07, 2010 15:24 |  #9

runninmann wrote in post #10319340external link
I'm not sure I'd want to break in a brand new, unfamiliar camera 4 days after I bought it, on a trip to Yellowstone; but I'm a slow learner.

Where is that "damn the manual, let me fiddle with it, damn the consequences " spirit? You sound almost commie to me :)




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Jun 07, 2010 15:25 |  #10

gonzogolf wrote in post #10319360external link
Where is that "damn the manual, let me fiddle with it, damn the consequences " spirit? You sound almost commie to me :)

Yeah, I know; and a panty-waist as well :lol::lol:.


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Jun 07, 2010 15:26 |  #11

runninmann wrote in post #10319373external link
Yeah, I know; and a panty-waist as well :lol::lol:.

Damn art photographers...




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Jun 12, 2010 00:28 |  #12

mckinleypics wrote in post #10319350external link
Me neither but since they have NO camera right now, they need to get one in their hands and start fiddling with it!

Amazon could have had whatever in their hands the next day. If they had to ask you what to buy, though, I wonder if they're really ready for a DSLR yet -- maybe an S90 would have been a better choice. That said, I would have recommended the 55-250 to a novice for tele -- good bang/buck, little to lose.


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Jun 12, 2010 00:45 |  #13

Personally, I think the T2i is the way to go. I like the 18MP sensor in the T2i/7D over the 15mp sensor in the T1i/50D.

For landscapes, I think an ultrawide is a better lens than a telephoto zoom. But if they are looking at one, a 55-250IS is a good one. The 70-200mm f4L is a nice option as well but more expensive.

Having said that, if this is their first dslr, then I think any current dslr will be fine, as most entry level dslr's are pretty darn good.


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Jun 12, 2010 18:48 |  #14

Tee Why wrote in post #10347432external link
Personally, I think the T2i is the way to go. I like the 18MP sensor in the T2i/7D over the 15mp sensor in the T1i/50D.

The T2i (550D) would be a good choice if you can find one for sale!




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Jun 14, 2010 16:13 |  #15

Problem solved. They found a T2i and bought a 70-200 F4 to go with it. Can't wait to see how they do with it. I'm too broke to get excited about my own purchases so I have to live vicariously through others!


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