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Need help deciding...T2i or T3i

 
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Apr 23, 2012 09:17 |  #1

I apologise if this has been hashed to death already but I'm trying to decide between the two kits. Let me preface by saying I really want the 60D but it's out of the budget right now.

I am a rank amateur but I'm working my way through the Digital SLR for Dummies book before I buy. I've read up on the differences between the two cameras and I really like the articulating viewfinder on the T3i. I'm still a bit confused on the differences in movie mode though.

I was ready to purchase the T3i with an 18-55 lens for $749 but then I saw a final clearout package on the T2i for $899 which includes the 18-55, 50mm, 430EX flash and bag. The store is also offering $100 discount if you turn in any working or broken camera...so $649 or 799. I'm really stuck and need some helpful advice.

Sorry, almost forgot...I will be mainly taking pictures of kids and travel shots.

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Apr 23, 2012 09:30 |  #2

Canon's website doesn't show much difference between the two, so I recommend the T2i price break simply because your getting a 430EX. The flash is the main reason to get the T2i. The 50mm is not that expensive, but will give you another lens to learn from. I would also recommend getting a flash cable so you can shoot off camera flash. The 430EX will be a huge leap from the pop up flash.


  
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Apr 23, 2012 09:49 |  #3

I picked up the T2i as a backup camera about a month ago. I got it brand new for $549 body body at a local camera store. The t2i is a very capable camera, the only thing that I don't like it is the size, it is to small. I then bought a battery grip for it, it feels so much better.


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Apr 23, 2012 11:12 |  #4

If you have a broken Canon camera you may want to look into Canon's Loyalty Program where you send in a broken Canon camera and get 20% off most of their refurbished bodies, including the T2i and T3i.
I myself just got a T3i + 18-55 IS II kit for about $580 including tax with free shipping. The camera looks unused, brand new and had 34 actuations on the shutter. The T2i is about $480 with lens through CLP. The only drawback is that you only have 90 days warranty.

Now as for T2i vs T3i, I actually do like the articulating screen, which I also had on my 60D (which I recently sold after getting the T3i. I also own a 7D and an old 1DII).

now here is the "feature" that most people overlook, or don't even hear about. The T3i has a little bit different feel, since the palm grip is a bit bigger. It actually feels considerable better than my T1i did. I also used to own a T2i, and I can feel the difference in how the T3i fits into my hand versus the T2i. Anyway, I'm starting to get lost in the T.i nomenclature here, so the bottom line is, the T3i has a little bit chunkier body and feels better in the hand than its predecessors.

The wireless flash is a bonus too, I use that feature often.

But of course it's up to you. If you think that these extra features aren't worth an extra $100 or $150, go for the T2i. Their image quality is the same, shutter is same, most features are the same. The T3i has some extra bells and whistles, picture effects, a 3-10x video crop zoom, a bit more novice friendly user interface but that does not concern me really.


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Apr 23, 2012 11:57 as a reply to  @ gabebalazs's post |  #5

Thanks for the replies. I didn't even think about camera size and I do have large hands for a woman. That's probably why I found the 60D more comfortable to hold. I think I'm really leaning towards the T3i because of the screen...kids being so much closer to the floor all the time :). I think I'll get that and learn the craft with it and then upgrade lenses and such as I learn more and get comfortable with a dslr.

I will post back when I've purchased.


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Apr 23, 2012 11:59 |  #6

60D body only through the Canon Loyalty Program is $639. It can be paired as well with some lenses. You have to turn in a Canon product, something like a broken P&S will work and live in the States. Just do a search on Canon Loyalty Program to get full details.

and the 60D has the articulating screen.




  
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Apr 23, 2012 13:38 |  #7

John from PA wrote in post #14313464 (external link)
60D body only through the Canon Loyalty Program is $639. It can be paired as well with some lenses. You have to turn in a Canon product, something like a broken P&S will work and live in the States. Just do a search on Canon Loyalty Program to get full details.

and the 60D has the articulating screen.

I live in Calgary so no loyalty program here :(. $650 with the lens is the best price I have seen locally and I don't want to wait for Christmas this year.


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Apr 23, 2012 14:01 |  #8

For the prices you have listed, go with the T2i because it comes with the 50mm, 430EX and bag.


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Apr 23, 2012 15:25 |  #9

I went through the same process and settled on the T3i because of the rotating screen and it has been worth it. The price difference was not as great then as now, but I would still go for the T3i even though the T2i is a great camera.


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Apr 23, 2012 16:01 |  #10

There is ZERO difference between the two OTHER than;
Swivel screen of the T3i
Some "advanced" video settings/etc in the T3i

IQ, metering, AF system, and everything else is identical...AFAIK..


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Apr 23, 2012 16:44 |  #12

If you are going to use the video mode the 3-10 digital zoom is handy and the T2i does not have.


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Apr 24, 2012 05:10 |  #13

John from PA wrote in post #14313464 (external link)
60D body only through the Canon Loyalty Program is $639. It can be paired as well with some lenses. You have to turn in a Canon product, something like a broken P&S will work and live in the States. Just do a search on Canon Loyalty Program to get full details.

and the 60D has the articulating screen.

if you really like he extra features of the 60D use the "loyalty" program




  
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Apr 24, 2012 07:11 |  #14

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I'd get a 5D

Yes, get a 5D, then you can live with no lenses because they're all more expensive. But its ok, because you have a larger sensor. Who cares that you don't have any glass to put in front of it to actually use it?

@OP:
IQ will be the same. Personally I'd go for the 600D because the tilt/flip screen is great for awkward angle shots and macro.


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Apr 24, 2012 08:57 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #15

If cash is and will remain an issue then I would go with the flash combo. Especially for taking pictures of kids indoors a good flash is really very helpful.

The difference between the 60D and the rebels is mainly ergonomically. You get the same or very similar basic functionality from all three of them. Nevertheless, if you see some additional money coming in, then I would say it is worth to wait until you can afford the 60D - especially, if you like how it feels in your hands. Making pictures should be fun and having a comfortable camera in your hand is part of the fun.


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