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Canon Rebel T3i Entry-Level Digital SLR
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Twilight (and dawn) have different light qualities than any other time of day. The conditions only last a few minutes, but it is well worth the effort to take some low light photography images during this time.
One of the biggest concerns about the previous camera models is their image quality when the lighting is not the best. Camera technology has improved by leaps and bounds, and now, you can take better pictures than ever before. This is true of many newer models, and, the Canon Rebel T3i is no slouch when it comes to image quality.
The nemesis of photographers has always been camera noise, and it is especially true of digital cameras compared to film cameras. Noise is the visual grainy effect you see in some photos. For instance, newspaper photos have always been subject to high amounts of noise simply because of the way the pictures are processed and printed using poor quality paper. As a photographer, you do not want your pictures looking like newspaper quality unless that is your goal.
Current models, including the T3i have improved this issue tremendously.
So, get out and shoot even when the sun goes down. Incidentally, you can get some great creative shots in the twilight hours.
1. Try to use the lowest ISO setting possible. Even though the noise levels are greatly improved, you will still get the best results at the lowest settings. Not only will your noise level improve at low ISO settings, but the color saturation will also be much better because of the longer shutter speeds.
What is a low ISO? Generally, you will want to stay at ISO 1600 or less, and if you have a way to stabilize your camera, keep it at less than ISO 400.
2. Bring a tripod. It’s almost a must. Even the steadiest of hands cannot hold the camera still enough when the light is very low. A tripod is the best possible way to keep the camera from moving and shaking.
3. Take your pictures “hands-free.” If you have a cable release, use it. If not, using the timer with a 2-second delay on your T3i is an excellent way to get a good image. The less your hands have to do with taking the picture, the less camera shake there will be.
4. Focus manually instead of using the Auto-focus. Manual focus may be your only option anyway, depending on how much light is available. The camera may not have enough light to pick up contrasts in order to focus. This might be just the time to use Live View with its 5-10x zoom (for focus).
5. Check the histogram after each shot. You can turn on the histogram by pressing the Info button above the LCD screen (next to the Menu button). The histogram shows whether you are getting balanced light throughout your image. If your histogram is too far left or right, just adjust your exposure to correct it.
Using a digital SLR like the Canon Rebel T3i certainly can make photography (even low light photography) lots of fun!
There was something really interesting I noticed fairly early in my DSLR experience. Here it is — when you have a digital SLR camera with that big ol’ lens, people naturally think you are a better photographer than someone who has a point and shoot.
So I have come up with a neat concept about the T3i (or T3) as a Canon Rebel Camera for Beginners.
Are you ready for this?
The Canon Rebel Camera will make you look like a photographer as you learn to be one.
So, the Canon Rebel has always been a good camera to learn with, but now even more so. The camera software is highly developed and is, in fact, awesome!
But in addition to that, there is the Feature Guide. This is something that is brilliant. When you change one of the settings, the Feature Guide will tell you what the camera will do on that setting. This makes it so much easier than in the old days (last year LOL) when you had to memorize the settings, or carry the manual around with you, or just plain experiment.
Of course, there are some things that the Feature Guide does not tell you. For example, it is possible to set your lens on Manual focus and not know it. You may be wondering why your pictures are all blurry.
This actually happened to a friend. So she calls, frantic, thinking she has broken the camera. It turns out that when she was at a party, she had loaned the Rebel T3i to someone she claimed was a professional. Perhaps he was a pro, because he was using manual focus. The bottom line is, that problem did not show up anywhere in the Feature Guide. I may just send Canon a little email about that.
One of the things you will want to do when you turn on your camera is check how your camera is set up. If you change the ISO or set the camera on the 10 second timer and forget you did that, you will be surprised at the results. Those things do not show up in the Feature Guide either UNLESS you change the setting. This is an important point. Even someone like me, who has been shooting with a Rebel for 8 years, can make silly mistakes like this.
Make a mental note to check your settings before you start shooting.
To recap, there are two things that make this Canon Rebel camera for beginners an excellent choice.
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Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP with 18-55mm IS II Lens
Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
First, you can order the exact camera you want, whether you want a Canon Rebel T3 or T3i (or even a Nikon D5100 – would you dare?). If you go to your local Best Buy or Walmart, yes, you will find lots of cameras, but you may not find the one you have decided on after all your research. Or, if you find it, you may have to settle for a “bundled deal” where you get stuff you really did not intend to buy.
Second, you save money by buying online in most cases. Even if the price is the same, you can save $30 or more on a $500 dollar Canon Rebel T3 just because you don’t have to pay the sales tax.
Third, you will usually get an excellent return policy with your purchase. And this is the reason I use Amazon almost exclusively. They take back ANYTHING without any hassle for a period of 30 days, and there is no return fee. This is really nice if you are not absolutely positive that the Canon Rebel T3 or T3i (or that Nikon D5100) is right for you. This means you can try out your new camera for a few weeks before making the final decision. This is really a sweet way to shop.
Fourth, with many of the things from Amazon, you get free shipping. This is true with quite a few of the online stores when you buy high ticket items like digital cameras. However, with Amazon, you can take this free shipping advantage to a whole new level. Purchase an Amazon Prime membership for $79 a year, and everything you buy will be free shipping, as long as it is in the “Prime” program (and most products have at least one choice that is a “Prime” choice).
Warning!! Not all Amazon deals are created equal. There are plenty of horror stories from Amazon customers about their shopping experience, so you really have to familiarize yourself with the process and the products. Amazon allows many vendors to sell on their site, and some of them are not as ethical as we all would hope. And, by the way, this is why I recommend Amazon Prime for your online purchases. Remember, with “Prime” you get free shipping and returns, so when you are not satisfied, just send the product back.
You will notice that there is a button to go to “other sellers” when you click either the Canon Rebel T3 or T3i link. Most of these sellers are fantastic, however, there may be an unscrupulous one or two sprinkled into that group. Another thing to be watchful for in this “others” group is the shipping charges, and, of course, they will probably not be “Prime” shippers, which means that if you are a Prime customer, the shipping charges are not deferred.
Buying on Amazon can always be a great deal, but if you happen to skip through the process without checking all the details of your purchase, you could be surprised at the results. Take your time and you will avoid disappointing sales experiences.
Make sure you check the product reviews before you “Add to Cart”. Disgruntled customers will usually post reviews when they think they got a bad deal. These can be a big help letting you know when to avoid a product. However, if there are an overwhelming number of folks who love the product, and it came with great customer service, one unhappy customer does should not necessarily be a deal killer… just proceed with caution.
The easy definition for a Canon Rebel vacation lens is that it is a lens that you attach to your Canon Digital Rebel when you go on vacation. Many photographers interchange the term “walk around” lens with vacation lens. Simple, huh?
Some of the qualities you want in your Rebel vacation lens are:
Truth is that you will get an argument when you bring up this subject in photography circles, and especially on photography forums. The argument will be about which lens is bested suited for a vacation lens. And, quite honestly, it is a good subject to discuss as to the virtues of different lenses. However, when considering a Canon Rebel, we must narrow the playing field a bit, because we are probably not in the $1000 price range. If we were, we would be talking about a different (higher level) DSLR.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a couple of options.
Roll over to see price ==>Sigma 18-250mm Lens for Canon Rebel
Sigma has been producing quality add-ons for Canon, Nikon, and other digital cameras. The 18-250mm is one of Sigma’s newest “all around” lenses. It is a true “all around” or vacation lens in terms of attaching it to your Canon Rebel and not having to change lenses for certain shots. The Sigma has the wide angle needed for landscapes or cityscapes, as well as the telephoto zoom of 250mm, enough to get those great nature photos. Sigma has a great reputation for giving the buyer great quality at great prices. This lens seems to be no exception.
Here is a short description from the folks at Sigma:
The SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM incorporates Sigma’s original anti-shake compensation function, with a 13.8 times zoom ratio. As opposed to having an anti-shake function in the camera body, this lens’s Hybrid Optical Stabilizer provides not only an anti-shake function for the camera body, but also compensates for image shaking in the view finder as the Optical Stabilizer is built in to the lens. Incorporating four Special Low Dispersion glass elements and three aspherical lens elements provides excellent image quality throughout the entire zoom range. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 45cm (17.7 inches) at all focal lengths and a maximum magnification of 1: 3.4 reproduction ratio, making it ideal for close-up photography. An inner focusing system eliminates front lens rotation, making it suitable for use with circular polarizing filters and the supplied petal-type hood. Incorporating super multi-layer coating reduce the ghost in the backlight photography.
I personally own this lens, so I am partial to it. I purchased the Sigma 18-250 just to try it out. I bought it from Amazon, knowing that if I did not want to keep it, returning it would be very simple. And I truly expected to return it after trying it out.
However, my little Sigma 18-250mm lens is still with me, and I use it more than any other lens I own, simply because it is a great “walk around” or vacation lens. I keep trying to find something wrong with it. I have found that it takes really good pictures, some of which I am displaying below. If I could name one thing I wish were different about it, I would say that the largest aperture could be f/2.8, and I would be happy. That being said, though, if the aperture was f/2.8, it would have cost way more than I could have afforded. So, bottom line – you get what you can pay for. In this case I got a very nice lens that I can keep on my camera when traveling about and not have to worry if I have “the right” lens attached.
Roll over to see price ==>Tamron AF 28-75mm for Canon Rebel
Tamron is another manufacturer that makes some quality lenses for the Canon Rebel. Again, you will save a little money buying an off brand rather than a Canon lens.
The Tamron 28-75mm lens was my very first “walk around” lens. I spent many hours agonizing over the purchase of this little beauty. I can tell you I was not disappointed in the least. Image quality is superb. In addition, it has the coveted f/2.8 wide open aperture, which is constant throughout the zoom range. All in all, it is an excellent choice as a walk around lens.
With regard to telephoto range, you can tell from the numbers that it does not have as wide or as long a range as the Sigma lens mentioned above. However, it is much better in low light because of the f/2.8, and it costs a bit less.
You can take very nice portraits. You can capture pretty good close-ups, but they will not be as close up as with a dedicated macro lens. You get pretty good landscapes. It is a bit short on range at only 75mm. But all that being said, this is a lens worthy of consideration as you weigh your needs against your budget.
Roll over to see price ==>Canon EF 28-135mm Lens for Canon Rebel Cameras
The Canon 28-135mm is Canon’s second “kit” lens. It is sold with some of the DSLR’s instead of the 18-55mm lens. It is a solid performer, and it will give you much more longer focal range thatn the 18-55 lens, although is comes up a bit shy of the 18mm wide focal length of the 18-55mm kit lens. Image Stabilization is also a plus. And, of course, the Canon name lends itself to confidence that you are getting quality. (although not every Canon lens is created the same, some are not highly rated). This is a nice all around lens at an affordable price for your Canon Rebel DSLR. It sells for about $400.
One thing to consider when buying a Canon Rebel is to get an upgraded lens rather than the kit lens that is sold with most Rebels. You are not obligated to purchase the kit lens.
I do not own this one :-). But according to the ratings, it is an excellent performer for the price. It has decent speed at f/3.5, but it does not hold that aperture throughout the zoom range. That means that you will need more natural light when you zoom to 135mm. Of course, it does have image stabilization which is a plus for taking sharp photos.
Pros: good battery life, Quick Start-up time, excellent image quality, Bright LCD, Solid Operation, Simple controls/menu, easy to use
This review was posted by a happy owner on the Canon USA web site (see all of the Canon Rebel T3i):
I had been using a point and shoot camera sense 2007 it did a good job for taking snapshots at a close range but my son started competing in bodybuilding all so I have been becoming more enthusiastic about taking better pictures and my point and shoot had a lot of wash out when taking pictures of my son on stage so I did a lot of research on cameras trying to find what I would need to take good quality pictures and would last me into the future. I am very glad I chose this one it can be used just like a point and shoot which was what I’m use to using I was able to pick this camera up and take very good shots right away I found the menus on the camera to be easy to follow and understand I started with Basic shooting and I have been able to learn advance shooting I believe this is because I can understand the menu’s on the camera images I shoot of my son on stage are very good very clear. No washout. It’s my understanding many cameras can have a lot of noise when shooting at 1600 ISO or higher photos I take are pretty clean. so if you are using a cheaper camera and would like to have better quality camera I highly recommend this camera I believe it to be good if you are a beginner like me it is very simple to shoot you can work it just like a point and shoot if you are more advance in photography I believe it has the advanced features to meet your needs . I believe it’s good for both beginners and advanced shooters.
The Canon Rebel T3i and T3 both use a Canon LP-E8 battery pack. It is good for about 440 pictures of normal use or 200 pictures when using Live View before it needs to be recharged. Keeping a spare battery on hand is an excellent idea so you are not stuck in the middle of a shooting opportunity without battery power.
There are two types of battery charges that may ship with your Canon Rebel T3i, model LC-E8 and model LC-E8E. The only difference is that one has a flip-out electrical plug and the other has a regular cord attached to the recharging unit.
When the battery needs to be recharged, simply insert it into your recharging unit and plug it into the electrical outlet. If you happen to be in Europe, make sure you have the proper adapter and your unit will work perfectly.
Recharging takes about 2 hours.
A Canon BG-E8 battery grip can be very handy for the Rebel T3i in several ways.
If you ask photographers which lenses they favor above all others, you will likely hear that their Canon 50mm lens is their favorite, or at least it is in the top 2 or 3 lenses in their arsenal. So what about beginning digital SLR photographers? Why can’t we get the Canon Rebel T3i and 50mm f/1.4 lens?
Actually, it is not a bad idea at all. The Canon 50mm f/1.4 is a truly amazing lens. And even though you may think it has limitations, being only a single focal length lens, you would be surprised at the number of uses photographers find for it.
Image quality has to be tops on the list of benefits of a good 50mm lens. On a personal note, I broke my Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens. It was a sad day indeed. Even sadder than the day I dropped my 50mm f/1.8 and shattered the lens casing. The sadness is because the f/1.4 lens costs four times as much. I have several other lenses, but none is as good as that f/1.4. I actually suffered withdrawals. (Good news, though. I got it repaired, and it is as good or better than new.).
The second reason the Canon 50mm f/1.4 is so good is aperture. At f/1.4, the lens is reportedly soft, but add a couple of stops to f/2.0 and you have a tack-sharp photo every time. At any aperture of f/2.8 or wider, you will be adding lots of low-light photo opportunities that you could not have with another lens.
The third reason is price. Looking at the price from the standpoint of a Canon 50mm f/1.2L lens at nearly $1600, you will be getting practically the same benefits for about 1/4 the cost.
Use your Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens for portraits, close-ups, action sports, landscapes, night photography, street journalism.. Only your imagination can limit its uses.
There are no limits for lens choice on your Canon Rebel T3i.. NONE. You can use this lens with the pros and with the beginners. Go ahead and get one just to try it out. Almost any reputable sales facility will allow you to return it if you are dissatisfied. But the guarantee is that you will be satisfied.
You can see more 50mm lens choices at CanonEOSlenses.org.
Buying a new Canon digital SLR camera creates some interesting choices. One of them is for those who are either just starting in DSLR photography or those who are upgrading from other “entry-level” DSLRs.
In this article, we will consider the differences and similarities of the Canon T3i vs 60D.
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These are Canon’s newest offerings in the digital SLR market. The T3i is a legitimate contender in the entry level arena, but for just a couple hundred dollars more, you can get the 60D. So, it is a comparison worthy of consideration.
In the table below, you will see that there are more Highlights on the 60D side, but you would expect that if the product is going to cost more. However, before jumping to conclusions, examine the table, then let’s meet on the other side.
Canon T3i VS 60D – Specifications
|Canon Rebel T3i||Canon 60D
|Price||$799 (Body Only)
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|$999 (Body Only)
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|Sensor Size||18.0 megapixels||18.0 megapixels|
|Image Processor||Digic 4||Digic 4|
|ISO||Auto, 100-6400 (12800 expanded)||Auto, 100-6400 (12800 expanded)|
|Digital Zoom||Yes (3-10x)||No|
|Number of Focus points||9||9|
|Focal Length multiplier (crop factor)||1.6x||1.6x|
|LCD screen||3″ Articulated panel||3″ Articulated panel|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 sec||30 sec|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 sec||1/8000 sec|
|External Flash||Yes – Hot-shoe plus Wireless Sync||Yes – Hot-shoe plus Wireless Sync|
|Continuous Shooting||3.7 frames/sec||5.3 frames/sec|
|Battery Type||Lithium-ion LP-E8 rechargeable||Lithium-ion LP-E6 rechargeable|
|Environmentally Sealed||No||Yes (Water and Dust Resistant)|
|Weight||1.26lb (570g)||1.66lb (755g)|
Just a couple of things to point out that may sway one’s decision.
The areas that give the 60D its edge are not as obvious to a first-time buyer, but they may be significant and therefore worth mentioning.
The Canon T3i vs 60D decision is not an easy one, unless one of these feature differences is a deal-maker for you.
Hopefully, this information will make your decision easier. It is always good to know how your camera is going to fit your needs before making the purchase. Shopping smarter saves time and money.
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Canon has a new external flash to accompany the new Canon Rebel T3i/600D. Keeping in line with the creative software additions to the T3i, the new Speedlite has some added functionality that has not been available on previous Canon Rebel Cameras.
A couple of things to note here:
The Rebel T3i’s Easy Wireless mode makes controlling compatible Speedlites using the pop-up flash quite simple. Once the Speedlite is set to slave mode and the same channel as your Rebel, you can adjust the flashgun output using the in-camera flash exposure compensation feature.
Custom wireless mode provides even more control over the flash. It is possible to set the pop-up flash to not fire when the slave fires. You can even changes the lighting ratio between the two flash units (the pop-up and the Speedlite). This kind of control has not been available on any previous entry-level models.
From Canon about the Canon Speedlite 320ex
In a first for Canon Speedlites, the versatile new Speedlite 320EX features an LED light on the front of the flash body that can be used to illuminate nearby subjects in dim light. The light is ideal for video recording but can also be used as a modeling light or as an AF assist beam during Live View shooting. When used with EOS DSLRs that have integrated Speedlite transmitters, the Speedlite 320EX can be used as a wireless slave unit positioned off-camera. A flash release function further facilitates wireless flash shooting by enabling the shutter to be released remotely from the Speedlite 320EX with a two-second delay, which gives the photographer time to re-aim the flash if necessary. The Speedlite 320EX combines rich bounce functionality with high performance, ensuring smooth, professional-looking results.