Review: Canon Rebel T2i

By STEPHEN REGENOLD

Panoramas, summit shots, trailhead embarkations, sunsets, and battle wounds — the photographic proof is a requisite for any grand adventure. As such, I rarely under-pack in the camera department. For more than a decade, starting with a Pentax K1000 camera and then moving up to a Canon digital SLR, I have hauled lenses and bulky camera bodies to literal ends of the Earth.

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Canon Rebel T2i

The latest camera in the line, Canon’s Rebel T2i, is a vast upgrade from my former photographic companions. Released this spring, the digital single-lens-reflex (SLR) camera offers 18 megapixels of resolution and HD-video capability.

In the past, I shied away from Canon’s EOS Rebel line, as it is a step below the company’s professional cameras. But the T2i offers all the pro-level features I need, including video, the massive resolution for still photos, and fast capture at 3.7 frames per second.

Increased sensitivity and high ISO settings are great for low-light photography. The camera can shoot in full-manual mode. Or, conversely, when I want to go on autopilot, the T2i has a litany of preset functions and modes to help maximize a picture in almost any situation.

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Canon Rebel T2i features a three-inch-wide LCD

At $799.99 retail for the T2i camera body, it is a relative bargain. I can use my existing Canon lenses on the T2i, as the camera is compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

For years, I shot with Canon’s EOS 20D camera. This stout SLR has captured tens of thousands of photos for me, and it has never skipped a beat. The T2i, which will replace my 20D, is a significantly better camera.

The video mode alone makes the T2i stand out. Its HD-video capability, at 1920 × 1080 resolution, lets you shoot film-like segments. I have had fun shooting short videos with a 50mm lens. A wide aperture allows for beautiful, cinematic-like footage that has depth of field to keep the subject matter sharp and the background pleasantly blurred.

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Posted by Laura - 09/10/2010 08:43 PM

I’m in the market for a new camera myself, and in the past would have steered away from the Rebel line. With this review, I will have to check them out!

Posted by MattK@GearGuide - 09/16/2010 02:53 PM

I started out with the Pentax K1000 too, way back in the day. Still have it somewhere actually along with a couple of other 35mm SLR bodies and rangefinder cameras. Like everybody else, I’ve been digital for years although reluctant to jump to the complexity of DSLR. Your review has convinced me to check the Canon out though. Thanks.
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