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Old Jan 17, 2011, 7:42 AM   #11
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There is definitely a learning curve involved over a P&S for any DSLR. The higher end the DSLR the steeper the learning curve. The T2i is a nice introduction model and if you are anything like me the classes dont do much justice, Im a hands on kind person and I think everyone is to some extent. Each camera model has its limitations and different aspects to learn and no way better than to get it in your hands and take pictures with different settings to see whats what to get introduced. The rest comes after and Im sure you would find that in no time at all you would be quite familiar and the more time you spend doing it it just becomes second nature. I shoot a MKIV and MKIII and when I borrow the wifes 50D I stumble around on the controls even though Ive used it many times. At this point I would have issues shooting with a MKIIN even though I shot with one for quite a while as the menu controls are different from the later models.

After you're familiar there are endless resources, like this forum, to ask for guidance or advice.
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Old Jan 19, 2011, 4:31 AM   #12
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well i got the T21..............and took it back after a week. it really has too much going on i swear!!! i took pic after pic..........i even signed up for the classes at the place i bought it from, maybe im lazy.......i dont know, but i was really flustered with it, i think i was trying to be a master photographer since i had this sweet camera, but i sucked hahaha......i need to look at some other options i think.........

Thats too bad it didnt work out for you but atleast you could take it back.

You all say there is a learning curve but I am comming from an S5 IS as well and looking at the T2i. Now I havent operated a dSLR but from a couple years with the S5 would not the controls/features be very similar? I frequently tweak ISO, shutter, aperture, color balance, switch between spot focus and evaluate, etc, etc. Would I also have a steep learning curve? I've also used various filters on the adapter ring including CP, and macro lenses.

Bryman, did you go very advanced with your S5 or did you shoot mostly in auto?

I too do not want to spend the big bucks without being able to get superior images. I can get pretty dog gone good pictures with my S5 in certain situations but in others it really leaves me wanting more. Mainly lower light photagraphy, and too soft full-res cropped images.

I am doing extensive research right now and might have to buy soon... both my S1 and S5 seem to have gone up on me.

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Old Jan 19, 2011, 8:20 AM   #13
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i remember when i got my first dslr and how dissapointed i was .i expected magic but i stuck with it and with a lot of research and a whole lot of practice i can take a decent picture now. it is really amazing what you can do with a good camera and really good glass.
I agree and when I got my t2i, I was a bit over my head but started checking out youtube and other areas and started learning about my dslr and WOW, I just love it and I'm starting to grow with it so to speak
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You all say there is a learning curve but I am comming from an S5 IS as well and looking at the T2i. Now I havent operated a dSLR but from a couple years with the S5 would not the controls/features be very similar? I frequently tweak ISO, shutter, aperture, color balance, switch between spot focus and evaluate, etc, etc. Would I also have a steep learning curve? I've also used various filters on the adapter ring including CP, and macro lenses.
Mindtrip,

Based on what you said above I would be shocked if you have much learning curve to get started taking photos just as good as you do now. Then you can learn more and more as you go. I think the biggest issue is with the nice P&S cameras you have a built in wide angle and zoom which you just don't get when you buy a body only DSLR. To get the same and better quality you end up need different lens for different jobs - but as always stated learn the one lens and the camera very well to find which other lens options you may need.

I made the change from S3 IS which I really loved to an XSi and haven't looked back since.
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Old Jan 19, 2011, 11:07 AM   #15
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honestly yes i did shoot mostly in auto. and it did get great pictures mostly, but like you said in low light i always wanted that little extra.........but yeah the T2i has a lot of stuff going on, it just seems too much for me, but i also admit that im a very impatient person
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