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Old Jun 24, 2010, 9:45 AM   #1
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This will be my first dSLR. I know I'm not skilled enough yet to wring every last bit of performance out of it, but at the same time, I want to get something that will last me awhile.

My plan is to get the body with the EF 18-55 IS lens included, and to buy the EF 70-300 IS USM in addition. For the T1i, this works out to be about $1225, and for the T2i about $1400.

My picture habits tend mostly towards landscapes, with a fair amount of portraits too. The reason I am getting the 70-300 is because I have always wanted to be able to take long tele shots but have never been able to afford the hardware.

I originally was set on the T2i because I wanted the 4:3 screen. I know it will be an annoyance but probably not a deal breaker. Also, I can't seem to find the T2i in stock anywhere. The market seems to want me to buy the T1i instead.

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Old Jun 24, 2010, 11:04 AM   #2
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Both are good cameras. The T2i has the high ISO advantage. However, keep in mind that you will probably want an additional lenses, and an external flash really makes a difference. So factor those items into the budget.

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Can you elaborate on what led you to narrow your choice down to those two cameras?

The reason I ask is that, since landscape photography seems to be a primary goal of yours, dSLRs from Nikon, Pentax and Sony have a slight advantage in that area. Canon's APS-C dSLRs have a slightly smaller image sensor, so the same focal length lens has a slightly narrower angle of view. The difference isn't great, but if the objective is to shoot wide angles, the Canon starts off with a disadvantage.
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mtclimber, my budget is negotiable in the sense that I can spend $100-$200 extra as long as I'm spending it on something that I will notice a difference in. So this is pointing towards the T2i.

TCav, the main things that led me to these specifically were the price point (below $1000) and my brand loyalty to Canon, as the point and shoot cameras I've owned in the past were Canons and I've been happy with them.

I mentioned landscapes and portraits because that's what I have been limited to in a P&S... but I'd really like to be able to shoot telephoto (wildlife mainly.) This is part of the reason I want to get a dSLR.
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What type(s) of wildlife?

The 70-300 would be good for large animals at a distance, and medium animals and large birds closer, but if you want to capture soaring birds or small animals in the distance, you'll need something longer, heavier, and more expensive.
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It would be mostly birds, at probably 100ft distance (possibly more.)

I also notice the 70-200 L-series IS lens gets a lot of praise. Maybe it would be best to get this as an intermediate telephoto and then in the future get a longer-distance lens?

edit: I Meant the 70-200 L-series with USM.

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The Canon 70-300 IS USM is a very good lens. The 70-200 is also a very good lens, but it wouldn't help you do anything that the 70-300 IS USM won't, and it's shorter.
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If HD is important the 550D is not they are pretty equal in the photo department.
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There's some of the T2i 2-lens kit for sale at my local Costco for $1369 (18-55 IS and 70-300 IS USM.) If the optical quality of these is a good "starting point" for me, I may pick this up. Is this a good deal? I can't seem to find it in-stock anywhere else.
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The Canon 70-300 IS USM is a very good lens. The 70-200 is also a very good lens, but it wouldn't help you do anything that the 70-300 IS USM won't, and it's shorter.
Isn't the 70-200 l series a 2.8? which would make it considerably better in low light?
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