Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digicam Help > What Camera Should I Buy?

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Sep 24, 2011, 9:16 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Florence, MS
Posts: 17
Default Which camera?

I am wanting to get my first DSLR. I know nothing about them or photography but want to learn all I can. I will mainly be using it for family and school events and parties. I definitely want one that will be sure not to miss a perfect shot due to being slow like P&S cameras. I don't want to get a camera where I must upgrade within a year.
I was looking at a refurbished canon xti but should I move up to the xsi or the t1i/t2i lines?
Steph_79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Sep 24, 2011, 9:57 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
TCav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Washington, DC, Metro Area, Maryland
Posts: 13,543
Default

While the Canon Rebels are very good entry level dSLRs, the big queston is can you get the lenses and accessories you need to shoot what you want.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Steph_79 View Post
... I will mainly be using it for family and school events and parties. ...
I'd like for you to elaborate on what you want to shoot a little bit, but my guess is that you want to shoot indoors will little light where, sometimes, flash would be unappreciated, prohibited, or impractical. The T1i and T2i will do a lot better in low light than the XTi you're looking at.
__________________
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
TCav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 24, 2011, 10:04 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Florence, MS
Posts: 17
Default

I was thinking that I should go with the T1i or T2i also but is there a lot of difference between them? If I go with the T1i will I regret not going with the T2i later?
Steph_79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 24, 2011, 10:29 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
TCav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Washington, DC, Metro Area, Maryland
Posts: 13,543
Default

Beyond just the better low light performance, the XTi is a 10MP camera while the T1i is 15MP (a big improvement over the XTi) and the T2i is 18MP (a very big improvement over the XTI, but not so much over the T1i.) I think that getting either the T1i or the T2i over the XTi will be a big improvement, but I don't think you'd have any real reason to regret getting the T1i instead of the T2i.
__________________
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
TCav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 24, 2011, 10:32 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
shoturtle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Frankfurt AM
Posts: 11,348
Default

If you are not into HD video, there is not much real difference between the t1i and t2i. If HD is big, then the t2i has the more advance HD video feature.

I have a T1i and a 60D, and for photos there is very very little difference in image quality. And the 60D and the T2i shear the same sensor.
__________________
Super Frequent Flyer, no joke. Ex Patriot and loving it.
Canon Eos 60D, T1i/500D, Eos1, Eos 630, Olympus EPL-1, and a part time Pentax K-X shooter.
shoturtle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 24, 2011, 10:54 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Florence, MS
Posts: 17
Default

Thank you both! I believe I am going to go with the T1i with kit lens. Is there anything wrong with buying refurbished? I plan to buy from adorama which I hear has a warranty.
Steph_79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 24, 2011, 11:28 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
shoturtle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Frankfurt AM
Posts: 11,348
Default

Nope, if it comes from canon a refreb is good deal. A canon refreb comes in a white box with red lettering.
__________________
Super Frequent Flyer, no joke. Ex Patriot and loving it.
Canon Eos 60D, T1i/500D, Eos1, Eos 630, Olympus EPL-1, and a part time Pentax K-X shooter.
shoturtle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 24, 2011, 2:52 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
TCav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Washington, DC, Metro Area, Maryland
Posts: 13,543
Default

When anybody else sells a refurbished Canon, it comes with a 90 day factory warranty.

When Adorama sells a refurbished Canon, it comes with a 1 year Adorama warranty.
__________________
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
TCav is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 24, 2011, 2:54 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Florence, MS
Posts: 17
Default

Thank you both or all the help. I have decided to buy the canon t1i from adorama. I am excited and can not wait to get it and start learning and playing!
Steph_79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Sep 24, 2011, 7:23 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
TCav's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Washington, DC, Metro Area, Maryland
Posts: 13,543
Default

What are you doing for a lens?
__________________
  • The lens is the thing.
  • 'Full Frame' is the new 'Medium Format'.
  • "One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions." - Tex Johnston, Boeing 707 test pilot.
TCav is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 9:47 AM.