Well, I have to say that I am not an expert on DSLR cameras (yet) but I have had the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera for 3 weeks now and I am extremely happy with it. It was pretty intimidating at first because I have never owned an SLR or DSLR before.
I read tons of reviews and watched a plethora of youtube videos about DSLR cameras and figured that the T5i by Canon was the right entry-level point for me. I ordered it as a ‘kit’ from Amazon. Picking which kit I would order became a daunting task in itself. At Amazon, with all the different vendors, the packaged items that came with the camera, I was stalled for three days to pick out the kit that would best work for me. And to be honest, had it to do over again, I would have picked a different kit. I’ll give you a rundown on what I would change and why as I progress through this review.
But first, let’s talk about the actual camera…
Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Review
Upon opening it, I found an extremely well built camera body that was very well packaged. It felt substantial in my hands, but did not feel too heavy. I knew the first thing I needed to do was charge the battery, so I rummaged through the packaging to find the charger and battery and set that up.
Next, I examined the camera body for flaws and found none. It is a gorgeous piece of hardware. So I pulled the wrapping off the lens that the camera came with. It’s a 18-55mm zoom, commonly referred to as the ‘kit lens’. I immediately attached it to the body and the fit was inspiring. It spun on and clicked into place. Now my new Rebel looked badass. I could hardly wait for the batteries to charge! I had to walk away. I grabbed my dog and took off so that I would not paw at my new toy all afternoon while I impatiently waited for my battery to charge.
Once the battery was charged, I popped in one of them memory cards and began shooting around the house. My number one victim: my poor dog. I started with the auto settings, shut off autofocus, and shot more. Dozens and dozens of pictures. They were crystal clear and quite awesome. But I was having a really hard time getting a blurred background effect that I had been expecting. Back to youtube. I watched three videos on the subject, and went back to shooting. Within a few shots after that, I found that I was shooting awesome shots. Youtube is your friend – use it!
My first real big test was going to be a night time picture of a full moon. Back to youtube. I saw settings that should help. Then, I gave it a shot:
I snapped about 10 pictures with slight variations. Then I went back to my desk to upload and view them on my computer. I wanted to see the detail and the focus. Wow! I was extremely happy with my results. My ‘fullmoon test was a resounding success.
I started doing other experiments with the Canon Rebel. It was never letting me down. I did zoom shots, action shots, slow exposure shots, and even portrait type shots. The one thing that I really wanted, that I did not seem to get enough of, was the ability to really blur a background. I was getting some blurring, but I expected more. I found out that it is a limitation of the ‘kit lens’. I really needed a lens with a wider aperture capability. Back at Youtube, I found several videos explaining how to adjust for a blurry background, but also, I found a lot of feedback that I was going to need a ‘prime lens’. Which is a lens that does not zoom. It has all the features of a zoom (auto focus, stabilization, etc) but the prime lens has an aperture that is much more open than a zoom lens. So, I invested $110 for an additional lens.
This became the one thing that I wish my ‘kit’ had in it. My kit actually had two different zoom lenses. I wish it had come with the ‘kit’ lens 18-55mm zoom, and the 55mm prime lens that I had now bought. The other lens in my kit was a 55-250mm zoom. So far, I have used it for my full moon picture and nothing else. I am sure I will use it more in outdoor photography later on.
So, let me summarize – you can’t go wrong with the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. It is an exceptional camera for a DSLR beginner to intermediate user. The features mirror it’s much more expensive, professional level counterparts, at 1/4 the cost.
The Canon Rebel t5i kit I bought from Amazon
The bundle included:
- Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens
- Canon EF 55-250 STM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
- Polaroid Studio Series 58mm .43x Super Wide Angle Lens With Macro Attachment
- Polaroid Studio Series 58mm 2.2X High Definition Telephoto Lens
- Transcend 32GB SDHC Card Class 10
- Transcend 8GB SDHC Card Class 10
- Polaroid 72″ inch Camera Tripod with Deluxe Carrying Case
- 58mm Piece Camera Lens Filter Set (UV, CPL, FLD)
- Studio Series Pro Slave Flash – Includes Mounting Bracket
- Polaroid 8″ Heavy Duty Mini Tripod With Pan Head & Tilt
- Universal Digital SLR Gadget Bag
- Polaroid 5 Piece Camera/Camcorder Deluxe Cleaning Kit
- Polaroid High Speed SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC) Hi-Speed USB
- Water Resistant Memory Card Wallet Holder
- Universal LCD Ultra Clear Screen Protectors (3 Pack)
- Polaroid RC6 Wireless Shutter Release Remote Control
Here is a link to the kit at Amazon: http://amzn.to/21qavJG
Again, I found this to be a great kit and a bargain. I would have only liked to have had the 55mm prime lens in the kit.