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Canon EOS Rebel Digital Camera For Beginners

Updated on June 9, 2013

Rebels Are Great For Beginners

Even if you did not start out thinking that you would like to have a digital SLR camera or wanting to become a digital photographer, the fact that you are reading this right now is a good indication that your goal has changed. You are probably at that point now.

You can just click here if you want to go directly to a line up of current Rebel models for sale.

I was in those shoes not too, too long ago, and I'm just putting in my 2¢ worth here. Using a Rebel Digital Camera might be the key to your photography success.

I have a personal testimony about the power of the Rebel camera for beginners as a tool to help take better pictures than you may have even thought possible.

Having owned and used 3 4 different Rebels, my opinion is that they are ideal for beginning photographers, those who want to get better pictures. They are easy to use, and the actually make you "look like a real photographer." All of a sudden, you get some respect as a photographer when people see the Big Black Canon in your hands. They have no idea of your skill level.

Then, as you use your camera, you learn as you go. The newer models have a feature guide to help you along with descriptions of what will happen with the setting you select. No need to refer to the Camera manual every time you want to try something new. And you will want to try something new!

This is a personal Lens, the story of my journey with Canon SLR cameras.

Photo by permission - Jacque Rasku

News Release!! Two New Rebels - T5i and SL1 Hit The Market Together

Canon engineers must be tired. They have just released two new Rebel models.

As you might expect, the newest Rebel is the T5i (outside the US it is a Rebel 700D)

But there is also a brand new teeny-tiny Rebel with the moniker of SL1. This stands for Small and Light. And it is.. small and light.

For a much more comprehensive look, click on Rebel SL1 Review.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens

So, how could I not buy this little camera? I really need to see a photography psycho-analyst. LOL

This camera seems like a baby compared to any of the other Canon cameras I have owned, but it is a real digital SLR model.

Canon has announced to the world that this is the smallest digital SLR ever. It is supposed to be the answer to some of the popular mirror-less cameras that have become popular over the past couple of years.

The really good news is that it is very small as advertised, but it has all the features and benefits of the T4i in a smaller package.

If you have been thinking about buying a T4i, this may be the best bet for you right now, since it is rumored that the T4i is not going to be on the market much longer.


Canon Rebel T4i - The (previous) newest Rebel

Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP Digital SLR with 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens (OLD MODEL)
Canon EOS Rebel T4i 18.0 MP Digital SLR with 18-135mm EF-S IS STM Lens (OLD MODEL)

I could not help myself. I bought this one too, even though I already own the T3i.. And I love them both!

Now, to be honest, I did not get the newest lens, the 18-135 STM that allows the photographer to take noise-less video (no focus motor noise) because I am not hugely into video.

The T4i is a fantastic DSLR with many great features and benefits. It has a touch screen LCD, which I did not think would make a big difference, but I was wrong. It is a big advantage over the T3i for me.

It also has better quality photos at higher ISO settings, which has always been a "con" for these cameras. They are now taking pictures with image quality close to the much more expensive cameras.

Red Headed Woodpecker
Red Headed Woodpecker

(Less Than) Humble Photography Beginnings

I was not always a SLR camera user. Oh no, far from it. I would have never thought it possible to personally take the photo of the Red Headed Woodpecker shown here.

I was a total photography disaster.

Back before digital cameras were available for the general public, I purchased a series of film cameras to take pictures of the kids. I say "series" because none of them was reliable.

In fact, they were all money suckers in two ways.

First, they had proprietary batteries that had to be specifically for that camera, and they were not cheap. I hated having to spend more money for the battery than I paid to have the film developed.

Second, I was not a good photographer, and I hated spending money on the crumby pictures I took.

The result was usually a fight between me and my wife. She wanted me to take the pictures, while I wanted to leave the camera in the drawer because I didn't want to part with money for batteries and lousy photos.

It never went my way. $$$ went flying with only one or two keepers (if I was lucky) in every batch of photos that came back from the lab.

When some of my friends bought the first affordable Sony digital cameras, I took an interest, but it was only a brief interest. Again, the cost was too much to justify knowing my abilities as a photographer. Those 2-megapixel Sony digital cameras cost several hundred bucks. Too much for my cheap wallet.

Photo by the author.

Earlier Cameras In The Rebel Lineup - Save money on older models - they are still great camera!

While these may not be the most current models, they are still excellent cameras for beginners.

Canon Rebel XS DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) (OLD MODEL)
Canon Rebel XS DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black) (OLD MODEL)

The predecessor to the Rebel T3, this economy digital SLR has been a long-time favorite.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL)
Canon EOS Rebel T2i DSLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (OLD MODEL)

Another great camera.. might be the last camera you need to buy, and you will save lots of cash because of the newer models driving the price down.


Pictures Get Better When You Move Up To A Rebel - This family photo was taken with a Canon EOS Rebel 300D

Grandkids with Canon EOS Rebel 300d
Grandkids with Canon EOS Rebel 300d

But as time went on, prices came down and examples of friends' pictures perked my interest once more. I ended up getting a 3-megapixel Olympus point and shoot camera.

The love affair was almost instantaneous!

Two reasons: rechargeable battery and instant viewing (and deleting) of pictures.

I could justify the price of the camera with the fact that I had no photo lab costs or proprietary batteries to replace.

I could take as many bad pictures as I wanted. And, trust me, I did take lots. I still do, simply because I can.

I started taking some online photography classes at I was interested in the mechanics of photography.. What makes a good picture? How does light change at different times of the day? How does aperture size affect the picture? What the heck is aperture anyway?

Photo by the author with the "Original Rebel Digital Camera"

Older Canon Rebels on eBay - Can Your Still Buy a Canon EOS Rebel 300D?

This first Rebel SLR Digital camera had a whopping 6-megapixels image sensor.

Can I tell you that 6-megapixels is still plenty big enough to get extraordinary prints?

This Rebel was revolutionary in the photography market. It (along with the Nikon D40) allowed people like me and you to have a SLR camera for a previously unheard of price.

Now, of course, you can get one of these guys for a fraction of the original price.

Pansy with Canon EOS Rebel 300d
Pansy with Canon EOS Rebel 300d

The First Canon EOS Rebel Camera


As I learned more about photography, I wanted better equipment, feeling that would help me take better pictures.

That's when something amazing happened, and I was there right at the beginning.

Canon introduced the Rebel. The price was UNDER $1000!

Immediately, I began a campaign to convince my wife that this was a good path for me at that time in my life. Looking back, I guess it was part of my "mid-life" crisis. I needed a new challenge to keep me interested, and the Canon people were there for me.

The whole idea for the newest Canon digital SLR camera lineup was to provide an affordable entry level SLR digital camera for beginners (like me). Folks who did not take pictures as a profession. But for those of us who wanted to take a step up in our photography experience.

Little did Canon know at the time just how successful their new line of digital cameras would be.

Today, there is a revolution happening in the picture taking world. People are choosing the Canon EOS Rebel more and more. And even though there are brand new models like the Canon Rebel T4i and T3, people are still buying the older models, notably the Rebel T2i, but some are even still picking up the Rebel XS.. AND LOVING IT!

Not everyone has to have the newest and latest model. They have found that the older models still are excellent, especially if it is their first Canon EOS Rebel digital camera. Moving up from a point and shoot camera to a SLR is such an exhilarating photography experience!

The purple pansy photo here is one of my first "keepers," and I was ecstatic with it.

This brings up a question that many people are asking.

"Do I need the newest Canon EOS Rebel?"

Of course not. Pick one and go with it. You will not be disappointed.

You can still get older models online, brand new.

In fact, a co-worker recently received the XS model for her birthday. This camera is the predecessor to the Canon T3. She absolutely loves her new Rebel. And what's more, she is taking great pictures with it.

Canon EOS Rebel SLR Digital Cameras

Which Rebel??

This brings up a question that many people are asking.

"Do I need the newest Canon EOS Rebel?" Of course not. Pick one and go with it. You will not be disappointed.

Buy Canon EOS Rebel Digital Cameras - Available from Amazon - always in stock!

Whether you want an older Canon EOS Rebel XS or the newest Rebel T3, you will be able to find it without driving all over town.

Here is a short list of some of the Rebel models available at Amazon right now.

Photo by the author taken with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i.

After owning the Canon Rebel 300D for a period of time, I decided to upgrade. I knew that getting a better camera would help me take better pictures.

As you might guess, that did not happen because of the camera. It did, however, happen.

The reason for taking better pictures was that I learned more about the craft of photography.

I bought the Canon EOS 30D. Then I waited through 3 more upgrades, and when the recent trio of cameras came out, Rebel T3i, 60D, and 7D, I was ready for another upgrade.

My plan was to start at the cheapest one, try it out, and return it to try out the next best model.

I never made it past the T3i. It had me at "Hello."

Photos from a Rebel T3i

Results may not be typical (LOL)

Actually, these pictures are not all that special. But they are some of my favorites. I took them with my Rebel T3i and a variety of lenses. The beauty of a digital SLR camera is that you can buy a lens that suits your purposes. My bent is towards macro, but if you are a nature photographer, get a telephoto lens, or if landscapes are your preferred type of shots, get a wide angle lens.

You get to control the output!

The Rebel makes family pictures more fun to take.

Pink Phlox - use a tripod for crisp, clear photos

Sea Gull at Boca Raton beach

Young surfer - action shot works well with a fast shutter speed.

This lizard looks a lot like a dragon.

Choose The Right Camera, For You - Check the specifications and user reviews

One of these Canon EOS Rebel cameras will be just right for you.

This Is My Point-and-Shoot Camera - Panasonic Lumix ZS7

I did get past the horrible beginnings. But it was not until digital cameras became much more affordable. And, yes, I do own a point and shoot digital camera along with my Canon EOS Rebel SLR digital camera.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD - Black

Unlike the film cameras I started with, this Panasonic digital camera is so much better. It is simply due to the ease of use (no film or purchasing of batteries required). And then there is the ability to see the junk shots and the good ones right away. I can adjust the shot and redo it without waiting for the prints to come back from the lab.

Plus (and this is a biggy) there is no cost to shoot and view all the pictures I want.


Newer Rebel Now Available

And I own this one too.

The Newest Rebel - T4i (I own it)

I still own my beloved T3i, but last year, when the new model came out, I ordered one on a whim. I wanted to try it out to see what changes had happened and whether they made the new camera worth buying.

I totally expected to test it for a week or so and send it back. But I kept it! It is another fantastic camera. You can read more about it on my Canon T4i lens.

Please Let The World Know You Were Here - Leave a comment about favorite camera or your camera wish list.

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      Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

      @SecondHandJoe LM: Hey SecondHandJoe, love your squid-handle. You are right about Canon EOS cameras being great. I have not regretted my decision to get my first digital SLR from Canon even once. Thanks for your comment.

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      Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

      @Picspick: Hi Picspick, you are welcome. It was fun recalling the history of my Canon EOS Rebel experience.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      I've had the EOS for twenty years- Great product. Great lens! Thank you.

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      Picspick 5 years ago

      Thank for that interesting lens

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      Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

      @flycatcherrr: Hey flycatcher, thanks for your comment. Yes, it was a traumatic experience every time I needed to take pictures. That is until the digital age began. Now it's so much fun! And, honestly, the only reason I went with Canon is because of how much information there was available. Of course, it was a struggle between Canon and Nikon at first, but I have great with the Rebels.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Your story about how you felt about taking pictures in the days before digital cameras? Oh, man, did that ever ring a bell with me! :) Now I'm something of a digital Pentax fan at the moment, but I very much appreciate this personal review of the Canon EOS Rebel you love.