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Why Our Canon Rebel T2i Was Worth Every Penny
I am writing this review from the perspective of a non technically minded person who got a really expensive camera handed to her which she was at first, absolutely terrified to use.
If you are interested in the technical specs for the device you can find them all on Amazon by clicking on the product.
Back when my husband and I were trying for a baby he decided that it was time to spend a whole lot of money on a fancy digital camera. His reason was that he wanted a GOOD camera for family pictures.
It wasn't a random impulse purchase, he did put a great deal of research into the product, but I was still pretty annoyed at the expense. It really took me a while to wrap my head around his point in investing in such a fancy device with so many damned buttons.
It wasn't until I started using it myself that I understood what my husband had been trying to tell me about getting what you pay for when it comes to digital cameras. I have owned many and I have to admit that this camera wipes the floor with all of its predecessors in terms of versatility, quality and ease of use.
I use our canon almost every day for family pictures as well as for my online writing and Etsy store. I'm an absolute amateur photographer but once I started using it and publishing my photos online, the camera paid for itself in less than a year.
It's true that expensive equipment won't make someone a better photographer. To take beautiful photos you also need to have a general understanding of composition, but having decent tools does greatly increase someones chances of capturing some really special moments.
Different cameras suit different people and their various needs. Maybe the camera on your phone suits you perfectly and that's awesome, but here is why I grew to love our Canon.
Why do I love this camera so much?
- I can take several photos of a moving toddler in rapid succession which greatly increases the odds of one of them being decent. As a result I have hundreds of amazing moments with our little girl captured forever.
- I am able to take very high quality photos for my recipe articles and for my Etsy store which contributes to the traffic that I receive as well as the purchases that are made.
- It's an SLR (single lens reflex camera) which means that when you look through the viewfinder to take your photo you're seeing through the lens of the camera. That way there aren't any disappointing surprises when parts that you thought were in the photo get cropped out.
- I don't use it to take video very often but the video that it captures is fantastic. (HD)
- The battery lasts a very long time and charging only takes about 2 hours.
- I have only scratched the very surface of what it is capable of (being not very technically minded) and I still find it so easy to use and navigate through, even though I totally admit that I don't know what half of the options do.
This is the memory card that we use for our camera. It's huge and will store thousands of photos before it needs to be cleared.
It's also important to note that if you're shopping around, some memory cards can't translate data into memory as quickly as others, so this will have an impact in how quickly you can take photos or the quality of video.
This card has a class 10 (speed) rating which is perfect for fast photos and HD video.
I bought this for my husband last Christmas and it's been really useful for taking family photos. I also imagine it could have zillion other creative applications depending on what you use your camera for.
Great little gift!
I purchased my husband a tripod because he likes to try and photograph really awkward things like the moon and stars.
It's also been great for taking family photos.
There are many tripod options out there, generic and name brand, with standard screw on fittings.
Just be sure to read all of the reviews to see what sort of tripod best suits your needs.
In the gallery below I have featured several diverse, unedited, indoor and outdoor photos that my husband and I captured with our camera including pictures of our daughter, animals at the zoo, birds in our yard, sunsets, landscapes, craft shots for my Etsy store and food for my recipe articles.