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canon rebel T3i review??

We really need a new camera asap. My husband would like to get a Canon Rebel T3i but I don't know what the difference is in all of them. We are looking for something to take good pics and short video clips. I have previously just had a pont and shoot type, and I know nothing about shutter speed, using different, lenses, etc. Would that be a problem with this camera? Any suggestion?

Re: canon rebel T3i review??

  • My husband just bought me one in September for my 30th birthday, which happened to coincide with our vacation to Scotland.  I got some amazing pics just using the semi-automatic modes. I mostly used Micro, Portrait, and Landscape modes with the kit lens and I'm very happy with how they turned out. It was not much different than using a point & shoot.  Let me know if you would like to see some sample pics I took using the basic settings.

    There is a yellow  Dummy Guide for this specific model that I bought for my Kindle.  I tried to cram as much as I could before vacation.  I'm sure I forgot half of what I read, but at least I was comfortable enough to take great pics.

    I have since bought another book so I can focus on using manual settings, etc. to really take advantage of the camera's full potential.  I won't bother with additional lenses right away, because the kit lens suits my purposes for now.

    I am very happy with the camera.


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  • I've heard good things about the T3i. It's not a bad decision at all. Any camera like this will be a lot better than any point and shoot camera.

    Also, Target has a black Friday deal for just the T3. If money is an issue you can pick this up and still be happy. I don't know the main differences between the two but I figure it only matters if you know what you're doing. If you're just taking everyday pictures it may not matter a whole lot to you.

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  • Hi! I have a T3i and I use it for semi-professional photography. I say semi-professional because I'd like to be a "pro" but can't afford the new high-end Canon cameras!

    It's the very highest end of ameature photography cameras that Canon makes (well, I guess maybe not anymore since the T4i is now out). If you don't have an interest in learning shutter speed, aperature, ISO, reading light meters, switching lenses, etc... then I'd say you don't need to spend the $$$ on it... but it does do great on auto modes as well, so if you have the $ and think you might someday take a real interest learning the technicalities of photography, then go for it! I love it :)

  • I don't mean to hijack the thread, but my H and I are also in the market for a camera, as we're going on our honeymoon to Ireland this summer.  Is there a big difference between the t3i and the t4i?  Are there any additional (lower priced) lenses that are good for beginners to photography?
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  • I just got a t31. We went to a store where the salesperson actually asked me what I wanted to use the camera for, etc. We spent close to 2 hours with her. She was so great. I wasn't intending on purchasing at the precise moment, but hubby said, 'we're not leaving without the works'.

    I got the camera,(it has the movable touch screen) 2 lenses, 2 lens covers, a large memory card and a camera/lens bag for right at 1500. My next purchase will be a monopod for it, because it does get a little heavy.
    I am slowly learning how to use it. I love it, cannot wait for warmer weather to use it more. (being below zero and those terrible wind chills are not something I want to deal with, when trying to snap photos!!)

    Hope this helps! Have fun!

  • The T3i is a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera.  This means you can control all the settings like shutter speed and such.  However, you can set it to Auto which means the camera will basically function like a point and shoot - it will automatically adjust the settings for you.

    It's a good starter DSLR.  However, if you are just going to set it to Auto and take pictures that way, I do not recommend it.  That's basically wasting money because there are lots of good point and shoot cameras out there that will take excellent pictures and probably take better video.  DSLRs are not designed to take video.  It's just an add-on feature.
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