Canon EOS Rebel T2i (550D)

In some ways, Canon’s so-called entry-level DSLR’s are the most challenging to review.  Disguised in lightweight bodies with simple and intuitive controls, cameras in the Rebel series offer many of the same formidable features found all the way up Canon’s line.  The Canon Rebel T1i was a favorite of many first time DSLR buyers and widely considered one of the most consistently reliable cameras on the market.  When the much-anticipated T2i was released last year, everyone seemed to agree that the Rebels had a new leader. But when Canon released the T3i less than a year later, the T2i took a back seat and is sometimes now ignored.

This is good news for anyone looking to get a powerful camera at a very low price point. For point-and-shooters thinking of making the jump to an SLR and anyone else in the market for a solid new camera, the T2i offers all the tools and controls necessary to deliver gorgeous high resolution images.

It’s tempting for most shooters new to an SLR camera to pop it into an AUTO mode and let the camera go.  And there are definitely times where this is the way to go.  But consider heeding Mr. Luger’s advice:

“I would suggest a person to learn the manual setting before you go fully into the automatic settings. Because if you’re shooting in an automatic setting than you truly not understanding the concept of what that setting does. If you don’t understand that shutter speed controls your ambient light, than it’s knowledge you will never gain…”

We learn best by doing.  Repetition is one of the first principles of learning.  If you shoot a frame with shutter speed of 1/100 and it is too dark, take it down to 1/25 and see what happens.  Subject too blurry? Increase the shutter speed (to, say, 1/80), and open up the aperture instead.  Already wide open?  Kick up the ISO.  Since we are in the digital age, you can shoot a million frames or more, until you feel that you understand, as Max says, how shutter speed controls the ambient light. 


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This is what Canon says about the T2i:

The Canon EOS Rebel T2i brings professional EOS features into an easy to use, lightweight digital SLR that’s a joy to use. Featuring a class-leading 18.0 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor and increased light sensitivity for low light photography, the EOS Rebel T2i also has an advanced HD Movie mode for gorgeous Full HD movies. Able to capture up to 3.7 frames per second, it’s ready to go the minute it’s picked up. Advanced Live View, a new wide-area screen, plus features like Canon’s brilliant Auto Lighting Optimizer and Highlight Tone features ensure brilliant photos and movies, easily. Features:

  • 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed.
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 12800) for shooting from bright to dim light.
  • Improved EOS Movie mode with manual exposure control, expanded recording, new Movie Crop recording in 640 x 480 and external microphone IN terminal for access to improved sound quality.
  • Enhanced iFCL 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system; and 9-point AF system utilizing a high-precision, f/2.8 cross-type center point.
  • Wide 3.0-inch (3:2 aspect ratio) Clear View LCD monitor (1.04 million dots) for improved viewing.
  • New Quick Control Screen button for easy access to frequently used settings.
  • Improved layout with dedicated Live View/Movie shooting button.
  • New compatibility with SDXC memory cards, plus new menu status indicator for Eye-Fi* support.
  • 3.7 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 34 JPEGs or approximately 6 RAW.
  • Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.