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So I have this on the way for me to get back into photography.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i, aka EOS 500D
Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

I am newb so be easy on me. I noticed in its line there is two newer versions. The T2i and T3i. The price of the camera seems to be around the 400 dollar mark wich is only 200 bucks more than my wife's simple point and shoot camera.

So my questions are as follows:

1. Will there be a huge difference going from a regular camera to this?

2. Will it be able to take great high definition shots of landscapes and wildlife?

3. I would like to dabble in freelance after awhile will this be good enough?

4. know any great examples of pictures taken with this camera?

Thanks for any help. Like I said Im new and just want to take some really great shots with my new toy when it arrives.
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This will be much better than any point and shoot camera for sure. Yes you will be able to take great pics. You may need a telephoto lens later on if you want to take pictures from far away (wildlife). Once you understand how to take good pictures, better lenses will help you later on to push the limits.

I am using the 450D. I got a battery grip since the camera was to small for my hands. It helped alot to make handling the camera smoother.
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I have the T1i and love it!

1) I assume you mean a non-SLR? Yes, you will notice a HUGE difference between auto and SLR, especially if you take the time to learn how to take photos.

2) It's all in the lens. You can buy different lenses later...IMO don't buy the camera with the stock kit.

3) I can't answer this question, but the t1i is not a pro camera. I don't know how big a difference is though

4) I dont' have anything on flikr right now, but I did take all the pics for my rig with the t1i. You could check those out in my sig....note that I was still learning when i took the pictures.

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1. Will there be a huge difference going from a regular camera to this?

2. Will it be able to take great high definition shots of landscapes and wildlife?

3. I would like to dabble in freelance after awhile will this be good enough?

4. know any great examples of pictures taken with this camera?.
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Actually the stock lens is quite good. The problem I had learning was lighting. Especially with the flash. Once you can control it, the kit lens is more than fine.
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So from reading around if I wanna take great shots of wildlife from about 50-100 feet away I need telephoto lenses, and for up close shots of bugs and leafs I need a macro right?

Great another expensive hobby.lol
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For that range you will need a telephoto lens. For those close ups, the stock lens will do for a while. A < 35mm prime lens will help but they get expensive.
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This is an example of how upclose I would like to get to things willl my equipment suffice for now? http://www.overclock.net/photography...ml#post8539525
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4. know any great examples of pictures taken with this camera?
PBase is great for searching for pics taken with a certain camera.

http://www.pbase.com/search?q=canon+50d&begin=10

This one caught my eye. http://www.pbase.com/image/133398151

... Ohh and this one. http://www.pbase.com/image/130741079 < Got me a blasted cardinal hanging out around the house every morning for the last week. Been trying to take his pic. Starting to hate Cardinals....
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Originally Posted by Dimaggio1103 View Post
So I have this on the way for me to get back into photography.

Canon EOS Rebel T1i, aka EOS 500D
Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

I am newb so be easy on me. I noticed in its line there is two newer versions. The T2i and T3i. The price of the camera seems to be around the 400 dollar mark wich is only 200 bucks more than my wife's simple point and shoot camera.

So my questions are as follows:

1. Will there be a huge difference going from a regular camera to this?

2. Will it be able to take great high definition shots of landscapes and wildlife?

3. I would like to dabble in freelance after awhile will this be good enough?

4. know any great examples of pictures taken with this camera?

Thanks for any help. Like I said Im new and just want to take some really great shots with my new toy when it arrives.
1. Huge. The image quality would be much better. There will be much lower noise at similar ISO compared to a point and shoot. Details will be much better resolved thanks to the glass. You'll have much finer control over your camera settings which, in the right hands, will lead to better photos.

2. Yes. 15MP is a LOT to work with.

3. Skill >> Equipment. Equipment makes the job easier, but it will never be a replacement for experience. If you want to do freelance, the best advice I can give you honestly is to go outside and shoot.

4. You can simply search up on Flickr or any number of review sites. The 50D (the camera I use) also uses the same image sensor as the T1i, so IQ is the same between the two, so any pics taken by the 50D are also of the same IQ as it would be if you were using the T1i with same equipment.


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This is an example of how upclose I would like to get to things willl my equipment suffice for now? http://www.overclock.net/photography...ml#post8539525
You will probably need a macro lens for this. That said, go outside and shoot with your 18-55 first and see how well you do/what weaknesses need to be addressed before you go on a spending spree with lenses.


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So from reading around if I wanna take great shots of wildlife from about 50-100 feet away I need telephoto lenses, and for up close shots of bugs and leafs I need a macro right?

Great another expensive hobby.lol
A 55-250mm IS is a great, inexpensive telephoto to use.
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As usual you are a big help r31ncarnat3d, thanks much.

@~Sizzle~ Thanks for the site I'm checking it out and that put my mind at ease.

Seems like this will be a good starter camera for me moving to DSLR. Will be posting plenty of picks in this forum.
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