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Thinking of getting the Canon rebel t1i

(opinions on this camera would be gladly appreciated). I got to use a canon 40d for a couple months about a year ago and enjoyed it, so im not totally new, just not experienced enough/willing to spend 1200$ on a simple kit, although I will probably be spending that much in the end .

I was reading some reviews and I found this guy saying that the lens that comes with the kit is bad, causes fuzzy pictures, and people agreed with him and said to only get body http://www.amazon.com/review/R1V13Q5...wasThisHelpful, just curious if this is true and if so what a better lens I dont mind manual focus I would be using it most of the time anyways, I just care about sharpness. Looking for a good multi-purpose lens, I like landscapes, night time and small flowers/bugs.
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The kit lens is plenty sharp for a beginner, and will suit you just fine until you get more experienced. That guy either had a bad copy (rare) or didn't know what he was doing (more likely).
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I am new to Photography so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

I have the T1i and I love everything about it. The pictures I can take with this thing are phenomenal IMO. The stock lens is great, but I wanted to do things it could not and got a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS and for 200 bucks it completes my camera bag for now.

If you think you'll be doing more distance shots grab just the body and that lens and you be good to go. Don't get me wrong though for 55mm and below the kit lens is awesome. I love the T1i and have no need to upgrade body for long time to come.
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Originally Posted by ruffo View Post
Thinking of getting the Canon rebel t1i http://www.amazon.com/Canon-T1i-Digi...cm_rdp_product (opinions on this camera would be gladly appreciated). I got to use a canon 40d for a couple months about a year ago and enjoyed it, so im not totally new, just not experienced enough/willing to spend 1200$ on a simple kit, although I will probably be spending that much in the end .

I was reading some reviews and I found this guy saying that the lens that comes with the kit is bad, causes fuzzy pictures, and people agreed with him and said to only get body http://www.amazon.com/review/R1V13Q5...wasThisHelpful, just curious if this is true and if so what a better lens I dont mind manual focus I would be using it most of the time anyways, I just care about sharpness. Looking for a good multi-purpose lens, I like landscapes, night time and small flowers/bugs.
What sort of limitations are you experiencing with your 40D that makes you want to go to the T1i?

Personally, I'd hold off on the body upgrade. The 40D in itself is a nice camera, and I personally can't live without the xxD line features. The T1i is a great camera in its own right, but IQ-wise it's very similar to the T1i and you won't see much of a picture quality difference between the two. Unless you need higher res images or video, I'd stick with the 40D for the semi-pro body features.

IMO, the money is much better spent on lenses than on a body upgrade. You'll probably notice more of an IQ difference in your photos with new lenses than with a new body as well (if you use your camera properly).

As for the 18-55 IS, I'd be willing to go on the record to say the guy is using his equipment improperly. Maybe his shutter speed is too slow, he's shooting in auto, or he's letting the camera select his AF points instead of manually choosing AF points himself. There are better/sharper lenses, definitely, but the 18-55 IS itself is a great quality lens and if someone complains about soft/fuzzy images, I'm extremely confident that it's user error more than anything.
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Thinking of getting the Canon rebel t1i http://www.amazon.com/Canon-T1i-Digi...cm_rdp_product (opinions on this camera would be gladly appreciated). I got to use a canon 40d for a couple months about a year ago and enjoyed it, so im not totally new, just not experienced enough/willing to spend 1200$ on a simple kit, although I will probably be spending that much in the end .

I was reading some reviews and I found this guy saying that the lens that comes with the kit is bad, causes fuzzy pictures, and people agreed with him and said to only get body http://www.amazon.com/review/R1V13Q5...wasThisHelpful, just curious if this is true and if so what a better lens I dont mind manual focus I would be using it most of the time anyways, I just care about sharpness. Looking for a good multi-purpose lens, I like landscapes, night time and small flowers/bugs.
In the right hands, the Canon 18-55 IS can produce great results. Don't listen to that reviewer, as you can find many more that say it's a great lens for the price. Stick with the kit lens for now. No point in spending a lot of money on lenses until you have an idea of what you like to shoot.

The T1i is fine. Check out the Canon Loyalty Program, where you can get the Canon T1i with 18-55 IS Kit Lens for $479.99.

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What sort of limitations are you experiencing with your 40D that makes you want to go to the T1i?

Personally, I'd hold off on the body upgrade. The 40D in itself is a nice camera, and I personally can't live without the xxD line features. The T1i is a great camera in its own right, but IQ-wise it's very similar to the T1i and you won't see much of a picture quality difference between the two. Unless you need higher res images or video, I'd stick with the 40D for the semi-pro body features.

IMO, the money is much better spent on lenses than on a body upgrade. You'll probably notice more of an IQ difference in your photos with new lenses than with a new body as well (if you use your camera properly).

As for the 18-55 IS, I'd be willing to go on the record to say the guy is using his equipment improperly. Maybe his shutter speed is too slow, he's shooting in auto, or he's letting the camera select his AF points instead of manually choosing AF points himself. There are better/sharper lenses, definitely, but the 18-55 IS itself is a great quality lens and if someone complains about soft/fuzzy images, I'm extremely confident that it's user error more than anything.
He means that he just got to use one, not that he already owns one. No one in their right mind would go from an xxD to a Rebel.
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Yes, above poster is correct lol, and thanks for the feedback I will probably buy it tomorrow.
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on my own reading comprehension.

Then in that case, the T1i is definitely a fine camera to grab. My 18-55 IS statement still stands though: It's a great lens for the money and more than enough for a beginner. Anyone who complains about soft/fuzzy images is probably using their camera wrong.

I'd say you'd have to head to the $1000 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM if you want to find a sharper standard zoom lens. So yea, that reviewer is having user errors. Stick with the 18-55 IS; it'll treat you well
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Just for confirmation, here's a good example of the sharpness of the 18-55 I shot just now. No sharpening in PP.

Linked in order not to drop a massive photo in the forums.
http://www5.picturepush.com/photo/a/...m/IMG-3596.jpg

As you can see, not the absolute sharpest, but for a kit lens? Not bad at all.
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If you're interested, there's a used Rebel XS with ~10k shutter actuations, battery, and SD card on POTN for $250.
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If you're interested, there's a used Rebel XS with ~10k shutter actuations, battery, and SD card on POTN for $250.
That'll be gone in no time.
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