First dSLR is a winner!
This is my first dSLR after many years of using point-and-shoot cameras from the PowerShot series. I was reluctant to venture into dSLR ownership because the models I had opportunity to actually use were bulky and heavy, and I didn't want to go back to the days of lugging around all of the gear that goes with an SLR. I came across this camera by accident, and the package deal that came with it was too good to pass up, so on a whim I decided to get my first "big girl camera" -- I have never been so pleased with an impulse purchase as I am with this camera! It's the perfect size (my hands are small), with the grips and shutter in logical places, and lightweight enough to be comfortably carried on a long hike. The picture quality is outstanding, with a variety of options for as little or as much control as the user desires. I purchased this camera in September, so I'm reserving opinion on the learning curve -- the first time I put it in manual mode, I found the settings display to be a little intimidating and got so lost in figuring out how to change the settings that my subject matter wandered away and disappeared before I could take the picture. I am extremely impressed with the battery life -- I spent a whole day taking pictures, almost 800 shots, and the battery was still well above the halfway point (I should note that I use the viewfinder instead of the LCD screen, other than for changing the settings or taking a shot with the camera in a place that my head won't fit.) It starts up fast when it is turned on, as well as recovering from power-saving mode. I have experienced the refusal to take a picture mentioned by another reviewer, but not to the degree that it couldn't be quickly corrected by moving slightly and refocusing -- it seems to happen when I am too close to a subject for the lens that I am using. This is my third Canon, and I continue to be extremely pleased with the quality and performance of their products.
November 8, 2013
Amazing Pictures ... BUT
I have been using this camera for about just over a year. I have used it in multiple scenarios uses that vary from portraits to landscape/wildlife. Now, the pictures I have taken with this camera are amazing in quality, color, tones, just about any criteria ... but (there's always a BUT)! Eventhough I am not a professional, I am not a newbie either and one of the biggest frustrations I've had is that sometimes it just wont shoot a picture no matter how many times or how long you push the shutter button, I've had to change the focus to stimulate the camera to take a picture which works on ocassions. It is really frustrating specially because some moments wont wait t'ill the camera wants to shoot the picture. It's even more frustrating when we ask somebody to take a picture for example my wife and I on vacation somewhere and having the camera on full auto function and when you ask that someone that kindly accepts to take that picture they'll press the shutter button and the camera WONT SHOOT!!! I hate it and have to end up apologizing to that someone who was doing us the favor. Then I grab it (still in full auto function) and still wont shoot no matter how many time you press the button. I've been forced to shut it down and turn on again which sometimes aleviates the problem of not shooting a bit and/or have to change focus (which changes the depth of field of course to maybe something I dont want to capture) but it helps in "stimulating" the camera to want to start shooting. I should add to this that I am one of those persons who take EXTRA CARE of stuff like this and have never exposed this camera to any damage whatsoever so I have no idea if this will go away or if I will have to live with it or if I will just have enough at some point if I happen to continue missing photo opportunities just because it doesnt want to shoot when I need to and hence end up selling it or trading or what ever .... Still, when it takes pictures, they are amazing! What a dilemma ......
November 1, 2012
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