The entry level Canon DSLR is something that most pro’s would snub their nose at. However as I’ve discovered over the few months it’s more about the photographer then the actual equipment he or she uses. With this camera alone I have shot 1 wedding, 2 commercial shoots, some travel and a ton of glamour work.
I’m not going to bore you with the full spec list of this camera. I’m sure you can find it somewhere on the internet with very little trouble. However I will publish the main features for you quickly:
- Image Sensor: 22.2 x 14.8 mm CMOS sensor with 10.50 million photosites (10.1 megapixels effective)
- Focal length crop factor: 1.6x
- Shutter speed range: 30-1/4000 second plus Bulb; X-synch at 1/2000 second
- Dust removal: Canon EOS Integrated Cleaning System
- LCD monitor: 2.5-inch TFT LCD with Approx. 230,000 dots; 100% coverage
- Live View: Yes (Live & Quick AF Modes); Remote Live View shooting and manual focusing supported
- Weight: 450 grams (body only)
Feel & Handling
Of course in this price bracket you are getting a plastic body, which in terms of weight if fantastic just don’t go dropping it. Personally I actually like the look when you spend a day walking around with a 55-250mm IS attached plus a bag with strobe & two other lenses you really start to appreciate the plastic body. On commercial shoots the weight doesn’t really make too much of a difference. I’ve found that even though it has some call features built in that allow you to alter the contrast, sharpness, saturation etc…of the images the camera takes I have pretty much left it on it’s default. I like to control those elements in post.
The controls are pretty limited on the back when you compare it to the other canon models however i’ve found that I really only end up changing the ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, Metering Mode and it the Playback button. Which these all have easy to use controls on the back panel.
I would love to talk about Live View with you all, I would guess that most of the people that buy in this range of camera would be using the LCD to shoot (i’m an exception), would want to know about it but unfortunately I have never used it. I can see the advantage of it if I had a macro lens, from what I hear the live view focusing options allow almost pin point accuracy, but it’s something I just haven’t and probably won’t use.
Everything so far has been what I would call pros for the camera. Although I love it for it’s simplicity I am starting to notice a few issues which will see an upgrade coming my way when I can decide between the 1D IV or the 5d mkII.
First up the Aperture/Shutter speed button happens to sit in a difficult position to get to with out taking your eye off the view finder to get a finger on it. To change the Aperture you have to hold down the button and then scroll the cog wheel.
I seem to be getting dust particles up on the focusing plate which shows up quite large in the viewfinder. Word of warning, unless you know what you are doing don’t try and clean it, i’ve had to get the focusing plate replaced after scratching it.
ISO great a low levels 100-400 but after that noise starts to creep in. There are some noise reduction functions that you can implement however it will create softer images.
Burst mode when shooting JPEGS is fine at around 3 frames per second but when you shoot in RAW it drops down to 1.5 frames a second and the buffer fills up at 5 shots.
No HD video or video at all. This isn’t a major con and I suppose HD didn’t really start making a major push into DSLR’s at the time this little camera was designed but it would have been nice.
How I use it
Well not long after getting the Twin Lens IS kit I finally made the step into full manual control, and it’s safe to say that I haven’t switched it back to any other shooting mode since. Why?? Well I’ve found that I can get the best results when I have complete control. Most of my work is done with off camera lighting (saving this for another review/post) so really it is just a balancing act with natural light and flash to make a great image. Personally I think it’s a great little camera, when you have the light but when it comes to sport photography or low light stuff where you can’t use a flash you might end up in a little trouble.