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Is This The Right Choice? Canon T3 (1100D)  
User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7801 times:

I am a beginner spotter, I just bought a point and shoot, but I feel i need to transition to the DSLR! I am a beginner so I dont want to spend that much money, im considering the canon T3 or 1100D, I feel that it is a good camera, but I would like your opinion! So, do you think I am doing the right thing? Is the Canon T3 good for spotting? Will i be able to get good pictures?



Thanks, I will live to hear your opinions!
P.S I am 14 years old and Im very passionate towards aviation!

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User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4769 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 7798 times:
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The T3 is a great beginner option. Learning on a DSLR at such a young age is great, as long as you take the time to learn the basics of photography. With a good foundation, the T3 should be able to produce some excellent photographs. It should work fine for aviation photography. Really the only limitation is speed but that's not too big of a deal. I started on a rebel and until I sold it earlier this year I was still taking good photos with it 4 years after I got it. Make sure, however that you get a decent lens for it. Lenses are far more important. Pretty much any camera body these days will do the job, but the glass in front of the body will make or break one's chances, especially when thinking about taking photos to upload here at Airliners.net.

I say go for it!



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User currently offlinekl692 From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 676 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7763 times:

All I can say is that I have one and it really gets the job done and beyond. Like the above person said, it is all about lens. I have three lens right now and I am looking to get my first L lens too.


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User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9776 posts, RR: 27
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7728 times:
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Quoting aviacion7 (Thread starter):

I use the Rebel XS / 1000D, which is the previous generation of the T3 / 1100D. It's a good little camera, though a bit light on some features that I now want.

However, in the last few months, I've upgraded my lens lineup to include the 17-40 F4L and the 70-200 F4L, and suddenly I'm much less intent on upgrading my camera.

I'm certainly not suggesting you go spend $1500 on lenses right away; I'm just saying that even the 1000D was/is adequate for what I currently use it for. I've had it for a little over 2 years, and I still don't think I've hit the ceiling with it yet.

As far as aviation photography goes, my main complaint is the sloooowwww frame rate. I shoot RAW, and 1.5 frames per second for up to 4 frames (3 frames in practice, I've found) is not optimum. But it just teaches you that you have to make your shots count, especially if you want to get different angles as an airplane flies by. Even if I had a camera with a true burst mode, I'm not sure I would make use of it; going through 10+ images per airplane is not appealing.



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User currently offlinenssd70 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7718 times:

All my photos on Airliners.net have been either the Rebel XS with the cheap 75-300 lense or the T3 with either the 75-300 or 100-400. One thing that I don't like about the T3 is that it has no self cleaning for the sensor,so I have to clean it more often.

Doug


User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7698 times:

Hi ,
Thanks for your opinions, I will definently go for the T3, i will also buy the 55-250 lens with IS!


Thanks
P.S could you post some of your best pics with the T3?


User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9776 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 12 hours ago) and read 7661 times:
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Quoting nssd70 (Reply 4):
One thing that I don't like about the T3 is that it has no self cleaning for the sensor,so I have to clean it more often.

Interesting - why'd they get rid of that from the XS?

Quoting aviacion7 (Reply 5):
P.S could you post some of your best pics with the T3?

All my photos on here are with the XS, so you should be able to get equal or better quality with the T3 (obviously, it'll take some time and practice).



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User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 8 hours ago) and read 7643 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 6):
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 6):
All my photos on here are with the XS, so you should be able to get equal or better quality with the T3 (obviously, it'll take some time and practice).

I already saw your pictures, BTW they are really good, I was wondering if any other member might show me their pictures with the T3/ 1100D


User currently offlinenssd70 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 7 hours ago) and read 7633 times:

Search my name Doug Lambert,and all the photos that were taken from October 2011 to today,were taken with the T3.

Doug


User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 7625 times:

Doug, they are really good! Thanks for sharing, what could you tell about the camera, how is it for spotting?

User currently offlinenssd70 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 7623 times:

It took a little getting used to compared to the XS(button locations mainly),but for a beginner camera it does fairly well. I'm still new to taking sunset/night shots,but the camera gets noisy in low light,but it could be me not having the proper settings. Since January,I'm mainly using the 100-400 lense with it,but I do use the 18-55,and 75-300 when taking photos of trains,and it does good. If you are on a budget you can't go wrong with the T3.

Doug


User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 7617 times:

Thanks, have they rejected a lot of your pictures? My main goal ia to get pictures into a.net!

Also is the autofocus, fast enough? I want to take poctures of takeoffs and landings, so I need it to be fast!


User currently offlinenssd70 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 7614 times:

Whether or not a photo makes it on Airliners has more to do with you the photographer,and editing,than the type of camera. I know I've read on here about people using a point and shoot camera,and getting their photos on here,and I'm sure people with a 5,000 dollar camera get rejections. I like having my photos on here,but what I really enjoy is just being out at the airport,and watching and taking pictures.

Doug


User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 7612 times:

Sure, I also love to do it as a hobby, but I also like sharing them to other people! So, is the camera fast enough, the autofocus?

User currently offlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4769 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 7607 times:
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Quoting aviacion7 (Reply 13):
Sure, I also love to do it as a hobby, but I also like sharing them to other people! So, is the camera fast enough, the autofocus?

If your main concern is if the camera is good enough to get pictures on this site, the answer is yes. However it's only a yes if you know what you're doing with it. That is true with every camera.



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User currently offlinenssd70 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 202 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 7605 times:

Almost all of my shots are with autofocus.

Doug


User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 4 hours ago) and read 7605 times:

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 14):
If your main concern is if the camera is good enough to get pictures on this site, the answer is yes. However it's only a yes if you know what you're doing with it. That is true with every camera.

Sure, I'm a beginner with spotting, but I have some people that do know about it, so I can get help, thanks for helping, I will definently buy a new camera, but not until July (my birthday) so, I will have some more time to decide, but it will be canon, and i don't have a very high budget!

Quoting nssd70 (Reply 15):
Almost all of my shots are with autofocus.

Thanks Doug, is there a lot of lag, between when you focus and take the picture? that is my main problem with my point and shoot!


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7546 times:

You should never, ever buy a camera with the sole intention of uploading here. You should buy the camera that suits you and your current ability, but ensure it has the flexibility for your potential to grow into it. I don't know about others here but uploading to sites such as this is only a small part of the overall enjoyment of this hobby. I find getting out there, taking photos and chatting to others the most satisfying parts; followed by the enjoyment of seeing the day's work for the first time on the big screen at home and thinking, "I did that". The editing chore is the least satisfying bit for me, but knowing that many people from around the world might get pleasure from looking at my shots makes it worth it.

I have only a couple of shots taken with a 1000D (with 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS lens), which I borrowed for a few days from a friend.


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If, however, you search for the name 'Gavin Bowler' in the keywords of the search function you'll find nearly 500 images of his taken with the 1000D and 70-300 IS lens.

Cheers,

Karl


User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7544 times:

Thanks, and sure, it will suit my needs!

User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7537 times:

Also, no one has answered my question: is the autofocus fast?

User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7528 times:

Not fast exactly but it'll be like lightning compared to the point-and-shoot you have already. You won't notice the shutter lag unless you've been used to the speed of a mid-range camera like the 60D.

Karl


User currently onlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9776 posts, RR: 27
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7526 times:
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Quoting aviacion7 (Reply 19):
Also, no one has answered my question: is the autofocus fast?

Compared to what?

I'll be faster than most point-and-shoots, and probably not as fast as a 1D.



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User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7523 times:

Okok thanks, yes compared to a point and shoot! Any other things I need to know about this camera?

User currently offlineaviacion7 From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2012, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 7325 times:

Also, any other things, that I must buy for the camera?

User currently offlineFALESpotter From South Africa, joined Apr 2012, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7300 times:

I'm actually quite thankful you posted this thread! I've been doing some spotting with a basic Canon Powershot SX100IS and have been longing for a DSLR for quite a while and have been looking at the 1100D! This has answered quite a few questions I've had!

25 aviacion7 : Falesspotter, If you buy it please post your experience with the camera!
26 Post contains links yerbol : Please read this review. Hope it will help you to make a decision. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canoneos1100D
27 aviacion7 : Yep, had already seen it, thanks, I think I WILL buy it!
28 aviacion7 : Those who do use it for spotting, can you please make a list with the pros and cons of the camera for spotting?
29 vikkyvik : I'd suggest you find a place from which you can rent the T3 to try it out. I think people have already pretty well covered its advantages and disadva
30 aviacion7 : I ve tried, but I live in Costa Rica, and I havent foun any place like that, so thats why I started this topic!
31 aviacion7 : I was searching in Google for a review or video of someone that uses the T3 for spotting, but I didnt find one! If any of you have the camera, could y
32 JakTrax : The pros and cons will be pretty irrelevant to you as a beginner currently using a point-and-shoot. The camera is more than good enough to get photos
33 vikkyvik : I'm really not sure what you're looking for here. People have already posted pros and cons, and given what you've said here: Pretty much everyone has
34 Silver1SWA : Seriously, man. Just get it already! What else are you looking for?! Stop stressing about how it works with spotting. The camera is good enough. Can't
35 aviacion7 : Yes know about the facts, but I will get it until July, so I just wanted to know how it works, while spotting, but no worries I think I will go for it
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