njxc500 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 227 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 months 3 hours ago) and read 2927 times:
I am looking to buy a camera for general-purpose use not necessarily just plane spotting. I am looking at a canon but I'm not sure which is the best model currently available in my price range. I currently have a Rebel xT or something like that I can't remember the exact model right now but I need another camera to use at home and family events and vacations.
Is this a good camera and lens to be looking at right now or does anyone have any suggestions about a comparable priced camera that would provide better pictures. Also is the lens a good lens for that price?
I did a search and I didn't find anything on this camera on this site.
The only real improvement this camera has over the T4i and T3i is better video. There's little difference from the T4i and, really the T4i was only a minor improvement on the T3i (mainly in the video having continuous AF).
Interesting that b&h have discontinued the T4i for the T5i but they still sell the T3i.
I should say I have the T3i and am very happy with it. However, what makes the picture is mostly due to the lens not the camera so it's better to have a lower spec body and better lens instead of buying the best body. And lenses are the money pit.
So you could get a genuine t3i and 18-135 which should cover most of your needs. The T3i isn't perfect for video, but if you're not taking video that won't be an issue.
There are various other Nikons, Sonys and Pentaxes.
Really, at this level, all these camera bodies have reasonably similar performance so 95% of the time you won't see any difference. Some are better at video, some have better sensors for low light (typically nikon) but otherwise there's not a whole lot to choose between them. Any differences are in the lenses, and you may have to read some reviews for those.
JOshu From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 121 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2860 times:
I have the T3i and would HIGHLY recommend it. Pick up the T3i and save yourself money for a better lens. In my opinion, the T5i is the T3i with slight video improvements. 324 photos later in the database later, mine is still going strong!
mohammedzaheer From Canada, joined Jun 2013, 80 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2851 times:
Hi I own a Canon T2I with the stock lens 18-55 and was curious to know what lens should I invest in for catching planes landing or even taking off also any filters? I have noticed many of my pics expect ally the aircrafts that are painted white can be a bit challenging as the nose of the plane gets exposed way to much with the sun striking.
njxc500 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2843 times:
Thank you all for the input on this decision. After looking closer, they seem to be nearly identical. I'm not sure why I thought there was a difference in video, but that must have been a mistake, because their specs are very close.
That being said, if I go with the T3i, would this be a good lens? It's a Sigma 18-200.
oly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6517 posts, RR: 11 Reply 6, posted (4 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2840 times:
I've had Sigma lenses before and they're reasonable, for what you're spending.
This one has 2 things against it. The wide zoom range from 18mm to 200mm will mean a lot of compromises in the optics for the lens to work well at all settings which generally means it might be reasonable at some zoom settings (mid range) and not so good at others (wide and telephoto). Also the maximum aperture of f6.3 at 200mm means it will have to be bright to take reasonable photos at that focal length.
But, it's all going to come down to what you're happy to accept and what you want to spend. With "value" lenses there are fewer settings (focal length and aperture) which will give the best photos than there are with more expensive lenses - which is why the expensive lenses are more expensive.
The filter debate has voices on either side. Some claim a filter will protect the lens, others say a filter affects the optics and reduces image quality. You can get expensive filters that are better, but they'll be half the price of the lens.
Personally I don't have filters on any lenses, but do have lens hoods and lens caps and generally have the lens cap on when not taking photos.
Get a lens hood, though. It will protect the lens front element and stop glare.
njxc500 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 227 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (4 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2404 times:
Well guys, I've pulled the trigger on this. I had to buy the camera thru Sears, I redeemed a ton of points, so that made it a bit more affordable, plus I had $150 in gift cards.
I got a T5i with the 18-135 IS STM lens. The other options thru sears had the older lens, and I really did want the 18-135, this is the only one that came in a kit. A bit of concern, that lens is heavy, I may have to get a prime lens for indoor stuff, but that's OK, I think this one will be a great lens.
One thing surprised me, the image stabilization is amazing, I can't believe how well that works, and it works for video and in the viewfinder also. There is a huge difference.