Canon Digital Rebel DSLR Camera
by David Phillips
(McDonough, GA, USA)
I have a Canon Digital Rebel, which is a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex). I have the 18mm-55mm lens, which has autofocus and a macro setting. I also have a telephoto zoom lens that belonged to my uncle’s film Rebel, which also has autofocus and a UV filter.
I use both lenses depending on what I need to shoot – for example I’ve used the telephoto lens for sports shots when I am not close to the field. The Canon Digital Rebel camera has all the features one would expect from a film or digital camera in its price range: I can set the ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and can take multiple successive shots. It also has a range of automatic settings such as landscape, backlit, macro, and portrait.
I bought it through Amazon.com when it was on sale around Christmas three years ago. It was around $500 for the kit I bought, which was the camera body and the 18mm-55mm lens.
I would also recommend that anyone buying a Canon Digital Rebel DSLR camera like this to get a good protective bag or carrying case, and an extra battery if you are planning on long shoots.
I don’t have a big problem with battery life, but when I’m out all day I try to be conscious of how long I leave the camera on and turn it off rather than have it hibernate (which it does after about 2 min of non-use).
The Canon model I have does not have the option to use the LCD screen as a viewfinder, which I don’t really see as a problem as it saves a significant amount of battery life.
I learned how to use the Canon Digital Rebel DSLR very quickly, it is user friendly and has a very detailed manual that describes the different settings. I had very little experience with manual settings but have quickly learned how to manipulate things like aperture and shutter speed to get the shot I want.
The colors from this lens are brilliant and the camera really captures a lot of detail even on close up shots. I don’t have problems with grain unless I am in a really low light situation without a tripod and have to bump up the ISO (range from 100-1600).
The Canon Digital Rebel
camera is light and not difficult to carry all day. I’ve taken it on vacations, done photo shoots with friends, and action shots at sporting events and at work. It is very versatile and easy to use. I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for a good starter DSLR or a step above a point and shoot.