About a week or so ago, I decided to purchase a DSLR digital camera, and it took a while to decide on which one would be the one that I really want to invest in. There’s nothing like your own professional camera, and normally, you’ll always remember your first one. So, I wanted to make sure my decision was the correct one.
I’ve always enjoyed photography, but most of the time, I keep the camera settings on automatic. Just the thought of all the settings to deal with, on manual, pretty much turned me away from experimenting with it. Though, after purchasing the Canon EOS Rebel T5i, and spending a little bit of time with it, it’s really simple to learn, honestly. Now, I just keep the camera settings on manual, and adjust them, as I take photographs. I’ve been really pleased about my decision, and I’m really enjoying it so far. If you’re thinking about getting one, I would suggest to go with either the Nikon bundle or the Canon bundle. Both are really great deals, and have a lot to offer in most of the bundles or starter kits. As you can tell, I decided to go with Canon.
The Canon bundle I decided on getting was the Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital Camera Bundle with the EF-S 18-55mm Image Stabilization (IS) STM Zoom Lens, and a EF-S 55-250mm IS Telephoto Zoom Lens. I won’t go into too much details about the camera specs, because the information can be found on Amazon. This review will be long enough, let alone adding in all the specs and performances. The entire bundle came with the following items:
- Canon EOS Rebel T5i Digital Camera
- Instruction Manuals (English and Spanish)
- EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom Lens
- EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens
- Focus Tripod (extends to 59″, and folds to 21″) with carrying bag
- EOS Shoulder Bag 100ES
- 3 Piece Filter Kit 58mm
- 58mm 2.2x Professional Telephoto Lens
- 58mm 0.43x Wide Angle Lens
- 2x LP-E8 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Batteries
- LP-E8 Lithium-ion Battery Pack Re-charger
- Mini HDMI to HDMI Cable (6ft)
- Lens Cleaning Pen
- Professional Wrist Grip Strap
- Digital Grey Card Set
- Stop Zoom Creep
- Sony 32GB UHS-1 SDHC Memory Card (Class 10)
- Memory Card to USB Reader/Writer
- Memory Card Wallet
I was extremely pleased about everything that came with the bundle, but like a lot of “bundle deals”, not everything is as great as it seems. There were a few minor flaws, but nothing too important. The main let downs were the shoulder bag and the tripod. The shoulder bag is really small and can hold the camera, both main lenses, and very few accessories. I would have sacrificed a lot of the accessories for a bigger bag, really. The tripod is ok, and does the job, but it just has a cheap feel to it. I wouldn’t trust it in windy conditions, honestly.
The Canon Rebel T5i DSLR camera feels really nice and is made really well. The grip sections and outer body has a rugged feel to them, and allow you to keep your grip on it a lot better. It seems more outdoor friendly, and doesn’t feel like it’ll easily slip out of your hands, compared to a lot of other brands. I decided on the T5i, instead of the T5, because I wanted the interactive screen, and I use it a lot more than the viewfinder. The T5 only allows you to use the viewfinder, and is controlled by button functions. So, I figured I would invest the extra couple of dollars for the upgrade. If you plan to do videos, or spending time in front of the camera, I would suggest upgrading to the interactive screen, as well. The screen is able to turn completely around, where you’re able to see the view, while being in front of the camera.
The mode dial has more options than your typical camera, but it gives you a chance to experiment with different options, and have the ability to be more versatile. I haven’t tested the other options yet, and have only been in manual mode, to learn the settings, but I’m sure I’ll get around to trying everything out, eventually.
So far, I’ve used it for about a week, and have the buttons pretty much memorized, and know which button changes what setting. Every now and then, I’ll have to stop and think about which one adjusted what, but I’m sure the other camera’s would be about the same, if not harder to learn. So, it seems really great for beginners, and is very easy to learn.
The 2 lenses included with the bundle, the 18-55mm and the 55-250mm, both are really nice. The image stabilization, on both lenses, work really good. I haven’t had any problems with lens creeping yet, but there’s a stop lens creep, in case if it does happen. Since they were brand new, I shouldn’t have to worry about the lens creeping for a while. The glass on all of the lenses and the mirrors inside of the camera, and the interactive screen were spotless, as well. The zoom and focus dials have some resistance and aren’t too loose, but I’m sure as time goes by, they will tend to loosen up.
The accessories that came along with the bundle are all useful. There was some cleaning materials included, to help keep your lenses clean. Amazon only mentioned one rechargeable battery, but there’s 2 included, along with a battery charger. The filter lenses, telephoto lens, and wide angle lens fit easily on both main lenses.The memory card included was made by Sony, and contains 32gb of space, and is a Class-10.
The tripod included is made by Focus, and comes with a black carrying bag. It extends to 59″, and when it is folded up, it’s 21″. The three legs are made of aluminum, and have locking clips. They extend into 3 settings. There is a built-in bubble level, on the side, in case if you want to make sure the camera is leveled straight, when taking a picture. The handle grip has a foam feel to it, and can turn it, to tighten or loosen the hold, where you can change the angle. The side handle or reel, which is used to raise and lower the height, can be annoying at times, and doesn’t work as good as it should, but it still gets the job done. It does fold in and out, but doesn’t keep it’s position, when winding it.
If you are thinking about purchasing a professional camera, and don’t want to spend too much on one, I would recommend this Canon EOS Rebel T5i bundle. You have a wide range of package styles to choose from, on Amazon, in case if you don’t want certain lenses. The price range was from $649 – $869, and depends on what you want your bundle to include. The one I purchased was around $719, due to the image stabilization lenses, I chose to get. The ones on eBay seem around the same price range, but were typically more expensive on there. Other stores online didn’t have the variety of bundle options, and the ones that did, normally wanted way more than what was being asked for on Amazon.