Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Review

Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Review

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Well, I have to say that I am not an expert on DSLR cameras (yet) but I have had the Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera for 3 weeks now and I am extremely happy with it.  It was pretty intimidating at first because I have never owned an SLR or DSLR before.

I read tons of reviews and watched a plethora of youtube videos about DSLR cameras and figured that the T5i by Canon was the right entry-level point for me.  I ordered it as a ‘kit’ from Amazon.  Picking which kit I would order became a daunting task in itself.  At Amazon, with all the different vendors, the packaged items that came with the camera, I was stalled for three days to pick out the kit that would best work for me.  And to be honest, had it to do over again, I would have picked a different kit.  I’ll give you a rundown on what I would change and why as I progress through this review.

But first, let’s talk about the actual camera…

Canon EOS Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Review

Upon opening it, I found an extremely well built camera body that was very well packaged.  It felt substantial in my hands, but did not feel too heavy.  I knew the first thing I needed to do was charge the battery, so I rummaged through the packaging to find the charger and battery and set that up.

Next, I examined the camera body for flaws and found none.  It is a gorgeous piece of hardware.  So I pulled the wrapping off the lens that the camera came with.  It’s a 18-55mm zoom, commonly referred to as the ‘kit lens’.  I immediately attached it to the body and the fit was inspiring.  It spun on and clicked into place.  Now my new Rebel looked badass.  I could hardly wait for the batteries to charge!  I had to walk away.  I grabbed my dog and took off so that I would not paw at my new toy all afternoon while I impatiently waited for my battery to charge.

Once the battery was charged, I popped in one of them memory cards and began shooting around the house.  My number one victim: my poor dog.  I started with the auto settings, shut off autofocus, and shot more.  Dozens and dozens of pictures.  They were crystal clear and quite awesome.  But I was having a really hard time getting a blurred background effect that I had been expecting.  Back to youtube.  I watched three videos on the subject, and went back to shooting.  Within a few shots after that, I found that I was shooting awesome shots.  Youtube is your friend – use it!

My first real big test was going to be a night time picture of a full moon.  Back to youtube.  I saw settings that should help.  Then, I gave it a shot:

Canon EOS Rebel t5i camera fullmoon picture
Untouched picture from Canon EOS Rebel t5i camera.

I snapped about 10 pictures with slight variations.  Then I went back to my desk to upload and view them on my computer.  I wanted to see the detail and the focus.  Wow!  I was extremely happy with my results. My ‘fullmoon test was a resounding success.

I started doing other experiments with the Canon Rebel.  It was never letting me down.  I did zoom shots, action shots, slow exposure shots, and even portrait type shots.  The one thing that I really wanted, that I did not seem to get enough of, was the ability to really blur a background.  I was getting some blurring, but I expected more.  I found out that it is a limitation of the ‘kit lens’.  I really needed a lens with a wider aperture capability.   Back at Youtube, I found several videos explaining how to adjust for a blurry background, but also, I found a lot of feedback that I was going to need a ‘prime lens’.  Which is a lens that does not zoom.  It has all the features of a zoom (auto focus, stabilization, etc) but the prime lens has an aperture that is much more open than a zoom lens.  So, I invested $110 for an additional lens.

This became the one thing that I wish my ‘kit’ had in it.  My kit actually had two different zoom lenses.  I wish it had come with the ‘kit’ lens 18-55mm zoom, and the 55mm prime lens that I had now bought.  The other lens in my kit was a 55-250mm zoom. So far, I have used it for my full moon picture and nothing else.  I am sure I will use it more in outdoor photography later on.

So, let me summarize – you can’t go wrong with the Canon EOS Rebel T5i.  It is an exceptional camera for a DSLR beginner to intermediate user.  The features mirror it’s much more expensive, professional level counterparts, at 1/4 the cost.

Canon EOS Rebel t5i 55mm prime lens blur example
Canon EOS Rebel t5i 55mm prime lens blur example.


The Canon Rebel t5i kit I bought from Amazon

Canon EOS Rebel t5i The kit

The bundle included:

  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Zoom Lens
  • Canon EF 55-250 STM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
  • Polaroid Studio Series 58mm .43x Super Wide Angle Lens With Macro Attachment
  • Polaroid Studio Series 58mm 2.2X High Definition Telephoto Lens
  • Transcend 32GB SDHC Card Class 10
  • Transcend 8GB SDHC Card Class 10
  • Polaroid 72″ inch Camera Tripod with Deluxe Carrying Case
  • 58mm Piece Camera Lens Filter Set (UV, CPL, FLD)
  • Studio Series Pro Slave Flash – Includes Mounting Bracket
  • Polaroid 8″ Heavy Duty Mini Tripod With Pan Head & Tilt
  • Universal Digital SLR Gadget Bag
  • Polaroid 5 Piece Camera/Camcorder Deluxe Cleaning Kit
  • Polaroid High Speed SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC) Hi-Speed USB
  • Water Resistant Memory Card Wallet Holder
  • Universal LCD Ultra Clear Screen Protectors (3 Pack)
  • Polaroid RC6 Wireless Shutter Release Remote Control

Here is a link to the kit at Amazon:

Again, I found this to be a great kit and a bargain.  I would have only liked to have had the 55mm prime lens in the kit.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens




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