My New Canon Rebel T2i

Just got my new Canon Rebel T2i yesterday evening right after work. This is not just ‘my new camera’. It’s my very first DSLR camera ever. I’ve had cameras before but all of them were the point and shoot kind.

I don’t know if it’s their standard procedure but I feel that the store clerk may have read through me clearly when, prior to the payment at the cashier, he invited me over to a table and gave me a demo of the Canon Rebel T2i – from assembling the sling, taking off the lens cap, down to how to press the shutter. I didn’t know my ignorance about dslr cameras was that transparent. I thought I sounded pro when I dropped some pro-sounding words, e.g. when I inquired about available macro glasses (intentionally using the word ‘glasses’ instead of ‘lenses’, as suggested by Scott Kelby), and carbon fiber tripods.

Well, I couldn’t contain my excitement I couldn’t sit still while I waited a little over an hour to fully charge the new (partly charged) battery at home. I devoured the manual and run smack into technical photo jargon, e.g. aperture priority, shutter priority, white balance, etc. It particularly took some time to get the confusion out of aperture value and actual aperture ‘open-ness’.

Needless to say, I took some shots at the nearest things I could shoot at. Here are a few of them.

These are some of the things I found inside the box (except the Scott Kelby book).

My daughter’s Minnie Mouse on the wall.

I took a lot of pictures without taking thought about choice of subjects. Hell, I took pictures of the trash bin, my toes, the laundry bin, the inside of the cabinet, the kids, my wife, you name it.

Today, while I waited for my turn at the dentist’s office, I took the liberty of taking some shots inside her receiving room.

As of now, I’m still shooting mostly with the mode dial set to P (Program AE), where the camera sets the shutter speed and aperture automatically. Even now, I’m still exploring the rebel. I’m setting my mind on messing up with apertures and shutter speed and manual focus soon. And I’m looking forward to the free photography seminar the sales clerk at Canon told me about, which he said is tentatively set around the second week of November.


    1. It can get as close as 9 inches from the subject. Tried it using manual focusing (as auto-focusing fails this close). I’m newbie so I can’t say exactly how it fares, but I guess if you’re into macro, using a macro lens should be best. 🙂

        1. Hey! I’m jealous of both of you. Super camera – wish I had one. Back when I bought my first digital camera I considered it one of the best investments I ever made.

          I never found it after I moved the last time and now I can’t even remember what it was but I bought it because it had a faster shutter speed than most digital cameras then, had a highly adjustable zoom and could take sequential photos of moving targets, It is old now and nowhere near as powerful as this Canon.
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          1. Hi Gail, I actually had this camera in my sight for 3 months. I had to tweak and juggle my priority list a little so that the camera can float up the top. Fortunately, my wife didn’t react so violently to the changes. Had I waited another month, I would have gotten the 60D, but I can’t risk the chance of my wife changing her mind. 🙂 I hope you’ll get a new camera soon too.

    1. That’s the problem with technology advancing in leaps and bounds. What you buy now (esp. computers and gadgets) might be obsolete the next year with new ones popping up which are way better and less expensive. 🙂

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