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Old February 21st, 2011, 07:07 PM   #1
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Shall I go for the t2i?

Or wait and buy the t3i?
What are the advantages and what the differences? Aiming for video shooting.

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Old February 21st, 2011, 08:03 PM   #2
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

One big advantage is no overheating. That and the flip screen. But no magic lantern at this point.
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Old February 21st, 2011, 08:19 PM   #3
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

From what I can tell, you have to decide whether the flip out screen and the ability to shoot HD from digital zoom is important to you.

Flip out will help with low and very high shots. HD Digital cropping for zoom may be grade for nature shooting. It will be interesting to see. Initially, you will probably pay $300 or more for the T3i.
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Old February 21st, 2011, 08:21 PM   #4
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

The biggest advantage that the T3i has over the T2i is the Vari-Angle screen, which apparently on the 60D has helped resolved the overheating issues. If the same is true for the T3i then that's a big plus. The T3i has a new Video Snapshot mode that lets you take multiple short video clips (2, 4 or 8 seconds) and automatically stitches them together into one file, not sure how useful it would be, but it's there. I don't think there are any other video related advantages but the T3i is also slightly bigger and heavier than the T2i (although not by much), and will cost you more.

I have a 60D and a 550D, I love the Vari-Angle screen on the 60D although I probably only use it 10% of the time. For the most of the time the 550D is fine for my video needs although it does start to overheat in some conditions.

As for which camera you should get, I think:
  1. If you need the new features and can afford to wait you should get the T3i
  2. If you can't wait or don't need the new features then get the T2i
  3. If you can't wait but still need the Vari-Angle screen, get the 60D (if you can afford it)

Although in the end the decision is up to you! :-) Happy Buying George!

EDIT: Oh, High Def digital crop could be a good feature too (I must have missed that one, good spotting Chris)
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Old February 21st, 2011, 10:35 PM   #5
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

As the T3i becomes more available, are retailers lowering T2i prices? Is Canon offering any rebates?
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Old February 21st, 2011, 11:02 PM   #6
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

I recently added a 60D and completely fell in love with DSLRS. At this point I will be selling my canon a1 and adding another DSLR for a B cam. At first I was thinking of adding another 60d but with the prices Im seeing for a T2i its a no brainer. The extra hundred $ could be well spent on extra gear or maybe even toward a lens. the swivel screen is a nice touch, If i didnt have the 60d as my main it would be something to really think about.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 12:15 AM   #7
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

Sacramento Valley well represented here... Alex what kind of stuff you doing ?
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 12:31 AM   #8
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

Sure looks that way huh Chris. I do mostly wedding and some ENG as a freelancer for KTXL. What about yourself?
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 01:01 AM   #9
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Narrative and nature mainly...I'll send PM
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 11:07 AM   #10
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

Hi George,

I'm in a similar situation but am waiting to find out a few things - mainly have they fixed the overheating issue, will Magic Lantern work on the T3i and will it use the same batteries and battery grip. Canon has refurbished T2i bodies in its store for $640:

Canon Direct Store- EOS Rebel T2i Body Refurbished

...though that really isn't that much different than what they are going for new...

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Or wait and buy the t3i?
What are the advantages and what the differences? Aiming for video shooting.

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Old February 22nd, 2011, 02:34 PM   #11
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

The T3i will have manual option for audio levels, looks like that made it over from the 60D (haven't had a chance to test that on my new 60D yet but that is one of the reasons I ordered mine).

If I were in the market for one right now, I would go for the T3i.

I would be wary of expecting Magic Lantern to be ported over to the T3i. Canon so far has done nothing I know of to stop it in the T2i (they did stop it in the 7D) but I would imagine there may be some code preventing unauthorized alterations to firmware in newer cameras.

I buy for the features the manufacturer put in place. I do understand many folks are really pleased with ML in the T2i but I see occasional reports of a problem cropping up on location (where there is no time to "mess with it"). To get his camera to function at all again, one individual had to format the SDHC card in an audio recorder then the camera would function to reformat it and he was able to press on.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 04:26 PM   #12
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

Update - looked at theT3i specs: Same battery and grip as the T2i. Nice.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 04:33 PM   #13
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Hi Bruce,

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I buy for the features the manufacturer put in place. I do understand many folks are really pleased with ML in the T2i...
I've gotten so used to the kelvin wb adjustment that I'd find it really hard to not have it-saves a lot of time in post.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 05:11 PM   #14
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

Joel you can get the Kelvin BW feature in the 60D without the need for Magic Lantern... That's one of the reasons I bought the 60D and perhaps a reason why Bruce did too.

It's all about buying the right camera for the job, Magic Lantern is just another tool in the kit if you choose to use it.
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 06:50 PM   #15
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Re: Shall I go for the t2i?

Hi Aaron,

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Joel you can get the Kelvin BW feature in the 60D without the need for Magic Lantern...
The OP is talking T2i vs T3i which as I said is my concern now too.
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