A great choice for a first SLR if the idea of completely manual controls is daunting to you.
A great choice for a first SLR if the idea of completely manual controls is daunting to you. You’ll have the options of jumping head first into the great swimming pool of manual photography by using the manual setting, dipping a toe to test the water with one of the semi-manual settings, or you can use it as a point-and-shoot on the automatic setting – the equivalent of sitting comfortably poolside sipping a drink. This was my first SLR (indeed my first “real” camera), and having bought it just before the DSLR camera revolution set in for real, I paid a bundle for it. Now, most of the original Rebel Ti owners have gone digital, which means cameras in great condition can be had for next to nothing.
This camera served me well for a few years, and I have countless beautiful, crisp pictures to prove it. But as time went by, for me, the reliability of the camera turned into predictability, which means it now sits mostly unused on a shelf. My go-to SLR now is an ancient and completely manual Zenit.
One of the great advantages of buying an EOS camera is the range of lenses and accessories available, and the versatility this gives you. The Rebel Ti is compatible with all Canon EF lenses, but most other types of lenses (including old Russian M42 ones, and now also Diana F+ lenses) can be used with an adapter – although automatic settings won’t be available.