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Canon Rebel T2i

Now that I have had a bit more time with the Rebel T2i (550D) I can say that I am overall very pleased with it. I find the image quality to be very pleasing at the settings that I typically use (200-800).

The auto-focus is fast and accurate when using the center AF point (and when I select one of the other AF points) but overall I find the auto-select (9 AF points) function to be a bit lacking. My observation is that when I use the auto-select function AF performance doesn’t feel as snappy and the camera tends to grab objects in the background just like almost every other camera I have used. The other place where I observed some AF trouble was in back-lit situations (just like every other camera I have used).

The auto-ISO feature was something I was very interested in with the T2i and though I find it to be a big improvement over the version on the Rebel XS it still needs some work in my opinion. I like that you can now set the upper ISO limit but I would also like to some additional controls. For example in Av mode I would like to be able to set the upper and lower limits on the shutter speed. When I was using the camera with my EF 500mm f/4L IS USM and 1.4x II TC this wasn’t as much of an issue since the camera wanted a fairly fast shutter speed due to the long focal lengths. When I went to shoot flying birds there was plenty of shutter speed in auto-ISO mode. When I used my EF 400mm f/5.6L USM I found that the auto-ISO mode usually didn’t give me as much shutter speed for flight shots as I would have liked…

Overall I find the T2i to be a great camera. I wouldn’t choose it as my main wildlife camera over my 7D but it is an excellent choice for nature/wildlife photography and for me is an excellent back-up for my 7D or a great camera to bring out when I want to travel light.
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Green Heron
Green Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
White Ibis
White Ibis
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Tree Swallow
Tree Swallow
Painted Bunting
Painted Bunting
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Painted Bunting
Painted Bunting
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator
American Alligator
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Green Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Green Heron
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
White Ibis
White Ibis
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
Four-spotted Pennant
Four-spotted Pennant
Purple Gallinule
Purple Gallinule
Anhinga
Anhinga
Anhinga
Anhinga
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron