Photography Notebook Photography Notebook: My Small-Frame Camera Choice

I'd been taking digital photos for more than a decade, when, in August 2008, I decided on a digital SLR camera and bought the Canon Rebel XSi (this camera is also called the Canon 450D). A year later, I also purchased a newer version of the Rebel, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i in order to have some more capabilities and a second camera body. I'm happy with the performance aspects of these cameras and lenses.

Why did I eventually get a DSLR camera?

I had a point and shoot camera (Canon A640) for a while, and I was very happy with it. However, I considered what my next step might be in photography. I admired the extraordinary excellence of photos on flickr taken with DSLR cameras. I considered these benefits of a DSLR camera:

  • Advanced optics and sensor sizes in DSLR cameras have shown to produce superior images.
  • The DSLR camera body and removable lenses allow for adding/swapping lenses as needed.

Why the Rebel XSi?

The Rebel XSi caught my attention because of these specific features:

  • Its image sensor size is large: 14.8 mm x 22.2 mm.
  • It has automatic sensor cleaning to help me avoid having to open the camera to clean it.
  • The Live View capability builds on my experience using live view in my point-and-shoot camera.
  • It uses SD cards that build on my existing supplies.
  • The Canon EF and EF-S lenses are widely available, and this helps me feel confident I can find new and used lenses to fit my needs.

Having used the Rebel XSi for a while, I have come to appreciate:

  • The large sensor size allows me to create quality images.
  • The menus and controls are similar to my previous Canon camera.
  • The LCD size 4.5 cm x 6 cm is easy to view, and the controls are easy to operate.
  • The battery pack is lightweight, yet it lasts a long time.

What Pictures Did I Take?

Featured Equipment Canon EOS Rebel XSi Photos Slideshow by Most Recent Comments My goal in taking photos with my new camera has been to extend my work in documenting where I live. I enjoy taking photos that show scenes near the lakefront, river, and city at various times of the year. I have favorite landmarks that I visit often to take photos in different seasons.

You can view these photos sorted by most interesting.

Featured Equipment Canon EOS Rebel T1i Photos Slideshow by Most Recent Comments My goal in taking photos with my new camera has been to extend my work in documenting where I live. I enjoy taking photos that show scenes near the lakefront, river, and city at various times of the year. I have favorite landmarks that I visit often to take photos in different seasons.

You can view these photos sorted by most interesting.

Pictures with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens

I made a transition to EF lenses in preparation for getting a full-frame camera body by getting and using some EF lenses and using them on my Rebel bodies.

Featured Equipment

Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens on the on the Canon EOS Rebel T1i Photos Slideshow by Most Recent Comments

Clearly, I used the Rebel cameras with the EF-S lenses specifically made for the Rebel cameas.

However, keep in mind that the Rebel cameras, although small frame, still will take EF lenses. So in preparing to get a full-frame camera, I got some EF lenses and used them on my Rebel cameras before I got the full-frame body. This slideshow shows the use of the Canon EOS Rebel T1i body with a Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

You can view these photos sorted by most interesting.

Later, I had reasons to get a full-frame camera and to prepare, I got some EF lenses.

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