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Ingeniero
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Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
I have a Canon Rebel T2i from probably 2010. I never learned how to use it and wasn't sure if cameras were like cell phones or computers in that the upgrades came so quick that the old ones may as well be a brick. What's the difference between what I have and whatever the new ones are?

Are there a lot of lenses compatible with this camera body? I have the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses that came with it.

I know it probably doesn't take pictures as good as some phones do now, but it could be fun to play around with manual mode and do some things that a phone can't.


Slingscode
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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
Your camera should be just fine. Learn how to use it (manual mode), and you'll be very happy with it.

The lenses you have are great for a beginner. As you progress, you'll want to expand.

Good luck.


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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
Hell yeah it's still useful. I'm no photographer but I do know that there is no substitute for size when it comes to capturing images. Today's phones do take excellent point and shoot photos, but they use a ton of tricks and post-processing to make up for the small glass and sensor to achieve that. If you learn to use your DSLR you will be able to take photos that no phone can touch.


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Ingeniero
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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
Thanks! How can I check which lenses are compatible? I'd like to pick up a macro lens too if I can find a decently priced one.


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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
It's compatible with any of the current EF lens I think. Should be able to find them used or new ones from Canon, Tamron, Sigma and other third party lens makers. It's a 18MP APS-C sensor.


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Tigris
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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
Sure, it will be fine to use, though camera bodies continue to improve. So it depends on how much of a purist you are. I actually just upgraded from a Canon 7D to a R6. Canon has a new line of mirrorless bodies that also have image stabilization and larger and better sensors, along with some other pretty nice features. I shoot a lot of wildlife (birds mostly) so it was worth it to me to upgrade. But now my lenses need an adapter from the EF mount to a R mount, which is OK. Your camera has an EF mount which has been their workhorse until the last year or two, so you will have a LOT of options on lenses. You may be able to get some nice used lenses cheaper now, as people migrate to the R lens. If you want state of the art you are better going with a new R body (R5 or R6 probably), but you are talking about quite a bit of $ to do that.


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VABuckeye
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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
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I know it probably doesn't take pictures as good as some phones do now


Depending on how good you are with the camera it can absolutely exceed photos taken by phones.

ETA: A phone can't even begin to do what a setup like this can from a distance. This is the Tamron 150-600 that I have for my "old" Nikon D7100.

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Lonnie Utah
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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
Not that it REALLY matters, but how my MP?

And don't discount a lower MP camera taking better images than a phone. Why? Because of the sensor size. The sensor in a camera phone is minuscule compared to an ASP-C sized sensor. The larger the sensor size, the lower the pixel density. the lower the pixel density, the less noise in the image. There are also diffraction issues that arise with the pinhole size lenses of a phone camera.

If you want to really have fun, you could have it converted it InfraRed.



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Lonnie Utah
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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
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Ugh. Why in the world does she have the tripod foot inverted???
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Lonnie Utah
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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
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I actually just upgraded from a Canon 7D to a R6. Canon has a new line of mirrorless bodies that also have image stabilization and larger and better sensors, along with some other pretty nice features.


10+ years ago, when Sony released it's first mirrorless camera, I predicted, in certain photography circles/forums that they would eventually "take over" the DSLR market. People scoffed and I was laughed and jeered at. The more time passes from then the more I've been proven correct.


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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
I saw that too!


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Tigris
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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
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The more time passes from then the more I've been proven correct.


Back in the 80's I told my dad that digital would replace film some day. He laughed and said that the resolution and memory required made that impossible. Moore's Law proved him wrong.


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re: Found my "old" DSLR. Is it still useful?
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