May 26, 2015 at 10:45PM

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Canon t2i: The Ultimate Camera???

Hey, everyone. My name is Donovan and this is actually my first post on here (high fives myself)! I was just thinking recently about how often I've used the t2i on shoots and how it's never really let me down. Now it's understood that the Canon codec turns to mush as soon as you start to really grade it. But if you expose properly, there are some beautiful images to be had... Still!

I've been going back and forth about purchasing a new camera. But when I look at something like the t2i, it does pretty much everything I need. 1080p, slomo, and Magic Lantern gives me even more options.

I see the difference in quality, resolution, latitude, etc between other cameras. But then I start to shoot again on my Canon and I'm all like "You're my number #1". Ha! I know I should upgrade. Probably this summer actually with the new BM cameras.

Just wanted to share my experience over the last few years watching all this new gear being released.

Here's my reel (all t2i!) and a couple of sci-fi shorts that I've done on the Canon t2i...

Director's Reel: https://vimeo.com/123582295

NOISE GATE (sci-fi): https://vimeo.com/72706809

XARA Yaocihuatl (sci-fi/horror): https://vimeo.com/122898875

Thoughts? What do you think about all this gear and pixel peeping that's going on in the world? And I know this is obvious, but I sure am excited after all these years to really focus on telling a good story rather than what my camera I've got.

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The canon Ti series has been exceptional for people who are starting out in the film industry. I have been filming with my t3i for quite a while and I love it.

May 28, 2015 at 4:26PM

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Andrew
Director/Cinematographer
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I agree that it's a great little camera. I shot one of my first shorts on it just as a simple weekend trip test, and without lights or any real gear some of those shots have a great quality that I'm still chasing. I still can't bring myself to sell it even though I don't really use it anymore.

May 30, 2015 at 2:25PM

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Your work is really great! I love how you experiment. If the camera works for you, keep working it!

June 3, 2015 at 1:33PM

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Sathya Vijayendran
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I am with you guys, I did give my t2i to my granddaughter, but she is quite serious about photography, still have a T3i and an eos-m. For video and with the Magic Lantern software it is a killer combination and with the prices used, is a home run. I serious doubt that an audience will notice the difference between an expensive camera like a Blackmagic and the T2i. If your focus is on making good movies, this camera is very capable. For the price of the popular 4k cameras, I can have a gimbal stablizer, slr magic anamorphic lens, a quadcopter w sports camera, lights and many other things like better props and set that do make a significant difference in quality.
The thing that gets me is so many people talk about upgrading and will spend thousands of dollars on a new camera that really is not much of an upgrade for practical purposes. If you cannot use a T2i for max quality, it will be the same for the more expensive camera, where lights etc can make a dramatic difference.

June 4, 2015 at 1:41PM

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Thanks for the positive responses, everyone. Let's tell stories!

P.S. I honestly feel like the biggest limitation in the Canon series are when those highlights get blown out. Man, it's painful. I just have to expose as best as possible and then grade it to the best of my ability (or find someone that can do it better). Definitely looking to expand. Exciting times! :-)

June 5, 2015 at 3:30PM, Edited June 5, 3:30PM

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Donovan Vim Crony
Director, DP, Editor, VFX, Sci-Fi Lover
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I love my T2i. Even now that I have a 6D, my trusty T2i always comes along and when I shoot 2 camera I never hesitate to use it. With regard to the highlights, I recommend throwing on a variable ND - not a complete solve but it helps a lot, especially outside, plus a variable is essential when shooting run n' gun.

June 5, 2015 at 4:46PM, Edited June 5, 4:46PM

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Deeder Murray-Holmes
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Thanks for the tip!

June 5, 2015 at 4:48PM

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Donovan Vim Crony
Director, DP, Editor, VFX, Sci-Fi Lover
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But does it even do 4k? Just kidding, love my 7D.

June 5, 2015 at 9:36PM

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Derek Olson
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Haha! I'm waiting for the 4k t2i magic lantern update. ;-)

June 5, 2015 at 10:07PM

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Donovan Vim Crony
Director, DP, Editor, VFX, Sci-Fi Lover
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Time to upgrade. Looks like crap. Joking. Your reel is really impressive. Seems like you got the most out of that camera. Your lighting is great also. I can only imagine what you'd do with more dynamic range and resolution. I still use my T4i and the only limit to me is the highlights being blown out in certain daylight shots.

June 6, 2015 at 5:07PM

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Don Way
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Haha, thanks! YES! Those highlights are the only thing that really gets me. Gaaaah...

June 6, 2015 at 10:01PM

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Donovan Vim Crony
Director, DP, Editor, VFX, Sci-Fi Lover
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I think one thing to consider is how the audience views our films? Most of them are viewed on very small screens. If they are projected, it is due to a film festival or we have a video projector to view at home.
so cell phones and computer screens.
So, most of that fantastic resolution in 4k etc is NEVER seen or appreciated. Then the actors I work with arn't kids and I routinely put G-blur on footage to smooth skin.
I really don't think this is going to change for all intents and purposes, they can put 4k on phones, but the viewing experience is not better when that small, projection yes, but none of will have our films bought by Hollywood and get distribution in major theaters. I can think of alot of things that do make a difference that "upgrading" from a T2i (which for reasons stated, not much of an upgrade). A slider, a anamorphic lens like the slr magic, more and better lights. Really want an upgrade, the only true upgrade is get an education, work with someone who knows, upgrade yourself and it works with all cameras.

June 6, 2015 at 7:17PM, Edited June 6, 7:17PM

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Great footage and reel!
I've been shooting with my 550D (if I'm not mistaken it's the european version of the t2i) for the last 4 years and I'm deeply in love with it. A few times I thought about moving to something like BM or something a bit more "pro" but I've always decided to spend my money on other equipment than a new body.
My thoughts about this is: as long as it keeps working I'm going to keep it. Now that I know how to push it to the limit with ML, and technicolor cinestyle profile. Now that I have tons of batteries, "nice" lenses, battery grip and shits loads of other accesories, there's no way I'm going to start again from cero with another camera.
I've even thought about buying an extra 550d/t2i body.
And after 4 years my only complain is that it gets to hot when I'm shooting for a long time and it shuts down.
Yes, I could have more colour depth or I could shoot in RAW and this would allow me a better colour correction but on the other hand this "flaw" pushed my to learn other ways arround to boost my films.

So what I'm trying to say is.... 550d/t2i YES BABY!!!!

June 6, 2015 at 9:19PM

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Alejandro
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T2i (or 550d!) for life! I actually own 3 t2i bodies... Not kidding. I even kind of like the fact that it's limited by not having an articulating screen. It's like I have to actually get down and dirty in the filmmaking process. BUT, I'm getting a little older and my body is like "Stop it!". :-)

June 6, 2015 at 10:06PM, Edited June 6, 10:06PM

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Donovan Vim Crony
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I have a T2i and have wanted to upgrade, but it just does so well that there isn't enough reason for me to upgrade. The T2i definitely has a certain style and look (IMHO). I have been able to have one of my shorts screened right next to a short shot a Red Epic, in a theater mind you, and the audience doesn't know the difference.

If you know any camera well enough, you can make it work for you in any situation. I also feel like the T2i/550D has become kind of like the Super 8mm camera of the HD generation.

June 8, 2015 at 10:01AM

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Kyle Acker
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Nice. I like the Super 8 analogy. I'm gearing up to shoot a short piece really soon on the t2i and I'm excited to try and push it even further than I have in the past.

June 8, 2015 at 4:06PM

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Donovan Vim Crony
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I have a T2i and have wanted to upgrade, but it just does so well that there isn't enough reason for me to upgrade. The T2i definitely has a certain style and look (IMHO). I have been able to have one of my shorts screened right next to a short shot a Red Epic, in a theater mind you, and the audience doesn't know the difference.

I like what Kyle Acker said, not only it is true, but when you consider very few people see your project with projection and more likely on a tablet, cell phone, computer screen or tv. I just watched a movie that was standard definition and it looked great!
so many people talk about "upgrades" but they spend thousands with little result over a T2i, on the other hand spend a grand on a slr magic anamorphic lens and that will be make a big difference. Pay another filmmaker to mentor you, that will make a difference. I really want to find an excuse to buy a newer camera, but I just don't see the benefit over what I have already

June 8, 2015 at 8:53PM

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Dude, looks awesome! I've been using my T2i since 2010 and it has not let me down. I spent the last year upgrading all my glass instead ogetting a new camera and it's been a wise investment. Camera market has changed significantly in just a year, but my lenses are still great and so is the T2i.

June 8, 2015 at 10:10PM

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jordancrowder
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I have a T2i, how can I get the maximum quality out of the camera for shorts and such? And pointers? Thanks!

June 8, 2015 at 11:29PM

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I personally don't like the t2i too much, as I learned to work on a gh2 and preferred its workflow, but I have to admit the colors coming out of the t2i are really nice. One of my friends had it and was always very happy of it.
Gear does not make you a better filmmaker at all and gearlust is often the thing that gets in the way of filmmaking. And as for us, camera nerds, we often wonder on what some projects are shot, but the general population would not care, as long as it is good and it has good audio (good audio over image)

June 9, 2015 at 12:25AM

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gandulf charpentier
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I had the T3i and used it to film something on my friend's birthday. Didn't use Magic Lantern, but the footage came out great (ok, it was mostly static shots, but still, it looked damn crisp).

Got a 7D Mark II now because I'm a frequent photographer, but the video was always fantastic on the stock Rebels/T*i/XX0D cameras.

June 9, 2015 at 4:57PM, Edited June 9, 4:57PM

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Anne Le Sauvage
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Really nice footage you dot there with the canon t2i. I have a Canon t3i for some years. And im really happy with it. Ok maybe in lowlight it could be so much better. But its opk for me so far. Maybe in the future i need to work on it. :)

July 29, 2015 at 7:10AM

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Cathy Danneberg
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This is all great to hear. I'm thinking of getting a T2i for film making next week! I currently have a Nikon but I would love focus peaking so..

August 12, 2016 at 3:21AM, Edited August 12, 3:21AM

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