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Canon EOS 600D + EF S 18 55 mm IS + 55 250 mm IS

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      03.03.2015 13:42
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      • "Perfect for an advancing beginner"
      • Lightweight
      • "Excellent picture and video quality"
      • " macro"
      • " telephoto"
      • "Covers all ranges - wide angle"
      • "Fantastic kit combination"

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      • "Build quality isn't fantastic with the lenses."

      The gap between beginner and professional. Perfect kit for a keen hobbyist.

      I bought the Canon 600D along with the kit 18-55mm kit lens from Curry's back in June of 2013. I then bought the Canon 55-250 separately in March of 2014. I did not buy this kit as an all-in-one purchase, however I do own all components so I feel I can give a comprehensive overview.

      Firstly, the camera itself. I have had the 600D for almost two years now. I advanced to this camera from a Fujifilm HS30EXR bridge camera. The Fuji was my first "real" camera, not including cheap compacts, however this Canon was my first ever proper DSLR. The change was very very noticeable, the Canon felt much more "true", like I was actually serious about photography rather than just experimenting with the idea. The most satisfying thing about the change for me was having a real true shutter sound, rather than an electronically produced one.

      The pictures this camera takes are outstanding. My old Fuji could take some good shots, but nothing compared to the Canon, especially when taking macro and telephoto images. I find the lens combination that I own to be very good at covering all bases of my needs. I do not have a specific thing that I enjoy taking photographs of, so I need to have capability for a large range of focal lengths and this kit achieves that.

      The kit lens is what I keep on the camera when not in use, as when I need to grab it for a quick shot it is most likely the one needed to capture it. It is a great all-round lens, I find myself using it most of the time. However, when I am taking nature photography, I tend to switch to the 55-250. It works a charm. Having the extra focal length is necessary in wildlife photography, and this lens performs very well indeed.

      As for build quality, that is the only thing I could say negative about this kit. The camera is alright, it isn't super quality plastic, but it does feel robust and I am happy enough with it. However, the two lenses (especially the kit lens) feel quite cheap and are mainly just plastic. While this does make them lightweight, it doesn't feel like they might be able to survive a drop. On the other hand, they are the budget range of Canon lenses, and you're not going to get any better quality without going for an L lens. As long as you take good care of them, they will last long.

      Overall, the picture quality is brilliant. The overall range of features on this camera with the two lenses included bridges that gap between beginner and professional. If you are getting serious with photography, this is definitely the kit for you. You will not be disappointed.

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      21.09.2014 22:50
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      • performance
      • price

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      • "not high-end"

      If your serious I would recommend this!

      I would recommend this camera to anyone who is thinking about getting in to photography. The camera is simple to use and at a good price where it balances price and performance.The camera has several filters which is good if your a bit younger or want things to look a very certain way.If you are going to get this camera I would definitely recommend getting a rode microphone with it because they go together perfectly.The megapixels at 18 mp aren't that high compared to some other cameras at the same price point but no other camera upstages to this cameras awesome video quality which looks crisp colorful and overall perfect.The camera has a flash on the top where if the camera has the ability they can all sync up to the eos's flash.The camera has a frame rate of taking pictures at 4 a second which if your not a tech head, it means 4 pictures per second.If your a very beginner it has all of the autofocus stuff but if you are really going to get this camera I would deeply think about whether it would benefit you enough for the price but this question could be asked about all DSLRs so if you are serious I would recommend this. :)

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      10.11.2013 01:26

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      We set this 'beaut' up for the evening to take photos every 20 seconds of a small, fairly intimate party. Started off fantastically, everyone was in full swing, even the buffet was diminishing at an alarming pace. The Quality was fantastic, you could see every sweaty detail in glorious HD. THEN, things took a sudden turn for the worse, As I first flicked through the photos I was beaming with glee, but suddenly I was confronted by nothing but corrupt treasures of potentially magnificent memories. All in all I would say I would say that this really damped the spirits of the evening.

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      22.10.2013 16:45
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      • Reliability
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      Perfect for people who have a hobby taking photos who don't want to spend £1000+

      This is my main SLR i use and it's such a fantastic product!! I bought it for my birthday last year, wow that was longer than I remember.. But omg it's perfect! I saw the 650 and thought meh, i diddn't REALLY need the touch screen, and i diddn't! Sometimes i think it's the person who takes the pictures, and not the camera, and this is fantastic for the price! I actually bought the lens separately for this, i thought i'd wait a little to get it, but boy do i wish i did now because I could have started using it earlier! PLUS it would have been cheaper! I've used this lense for catwalk photography and even though the models were walking fast - in poor light - the pictures came out perfectly!! Sure the quality would have been on the 5D or whatever, but i don't need to spend that much! You only notice differences if you zoom in like crazy!! Overall I cannot fault this camera!! I wish i bought it earlier tbh... i alwyas make the mistake of buying a digital camera thinking they take better pictures.. because they don't!

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