Family Trip to Disneyland with a Canon Rebel T2i

This is just a quick stitched together piece of my family and I at Disneyland.

Now normally I would tend to stray away from putting up too much personal stuff on my company blog, but I think this might be an exception. For one I'm testing out a new video system that will achieve a much better look and feel that our future clients will appreciate. Secondly, its good to put a face behind a company every once in a while. Unfortunately, I'm not actually in any of the footage, so you will just see my lovely wife and adorable daughter.

For the technical side of things...without getting too technical.

Canon first introduced good quality video to the DSLR with their 5D Mark II camera. As with most things they didn't get it all right the first time and I waited by patiently before moving all of my camera's to a new system. Then came the 7D, this was a much better step in the right direction as far as I was concerned. After seeing a lot of footage come in from other people shooting with these camera's I knew it was about time to make the switch.

Then Canon did something unexpected, they released a prosumer camera that had the very similar video capabilities as the 7D. Now while there are arguably many differences between the T2i and 7D besides the price tag, it was the end product that I was most interested in. How did it look, was it easy to use, would the learning curve be too steep? These were all questions that kept nagging at me, so I took the plunge.

I ordered the Rebel T2i kit with the 18-55mm lens. I wanted to just keep things basic until I got a good feel for the potential of the camera. Now if there are any professionals out there reading this blog, I just want to point out that I intend on getting quality lenses and upgrading the body, but I don't want to go all out on something I haven't tested.

The day after I got the camera we decided to go to Disneyland for the day, since we have season passes, we just hopped in a car and off we went. We met up with some other family and friend, and all I brought with me was the stock Rebel T2i, I don't have a DSLR rig, follow focus, external mic, or any lenses other than the one that came with the camera. The only adjustment I made to the camera was to put a custom picture profile in movie mode to flatten out the image. I did that so I can have a bit more control with grading later in post.

Overall I am beyond pleased with the image quality that came out of such a small camera. It puts my current cameras to shame with a fraction of the weight and footprint. I will be purchasing a full system to work with on upcoming weddings and I couldn't be happier. I always want to provide the best for my clients and this is small step to much bigger things to come.

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