Introduction

Since Canon began producing its EOS Rebel (aka 300V, Europe; Kiss 5, Japan) sometime in early 1990, the Rebel line of 35mm budget-SLR cameras has achieved a level of popularity amongst amateur photography enthusiasts unprecedented by its competitors. Its success is due in part to the consistent design retained throughout each generation, but mostly to its high (excuse the idiom) ‘bang for the buck’ factor.

Now beginning photographers could afford an autofocus SLR camera with many of the features of a professional setup. In fact, the Rebel prompted such a high level of sales that Canon produced revision after revision of the camera, with each new Rebel handling much the same as the previous, but enhanced with new features and increased functionality.

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Such is the case with Canon’s most popular 35mm Rebel to date, the EOS Rebel Ti. Featuring autofocus speeds that rival professional systems priced over three times as much and an ergonomically crafted body both lightweight and easy to handle, it would not come as a surprise that it is also the most expensive camera in the 35mm Rebel series. However, at around $170 for the body, even the Ti is a more than affordable solution for most.

Official Specifications




































Camera Features


 


Camera Type


35mm autofocus/autoexposure SLR Camera with retractable flash


Max Shutter Speed


1/2000 sec


Viewfinder


eye-level roof prism mirror with -2.5 to +0.5 dioptric correction


Min – Max Shutter Speed


30 sec – 1/2000 sec


Max View Angle


75 degrees


Shooting Modes


Full auto, Close-up, Panoramic, Portrait, Night, Sports


Continuous Shooting Speed


2.5 frames per second


Film Speed Range


ISO 6 - 6400


Camera Features


Autofocus Lock, Autoexposure Lock, Depth-of-field Preview Button


Lens Mount


Canon EF mount




 



















Autofocus features


 


Type


TTL-SIR (Secondary Image Registration) CMOS sensor


Focus Modes




  1. Autofocus: One of the following two AF modes is set automatically depends on the picture taking mode. The shutter does not release until focus is achieved.



    1. One-Shot AF: Autofocus looks when focusing is achieved.

    2. Predictive AI Servo AF: Continuously tracks subject movement and achieves focus before the exposure starts.

    3. AI Focus AF: For automatic switching between One-Shot AF and predictive AF for moving subjects.


  2. Manual Focus: Manual focusing with the focusing ring.


AF Working Range


EV 1-18 at ISO 100


AF Assist


Automatic-emission beam




































Other Features


 


Exposure Compensation


Auto exposure Bracketing (AEB) up to +/-2EV in 1/2 steps or manual exposure compensation up to +/-2EV in 1/2 steps.


Fastest Shutter Speed


1/2000 sec


Slowest Shutter Speed


30 sec


Bulb Function


Yes


Built-in Flash


Yes, automatic pop-up retractable TTL autoflash.


Red-Eye Reduction


Yes


Film Prewind


Yes


Eye Control


No


Camera Features


Autofocus Lock, Autoexposure Lock, Depth-of-field Preview Button


Design

From the moment you pick up the Rebel Ti, you will immediately begin to appreciate the ergonomically sound aspects of its construction. The right hand grip is contoured and shaped so that it is effortless to hold, and the light body makes transporting the Rebel Ti an easy task. However, as with all plastic-built cameras, the Rebel Ti’s light, inexpensive to manufacture body is less rugged and more susceptible to the elements.

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Another aspect of the Rebel Ti that we immediately took notice of is the fact that Canon has placed the LCD screen, traditionally found on the top of the camera, on the camera back. This is one of the most obvious upgrades from the last Rebel, and its advantages are twofold. First, it makes for a much less cluttered and easier to read screen. It also allows the placement of a larger command dial (below), which is easily rotated with the right thumb.

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Layout

(Nomenclature from included booklet)

Below are two excerpts from the Rebel Ti instruction booklet which show in detail the layout of the camera.

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Functionality

Canon advertises that the Rebel Ti features the "fastest autofocus in its class." With that in mind, we set out to see if this claim was true. The results were surprising. While panning a shot of a car speeding along a local road, the camera did not lose focus even though the car passed briefly behind a building.

The same fast and effective autofocus applies to a number of other scenarios including for example, capturing birds in flight or quick wildlife. Seven autofocus points are superimposed on the viewfinder, which light up accordingly based on the scene and setting. However, the viewing percentage is much lower than that of professional models, and the inclusion of a "mirror-prism" is another testament to Canon’s efforts at using inexpensive materials to produce a budget camera, inevitably sacrificing some camera quality.

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Exposure capabilities were pretty much the same as the old Rebel 2000; no spotmetering capability, but the 35-zone evaluative metering in conjunction with the autofocus points produces more than acceptable results for a camera in this price range. The Rebel Ti handles films of all types extremely well, and exposure quality is not compromised even with high speed and pushed film.

Conclusion

Buck for buck, the Rebel Ti is one of the best 35mm SLRs you can get. It has many features which are close in quality to professional models, and an autofocus that rivals them. And though it is built of cheaper materials, the Rebel Ti is a great choice for those looking for a less expensive entrance into the world of SLR photography.

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SLRating: 8/10



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