My first and only L lens, this zoom exceeds my expectations, amazingly sharp at all apertures. It fits into my smallish camera bag, and is rather light. Minor distortion at the extreme ends is easily dealt with in processing software. Unless you have an EG-D screen with lines (5D and 6D SLRs), or call up the "level" in Live View, frame a little large, so that you don't lose image area cropping after straightening your horizon.
Pros: Accurate metering, quick autofocus, versatile, great video, and stills, ambience features a plus, accurate HDR photography. Cons: expensive name brand accessories (but you get what you pay for) I bought a lesser camera on a "Television show". Then returned that camera, after doing my homework. Then I bought the T5i. I did not make a mistake. The T5i is superior to the other camera. Allow me to say that I am an experienced "newbie" with DSLR's. I've owned a Canon for many years, and never tried to improve my photography - that is until I bought this camera. My previous camera was/is a Canon Rebel 2000. I've read 2 books on the T5i and many articles via on-line, and in print. My experience level has increased immensely since studying the T5i. It takes great photos, is easy to use, and learn. The touch screen will increase the speed with which you can learn this camera. For example, after learning this camera's functions, I went back and picked up my Canon Rebel 2000 (film SLR), and found that I could learn that camera in minutes. I also felt as though I had gone from a piper cub (Rebel 2000) to the Space Shuttle (T5i). Imagine, 10 years ago, the T5i would have been so advanced that it may have been at the top of the DSLR world. Yet today it is considered a mid-level camera. Technology has certainly advanced in 10 years, and so has Canon's T5i. You will not be disappointed with this camera, no matter what level of expertise you have.
I had seen the Ape brand holsters on O.co and even went so far as to ask if a particular one would hold a Canon 70D with a battery grip. I saw the response was a yes from the O.co answer line. A few days later, this item popped up as on sale and "Recommended for me" so I went ahead and ordered it. The thing is, I didn't do my homework and double check that it was the same one I had inquired about. It wasn't. This will not hold a DSLR. This will not hold a mirrorless camera with an external lens. This will only hold your iPhone or your Note. I take responsibility for not reading every detail carefully, but when I asked to return it because it was the wrong size, the shipping they wanted to charge me was more than the item cost. So, I now have this tiny useless bag that I will end up donating to some thrift store sometime soon. If you want a tiny bag with lots of zippers and clips, then get this bag. If you want a bag that will fit a real camera, then read the fine print.
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