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Field Review: Canon T3i (Day 2)

by Chris Gampat on 03/18/2011

In Day 1, we gave some first impressions of the Canon T3i and we also did a quick video test. When I first got the unit, the RAW file support wasn’t released yet. With that said, I decided to test out the creative filters in the camera, which, to be quite honest, are a bit underwhelming.

For these photos, I used the very good Canon 35mm F/1.4 L, perhaps my favorite lens and on our list of recommended glass. You may want to get your hands on some bang for your buck lenses though. Now please do note that I purposely screwed up the exposure to see if the Creative Filters could “save” the images to make them look better.

To be honest, that is the only time that I would consider using the filters. I wouldn’t bother otherwise simply because of my philosophy of making the creative effects look more organic in post-processing. But not everyone thinks like me. Your kid in college could very well not want to sit in front of a computer and do this.

When you choose a filter, you have the choice of setting different intensity levels for a variety of looks. The filters can also only be applied to the images after they were taken. And to do this you need to go into the menu, then go to the creative filters section, then select the image you want, then press the set button, then select which filter you want, and then dial in the intensity, and then confirm.

Somewhere in between there, you also need to remember to breathe and take a shower.

In all seriousness though, Canon should have put a creative filter setting on the top dial the way Olympus does.

The camera’s LCD screen make the images look lots better than they do on your computer.

What’s cool about the images though is that they have a bit of a Lomo look. In fact, it is perhaps the closest to the Lomography look that I’ve seen. If you fancy some old-school plastic camera love, then you may perhaps want to use the different filters. My only critique is that Canon should make them easier to use.

That doesn’t mean the Rebel is a terrible camera though. Indeed, there is a heck of a lot of power packed into it that will be talked about in future postings.

Let us hear your thoughts on the Creative Filters in the comments.

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