You can now have the Canon SL1 as your own. It's a full-featured DSLR, now available with a lens and a nice bundle of accessories for an absurdly affordable price.
At the time of its release, it was the world's smallest DSLR, weighing it at less than a pound. My friends at DPReview gave this marvel a Gold Award.
Now that it's been on the market for a while, you can have your hands wrapped around your own Canon DLSR for a bargain.
The Canon Rebel SL1 has the specs you'd expect from a DSLR.
Full-sized DSLRs aren't for everyone. If you feel they're simply too big and too heavy for you to lug around, go with a compact DSLR.
If you'd love to shoot great photos and have all of features, the Rebel SL1 might appeal to you. Look at the difference in size between the SL1 and my Canon 5D Mark III.
The SL1 body weights it at less than a pound. The 5D Mark III weighs almost exactly twice as much at just under 2 pounds.
This camera can be used by amateurs who like fully automatic settings and its creative auto mode. Professionals could easily carry this as a nice compact back-up to their full-sized camera body.
What has impressed the professional camera reviewers is the remarkable improvement in auto-focus. Video is much better than previous cameras, employing the Hybrid AF II auto focus system.
When something this small works so well, it's a good fit. Cameras that are easy to carry get taken along and used.
This camera takes EF-S lenses which are smaller, lighter, and more affordable than full-sized EF lenses.
It's a good strategy to wait for a year or two after a new camera is released to get a good price. The SL1 was released in 2013. You are at the best time to get yours right now.
The bundles being offered by on-line retailers like Adorama, B+H PhotoVideo, and Amazon are ripe for the picking.
If you are an advanced sport shooter, the Rebel SL1 may be disappointment for you with only 4 frames-per-second.
I've taken some striking pro tennis photos using a 3 frames-per-second DSLR. Professional sports photographers demand 8 or more frames-per-second.
You can get a great bundle that includes the camera body, the standard 18-55mm lens, memory card, small camera bag, and tripod. Right now, these bundles are going for less than $500.
The best thing about the Canon Reble SL1 cameras? Okay, two things. They take great photos and they're fun to use!
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