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I purchased the Canon EOS T6 as an entry-level DSLR, as I'm fed up with the low-quality photos that my cell phone takes. As such I am not expecting "professional quality", but I expect far better quality than a cell phone.

Here are photos of what came in the bundle, and some comparisons with photos taken with my cell phone. ->  sta.sh/2gisj5lg5sp
   
   Amazon: www.amazon.com/Camera-Bundle-1…

My bundle came with everything pictured in the included photos (plus one extra battery, see note below), _including_ a battery charger (that you plug into the wall) and cable. These weren't pictured in Amazon's photo, so I wasn't sure if they'd be present. They are! I also thought the bundle was missing the "extra" battery, as there was one packaged, and I couldn't find another one. (It wasn't in the camera, as Canon says the batteries should not be stored long-term in the camera.) However I did finally find the second battery, it's hidden in the box that the camera comes in. (Second battery not pictured, since I only found it once I started to tear down the boxes.) The flash also requires two AA batteries, which are not included.

The wide-angle/macro lens, and the high-def telephoto lens, each come with a little leather pouch to hold them. They each also come with lens caps for both sides. The three filters are held in a padded wallet with four mesh pouches, as are the four macro attachments (+1, +2, +4, and 10x). Each filter and macro lens attachment come in a cheap plastic bag to prevent dust and scratches. I don't imagine these little bags will hold up well over time. I may be able to just put the lenses & filters in the wallet without bags to protect them, but being paranoid, I will probably find soft cloth bags to help protect them. Or maybe even sandwich bags would do?

I like that the manual came in two different (separate) versions: English and Spanish. Given the girth of the manual, I'm glad I can just carry the version I need, rather than having a double-thickness manual that includes both languages. There are also several individual, one-page "user guides" that come with the various lenses, filters, and the flash. These one-pagers vary in usefulness, but I will save them all just in case.

The carrying case has a handle on top, and comes with a shoulder-strap (tucked in the front pocket). Each side has a mesh-pocket, and also a strip of velcro. The velcro attaches to the lid when closed, ensuring a tight seal. The bag will hold everything that comes in the bundle, except larger tripod. (The small one that comes in the cleaning kit will fit.) There is room for just a bit more equipment, including a USB battery pack, and a lens hood (ordered separately). I've found it's possible to arrange the items so I'll be able to fit a  75-300mm lens when I buy one.

The tripod is okay, but not really heavy duty. The posts are very thin at the bottom (like, the diameter of a #2 pencil), and it seems like stability might be an issue. I have a much larger, heavier duty tripod that I'll be using.

The camera is obviously a lot more complicated to use than the point-and-shoot camera on my cell phone. In certain modes, if you can't get the T6 to focus on the subject, it just won't take the picture, period. (Even when I put it on manual focus. Clearly I have a lot to learn.) The Canon is also a bit heavy to hold in one hand, especially with the 18-55mm lens, with the macro/wide-angle lens attached, and the +4 macro "filter" lens. I know you should be holding the camera with both hands, but one of the things I need to be able to do is get good photos of my nail art. I did try taking some photos with the camera mounted on the tripod, but it's then hard (or impossible) to rotate the camera to the angle I need, so I have to start twisting my hand around to get the composition the way I want. It's definitely possible to hold this camera with one hand, but my wrist got tired pretty quickly.

The detail that's possible with the macro lens is pretty amazing, though. My cell phone camera can't capture fine detail up-close, so at 100% zoom (on the photo), the artwork looks a bit blurry. But with the Canon & the +4 macro lens, you can actually see the dither-marks from the printing on the nail decal. It would be even more obvious if I'd used the 10x macro lens, but I thought that would be overkill for my nail art.

As for taking photos out and about in the world, there is just NO comparison. I've taken hundreds of photos at the Renaissance Festival on my phone, and they come out mediocre at best, and horrible at worst. Even when using clip-on lenses, the photos coming from my phone are blurry and pixelated, and the phone has a hard time when the subject is standing in shadow. I took about THREE THOUSAND photos with the Canon PER DAY over the course of two days, and got many, many amazing images. Even the worst images from the Canon are still better than the best images from my phone.

I will note that when you take a string of photos (rapid-fire), the Canon takes about 3 photos per second, where my phone can take about 20 in a second. So you can get a lot more frames on the phone. I also took a lot of in-motion photos with both, and even the Canon doesn't take great action shots. (They're a bit blurry.) But again, the Canon was able to grab a much better image than my phone was.

Overall I am extremely happy with this purchase. It's not a "professional" camera by any stretch, and National Geographic isn't going to come knocking on my door to use my photos any time soon. However this is a huge step up from cell-phone cameras (just look at my comparison photos!), and I'm really looking forward to learning better how to use it!

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Joe-Roberts Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
 Thanks for faving :)
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Thank you for the RUN LLAMA RUUNNN
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Thanks a lot for the llama....
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your :llama: was delicious  BBQ Emote 
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thank you for the llama! :la:
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