This is why you buy the T2i.

All you rich folk (no disparity intended), with your expensive light gear, expensive crew, expensive camera, can take your expensive time shooting. Us poor folk need to move things along at a little bit more of a rapid pace. I'm not saying I wouldn't trade places with you. I'm just saying.

Anyway, the following was shot with nothing more than a regular-old household ceiling-lamp, on the T2i. No, of course it doesn't get as good a shot as any of the aforementioned expensive setup. But if you're really in a rush, and you can't do all that time-consuming expensive stuff, and/or don't have access to the needed gear, imagine how great it is to setup a scene by flipping a switch. Try getting something like this, under the same conditions, with a traditional HDV camera.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHhmXC6h1Ao
 
Am curious about what this kit lens really is.

I'm not sure what your question is. I'm using the same kit lens. You can buy the body alone, or for an extra $100, you get an 18-55mm lens. On 18mm, it's lowest f-stop is 3.5; on 55mm, 5.5. I don't know enough about lenses to make any meaningful comment on it, but I've heard enough from people who's opinions I trust to summise that it's a mediocre lens, at best. So far, I've been happy with it (for what it does, which is limited). As far as I can tell, having used it myself, I see no reason to suspect any false claim in that video that states they got those nice shots with it.
 
I'm not sure what your question is. I'm using the same kit lens. You can buy the body alone, or for an extra $100, you get an 18-55mm lens. On 18mm, it's lowest f-stop is 3.5; on 55mm, 5.5. I don't know enough about lenses to make any meaningful comment on it, but I've heard enough from people who's opinions I trust to summise that it's a mediocre lens, at best. So far, I've been happy with it (for what it does, which is limited). As far as I can tell, having used it myself, I see no reason to suspect any false claim in that video that states they got those nice shots with it.

Ah yes, my question quite inconclusive to say the least. What I meant to ask was what type of lens was the kit lens, if it was a 18-55mm for example.
 
Okay, not trying to re-open this debate. This new clip is NOT an example of great cinematography, or an example of how I think everyone should make movies. This is, as before, MERELY an example of the T2i's ability to salvage something out of really poor lighting. This is intended solely as sample footage for people considering the camera to ponder.

This was shot with no interior lights whatsoever. I'm not going to debate why we shot with no interior lights. It was not my plan or 1st choice, but under some unexpected circumstances, it's what I chose was best (or least worse). Anyway, this scene is lit entirely by the light coming through one window. No HDV camera would get anything remotely close to this, under the same circumstances.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBb3FoTql9s

Note: For some reason, as of this writing, it's taking forever to buffer.
 
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Well, you don't need neoscene until you're ready to edit, of course. Ditto that for RAM. For camera disk, I've been using a 16G, and it's taken quite a bit to fill it up. I guess it depends on your style of shooting. I've been pretty agressively deleting shots that I'm not interested in keeping, whereas some people might not want to delete anything.

Extra batteries are ridiculously cheap, if you're okay with generic. I've heard a rumor that they overheat faster than the real deal. I've had annoyances with overheating for my outside shoots (it's currently 100 degrees, daily, with very high humidity in Richmond). My inside shoots have experienced no overheating, regardless of the battery.

Yeah, this was the kit lens. It doesn't do much. Definitely very limited with it.

When I'm done with principle photography, I'm putting mine up on ebay. Completely out of scratch. If you're interested, I'll be posting something in the "for sale" forum.
 
You're going to sell your camera when done with the shoot?

Mmm, sadly, yes. I just bought it, right before the shoot! I figure, after the amount of money I lose on the sale, down from the full-price I paid, it's like I rented it for a month. A very important month, in which I shot my first feature. If the feature goes well, I'll be shooting on a Red, this time next year, and won't need the T2i. If my feature doesn't go so perfectly well, I'll be shooting on whatever camera I can get my hands on, this time next year. If it happens to be another T2i, for which I'll have to re-purchase, so be it. I haven't worked in 3 weeks, and I gots bills to pay!
 
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