01 October 2013

My new Canon EOS 700D Camera Twin Lens Kit bundle arrived

Canon EOS 700D with Twin Lens Kit
After weeks of research and some serious deliberation (with the kit lenses) I ordered the new Canon EOS 700D with twin lens kit bundle on Monday from my local Canon distributor. The camera arrived (from Johannesburg) on Wednesday and I collected today - 19 July 2013.

Current Canon EOS DSLR / Speedlite Flash Gear
Cirrent Canon EOS DSLR / Speedlite Flash Gear

The EOS 700D is Canon's 2013 top of entry range replacement for the 2012 EOS 650D. With closer inspection there is very little difference between the two models. In fact, except for a slightly different body finish, full-rotating mode dial and the new EF-S 18-55mm USM kit lens it is (almost) identical (both with articulated touch-screen LCD). Various other tweaks 'under the hood', but will be discussed at a later stage.The EOS 650D is still available and I doubt it if you would notice any difference in functionality and / or image quality.

EF-S twin lens 18-250mm combined range versus single EF-S 18-135mm lens
I ordered the Canon EOS 700D camera with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6 IS STM and 55-250mm f4/5-5.6 II IS kit lenses bundled with a Canon camera bag and 16GB Sandisk memory card. Another option on Monday was the 700D camera body with a separate EF-S 18 – 135mm IS lens. Many people choose the latter for flexibility and to minimize lens changes. My motivation for the twin lens bundle was for image quality and additional optical zoom (up to 250mm versus 135mm).

Excellent Canon packaging
As with all Canon products I have purchased either for reselling or personal use, this product was immaculately packaged, with all components tightly sealed in Canon's familiar and crisp red / white cardboard box packaging.

Canon EOS 700D Twin lens bundle kit contents
The all inclusive kit offers anybody new to DSLR photography / or upgradeing from an older entry-level EOS camera system with an immediate out-of-box high-quality photographic opprtunity:

  • EOS 700D camera body
  • EF-S 18 - 55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
  • EF-S 55 - 250mm f/4.5 - 5.6 II IS lens
  • 16 GB Extreme Sandisk memory card
  • EOS Digital branded neck strap
  • Battery and charger
  • USB inteface cable
  • Printed instruction manual
  • EOS Software (also for RAW editing) CD x2
  • EOS Portrait / Landscape photography learning DVD
  • EOS 300EG backpack camera bag .

Canon EOS 700D Camera Body Specifications

  • 18.2 megapixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC 5 image processor
  • Canon EOS-F (EF / EF-S) lens mount
  • Hybrid AF system, 9-point cross-type
  • 3 inch 1040k dot touch-screen
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • Full HD video with stereo microphones, manual controls
  • Continuous AF available in video
  • Integrated Speedlite transmitter
  • 360 degree mode dial
  • Preview creative filters before shooting
  • ISO100-25600
  • 440 shot battery life
  • HDR (combines 3 shots)

Additional Canon EOS camera equipment

  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens
  • Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens
  • Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
  • Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens
  • Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Prime lens
  • Canon 58 mm 250D Close0up lens
  • Canon 58mm 500D Close-up lens
  • Canon Speedlite 270EX II external hotshoe flash
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II external hotshoe flash
  • Canon EOS Remote Control RC-6
  • EF-S / EF lens hoods
  • Manfrotto Tripod Compact MKC3-H01
  • Manfrotto Monopod MMC3-01
  • Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce EW Diffuser (Canon Speedlite 430EX II)

Camera / photographic evaluation
My intention is to do a fair amount of demonstration and experimentation with the Canon EOS 700D (and various EF / EF-S lens combinations) over the next couple of weeks and will regularly post updates on camera functionality and macro / nature photo projects.

Canon EOS 700D / T5i Rebel DSLR Camera Body
Canon EOS 700D / T5i Rebel DSLR Camera Body

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