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This review is from: Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens - 9 Piece Bundle
Pros: Capable DSLR camera, new in the box for a reasonable price. Great for just dunking the toes into the photography world without selling your car to make it happen.
Kit includes everything you need to starting taking pictures within an hour of battery charging.
Perfect for the beginner.
Cons: The T3 chassis is ancient (by DLSR standards).
The included kit lens is not the more expensive IS version which you would likely get with a T5 bundle.
No full-sized tripod.
Other Thoughts: The T3 is an old model, but it's still quite capable. If you buy this kit, you'll be taking pictures within an hour. They'll suck of course, because it'll take you a week before you can get anything right without the assistance of automatic modes, but it won't be the camera's fault.
Sure, it only has like 12 MP. And the video it shoots is only 720P. And you can only shoot about 3fps bursts, which will fill the buffer in about 2 seconds on RAW. And yeah, the lens isn't IS...
But we're thinking about price point here! Or we should be, at least.
The best deal I've seen on a T5 bundle is at least $100 more. Most of the time, it's +$200. You know what that is ... that's the first lens I bought. A new 55-250 IS medium telephoto.
And I made that choice after I was sure I liked the hobby, which I knew because I dipped my toes with this great bundle and liked the water.
If you just want to take decent pictures on Auto mode, this camera will outshine most non-SLR rigs for less money right out of the box. But if you want to actually try the hobby of photography, the odds are that this camera will easily keep up with your learning curve.
Trust me, you aren't going to notice the lower MP count. And you will probably never be able to tell the difference between 720P and 1080P sitting on your couch. This camera is still very viable out in the field.
Save some cash if you're getting started and buy this. Then when you feel the itch, spring for a better lens and see the difference. I bet others won't be able to tell that you skimped on the body.
One thing I need to mention, though ... handheld video will look VERY handheld if you don't use a tripod with a non-IS lens. It won't look bad, mind you ... but it will be jittery.
Pros: Has been completely reliable since install.
Cons: None thus far.
Other Thoughts: I have a Lenovo work station which just seems to hate any RAM which isn't timed in the 7-7-7 (All Seven Fever!) arena.
There aren't a lot of budget sticks in that setup, and I picked these up because they got decent reviews, wouldn't break the bank, and met my timing requirements.
I've not been disappointed. The finicky CPU hasn't had a BSOD since they went in, and there's not a lot more you can ask from workstation-grade RAM than that.
The styling is a little silly for something so humble, but you're likely not sticking these in something you're showing off in a transparent case anyway, so no biggie.
This review is from: Rosewill RNX-N600PCE - Dual Band Wireless N600 Wi-Fi Adapter - IEEE 802.11b / 11g / 11n, Up to 300 Mbps (5.0 GHz) + 300 Mbps (2.4 GHz) Data Rates, PCI E Interface, 2 High Power Dual Band Antennas
Pros: Was affordable on sale.
Came with both high and low profile brackets.
Strong signal receipt.
Cons: Poor transmit speeds.
Driver often takes a bit of time after boot up before it finds and connects to my home network.
Other Thoughts: These Rosewill products are really hit or miss. I have a smaller, cheaper, USB wifi card in another computer on the same network which easily sees double the throughput speeds as this one, despite lowever specs.
The driver suite which came with the aforementioned USB card is also clearly superior for ease-of-use, and establishment speed.
I have to wait up to a minute after boot (with a solid state drive averaging 10 seconds from POST to idling in Windows7) before the driver will finish hand-shaking with my router. Not every time, but often enough to be bothered.
My real-world connection speeds are typically about 60 / 40 Mbs down/up. Generally, my tablets outpace this computer on the network because of it.
On the other hand, it was fairly cheap. That doesn't stop me from wishing that I had bought another USB stick instead -- I could easily have matched this performance for less.
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