on March 3, 2014
Nice combined package. Other reviews explain the contents, the bundle. I was quite pleased. The only suggestion I have is that there should be an itemized shipping list, an invoice. There were 17 separate items in the package. It was a complicated order. I could not believe that there was no shipping checklist for the customer to use upon opening the box. Turns out Focus did a nice job packing and all the contents were included; but I was quite worried for a couple hours until I figured out that all was in order. I actually made my own Excel checklist. I cut and pasted text from the Amazon description, parsed the text, numbered the list to come come up with 17 items, and then compared to actual box contents.
1 Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18.0 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 3-inch Touchscreen and Full HD Movie Mode (Body) -
2 Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom Lens -
3 Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens -
4 Telephoto Lens Set -
5 Wide Angle Lens Set -
6 3 pc Filter Kit: UV/ Polarizing filter/Fluorescent correction & Case
7 32 Gigabyte SDHC Secure Digital Memory Card -
8 Focus Secure Digital USB Card Reader -
9 Focus Universal Memory Card Wallet -
10 Focus Pack of LCD Screen Protectors
11 Additional LP-E8 Rechargeable Lithium-ion Replacement Battery Pack -
12 Focus Well Protective SLR Camera Gadget Bag w/Pockets & Strap
13 Focus Full Size 59" Tripod W/Case -
14 Focus DVD Guide to Digital SLR Cameras -
15 Focus Digital Grey Card Set for color correction - Focus Digital Grey Card Set for color correction -
16 Focus 5pc Dlx Lens Care & Cleaning Kit -
17 HDMI cable for HDTV
on August 4, 2013
I really cannot say enough about this canon camera. It has a lot of amazing features, you can customize how you want to take your photos, and it is not very complicated. This Kit includes 17 items which means you do not have to buy any additional accessories. The price of Canon Rebel T5i is $849 with one lens only, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens worth around $180 if you buy it separately, but with this set you only pay for the camera and the 75-300mm Telephoto Zoom lens, and you get everything else for FREE. I am very happy with the quality of all the accessories. It is a very good deal :)
on November 14, 2013
This is my first foray into the DSLR realm and I couldn't be happier with my purchase. This camera came highly recommended from several of my friends who have the T3i and they were all amazed at the deal that this package has. This comes with everything that a beginner could need to get started and all for the cost of just the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens and camera.
Everything came securely packaged from the seller Focus Camera. My only complaint so far is that the tripod is slightly wobbly when fully extended, but that was mentioned in another post and so I was expecting that and purchased another tripod set, which I was going to do anyways for the remote control, monopod, and flexible tripods.
This camera is fantastic. I previously had a Canon Powershot and loved it, but I had finally reached the maximum capabilities of that camera and was looking for something more to get night-time shots and better macros. Just setting this T5i to Auto settings already blows my Powershot out of the water and I can't wait to get into the manual features. I'll add more as I explore my wonderful new camera!
Update Feb 2014: I love this thing and can't put it down. I watched the DVD that came with the camera and started shooting and am so happy with the results! I haven't had any issues at all with the camera function, lenses, etc. yet.
on September 11, 2014
There are better reviews that go far more in depth on the camera itself and the main components included. I want to address some of the issues listed in the older top rated reviews on this page that caused me some hesitation on my own decision to purchase:
1. In response to reported issue of the additional lenses just being thrown into the box or other packaging concerns: Every piece of the kit shipped in original, unopened packaging and all of it was intelligently, and carefully packed inside a kit box, which itself is placed inside a large Amazon box with padding to keep it from shifting around..
2. In response to issues involving pieces that do not fit the T5i: Everything from the lenses, filters, and lens adapters to the cables, battery, and SD Card all fit and work properly.
3. In response to issues regarding quality of 3rd Party components:
- The tripod works fine for still photography and surprisingly creak free for the admittedly lower-end build quality. If you plan to shoot a lot of video that requires smooth and silent tilt and panning, or require something more versatile (e.g. taller heights), you will likely want to invest in a separate tripod.
- The bag is far better than earlier reviews seem to indicate. It is highly versatile, and not only am I able to pack the entire contents of this kit into the bag (excluding the tripod), I've also added a manual flash and mini softbox and still have room for an additional lens or flash.
- The extra battery that came in the kit turned out to be defective. It would hold a charge barely long enough to keep the camera running for about an hour with minimal actual photography (~100 shots). The seller immediately shipped out a replacement that works as well as the OEM battery that came with the camera.
Overall I am extremely satisfied with the incredible value that this kit provides, as well as the prompt customer service from Focus Camera. This is a purchase I have been researching and waiting on for over 6 years, and in the end, I feel like I got a great product at a great price with great customer service from the seller.
on January 3, 2015
Ever since I was in middle school, I loved taking photos. And I've always wanted a professional looking DSLR camera, and after seeing so many good reviews about the Canon Rebel cameras, I finally got this one for Christmas this year from my mom. And let me just say, I am absolutely in love with it! My mom trialed for Amazon Prime just so it would arrive on Christmas Eve, and when I first unpackaged the box there was SO MUCH STUFF. At first it was kind of overwhelming, but once you sort through it all it's like you just received a box full of new toys. I carried my camera around the house like it was a baby, and for someone who has never owned (as well as never used) a DSLR camera it was very easy to use! Putting in the lenses was kind of tricky at first because the red dots didn't align like they were supposing to, but I still managed to make them work. The focus and quality of this camera is breath taking. Over half of the pictures on my SD card are of my dogs and cats (and let me just say, after taking photos of them I have realized that they are much more prettier than I am..) but they are gorgeous gorgeous photos! I also love the touch screen so much, it makes it so much easier to view my photos and manually focus it if I wanted to. This camera is so perfect for a beginner like me, and even though I didn't even read the manual, I was able to work it perfectly fine.
Okay, so let me just tell you about the items that this kit came with. Of course, it came with the body and two lenses (18-55mm and 75-300mm) and if the kit ended there, it would already be a good deal! You're basically getting another lens for free, because if you were to go into Best Buy or like Fred Meyer to buy this camera with a lens it would be the same price with ONLY the body and the 18-55mm lens. Plus, it came with a ton of other stuff, so if you're contemplating about buying this item just for it's price I would definitely buy it because it's worth it. Personally, I love the 18-55mm lens because it's simple and gets the job done even if the thing you're taking a picture of is pretty far away. However, if you do need to get a close up picture the 75-300mm lens is so wonderful. It took me a while to realize how to focus it (you have to turn the tip of the lens) it is so easy. You just have to have a pretty steady hand. The other day I was trying to take a picture of the moon and using that lens it was so in-depth, you could see the craters! However, I can't seem to take a picture of the moon because of it's glow. I have yet to take a picture of one, but I will try and mess with the camera and I'll keep you guys updated. As for the other items that came along with the camera, the best are by far the SD card, the extra batteries and their charger and the bag. The SD is 32 GB which is great for a lot of photos, and the batteries are very convenient when the other one dies. The bag is kind of small if you want to put EVERYTHING that came with this kit in it, but I somehow was able to make it work. The camera strap is great, but it's kind of hard to put on the camera, so just in case I put it on wrong I still hold the camera by the bottom when it's around my neck. As for the other things, I haven't watched the DVD about the camera yet (because I don't really feel like it), and the wide angle and zoom lenses aren't very useful, but they're still pretty cool to look through and it could be useful if you really needed them. I've never used the filters yet but they seem very nice! I do love that this kit came with a screen protector, because I really want to keep this camera nice, but they are really hard to cut and shape to fit you're screen. I managed to do it, but it was hard to make sure there were no air bubbles when putting it on. I haven't used the tripod yet, but it seems a little cheap-isn, but you never know! I do like the Universal Memory Card Wallet because I might get more SD cards in the future and I love that it came with a lens care and cleaning kit, but things that I have no idea what to use for would be the Focus Digital Grey Card Set for color correction and the Secure Digital USB Card Reader. Plus, this came with a HDMI cable that allows you to hook up your camera to your TV, which is so cool! Also, it comes with a 25 print card so you can print 25 of your photos for free at any store. As you can see, this kit comes with so many things and even though it comes with some not-so-useful things, most of the things in this kit are useful and this is totally worth the price.
I'm new to the photography world, and now that I have this camera I am totally going to explore the world. I was so happy when I received this camera, I almost cried of happiness! I have very big hopes for this camera, and I am 99% confident that this camera will meet my expectations. I also uploaded a ton of photos that I took, just so you guys could see the wonderful quality that this camera brings
on September 7, 2013
I purchased the Canon T5i kit in July 2013 from Focus Camera through Amazon, I like the camera but this isn't a camera review. I wanted to discuss the Focus Kit. Everything arrived without damage but packaging was poor, when I picked it up from UPS I couldn't believe I had a $1000 purchase in this crappy box. The camera and lenses were as advertised, although the 55-250 didn't come in factory packaging. The Focus bag and tripod are cheap. The extra lenses seem okay I'm not a skilled enough photographer to judge them. The extra battery and Sony 32GB class 10 SD card a nice. Overall not a bad deal although I didn't like paying $26 for shipping (no prime deal there).
on August 27, 2013
The camera was in great condition, and all the lenses are amazing, but most of the extra things do not fit the camera. The extra battery is for the t3i and does not fit, and the 3 filters do not fit either. Generally, everything works fine, it would just be nice if all the things I paid for fit. Probably will not buy from them again.