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you can attach a monitor to the t2i through the hdmi port
"if you want to use the t2i stock lens you can't do manual focus " what are you talking about?
"and thus you cannot really produce anything worth watching" please say that you're kidding
correct, there is no focus "ring", but the front section of the 18-55mm kit lense does rotate. and yes option to switch from automatic focus to manual focus for video is inconveniently accessed via the menu, but in my opinion, there's no point in ever using the t2i's AF anyways. Auto is slow and noisy (picked up on the audio if not using an external mic).