I shot with a t2i for 2 years before I upgraded to my 7d. It was a great camera. The image quality and ergonomics were fine. The autofocus was not great and the ergonomics and durability could have been better. It did not have any real downfalls, I upgraded because the 7d shoots more FPS and is made of metal, both major plusses in my book. I highly recommend the t2i as a beginner camera and please feel free to message me with any questions about it.