I've owned 3 different video DSLR's in my filmmaking life, the T2i, T3i and 60D. After selling my T3i and buying a 60D, I kinda wanted a second camera, one that was small and cheap but still took great photo's and video. Camera like the new Eos-M, Sony RX's and the panasonic GH series cameras are great but since I'm already so familiar with canon DSLR's, those cameras didn't interest me much (plus the Sony's and Panasonic's have smaller sensors) The t2i was my first video DSLR and I really enjoyed using it despite its limitations (the latest "stable" version of magic lantern wasn't out at the time) and lets be honest, during the DSLR filmmaking revolution the only people who bought the T2i were the ones who couldn't afford the 7D, secretly we all wanted the bigger and more "professional" looking camera and I was no exception. I sold my T2i over 2 years ago and never looked back, I always thought it was the lesser of the canon DSLR's. What some people don't realize is that the 7D, 60D, T4i, T3i and yes the T2i all have the same sensor, so although some have different or better features the image overall will be the same quality. Since I'm going to Brazil soon I wanted a second camera to act as my "walk around" camera, I found a used T2i on craigslist for really cheap so I bought it, and here are the reasons why.
1. It was cheap! I'm not made of money so I didn't want to spend a bunch of cash on something that might get stolen from me while I'm in Brazil.
2. Takes great photos! Like every canon DSLR, the T2i shoots great photos! The ability to shoot in RAW with an 18mp DSLR is great!
3. Great for video! Now that the stable magic lantern (version 2.3) is out, it makes the little old T2i a very capable video camera and unlocks many features that I wanted before but didn't have back when I owned it (like the manual audio levels) and also having other free plugins like Cinestyle makes it great for filmmaking!
4. Its small! Being a traveler and a skate filmer, my style of filmmaking has always been "run and gun" so big camera set ups have never appealed to me. The T2i is small and innocent looking but it packs a powerful punch!
I still own and love my 60D but I find myself using the little T2i for most of my video projects due to its size and the fact that I wont cry if it gets a little banged up. Combined with the nifty fifty I think its the perfect camera for the traveling filmmaker on a budget!