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!