Hello! I've been away for quite some time photographically speaking due to a busy schedule both in and out of work. Well last week I found some time to take some photos around the beautiful city of Toronto. This time, I decided to visit one of the city's most famous landmarks, the Distillery District. This place is just amazing. There's some form of art in every direction, there's lots of people, there's lots of things going around in this place. Stores, restaurants, and art galleries can be found inside this beautiful place and best of all, it kept its classic appearance all these years. Many movies have been shot here, most notably, is the movie Cinderella Man. Just click on the photo above or click here to see the rest of the photos. Hope you all like them and as always, stay tuned because there's Gello is always working on something cool ;)
 
 
This may be old news to some, but I recently stumbled upon an article in photographyblog.com showing the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Mark II lens. It is estimated to launch in March (for the Nikon version) and July (for the Canon version). According to Photography Blog's article, the new Tokina lens will have a new quieter focusing motor and a new magnetic AF sensor similar to the one found in Tokina 16-28mm FX. The new lens will also have an improve multi-coating. Looks like the lens is pretty much the same as the first one with a few improvements. I still use the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Mark I lens and I don't think I need to upgrade, but it's very good to know that Tokina is improving there already awesome line-up of lenses. 

Click here to see the article from photogragphyblog.com.
 
 
This past Friday, I bought the awesome Canon 55-250mm IS from someone and it came with a lot of goodies! I still can't believe I got all that stuff for such a low price. Here's what I got:
  • Canon EFS f/4-5.6 55-250mm IS lens (costs $400 in Canada)
  • Canon 58mm UV filter (costs $40 in Canada)
  • Canon ET-60 lens hood (costs $35)
  • Canon/Lowepro Rezo 190 AW camera bag (costs $100)
  • Lowepro Toploader Zoom 50 AW (costs about $50)

Adding the costs up, it adds up to about $650 before taxes. However, I only paid $250 cash, flat, no tax. That's a $400 saving! Shopping online is indeed a great pleasure especially when you see deals like this. Everything was used of course but it was BARELY and I mean BARELY used! No scratches or anything! I even got the entire box and paper documents for the lens! This weekend was truly a great weekend. 

Head's up, I'm going to try to review my gear one-by-one over the next few months. We'll see how that goes.
 
 
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Canon's new Rebel T3i **
It's barely even a year since Canon announced the Canon T2i in 2010 and here we are now waiting for the arrival of yet another Rebel in the block. This time though, Canon is sending two Rebels. The T3 and the T3i. Well, it seems Canon, and in fact almost all camera manufacturers, release an update of their products in a yearly basis. If you bought a Canon model only to find out a new "blinged" out version is just a few weeks away then you know what I mean. 

However, Canon and the other manufacturers don't expect their customers to buy their latest models (although that would be one of their evil desires :-P), because if they did, a lot of people will be broke in many countries and that will ruin the world's economy. Instead, it's much better to think that they are targeting the new users which would broaden the demographics of dSLR users. So, are Canon's newest cannons a worthy upgrade? Or is it just more of the same stuff re-hashed from the previous year?

Let's first look at the T3i. This is effectively going to be the successor of the popular Canon T2i that went before it. At it's core, the T3i is basically a T2i in a slightly new body, a name that's been numerically increased, and with a few new features to make it worthy of the word "successor." The main upgrade is the 1-million dot tilt-and-swivel LCD screen making it a pleasure for shooting videos (in HD of course). There are also some addition to the software like fisheye and toy-camera filters that can be applied in-camera to the pictures. 

The next Rebel is the T3. This is a "watered-down" version of the T3i. However, the T3 is better compared with a Canon Rebel released a little over 2 years ago, the Canon Rebel XS. The T3 then is a "successor" of the XS model featuring a higher resolution sensor at 12 megapixels, an expanded ISO range (now from 100 to 6400), an increased number of AF points (there's now 9 of them), a slightly larger LCD screen (although it's not swivelly or tilty like in the T3i and it still is only a 230,000 dot display), and hallelujah HD video recording up to 720p.

Canon EOS Rebel T3
Canon's new Rebel T3 **
If you already have a Rebel like myself, then these "new" features shouldn't really make your eyes bulge out in excitement. If you already have a Rebel T2i or even a T1i, you shouldn't even flinch with these features. The fact of the matter is, these features have been implemented before in the older models of Canon Rebels, like the T2i with just a few refinements. It's like re-airing some commercial from last year with a different song, heck, maybe with no change at all. Buying any camera be it a point-and-shoot or a DSLR (except the higher end ones) is like getting on a packed bus only to see three absolutely empty busses pass by. But there's  absolutely nothing wrong with that. You got on the bus because you wanted to end the wait, the empty buses will then pick up the people who just got to the bus stop. The same principle holds for these camera models coming out every year. If you keep waiting for the "next big thing" then you'll never leave that bus stop, but if you just go ahead and get the model you want then you got on the bus! You may be a little disappointed that you could've gotten an empty bus should you waited a little longer but at least you're now on your way to enjoying your purchase.

So is the T3 and T3i worth the purchase? If you're new to the world of DSLR photography, yes absolutely. Either model will be a great way to kickstart your journey in photography be it as a hobby or as a prospective profession. If you already own a Rebel, why are you even reading this? Shouldn't you be honing your photography skills or at least setting your eye on a camera like the 60D or the 5D MkII?

** Canon T3i image: from gadgetell.com
** Canon T3 image: from gadgetell.com

 
 
February started off with a relatively big bang for the folks at Canon and for those who have been waiting for Canon's new products. Canon announced two new entry-level DSLRs called the Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D) and the Canon EOS Rebel T3 (1100D). The Canon T3i is an update over the popular T2i released by the same company last year. The T3i inherits the same 18 megapixel crop sensor, DIGIC 4 processor, HD video recording (both 720p and 1080p at various frame rates), and a load of the same stuff from T2i. The new thing for T3i is the new swivelling 1 million dot LCD Display which is similar to the ones found in the Canon 60D. The T3i will be released in March with an MSRP $899.99CAD (body) or $999.99CAD (kit).
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Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D) *
The Canon body is the T3 (non-i) which is also called the 1100D. So in a numerical sense, the T3 is an update for Canon's absolute lowest model the Canon EOS Rebel XS (Which happens to be the camera used by yours truly). Canon retains the whole "simple yet powerfull" approach with the T3 body. New in the T3 kit is the new 12.2 megapixel crop sensor which I would guess (I might be wrong) is from the Canon XSi, a DIGIC 4 processor, Canon's new 63-zone metering system (seen in the other cameras in the Canon range), and HD video capability. However, the video recording is limited to 720p which makes sense for a camera that is suppose to be a class lower than the T3i. The T3 will not get swivelling screen from its bigger brother T3i or 60D. But that's what you expect for a camera like this. The T3 will also be released in March alongside the T3i and will sell at an MSRP of $649.99CAD (kit). If you live in Canada, Future Shop will have an exclusive red version of the camera for the same MSRP.

- Angelo Maralit
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Canon EOS Rebel T3 (1100D) *
* Images are owned by Canon Inc.
 
 
Hi All,

Once again, I would like to apologize for yet another month-long silence in my photography website. In the past month, I've been very busy preparing for my summer course exam (Linear Algebra) in University and have been very busy working at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) which ran through September 6th. Now that all that is over, I'll update the website again by adding just a few more images before I get busy again for the Fall Session in University of Toronto. So yeah, that's basically why the site has been dormant in the past month. I will post a handful of fresh and, I believe, great looking photos as early as later tonight. So watch out for them =). For now though, please browse through my current collection of photos by going to the Galleries section or you can see what I posted last time by simply going to the What's New section. Hope you enjoy and keep liking my photos. Until the next update keep clicking that shutter! =D

Cheers,
Angelo Maralit

 
 
Hi All,

The past month has been pretty quiet for this website but that is not the case anymore! I'm back! YAY! After my "month-long" break from taking photos, here I am again sharing my latest and greatest photos. This week, I have 6 new photos added to the collection. To see the latest photos in my collection, simply go to "What's New" and see for yourself. Be sure to check out my Galleries for all the other photos I have for you. Please view my photos and comment on them. It sure feels good to be back! Until next time, more photos are on their way to this website! Have fun everyone.

Cheers,
Angelo Maralit
 
 
I can't believe I forgot all about this, but it's true! May is Photography Month in the U.S. and here in Canada as well! Many photography events are taking place here in Toronto, Canada. TVO is also showing 12 different documentaries regarding photography!

So this May, or what's left of it, look for interesting angles, perspectives, compositions, and most of all, capture lots of amazing photos. Let's celebrate the Photography Month! Check out my Galleries to see all my photos. Some of them are taken this month in response for the Photography Month.

Cheers,
Angelo Maralit
 
 
Hi All,

I just added a new page to this site called "My Equipment" under the "About Me" tab. This page displays the equipment that I use to capture the photos featured in this website. Check it out! I still need new ideas to add to this website, if you have any ideas to tell me please contact me! I would really appreciate any ideas. Thanks =D

Angelo Maralit