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Fried rice with sun-dried tomatoes
After being away for a very long time, I'm back! Now, we have a new photo set in Gello Photography. I realized that I've been cooking quite a lot lately and I decided to take pictures of the food that I cook while it is cooking and/or when it is cooked. I named the photo set "Who Said Men Can't Cook?" because I felt that normal everyday men like me are not really known for being good in the kitchen (except the male chefs of course). Also because amongst my group of friends, I'm currently the only one who can and willing to cook. This photo set is meant to encourage more men to cook not just for themselves but also for the ones they care about. Who knows, being good in the kitchen could be a good source of extra points for your girlfriend ;-) With that said, click on the photo above to see the rest of the collection. There's only a few photos up at the moment but expect this collection to grow in the coming months as I continue to cook more delicious dish! Enjoy and stay hungry!
 
 
The Beautiful Toronto Project is alive and well. I've been absent for a few months because of school but now, it's time to roll out some more photos! This time I'm back in Casa Loma! Visited the castle one more time with a friend and took some more pictures. Had to go back because I just recently bought an ultra-wide angle lens for my camera at that time and Casa Loma was the perfect place to test out its capabilities. Got some very interesting wide angle shots that's for sure. It got even better when we found the entrance to the underground tunnel of the castle. Very creepy pathway but it was very exciting. Click on the images above to see the rest of the collection. Hope you like the photos I have for you! More photos are on their way so stay tuned :)
 
 
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Here's another update for the Beautiful Toronto Project! I originally intended to go to the Distillery District and take photos there but I accidentally took a wrong turn and ended up in the city's industrial harbour area. Factories, constructions, and even parks are found here. So I took a stroll in this area and took photographs. Click on the photo above to see what I ended up taking pictures of! Hope you like them as much as I do! Until next time. More photos are being edited and are on their way.
 
 
Yes folks! Summer is finally in full swing and that means one thing. It's hot! Not just that but that also means that everyone is gonna be out and about to celebrate the four short months of hot weather before good 'ol winter come knockin' again. So to take advantage of this great time, Gello Photography will be delivering a mega-collection of photos that feature the beautiful city of Toronto and the great festivities it hosts during the Summer season. The Beautiful Toronto Project will extend from the Downtown Core, CN tower, the city's skyline, cruise lines, and many more memorable spots in Toronto. So stay tuned for the first batch of Photos for the Beautiful Toronto Project. Just for a little taste, here's one photo from the first part of the mega-collection.
CN Tower
 
 
After months of searching in the internet I finally found a Canon EF 35mm f/2 lens used and for a really good price! Yeah, I'm not rich so I can't really buy lens from stores, they're just too expensive! The lens came with an official lens hood from Canon and a Tiffen UV filter. The entire package for $300. A pretty sweet deal when you consider the price of the items I got individually in retail stores. I haven't used the lens fully yet but I know I'm going to have a lot of fun shooting with this photo. When mounted to a crop sensor like the Canon Rebel XS, the focal length is effectively about 56mm which is pretty close ( a bit narrower) to what our eyes can see. This means that walking around downtown Toronto for some candid street photography will be much easier than before. I used to use the nifty-fifty (50mm lens) when doing street photography and I just found that lens to be a bit too narrow to frame the shots properly especially in crowded places downtown. So here's hoping for an awesome-tastic summer photography awesomeness with this new lens and all my other lenses! Woot!

If you want to see what the lens looks like, check out the "My Equipment" section under the "About Me" tab. 
 
 
Downtown Toronto
A new set is uploaded in Gello Photography! This time Downtown Toronto is our subject! I have nothing else to say but to click the picture above to see the rest of the collection. Hope you like the pictures! More photos are in the works as I speak and more photos are going to be uploaded in my YouTube channel, flickr, and of course Gello Photography! Until next time!
 
 
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.
 
 
For those of you who do not know DigitalRev TV, it's a famous YouTube channel about everything photography. It's basically a TV show in YouTube due to the format of it's shows. The show features your typical hardware reviews of the latest cameras in the industry from small point & shoots to professional DSLRs. Accessories like tripods and lenses are also reviewed. What sets DigitalRev TV apart from the other photography channels in YouTube is that it always makes sure that the viewers have a good laugh every time they watch any of their videos. This is done by funny dialogues in reviews, some cheesy jokes, and wacky challenges that the hosts are put through. Speaking of hosts, the show is presented by two people, Kai and Lok C. However, the main presenter is Kai. 

What makes DigitalRev TV like Top Gear? First of all, Top Gear is a popular British car show. The show reviews the latest cars in the industry and very often, the hosts (Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond) are put through crazy challenges involving just about anything related to automobiles. Watch a few episodes in DigitalRev TV and you'll soon realize that this show has pretty much the same format as Top Gear but in the context of photography. For example, Kai and Lok are often put in wacky challenges like the episode where Kai and the Canon EOS 1D Mk. IV went "head to head" with an airsoft gun. How does that even make any sense? And Kai's continuous "accidental" mishaps around Lok's work adds a bit of personality to the show, as if the show doesn't have enough personality already. Kai even has a British accent which everyone in the internet seems to be curious about.

What makes DigitalRev TV amazing is that even though it has many similarities with the overly‐popular Top Gear show, it doesn't try so hard to be it. Instead, it takes the vibe of Top Gear and splashes hints of its own clever presentations. The show then doesn't look like a British car show reviewing cameras but a full blown camera reviewing show with a hint of British.

Give it a try. Watch episodes of DigitalRev TV in YouTube and see for yourself. Reviewing photography products or products in general don't have to be a boring parade of facts. DigitalRev TV producers certainly know how to make product information both informative and fun. So sit back, have fun, and stay up to date in photography's top gear Seriously though, where did Kai get his British accent?

- Angelo L. Maralit