Monday, June 13, 2011

Cheerful Lake @ Mountain Park, GA

A quaint little place, Mountain Park is hidden in the midst of the Atlanta metropolitan area. It is about 30 minutes north of Atlanta, just next to Roswell.
We go there occasionally just to take pictures of the lake, the flowers, and the water fowl.
Today was a perfect day to shoot a few images. Well, any day is a perfect day for shooting, but here are a few from my most recent photo shoot there.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Canon Rebel T3i VS T3 - Canon's Newest Entry-level DSLR Comparison

Rebel T3i - soccer action
Canon has two new beginner's Digital SLR cameras, and shoppers need to be aware that they are quite different in spite of the similarities in name. Differences between the Canon Rebel T3i and the Canon Rebel T3 are very obvious, even to the newest photographer.

In this report, we will look at the Canon Rebel T3i vs T3.

To start with a bit from the past, several years ago, there was a similar release when Canon produced the Rebel XSi along side the XS. Back then, as today, the only deviation was an itty-bitty "i". Entry-level Digital SLR camera buyers have been buying the Rebel XS in record numbers.

This is the reason the Rebel T3 isn't truly a rival of the T3i, rather it is an upgrade to the older XS, and it should be thought of as the most basic of Digital SLRs. It will unquestionably give the inexperienced entry-level camera buyer years of digital image gratification without all the extras of more sophisticated models.

Canon Rebel T3

Inside the T3, the hardware is just what you need to make those amazing images you've always dreamed of, despite the fact that this is not a feature-packed model. The missing bells and whistles won't be much of a concern to most first-time camera buyers anyway.

Here are just a few of the "included" features of the T3 that will make this a great camera choice:

1. The new and improved image sensor is plenty large enough at 12.2 megapixels. This is a major improvement over the Rebel XS in terms of size and quality.

2. Video ability has now been included which was not available in the XS. While it doesn't quite match up to the T3i, it is still a robust component of the T3 at HD 720p.

3. Creative options that allow for in-camera image enhancements such as "soft-focus" or "grainy black and white" plus a few more.

4. The new Feature Guide is yet another great new feature. The Feature Guide shows a short description of the selected feature, making it much easier to navigate to the setting you want.

Canon Rebel T3i w/ swivel LCD
Some of the features in the T3i that are not included in the T3:

1. An 18-megapixel CMOS image sensor
(the same one as in the more expensive 60D and 7D).

2. A 3" swivel LCD panel with better resolution, which is very handy for taking video and still shots from difficult angles.

3. If you are one who is looking for video, the T3i has a full 1080p video package with stereo sound and the capability of off-camera mic.

4. Continuous shooting for sports and action is much better at 3.7 fps, and it can store many more shots.

In general, the build quality is the same for both cameras. With respect to the difference between the T3 and the T3i sensor, you can get really large images from both with the same quality. In the end, your personal expectations for your DSLR will be the determining factor, along with your budget.

The Canon Rebel T3 is already becoming a favorite of new photographers in the Cheap Digital SLR category.
You will want see a much better side-by-side comparison of the Canon Rebel T3i VS T3 before you make your final choice. It is available at

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Canon Rebel T3 - Top Value In A Cheap DSLR

Cheap Digital SLR? The Canon Rebel T3 fits the description (and nearly everybody will agree). However, you still get high great value for your money, even though a second mortgage is not required to get one of these nifty little cameras.

The Rebel T3 (not to be confused with the Rebel T3i is an upgrade of the fiercely popular Canon XS. When buyers started getting the word out about the XS model, it started flying off the shelves in huge numbers. In fact, it is still number one on Amazon's best seller list!

This image of a flower taken by Jade with a Canon Rebel T3

Leon posted this photo of his beautiful dog.

Is Inexpensive An Indication Of Caliber?

Part of the reason for popularity was that a new camera owner could get outstanding quality at a low cost, and that without a large investment of time to learn about the camera. In this writer's judgment, if you take the exact same inexperienced photographer, someone who is just getting into digital SLR photography, and put a $600 (Canon T3) camera in their mits, then set a $2700 (Canon 7D) camera in their hands, the images will be alike in quality.

Different Digital SLR strokes for different folks.

It seems we have entered a new era - the era of digital photography. Nowadays, there are many more who are passionate about photography. Nature, concerts, family interests, sports, street journalism, and just about any interest you can think of are reasons for people to upgrade to digital slr cameras.

They want the best photos possible, therefore they are turning to digital SLRs. The most obvious choice for new photographers is an entry-level digital slr camera. Quality without complications (the complication of learning a new, high-powered camera system) is what they want.

The Canon T3 is maintaining the custom of the XS in that a raw camera user can begin shooting with this camera right out of the box and get the splendid pictures they wished for.

How is this camera better in terms of upgrades?

The Rebel T3 has better "stuff" than its older sibling. The key technology of digital SLRs is better by leaps and bounds. The new 12-megapixel CMOS (vs 10-megapixels) sensor has better quality, plain and simple. Another item is video. Everyone expects it and uses it in their camera. Add to that the oodles of creative additions to the camera software, and you have a much better camera for all aspects of camera use.

What about price?

Are you aware that there are many digital SLR cameras for less than $600? Cheap digital SLR cameras are produced by every major manufacturer. The satisfaction this Rebel T3 will bring can make many people content for lots of years. Yet, for others, their 1st cheap DSLR is just a starting point. If that is you, make certain you study the options for expansion, including lenses and equipment add-ons.

The Canon T3 is already becoming a favorite of new photographers in the Cheap Digital SLR category. It's definitely worth a look here: