Farewell to my Canon T3i / by Alex Gesse

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It all started with my Canon 3Ti. Yes, I've had other cameras before such as compact point and shoot cameras and camera phones but my love for photography only started after I decided to invest on my first DSLR. Nikon or Canon? I went with Canon and after a few weeks researching a model and a good price, I finally found a sale going on at amazon.com and I went ahead and bought it. The camera came with a kit 18-55mm lens and for a discounted price I also bought the Canon 55-250mm lens.

The camera is considered an entry level model for the DSLR lineup from Canon but a very capable camera. I knew nothing about DSLRs back then, but my good friend Vinny showed me around a few things and from there I took on to teach myself. I spent countless hours reading, researching, watching tutorials and shooting, shooting and shooting some more. Many times I failed, then I tried it again and failed again, I got upset but then tried again and again, and when I got it right I always felt that great feeling of accomplishment... Oh and BTW, I read the entire user manual, it's very important to understand how your camera works and how to get around the settings.

Canon T3i + 50mm lens, 1/500th f/3.5

Canon T3i + 50mm lens, 1/500th f/3.5

A few month passed and I learned my camera really well and I could then start pushing the camera to what the camera could do while also learning about all this general photography rules, which sometimes you want to break to come up with something interesting. I was taking my camera everywhere with me and taking some really beautiful pictures while never stopping trying to improve. That was all fun to me. Photography made me then wanting to go out more.. travel more, meet new people and it even made me want to learn and like art more. Can't beat that!!

Today however I'm passing this camera along. I thought twice about selling it but since I have another DSLR, the Canon 6D which is a full frame and better overall camera I find myself no longer using my T3i. The camera won't go far though, I'm selling to a good friend of mine who will put this camera to good use while driving his truck around the United States. I cannot wait to see some of his pictures and I sure hope he enjoys shooting with this camera as much as I did.

Canon T3i + Canon 55-250 IS, 1/40th f/6.3

Canon T3i + Canon 55-250 IS, 1/40th f/6.3

Canon T3i + 18-55mm IS, 1/8th f/16

Canon T3i + 18-55mm IS, 1/8th f/16