Is there a difference between a pro photog using $500 gear and an amateur using $5000 gear?

EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The folks at Mango Street wanted to know, and thus started a little experiment.

An amateur photographer was given a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with EF 35mm f/1.4L II, a pro photographer got the Canon Rebel T3i with a 18-55mm kit lens and the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens.

So, what did the test reveal? Watch the video below.

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The “Amazing Worlds Within Our World” – Jaw Dropping Macro Photography Using a Rebel T3i and Reversed Kit Lens

Do you need expensive gear to make astonishing photos? As artist Pyanek shows, you do not.

To create the impressing macro shots of everyday objects you see in the video above, he used a Canon Rebel T3i/EOS 600D with reverse mounted kit lens, a kit that sells for around $500. Using an adapter you can mount a lens “the wrong way”, i.e. flip it around backwards. An inexpensive way to shot extreme macro photography. Such an adapter sells for less than $10 on eBay. You have to make all settings by yourself since there is no connection with the camera. Not the usual way to use your lens but one that delivers fun and awesome photos.

Pyanek used Helicon Focus for focus stacking, and Lightroom 5 for editing. He also composed the music in the video. You can follow him on Facebook and YouTube.

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Wanderment – A Time-Lapse that will Awake Your Wanderlust (and make you dream)

WANDERMENT from The Upthink Lab on Vimeo is a special time-lapse, one that reminds us how beautiful nature is. And a well made time-lapse too.

WANDERMENT is the result of a 12-month collection of 4K time-lapse sequences captured while hiking and backpacking in the Appalachian Mountains, and in California and Alaska. Contrasting landscapes are juxtaposed using color and b&w techniques. It’s a video that has a good chance to put you into reflective moments.

Among the many used gear there is a EOS 6DEOS 5D Mark III, a Rebel T3i/EOS 600D running Magic Lantern, various Samyang prime lenses, and more (full list here)

Canon Rebel T3i Most Used on Flickr And Among Best Selling DSLR On Amazon

Rebel T3i

The Phoblographer did some research and found that the good old Canon Rebel T3i/EOS 600D (released in 2011) is the most used dedicated camera on Flickr, and it is the best selling DSLR on Amazon US (edit: it was until a few days ago, today it’s ranked 2nd).


The T3i/600D sports an 18MP sensor, a 9 point AF system, shots 3.7 fps, records 1080p HD video, has an articulated screen, and goes up to ISO 12800. The T3i/600D is an excellent option for those who want to start using a serious DSLR without breaking the bank. The T3i/600D with the 18-55mm IS lens currently sells for $549 on Amazon US. Want to see what the T3i/600D delivers? Have a look on Flickr.

Canon Rebel T3i/EOS 600D price check: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA [via The Phoblographer]

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