Canon T3 – A Great Package for Amateur Photographers

The Canon T3 is among the most recommended basic DSLR’s for budding photographers. It has all the basic features needed to jumpstart a career in professional photography and it comes at a fairly reasonable price of $549.99. But don’t let its price fool you. This is not some cheap DSLR look-alike that takes low quality photos. It certainly is at par with some of the best cameras available today. Each box contains the T3 body, its accompanying EF-S type II lens, the eyecup, a wide strap, interface cable, battery pack and charger, the camera’s solution disk and instruction manual. This simple ensemble is everything an amateur photographer needs to deliver great photos and fun videos.

The 12.2 Megapixel Canon T3 offers high-quality image whilst maintaining a sleek compact design. Some might say that the quality of the images and the settings offered by this entry-level camera do not inspire its user to be more creative and daring. But the real beauty of this camera lies in its ability to teach its user the basics of good and decent photography before getting to more complicated shots and visuals. An amateur needs to practice and master proper lighting and exposure along with composition and camera angles before he can fully learn and appreciate the use of aperture settings, focal lengths, shutter speed settings and depth of field measurements. Like most Canon models, this camera has an ISO 100-6400 for excellent transition when shooting from bright to dim light.Its improved HD movie mode comes with built-in camera movie editing options. Accurate metering is assured between exposures with its dual-layer metering system. The LCD monitor is a 2.7 inch wide screen. A live view function is also added for improved viewing. Imaging features such as basic function, quick setting function, and creative auto are also incorporated in this camera to give its user the ability to customize the camera according to purpose. Amateurs will find the new feature guide and quick control screen extremely helpful with its short descriptions of each function.

The Canon T3 may not offer the best frame rate speed and burst depth but it still does the job better than most. Some users may complain of its weak flash but that can be remedied. One can also decide to buy a separate compatible lens for more advanced shooting if needed. Last but not the least, since it is designed for newbies, you can be certain that every feature available on this camera can be easily understood and put to use.


At a Glance: 2013 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman

The Ram pickup truck line is marked by a variety of models ranging from the standard 1500 to heavy duty 2500 and 3500 editions. Its most common edition is the 1500, offering numerous body styles, truck bed lengths and interior amenities. The Ram 1500 Outdoorsman is designed with sportsmen in mind, people that like to camp, fish, boat or hunt and need a vehicle that supports their lifestyle. Sold in two cab styles and two bed lengths, the 2013 Ram 1500 Outdoorsman is powered by a HEMI V-8 engine and sold in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations.Engine and TransmissionThe Chrysler Group’s 5.7-liter HEMI engine has found a home in many different applications and is the engine powering the Outdoorsman. This engine is paired with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission or an optional 8-speed TorqueFlite transmission.Chrysler says that the Ram’s engine is rated at 395 horsepower and 407 foot-pounds of torque. When paired with the 8-speed automatic transmission, buyers should enjoy a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy. The new transmission is operated with a rotary shift dial that is mounted right on the dashboard. A 32-gallon fuel tank allows owners to enjoy an extended driving range.Towing CapacityThe Outdoorsman is all about taking on the hard work and doing it with ease. Its powerful engine means that this truck is towing ready and is equipped with a standard class IV receiver hitch for optimum towing.Also available with this model is an integrated trailer brake controller, a tool that can be adjusted by the driver and features an instrument panel readout. Included lighted harness plugs can be adapted for various trailering needs as its 4- and 7-pin arrangement makes towing possible day or night. Ram also equips this truck with a heavy-duty cooling fan and transmission cooler, a limited-slip differential and offers a standard 3.92 axle ratio for four-wheel-drive models. Trailer tow mirrors and a rear backup camera are also available.Ram AmenitiesWhat good is any truck if it cannot get the job done? The Outdoorsman sits on 17-inch cast aluminum wheels set within light truck rated tires. It comes with tow hooks, features a stepped up front air dam and rear exhaust for improved ground clearance, comes with mud/slush mats and offers standard front suspension and transfer skid plates with four-wheel-drive models. Each truck is outfitted with a 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, a 180-amp alternator and a tire pressure monitor.Ram Box is a feature Outdoorsmen buyers may love. It offers a secure place for enthusiasts to store their gear and comes with a pair of weatherproof and drainable storage bins, an adjustable bed divider and extender, and a cargo rail system.Inside, every truck comes equipped with premium cloth seats, with your choice of bucket seats or a split bench seat. A front 10-way power seat for the driver, lumbar support and a split folding rear seat are standard. This model also comes with a UConnect infotainment system, climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, SiriusXM satellite radio with Bluetooth connectivity and much more.Outdoorsman ConsiderationsThe Ram 1500 Outdoorsman can seat up to six adults and is available in quad and crew cabin configurations. Two bed lengths, 67 inches and 76 inches, are available. A dozen exterior color choices are offered and each truck comes equipped with stainless steel running boards.