Life with the Canon EOS 100D rebel SL1

June 11, 2018


angkor wat taken with the canon 100d sl1 rebel series camera

I started photography as a teenager on SLRs. I loved the way the camera felt in my hands. I loved nothing more than capturing moments, people and places. Photography was an expensive hobby for any teenager in the day when you needed to spend your allowance on film. It also proved to be very expensive learning from mistakes. Over the years, I had slowly given up on photography when life took over; university followed by work.

I got married and moved to a new country. Life started to slow down. I eventually moved from working in an office to consulting which resulted in finding time to pursue new things in life. We started to travel and I began my photography again.

I remember standing in the camera store in Singapore, looking at all my options. While all I wanted to do was to pick up the biggest full frame camera with all the bells and whistles, I took the reality check and realized that we travel light, mostly cabin baggage trips and what I needed was something light. I didn't want to get into the Mirrorless game, I still loved the SLR too much. So, I picked up the Canon 100D (since writing this, the latest Canon 200D has been released).

I still get laughed at by my photography friends. But the best part about my camera is that I've never had a situation where my camera was too heavy to take out for any occasions. While I will graduate to better lenses, I started with a kit lens. And the photos weren't half bad. If anything, the camera has pushed me harder to learn to develop my skills in both photography and editing. I love my Canon 100D and I reckon, I'd never give it up even if I get a new camera.

Many people believe that they need a better, more professional camera to do paid or even stock work. I use a combination of the Canon 5D as well as my Canon 100D to do both paid work as well as stock photography. The photos I submit to shutterstock, which have been taken by the Canon 100D, do get accepted as well.

The first lens I bought to couple with my Canon 100D was the Canon EF 70 - 300mm f4.5-5.6 IS II USM, when my bird feeders started attracting parrots. I captured these beautiful birds (pictured below). This is also a lens I couple with my Canon 5D for wildlife photography.

indian ringneck parrot taken with the canon 100d sl1 rebel series camera

I'm a firm believer that any camera can take great photos. And as I travel places, I have my Canon 100D with me because, let's face it, small doesn't always mean inferior and it's just so convenient. Most days as I head out to do street photography, the Canon 5D just proves to be too cumbersome to carry along as I roam the streets. The Canon 100D couple with a 40mm pancake lens is my go to street photography combination. On every occasion, I simply put the camera and lens into my sling or small backpack and I'm off.

If you're a beginner and starting off with photography, the Canon 100D or the newer 200D is such a great option. You could always keep these cameras for street photography work, practice shots or even as a second camera once you upgrade your equipment.

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12 comments

  1. Your photography is so beautiful and you've used some really interesting perspectives and contrasts!

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    1. Hi Leanne, Thank you so much. I'm still learning as I go along and appreciate the motivation..

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  2. Oh wow, gorgeous work! I have a Canon t-5, but I neeeeed to check out the one you’ve got!

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    1. Hi.. I have used the Canon t-5 before. Its a pretty good camera. My advice is to invest in better lenses, they really do make a difference.

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  3. Your photography is amazing. The camera captured all the beautiful colors.

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    1. Hi Luci, thank you so much. I'm such a fan of colour and love nothing more than to capture it on my camera..

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  4. Stunning photos! I have a Canon EOS M3 that I love but yours takes amazing pictures!

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    1. Hi Maartje, thank you. I've always wanted to try the M3 and possibly go mirrorless in the future. So much easier to travel with.

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  5. These photos are beautiful! The second photo is my favorite!

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    1. Hi Amanda, Thank you so much. Photographing sunsets are my favourite thing to do.

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