Photo equipment

Someone asked what stuff I’m using so here goes…

I’m using mostly Canon equipment – Canon EOS system of digital SLR cameras (DSLR) and lenses. They are kewl. The cameras are an EOS 7D, 50D, 40D and a 350D; lenses include an EF-S 18-55mm, EF 50mm f/1.8 II, EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM, EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM and an EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM; and a Canon EF 1.4x II Extender.Β  I now useΒ  Canon Speedlite 580EX Mark II’s with PowcketWizard TT1/TT5 radio trigger system.

Post-processing is by Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Galleries by Zenfolio, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, and ProShow Producer. Done mostly on an Apple iMac OS X.

Some earlier posts (at my gdr photosite – which could find their way posted here) were taken by a Sony Cybershot DSC-P8 (my first point & shoot digital camera) and a Canon T70 analog SLR a brother-in-law of mine gave me ages ago.

Photos have been downsized from their original sizes for faster internet loading and viewing. I have the original files in case anyone is interested.

For inquiries, please do not hesitate to email me: gerry-at-callezaragosa-dot-com.

33 Responses to “Photo equipment”

  1. I am a Nikon user. I am lucky enough to have been gifted with a DSLR for my birthday but alas not being able to use it to its full potential yet =( compared to my sister. I have to learn Adobe too. Must put in my to-do list.

  2. Hi Raissa,

    For starters, the following tips can be of much help. Go to:

    The site contains a wealth of information.

  3. Thanks Mano Gerry!

  4. hello! ask ko lang po kung nagtuturo din kayo ng photography? gusto ko kasing mag aral πŸ˜€

  5. Hi Mayette! Di po ako nagtuturo strictly (as in teaching in a classroom) but I can help get you underway and start learning photography by sharing with you what I’ve learned so far and referring you to a lot of resources found in the web. Email me at gerry-at-callezaragosa-dot-com.

  6. sir gerry, pa post naman po ng pic ng silago town. sir, … ganda ng site n’yo… i’m from silago, po… thanks

  7. Thanks, Mark for visiting the site. Unfortunately, during my 1st trip to Hinunangan via the Abuyog-Silago road, we didn’t stop to take pix at Silago. We were running late then for our appointment with the local guide in Hinunangan and we breezed thru Silago. Next time I go that way I’ll stop over at your place & take pix.

    Update March 30, 2008: Have posted photos on Silago. View them here.

  8. nice equipment, sir. i’m a canon user, too, since i started photography and i never looked back! hehehe

  9. cool page πŸ™‚

  10. i’ve just viewed your pics and i really liked them πŸ™‚ well, i’m planning to buy a canon 450D. could i have the same quality of pics like yours even if i don’t have the extra lenses?

  11. Hi Buraw! To answer your question, it’s a yes & no. Yes, you’ll be able to have same quality – even better in some instances – in some of your pics; no, some photos will not be as good as those taken with certain lenses. Also, please remember that aside from the photo equipment, there is post-production involved in the world of digital SLR’s – something you do in your computer using photo editing softwares like Adobe Photoshop.

    As most professional and experienced photographers would advise, start with whatever equipment you have and learn from there. πŸ˜‰ Don’t be too concerned about how basic your equipment is – just start shooting and have fun!

    Once you get the hang of it, and once you know the kind of shots you prefer taking and the style you want – that’s when you start evaluating what type of lens would suit your needs.

    Good luck!

  12. thanks, mano gerry, i’ll just follow what you’ve told me, since i’m new with photography πŸ™‚ thanks for the info and again i really like the photos you’ve taken. πŸ™‚

  13. You have good equipment. I hope to do some photoshooting with you some day.

    By the way, I am joining the site for waray photographers which you recommended to me awhile ago.

  14. By the way, those aerial shots of the fish shed, saan ka nakakuha ng sasakyan panghipapawid? Helicopter or a small plane.

    It’s dream for me to shoot aerial shots of Tacloban.

  15. Thanks for dropping by & posting your comments, Vey!

    Aerial shots were taken from a helicopter πŸ™‚

  16. hi mr gerry ruiz, is it okay if i just call you ka gerry? heheh still remember ating alamin? heheh
    by the way, thank you for this wonderful photoblog of yours, i’m fascinated by the way you take pictures, photos, shots. you really have your own unique version. in short, originality. heheh they’re great, wonderful captures.
    i also love photography that’s why i always keep in touch with your new posts and photos.

    keep it up and more power ka gerry!


  17. hey, thanks for dropping by, naughtyjonery! glad you like the photos! πŸ˜‰

  18. Hello Gerry!!! Are you Mrs. Ruiz’ son? Your mom was our Psychology professor at the Leyte Normal School. I’ve been hearing your name when you were in high school. Please keep in touch with me. I am now in Chicago, Illinois. I love your pictures and music background. Keep it up. Congrats for the success!!!

    • Hi, Jun! Thanks for dropping by. Yes, I am Mrs. Ruiz’ son no doubt about it! hehe. Seriously, my mother was Nieves Dolina Ruiz, a professor at the Leyte Normal School then (my sisters Linda Mateo and Daisy Soledad were teachers there, too; they eventually were among the pioneer profs at UP Tacloban. Another sis, Neri Gantuangko joined them later.) I breezed through Chicago in October of 1994 on my way to St. Louis, Missouri from Baltimore, Maryland :), Windy city! I’m back at our ancestral home at Independencia St, Tacloban City – it’s now better known as calle Zaragosa! πŸ˜‰ Visit

  19. I am some kind of a novice photographer, trying to upgrade from a point & shoot camera to dslr By June a friend will be graduating and I need to get good photo shot of her. Should I get a space far from her, what is the most possible lens I can pair with my camera? Some say I can try the 70-200 and some say 70`300 to ensure i can get the full and best shot. If I will shoot at night do I have to use a flash to ensure I can get a good shot? Please advise.

    • If budget is not an issue, a 70-200mm will suffice. Also, you would shoot on available light. A flash (especially a built-in one) cannot reach that far; it can only be best for max of 10ft from you.

  20. Kewl arrays indeed! Must have cost a fortune.

    Ah, well… to those whom much is blessedly entrusted… will bless those who needs to be, too… something like that. Hence, this photoblog which serves us very well in a lot of ways…(wink, wink).

    Bless you Gerry. Looking (literally) forward to your updates.

  21. I am planning to upgrade my cam, planning to buy Sigma 28-300mm, can you recommend any store? I m planning to use my cam for future climbs. Hope Alto Peak will also be featured in your photo blog, it’s also a landmark of Leyte, the highest peak in the Amandewing range between the boundary dividing Ormoc and Jaro.

    • Sorry but I have no personal experience with the lens you mentioned. Your best bet is to go check prices at Hidalgo St. in Quiapo or do a Google or Yahoo search πŸ˜‰

  22. hi tito gerry! I’m really impressed with your website because I’m learning new things especially about what’s happening in our locality and other stuff that are of my interest. I hope you could teach me more about photography. anyway, more power & keep up the good work!

    p.s. can i have copies of my grad celebration pics? thanks a lot!

  23. ginmingaw gud ako hin duro kahuman pagkita han video ngan kumita han mga photos… you’ve done a fantastic job! thanks so much for the memories of leyte… we’re praying and keeping an eye on our country most especially as the next presidential election is coming… God bless the Philippines and best regards ha iyo dida, mano Gerry!

  24. hello, sir! really nice shots. am from Cebu and am really a fan of yours! i am planning to buy a canon 1000d – is this cam good for a newbie like me? hope you can help me out in photography when i finally buy the stuff. thank you, sir.

  25. I am an instant fan! Every photo is an inspiration and a joy. When I had a chance to visit Bislig last week, I made an effort to really see Tinuy-an Falls which I first saw in this site. I was not disappointed. We did love the place. Great work, Mr. Gerry. Thanks a lot for sharing your talent.

  26. Hi,

    Sir Gerry, Canon user pala kayo hehe. Anyway, do you have any workshop here at Manila? If it’s not much of a trouble, can you provide a link where I can check schedules on a regular basis. I am just a novice photographer and I really want to polish my skills. My email is /


  27. Hi Kuya Gerry!

    Kumusta? My name is Marlon Fiel, from Tacloban, currently residing here in Indiana. I was going to ask you if you have time for some 2-3 hour one-on-one session on some DSLR basics, most especially on the manual settings. I am going home this September for 3 weeks, wanted to know if you’re available and how much will your rate be? You can reply on my e-mail!! Maupay nga adlaw! I currently have a Canon Rebel xs!

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