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Canon Inc. is a prominent manufacturer of cameras and lenses including EOS DSLRs and PowerShot compact cameras.

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Are there any good pancake lenses for Canon EOS DSLRs?

I've always liked the thought of having a super-thin ("pancake") lens for my Canon DSLR, for when I just want to take my camera out with as little bulk as possible. I'm not even too concerned about ...
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Is it possible/advisable to skip firmware updates?

I have found out that I am lagging behind 3 firmware updates for my 50D camera (mine is 1.0.6 and current is 1.0.9). I have not found specific recommendations on the Canon website about the ...
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best general lens for Canon crop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good general purpose lens for Canon? Which lens should someone who enjoys the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 get next? I have recently purchased a Canon 600D (body ...
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Which lens should someone who enjoys the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 get next?

I bought a Canon 550D months ago, and at that point I chose the 50mm f/1.8 because it was super affordable and quite popular. I must say I've taken some really wonderful photos with it; mostly with ...
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What technical reasons prevent Canon's new hybrid AF working with non-STM lenses?

Canon's new Rebel T4i (a.k.a. EOS 650D) has a new "hybrid AF" mode, which allows continuous AF during video, but only when used with one of the new STM lenses. I've seen chatter on the web forums ...
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Is there a Canon equivalent for Nikon's AF-ON focus system?

I'm very new to photography, and have been reading a lot about concepts and techniques. Yesterday, my brother gave my kid a gift of a professional photography session. I saw the photographer had Nikon ...
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First Time Buyer - Nikon or Canon and Which Model [closed]

I'm buying my first digital camera and would like a steer from experienced users. The two brands I like are Canon and Nikon. Which model and 2 lens do I purchase. I will be mainly shooting family on ...
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What Canon lenses do you suggest for wedding photography on a tight budget?

I am new to photography. I have Canon 1000d (with 18 -55 mm lens). My basic interest is wedding photography. I am planning to get a prime and a telephoto lens. So, my dilemma is: Should I go for ...
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How to shot frescoes in a dark environment?

I have an assignment to shot some frescoes in a low-light church. The church is rather small and it has scaffolds (bars) inside which are rather close to the paintings. So, most probably I need to ...
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What alternative battery can I use for a Canon AV-1 film camera?

I got hold of an old Canon AV-1 film camera I want to learn how to use. But looking for a battery for it, a 4LR44, is quite hard. It must probably be because people are using dSLRs with rechargeable ...
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Are the Canon 15-85mm + 50mm f/1.8 adequate substitutes for the 17-55mm f/2.8?

The EF-S 15-85mm lens is a relatively recent lens, and I haven't seen too many recommendations on it thus far. However, most of the reviews have been very positive and the lens is said to be optically ...
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How can I set the Canon EOS 500D interval timer to take 10 photos with a 10 second interval?

I am using Canon EOS 500D, with Canon EF 1.8 USM Portrait Lens. I would like to set a self timer continuous in drive mode for capturing 10 images continuously with 10 second intervals between the ...
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What is Canon's Super Spectra Coating?

In the Canon EF 25-105mm f/4 L USM IS lens specs, it says that the lens coating is "Super Spectra Coating". What is the Super Spectra Coating and how it differs from other types of coating?
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Can Canon Rebel XS effectively optically trigger a speedlite flash?

I am looking at purchasing a flash to go with my Canon Rebel XS (EOS 1000D), such as the Speedlite 430 EX II. I understand that there is some ability to trigger the speedlite by way of the on-camera ...
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What kind of Canon battery grip is this?

I just spotted this battery grip, and apparently it's attached to a Canon EOS 50D camera. But what kind of battery grip is this? It has a small LCD display in the upper left corner, as seen from the ...
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Are the benefits of the Canon 5D MkIII significant enough over the 5D MkII to warrant the current price difference?

I've been looking at the Spec difference between the Canon 5D MkII & MkIII Cameras and I'm having a hard time justify the $1300 price difference between the basic body for both. They seem fairly ...
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Getting ready to buy an entry-level Canon dSLR — should I skip the kit lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I buy a camera with kit lens, or body plus lens separately? My wife and I are amateur photographers and we are upgrading from a Canon 20D. We will be using the ...
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How to use Image Stabilization on Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM lens

Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM should has up to 3-stops stabilizer. I'm not sure if I'm using it wrong or it's a marketing tool for Canon. In many low light situation I found that my photo will be ...
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Which lens should I buy Canon EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Super Zoom Lens) or Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical (IF)?

I am planning to buy a somewhat generic lens for all purpose. I am mostly into group pictures, potraits & candid shots. I found Canon EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Super Zoom Lens) suits a lot ...
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Are these images symptomatic of shutter failure?

This is a burst sequence taken with a Canon 1D Mark II N in high-speed mode (8fps). You can see the bright line down the center and the dark area in the upper-right. I have several other sequences ...
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Why would the Canon EF-S 55-250 IS II be cheaper than the first version?

I was about to order the Canon EFS 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom Lens from Amazon, when I learned about the difference between a Grey Market / Imported versions. Not only that, I saw that there ...
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Canon camera body names [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the major differences between these camera series by Canon? Right now I'm rocking a Canon Rebel XS and I get that there's some kind of progression from XS to ...
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What lenses to bring while traveling? One good wide-telephoto or several smaller ones?

I have a Canon 7D and often take my camera on the road while traveling. In the past I've taken my Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 and my Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6, which means that I must switch out lenses quite a ...
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Do full frame camera require more power than a crop sensor camera?

I had a Canon 60D and used to get around 800 to 1000 shots on full battery charge. I've now traded my 60D to a 5D Mark II and it looks like it requires a lot more power. Is this normal for a full ...
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Is replacing a 70-200mm Canon lens with a 135mm and extender a good idea?

In the Canon camp we are all very familiar with the range of 70-200mm lenses. I am very impressed by the 135mm f/2.0 L though. I am considering getting rid of my 70-200mm lens in favor of the 135mm ...
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Do third party extenders for Canon exist?

I was looking into extenders(Teleconverter) for Canon lenses, and they are quite expensive at around $450 for the 1.4x III or 2x III. I know that extension tubes are a different story, and since they ...
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How to use IR index on Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L USM

I know that the little red numbers under the distance scale are Infrared Index. According to the lens's manual, you should use these numbers when you do infrared photography. However I don't ...
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Is it necessary to use a full-frame camera to get the best out of my Canon EF 180mm f3.5 L?

I do mostly handheld macro photography and I currently own a Canon 40D. I want to buy a new camera and I don't know what is the best choice. My goal is to get the best of my lens. So I'm not sure if ...
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What is the sound that I'm hearing from Canon EF 24-105mm F/4 L lens?

I've a Canon 600D with Canon EF 25-105mm F/4 USM L lens. When I half press the shutter I can hear the US motor sound trying to focus on my subject, however I hear another sound, it's lower than the ...
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Is it possible to hack other brands of cameras in a manner similar to Canon cameras?

Some Canon cameras can be hacked with a tool called the Canon Hack Development Kit (http://chdk.wikia.com), which does interesting things like add manual controls and allow scripting. Do similar tools ...
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Does decreasing image size increase the frame rate for continuous shooting on a DSLR?

If shooting in RAW mode decreases the burst rate to 2 frames per second (on Canon 1100D), then would using a lower resolution JPG setting increase the frame rate? Please tell me if I have ...
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Canon Powershot SD1400 IS stuck in 640x480 mode?

For some reason, every photograph I take on my PowerShot is saved at 640x480 despite the claims that the camera has a 14.1 megapixel resolution. I only have a 1gb SD card inside the camera, and am ...
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Canon extender 2x III with 70-200mm F4L vs 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L for wildlife shooting

Photography.SE, hello there, this is my first question, hence please pardon my inexperience of phrasing the question. I am about to go to Yosemite and Yellowstone for 3 weeks next month, and ...
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Better 10-22mm lens for Canon

The famous Canon 10-22mm lens is quite well-built. The image is sharp near the corners, and it has a fast auto-focus system. But unfortunately, it's aperture is relatively narrow... Would there be ...
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How can you tell if a lens is having problems with back focusing?

I recently bought a Canon EF 24-70/2.8L to use with my 450D and I suspect that it is constantly back focusing. Is there any way of determining if it is something wrong with the lens or if it is a ...
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Will a third-party tripod mount collar hold my lens securely?

I have lost the tripod mounting ring for my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS USM. It is very expensive to replace it with an original one [about £140.00 as of May 2012]. I have noticed that there exist ...
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Where can I get replacement parts for Canon cameras?

My son accidentally cracked a glass on the back of the camera. It is not an LCD itself, but rather a protective cover over the LCD. I took the camera to photo store and they said they can order the ...
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How can I copy images to my camera for viewing?

I'd like to copy an image from the web to my camera (Canon S95) and view it on my camera's screen, sort of a poor man's iPad. I tried renaming the file but the camera reports "Incompatible JPEG". ...
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What's the difference between holding a half-pressed shutter button and pressing the AE lock?

As I have been looking around today the AE lock button is supposed to lock in the focus and exposure settings (aperture and shutter) so that the picture can be recomposed before taken. I also believe ...
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Which one wide-medium lens to buy as the main lens for an outdoor wedding?

I have my first solo wedding gig coming up and I'd love recommendations for almost any lens (under $1500, preferably) to go on my 7D. My Sigma wide-angle is basically no longer usable. I have some ...
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Walkabout: Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS vs EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L I & II

I have a Canon 7D with the following lenses: EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 EF 50mm f/1.4 EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro I'm planning on buying a zoom lens suitable as a general walkabout, for use on my ...
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Is there an IQ gain from Canon's 18-135 to 24-105L?

Just got a Canon 40D body, and was about to get Canon's 24-105L lens. I hear people raving about the lens, and it all made sense until I saw a Cameralabs' review of the lens. So don’t buy the EF ...
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What are the differences between the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and the one that isn't IS II?

On Amazon, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras is $2500 whereas the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras is a mere $1400. ...
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Where are in camera ratings on the Canon 5D MkIII stored?

The Canon 5D MkIII introduced a new featured that lets you rate images by using a dedicated rear button. I am interested in finding out where in the EXIF data that this rating is stored. I wasn't ...
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How do Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 and EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro lenses compare?

I've read over a few of the macro posts on this site, and I'm very new to digital photography, so I have a few questions, and some may be overlapping. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3, and I want to buy a ...
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Are there cheap or DIY focus assist solutions for the Canon 5D?

I want a better autofocus system for low light. Low light auto focus is my biggest bane. I use a 5D so the options are AF on a flash like the 430 or 580. I happen to use the Pocket Wizard TT1 so I ...
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canon sx210 movie shooting focus

I'm using a Canon SX210IS and I encountered the following problem: When I shoot movie in HD, the camera every few seconds gets out of focus and back into focus. This lead to a bad quality movie and ...
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Image Quality of Canon 18-135 IS compared to 28-135 IS USM?

I have the Canon 28-135 IS USM lens and I am pondering replacing it with the newer 18-135. I know I'll be giving up the USM and FTM focus and gaining 10mm on the wide end (replacing my old kit ...
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Can Canon Log Gamma be useful for photography?

The newest Canon cameras have a feature called Canon Log Gamma. I specifically became interested in its usefulness for still photography when I read that it captures: 12 stops of dynamic range, ...
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What is the difference between these similarly-named Canon macro lenses?

I'm looking to buy a macro lens but I'm unsure which one is best since the names are very similar. Other than the price, what is the difference between the Canon EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro IS USM and ...