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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 practical differences between Canon's IS and Nikon's VR?

I'm wondering if one brand performs better or if they behave differently under different circumstances. Do the same limitations here apply to Canon IS? Obviously some of them do (like IS won't help ...
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Recommendations for off-brand battery grips for DSLRs

The Nikon- and Canon-branded battery grips are insanely expensive. What alternatives are out there, and where is the best place to buy them?
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Why is custom white balance in Canon DSLR's so cumbersome?

I've always wondered why custom setting the white balance in Canon dslr's (focus on white surface, take picture, goto menu, goto define custom white balance, choose picture, validate) is so much more ...
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How to sync camera settings across different bodies?

Is there a way to save the camera settings of one (say 5D Mark III) in a card or a program on computer and quickly sync those across several bodies through USB or SD card so that one doesn't have to ...
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Why am I unable to disable automatic sensor cleaning on my Canon DSLR?

I've been recently getting the infamous "error 99" on my Canon Rebel XS, under very specific circumstances: Insert a fresh battery Turn on the camera Shoot one or more exposures Turn off the camera ...
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What is a good general purpose lens for Canon?

As an upgrade from kit lens 18-55mm, which would be a better general purpose lens? Obviously there is no "best" option, as everyone has a different budget and style, but what are the best options ...
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How does 'Tv mode' translate to shutter priority mode?

What do the T and v stand for? Public-domain image from Wikipedia.
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Are lenses for my Canon Rebel XT compatible with the Canon 7D?

I am looking to purchase a 7d and currently have an XT. How do I find out if the lenses I have are compatible with the my new potential camera?
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Mark I vs Mark II Canon L Lenses

Are there any Canon L lenses in which one iteration was significantly better than the other? The price for older Canon L lenses are significantly cheaper than mark II lenses and I was wondering if it ...
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How much does 1 mm get you in a wide-angle lens?

I'm looking at a Canon 17-40 mm wide angle lens, and I don't understand why anyone would buy it. EFS18-55mm II is the standard Canon 18-55 mm lens that DSLRs come with, and it seems almost as ...
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Which camera has the best features for still photography: Canon 60D, 50D or 7D?

Now that the 60D specs are released. When choosing a camera for still photography (no movies) which one of Canon 50D, 60D and 7D has an edge over the others and why? What still photography features ...
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How can I get proper flash exposure in AV mode without using ETTL?

I have a Canon 5D Mark II and normally shoot with natural light (I try to stay away from flash). However, I am taking on more situations where I need to use my hotshoe flash (Canon Speedlite 580 EX ...
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What benefit does Hasselblad have vs high-end Canon / Nikon?

When should one switch to Hasselblad vs. Canon 1DX or high-end Nikon ? Apart from the number of pixels, what do the cameras from that brand bring?
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Why does my Canon DSLR stop recording video automatically?

I have read a few posts related to video recording using a DSLR so I decided to try my 60D for the first time. I've had the camera for about a year and a half but never tried recording a video. ...
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Focusing an entry-level DSLR

I like really really sharp photos. Even with a prime lens, I seem to be able to do noticeably better with my 450D by manually focusing using live view at maximum zoom than by using auto focus (even ...
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Performance of Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DGM on Canon 60D

As the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM was originally designed for Full-frame cameras, how would the performance be affected if I use it on Canon 60D (APS-C camera). Q1) I need confirmation that this lens ...
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What are the cons of a 5D Mark II? How does it compare to other FF bodies from Canon?

For those of you who have or have had a 5D Mark II. What do you not like about it? If you have a 5D Mark II and another full-frame model, in what kind of situations you prefer one over the other?
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Should auto-focus need adjusting?

I own a Canon XTI, and it always seems my shots are slightly out of focus. I usual have my camera set to the center focus point, and usually half press the shutter button to establish the focus on the ...
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Are Canon EOS and Nikon DSLR lenses interchangeable?

Can we use the lenses from, say a Canon EOS 550D kit (Canon EF-S 18-55mm) with a Nikon DSLR D5000 for example) ? Also, is the reverse possible ? I'm looking at interchangeability between recent DSLR ...
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Can a Nikon/Canon flash be used on the other brand of camera?

I was just thinking about this problem and was wondering if anyone knew if/how to use a competing flash unit (EX or SB series) on a Nikon or Canon (respectively) camera. I would assume a lot of the ...
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Should I upgrade my Canon Digital Rebel XTi?

My background I purchased a Canon Digital Rebel XTi shortly after it came out in 2006. I didn't know much about photography, but since then I have taken 2 photography classes and purchased a few ...
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How does using a 2x teleconverter with 70-200 f/2.8 affect use?

I recently acquired the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens and I love it. However the other weekend I went to Heathrow to do some aviation photography. Whilst it is great for aircraft near to ...
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How do I clear an AE lock on my Canon XTI?

If I press the AE Lock (*) button on my Canon XTI it will lock the exposure, but how do I un-lock it? I usually just end up turning the camera off and then back on. After playing with my camera a ...
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Inexpensive flash with full ETTL support

I've been planning to get the Canon 430EX, but I'd love to save a little cash, so I started looking at other 3rd party flashes. I've found a few that claim to have ETTL II support, but being so much ...
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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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How do I determine focus points in Adobe Lightroom?

Not sure if this is possible or not in Adobe Lightroom. I would like to see the focus points chosen by my Canon DSLR. I am guessing this is stored somewhere in the EXIF, but I'm not certain. I find ...
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Is the Canon 7D a good upgrade from the Rebel XS?

I have recently purchased the Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens, and I no longer like the ISO performance of my Rebel XS. I'm thinking about investing in a 7D. Will that perform better for ISO and professional ...
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Why are Canon and Nikon the biggest camera manufacturers?

Coming in new to the whole SLR world, I am yet to find a conclusive answer to a question that's been bothering me: why are Canon and Nikon the big two? My wife has gone down the Sony route because ...
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Which Canon prime and teleconverters should I bring to a safari?

Currently I have the 70-300mm L lens from Canon. I would like to go on a Safari trip, and was wondering, does it make sense to pick up the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II with the 1.4X and 2X ...
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Why do I get horizontal grey bar with flash at shutter speeds slower than max sync speed?

I'm a total newbie to flash photography, and I am just trying to do some test shooting with Canon Speedlite 580 EXII using my 7D. I saw on the user manual that the maximum sync speed is 1/250 sec. ...
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How can I fire a single canon 430ex flash remotely from a Canon 6D camera?

I don't ever use flash but I would like to start learning about portraits and lighting. I have a mainly unused Canon 430ex which I would like to use off camera with a softbox or bouncing of an ...
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is it normal to get significant lens flare with a 50mm f/1.8 Canon prime lens?

I've purchased a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II. But I'm really disappointed in the results, especially when using it for night photography. :( In my night shots a lot of lens flare appears in my photos. ...
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Space in the Canon BG-E9 battery grip for … something?

I was cleaning my Canon 60D camera house and everything, and I took off the battery grip to make sure there wasn't any dust or whatnot inside. Then I noticed something, there seems to be set aside ...
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long range canon lenses

Currently I have a 7D and 2 lenses: a 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS - which I use as a general purpose / go around lens - and a prime Sigma 30mm f/1.4 - mostly for concerts: indoor, low light scenarios (given ...
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Why is the Canon MP-E 65mm F/2.8 Macro Lens not called a zoom?

The Canon MP-E 65mm works differently than my other macro lenses. Compare: With a standard 35mm macro, I can frame first and then adjust focus which only changes framing very slightly with. With the ...
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Fixed HQ lens with image crop or medium quality zoom lens?

Is it better to spend my money on a medium quality say 15-85 zoom lens or a very high quality fixed lens at say 24MM. (e.g 24mm 1.4 L canon) and crop in - not blow up beyond normal resolution). A ...
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Is my Canon speedlite really dead?

My Canon 550ex wouldn't switch on yesterday. Completely dead. Changed the batteries (twice). Still nothing, no indication of life. It was fine last time I used it about a week ago. Is there anything ...
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How to enable Canon AF with teleconverter?

Canon DSLR bodies prevent poor auto-focus performance by disabling it completely when the lens reports maximum aperture at chosen focal length smaller than f/5.6. This implies that some lenses will ...
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How can I work around metering issues with adapted lenses on a Canon DSLR?

I have a bunch of Contax lenses (C/Y mount) and a mount adapter with "dandelion" chips. This should allow me to use my lenses on any Canon DSLR using aperture mode and stopping down the lens. Thanks ...
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Why are Zeiss lenses heavier and larger for Canon EF than Nikon F mounts?

We recently acquired specifications for all DSLR lenses by Carl Zeiss and almost always the Canon EF-mount version is larger and heavier than the Nikon F-mount version. The difference ranges from ...
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How does the eye-controlled focussing of the Canon EOS 5 work?

I just read that the Canon EOS 5 had eye-controlled focussing. How does this work? In this short article I found that it had to do with the coupling of infrared eye-tracking and the AF-point choice, ...
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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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What (important) controls are missing from EOS 1000D (w.r.t 5xxD)

I am planning to converge on the Canon EOS 1000D as the camera to purchase. The other considerations were EOS 500D and EOS 550D, but they are much more than what I want to spend right now. (2nd hand ...
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How do I decide between the Canon 55-250mm or 70-300mm + 50mm?

I just bought a Canon Rebel T2i (EOS550D/Kissx4) with 18-55mm kit-lens and I have an additional $300 USD to spend on a lens. I had decided to buy a Canon EF-S 75-300mm f/4-5.6 (without IS) and a Canon ...
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Canon 40D or 5D?

I'm currently shooting with a 450D using mainly a 50mm f/1.8 and sometimes the kit lens, but am gonna buy a 85mm f/1.8 and a 35mm f/2. Thing is I want to upgrade my body as well as I found some rather ...
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Is light the only difference? Or does the camera and lens make all the difference?

Look at this stunning portrait: Let's ignore everything but JUST the amount of detail the photograph succeeds to convey. Now look at one of the best portraits I have taken of my girlfriend, as a ...
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How can I decide between the 70-300mm vs. 100-400mm Canon L lenses?

My current lenses: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 I'm interested in wild life photography and landscape photography. I want to pick up my first L lens soon, and I am debating the ...
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Why and when would you consider Canon 17-55 lens over 24-105?

If I'm to buy a cropped sensor Canon camera for personal needs (family shootings, treveling etc - probably 75% outdoors some macro like + portraits + streetshootings + landscapes, 25% indoors mostly ...
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How does the Canon EF-S 15-85 IS USM compare to the EF 24-105mm L as an all-around lens?

I am looking for a upgrade from my kit lens to a lens with much more potential, a lens that would be an all-rounder for me. After some research I ended up with these two in the final list: Canon ...
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How will a Canon EOS M serve as a second/alternative body?

With the release of Canon EOS M, the only question I have in mind is how will it perform as a second/alternative/backup body for prefessional/semi-professional photographers? We can use our existing ...