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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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What is the function of the MISC folder on my memory card?

In all the Canon cameras that I have/had, after every session a MISC folder was created, besides the normal DCIM folder. This folder was always empty and the camera didn't bother if I deleted it. ...
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What are the real-world differences between Canon, Sigma and other third-party 70-200 f/2.8 lenses?

I'm getting started with wedding photography, and was looking for a fast telephoto zoom to compliment my Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (on a Canon 500D/T1i). After extensive online research, the 70-200 f/2.8 ...
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How can I see the number of shutter actuations for my Canon EOS 350D?

I have a Canon Digital Rebel XT (otherwise known as the EOS 350D). I'd like to find the number of shutter actuations. I have tried ExifTool, and the ShutterCount is not part Exif information for a ...
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What should someone know when switching from Canon to Nikon?

I'm starting the switch from Canon to Nikon. Having used Canon gear for 10 years I'm pretty familiar with their system. As I move to Nikon, what things should I know that are different and would be ...
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How to trigger AF-assist light on Canon Speedlites without firing the flash?

Most of Canon Speedlites flashes have quite nice built-in AF-assist LED lights, which would are useful in low-light situations, even when one doesn't want to use flash in photos. Is there any way to ...
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What should I do to switch my gear from Sony to Canon?

So I currently have a Sony A700 which i bought a year ago, and wanting to get some quality glass. I was looking at the Carl Zeiss 24-70/f2.8 lens, but then got talking to a friend who's a canon user. ...
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Astro-Photography with Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope and Canon EOS?

I have a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope from Celestron C70 and I am interested in the Astro-photography. I want to know, if I can use this telescope to attach with my Canon 600D? Do I need anything ...
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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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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 are Canon cameras actually doing when performing a low-level format?

Canon seems to be a bit shady about what their low-level format function actually does. I know what low-level formatting means when applying it to old HDDs that had a separate disk controller, but I ...
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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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How do I choose between 24-70 f/4 and 24-105 f/4 Canon lens?

I am getting a new medium range zoom lens for general use and occasional weddings. This new 24-70 f4 was top of my list until I watched this review: Canon 24-70 f/4L IS vs Canon 24-105 f/4 IS - ...
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Best all-around ~$600 standard zoom lens for Canon? [closed]

I have a Rebel T2i, I was wondering what standard zoom lens is the best around $600. I'm mainly shooting landscapes / cities / peoples. I've done some research and came up with 17-50, 18-55 from ...
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Which Canon lens combination should I buy for landscape photography?

The story never gets old: I was given a Canon 500D camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6. Later I was also given a Tamron AF 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Macro with Canon mount. As they ...
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Why do some professional cameras have dual memory card slots?

I have noticed that some cameras such as the Nikon D300s, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, or Pentax 645D have dual memory card slots. What is the purpose of having multiple memory card slots and why would you ...
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If I want to shoot darker shots, is it better to increase the lighting and then darken in post to retain clarity?

I'm just getting started - in my last shoot, I was using a 6D with a 50mm/1.4. In low light, the pictures looked fantastic on the viewfinder but on the computer screen, appeared extremely grainy. ...
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Is EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS USM really a 'L series' grade lens?

Some reviews say yes. But since it costs as much as an EF equivalent, why not name it as 'L'? Is there any better lenses in this range (EF or EF-S)?
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Will lenses from a Rebel work on higher-model Canon cameras?

I am thinking about purchasing a Canon 60D and selling my Rebel XT and wondered if I would need to purchase new lenses? I only have two but as you all know, once you invest it is hard to not take ...
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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 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 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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What are the differences between AF/metering chips for M42 lens Canon DSLR adapter?

I'm looking for an adapter to use an M42 lens on a Canon DSLR. I was wondering if anyone knows the difference between the following types of chips : 2nd generation AF 3rd generation AF EMF AF ...
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Is the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM suitable for wildlife photography?

I got my first DSLR about a week ago (600d) + af-s 18-135mm kit lens, but I want another lens with greater focal length. So I thought about this lens: CANON 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM How does it ...
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How limiting are the line-of-sight requirements of Canon's optical wireless flash system?

I have a Canon 7D and 580EX II Speedlite, and am trying to make the jump into flash photography, particularly portrait work. I understand that the 7D's wireless trigger works by line-of-sight. Will ...
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Is there a custom firmware availble for the Canon 450D Rebel XSi?

Does the Canon 450d have custom firmware? Doing a quick Google search didn't really find anything. And, along similar lines, is the 450d even capable of flashing its firmware? Or are we basically ...
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Who covers Canon products in a similar vein to Thom Hogan's Nikon coverage?

I'm looking to learn a bit about Canon's history, products and reviews and wondered if there were any reviewers that do work focused on Canon's (D)SLR products. The publications and web site of Thom ...
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Would the Tamron 18- 270 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD make a good choice as my second lens?

I have a Canon 50/f1.8. I am looking for a zoom lens. After much research, I have zeroed in two lenses as my second lens: either Tamron 18-270 mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD or Canon EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III ...
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What do the different Canon DSLR image size settings mean?

When setting image quality in my Canon EOS 1200d dSLR there are two options for the L, M and S1 size. What is the difference betwen these settings (I couldn't find it in camera documentation) ?
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When using a teleconverter on a Canon DSLR, what happens to EXIF data?

When mounting lenses via a teleconverter like the Canon 2x, does the EXIF metadata record this information somehow? Will the recorded focal length be adjusted by the camera or the extender? Is there a ...
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Can my Canon Eos camera be used with continuous power?

I have a Canon Eos 1100d camera. I am wondering if there is a method to use this camera without a battery, and connect to continuous power? I want to keep this camera open for a lot of days without ...
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Photoshop only prints in B&W on Pixma Pro 9000, MK2

One week ago I purchased the Canon Pixma Pro 9000, mk2. Using photoshop, every print I printed, up to today, was breathtakingly beautiful in all sizes. 8x10,11x14,13x19's looked like you could ...
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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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How do I get crisp indoor or low light images from my point and shoot?

I have a digital camera Canon PowerShot. I notice when I try to take any pictures other than a non-zoom, outdoor picture in good lighting the picture comes out blurry and grainy. I have tried a ...
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Why do the focus points leds in my viewfinder appear shadowed?

The focus points leds (red colored ones), looks shadowed (smudged) in my Canon 550D. Not all points, but the bottom 3 points, when the light glows, looks kind of shadowed. I tried cleaning the both ...
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Can't auto-focus at full zoom

I have a Canon 1000d, and the standard lens EF-S 18-55mm. Recently I was out taking photos and I've noticed that if I zoom in fully, the lens can't auto focus. I can still take shots using manual ...
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How can I more consistently focus on the point I want?

I've had so many wonderfully composed images turn out lousy because my AF isn't as accurate as I'd like (or I don't know how to wield it). Despite using single-point AF, my focus point is often ...
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How do I know the Canon 6d shutter count via software?

How do I know the Canon 6d shutter count via software, since it's not on the EXIF, and EOSInfo, gPhoto, MagicLantern don't work.
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Which Canon focusing screens fit on the Canon 6D

I'm having trouble finding the available focusing screens for the Canon 6D. Are the canon 6D focusing screen compatible with the 5D Mk II focusing screens? Is there a microprism focusing screen for ...
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What improvements I could expect upgrading from Canon EF 55-250mm IS to a Canon 70 - 300mm? [duplicate]

I enjoy taking photos with my current telephoto (55-250) but I wonder if the 70-300 could be a worthwhile upgrade. As of November 2013, it would be around a $350 investment if I deal hunt and sell my ...
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Shooting 50mm EF vs EF-S

I have a Canon EOS 550D with a APS-C sensor. I have two lenses, (1) Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and the (2) Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Mk II. If I use the 50mm focal length in the first EF-S lens... I ...
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Canon T2i doesn't seem to take crisp photos

I've been using my Canon T2i to do portraits for the last year now, and usually have really good luck with it. Most of my shots are up close, and turn out beautiful. However, it seems like when I ...
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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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Is there a way to automatically transfer photos from a DSLR to a PC hard disk as they are taken?

I have a need to have photos taken either on a modern Nikon or on a modern Canon DSLR automatically be transfered via USB cable to a Windows hard disk. It would work like this - at an event, a ...
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What can I use an intervalometer for?

With my Canon SX210 IS and the ultra intervalometer script, now I'm able to capture take long time lapses with a series of photos. I have already tried shooting clouds in the sky, when the sun is ...
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50mm stuck on the body

I have the Canon 600D and the "nifty fifty" 50mm f/1.8 that cost around 100$. One day when I was trying to switch lenses, I pressed on the lens release button, started twisting the 50mm, and around ...
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Long exposure on Canon 60D

I want to take some night shots of the sky and landscape showing up stars and cars on a distant road. I have the option to set the shutter speed to 30s, but I want to take a 2 min (or more) exposure, ...
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What's the difference between the Canon and Nikon lenses mounts?

I was wondering what, if any, are the technical differences between the two mounting systems. Does one auto focus faster? Can one hold more weight? Things along those lines that make them different. ...
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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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Is it common to have problems with soft images on a 7D?

I moved from a 20D to 7D recently and moved my EFS 17-85mm to the 7D. The 7D images are soft so I had to program my own sharpness mode. I use both tripod and hand held, and yes I know to turn off ...
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Are there any Canon EF-S prime lenses or tele-zooms?

Canon is supposed to have introduced the EF-S system for the APS-C cameras to make smaller\lighter lenses and keep the costs low. However, most of their EF-S lenses are general purpose zooms in the ...