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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 drawbacks to buying a white box item?

My friend just bought Canon T3i body only and he is looking for a lens. We decided Canon's 18-135mm would fit him as all purpose lens as a beginner. Here is the lens we found... but it says 'White ...
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Can more than one focus points be selected?

Now a days, almost every DSLR camera comes with many focal points 9, 11, 22 etc. Many of them provide us with settings to chose manual focus point while shooting images, apart from the auto-selection ...
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Pentax to Canon Adapter

My dad has an old Sears KS-2 + 50mm f/1.7, which from a bit of research seems to use a Pentax K-mount. I've looked around a bit and found a Pentax to Canon adapter, which says it supports af-...
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What is EOS iTR AF?

I have read references to this feature on some Canon DSLR cameras and am wondering what benefits or uses it has.
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Macro differences between Canon S90 and G11

Why the Canon S90 does not handle macros as well as the Canon G11? I understand the S90 has a minimum focus distance of 5cm, while the G11 can focus at 1cm, but why there is this difference since they ...
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Can Canon DPP create HDR images from 3 RAW images?

I have installed the Canon Digital Photo Professional, which came with the T2i\550d. Can DPP create an HDR Image from 3 RAW Images? If not, is there a good, free software for that?
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What are the differences between two generations of Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS?

I was going to buy Canon EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS lens from eBay. But I saw there is a another lens available as MK II with same focal lengths. I googled to find difference between above lenses, but ...
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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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Hidden features of CHDK

What are some of your favorite/most used lesser known features of the open source Canon firmware CHDK? Have any helpful scripts you used?
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Special Care for my Canon in the Alps

I have a Canon XSi, with the kit lens and a Canon 50 compact macro with the converter. At some point before the trip I also plan on buying a telephoto. This coming January, I will be headed to ...
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What is Nano USM and how does it compare to an STM or USM lens?

The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM has a designation of Nano USM on the lens. What does this mean? What are the advantages of having it vs STM or USM? We have a terminology thread that usually ...
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Canon DSLR Lens Correction

In Canon DSLRs there is an option to automatically correct Lens Vignetting and Color Fringing. When enabling this option, would it still be necessary to enable lens correction in LR4/Photoshop? If not,...
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How can I check for damage to my lens from impact with a window?

I was taking a photo at an airport when I accidentally zoomed my Canon SX40HS into a window. The impact wasn't super hard, but there was a thump. I cannot see any visible damage, but how can I check ...
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Is there any software available on Mac OS X that can remotely control my Canon G10?

I'd like software to remotely (via USB tether) control my G10 from my MacBook running OS X 10.6. This software seems to do exactly what I want, but for Windows: http://www.breezesys.com/PSRemote/...
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How to turn off the LCD while taking long-exposure photos?

I'm using a Canon SX210 IS with CHDK. I know that capturing long exposition photos is a "battery draining" process, but it could be better. Why should the LCD's backlight be on while taking the photo? ...
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How is Nikon's PF optics different from and similar to Canon's DO optics?

Nikon has just announced a new 300 mm lens featuring a new technology called "PF" or "Phase Fresnel." This has been compared to Canon's existing DO (Diffractive Optics) lenses such as the 400 mm f4 DO....
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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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CHDK - Network scripting?

I was thinking about having my Camera be able to 'auto' download images, and among other things when my Camera is connected to the Computer. I also wanted to be able to run different Scripts through a ...
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Is it important that the Canon 1DX isn't specified to autofocus with lenses slower than f/5.6? [closed]

Seeking the lens market AND the related info WRT Canon 1D X, I found some things which seems concerning: 1st, a note from Canon's Chuck Westerfall (see here) saying: “AF is unavailable on the EOS-...
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Why doesn't a 58mm diameter filter fit on EF 50mm f/1.4?

I have bought a HOYA circular polarizer filter 58mm (CIR-PL) for the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 (said to be 58mm filter size). But the filter doesn't fit. Did I miss something? It doesn't even fit on a 18-55 ...
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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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Why pick DPP over Aperture?

My standard workflow is: take pictures in RAW -> import into Aperture -> append metadata info -> go through shots and filter out the bad ones -> do basic adjustments in Aperture -> use Nik plugins or ...
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Is it worth spending more to buy the Canon 500D vs the Canon 450D? [closed]

I would like to get into photography but I'd like to gather more information about the topic first. I'm thinking about buying a starter D-SLR camera, and am leaning heavily towards a Canon (most of my ...
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Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM or Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM?

I'm looking to purchase a new lens. The types of photos I take are: Portraits Candids Street Random objects here and there Architecture Occasional landscape when on vacation They are ordered in ...
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Why is the 18 - 200 mm lens so expensive compared to equivalent alternatives?

I have been looking at various lenses and I found that that the 18-200 mm lens is pretty expensive (be it Canon or Nikon) when compared to the combination of the lenses 18-55 & 55-200. Is there ...
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Is there an advantage to choosing the Big Two (TM) entry level dSLRs over competititon? [duplicate]

Is there an advantage, that Canon or Nikon's entry level dSLRs hold over their competition ones (notably Sony) for a young enthusias who wants to learn more but is currently, and probably won't in the ...
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Filming in a steam room?

I plan to film in a steam room this weekend for a cover shoot. However, I know for a fact there may be difficulties regarding the "steam." Any tips for filming in a steam room?
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Can using an old flash damage a new DSLR if it never fired?

my daughter found my old flash (20+ years old) and tried it on her canon T3i. It didn't recognize it and it never fired, but she tried the shutter button. Could this have damaged her camera even if it ...
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How to reverse the canon 18-55 kit lens to use it as macro?

I have been trying to use my 18-55 kit lens as a macro but have no idea how to go about it. Do I need an adapter to mount the lens reversed on the camera? Also, is it possible to use canon 50mm f/1.8 ...
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Canon EOS 50D can't save pictures anymore

The other day I wanted to take a picture with my 50D. I turned it on, aimed and when I wanted to take the picture my camera froze when saving the picture. The red light was still lit but I could not ...
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Will the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 give better auto-focus results than the 50mm f/1.8?

I'm currently shooting with a Canon EF 1.8 50mm. I like this lens — it's pretty sharp and the shallow depth-of-field at F1.8 is great. But I always face a problem using auto-focus: almost every shot ...
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What's the best fish eye lens money can buy for canon full frame body?

I'm looking for a fish eye lens to use with my 5d. The alternatives I can see are canon 8-15L f/4 and canon 15 f/2.8. Canon 15mm is a prime and it has a faster aperture, while 8-15 is an L lens. ...
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Lens for shooting paintings with Canon 550d

I am purchasing a Canon 550d primarily to document my fiance's artwork for archival purposes. I would like to know what lens or lenses you would recommend in order to minimise distortion. I will be ...
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How to get sand out of the sensor?

You know whats fun? Playing with a camera on the beach. You know whats not fun? The aftermath. I don't know how it's managed to get in the actual sensor area, but it has. I have a Canon 5D and I ...
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Shooting a timelapse without any intervalometer?

I know that most of DSLR can shoot timelapses by using software solutions, sparing the purchase of an intervalometer. My questions: Any recommandation or suggestion about the software I could use (...
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Is there an adaptor/app that can connect an iPhone to a Canon DSLR as an external monitor?

I love the swivel monitor on my Canon 60D but as I am planning to upgrade to a camera with a fixed screen I am also looking into some small external monitors with swivel capabilities. I saw some ...
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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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What is the difference between a Canon and Nikon lens cap?

I found a nice project on Kickstarter that I would like to fund: Camera Lens Cap Holder But it's listed that there will be 10 different lens caps sizes for the holder: From the site (as of June 7, ...
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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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Is Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 stabilized, can it be used for handheld shots?

Has a Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 got an Image Stabiliser? Following an answer to a previous question re my wifes Canon EOS 450D in which Jrista suggested the Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 lens rather than the ...
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Where is the Canon DSLR second-hand sweetspot?

I currently have an EOS 3000V. It was my first SLR and I thought that the romance of film would outweigh the impracticalities. It's served me well for a couple of years, but I'd really like to step ...
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What is the best way to trigger a Canon 550EX speedlite in a studio?

I want to try my hand at off-camera flash for some indoor portraits. How should I trigger the speedlite (Canon 550EX)? Should I go for wired or wireless? What's the difference between a TTL cable and ...
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Recommend me a remote shutter release

I'd like to embark on a self portrait photo-a-day project with my Rebel XSi & 50mm f/1.8 lens. The problem is that the built-in timer won't work for this - the AF kicks in when you press the ...
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What is the purpose of “A-DEP” mode on Canon cameras?

What is the purpose of the "A-DEP" shooting mode on Canon cameras, for example the T3i/600D? In what kind of situations is it helpful - for example, under low light conditions, higher ISO or when ...
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Using a Canon 350D as a webcam?

I would like to create a program that take pictures programmatically. The ideal setup would be to be able to see on a computer screen how the photograph would be before to take it. Therefore I need to ...
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Soft 24-105L images

I'm getting a huge number of very soft images from my 24-105L using a 40D and I'm wondering if calibration would help. I can't micro adjust on the 40D itself. I have also yet to get around to setting ...
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What are the differences between the Canon extenders?

My wife has a Canon EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens. Price is not that important to me, but I am unsure which of the four extenders I should purchase. Canon has four extenders that I ...
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Is there third-party software for Canon tethered live-view shooting?

I can use Canon EOS Utility to shoot tethered so that the live-view preview is displayed on the computer screen. However, I would like to know if there is any third-party software (non-Canon) that ...
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How can I import 2 photos from my 7D that have the same filename?

Canon use only 4 digits in the filename (eg: IMG_1234.jpg) My camera has wrapped around the file numbering so that I now have 2 photos on the memory card with the same name. Picasa fails to import ...
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How do I take automatically bracketed exposures with the Canon XSi?

I'm trying to help someone with a Canon XSi. I'm not used to the Canons that use menus (rather than buttons on the body). Does anyone know how to set up the Canon XSi to take a bracketed exposure of ...