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Canon Digital Rebel Cameras

Updated on June 29, 2015

Canon Digital Rebel XSi


The Canon Digital Rebel Cameras

I was trying to think of the best introduction to this amazing camera but I can not do better than Canon's own intro.:- "For stunning photography with point-and-shoot ease, look no further than Canon's EOS Digital Rebel cameras. The EOS Digital Rebels bring staggering technological innovation to the masses. They feature Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Live View Function, a powerful DIGIC III Image Processor, plus a sophisticated megapixel CMOS Sensors and are available in kits with various lenses a common one is the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens with Optical Image Stabilizer. The EOS Rebels refined, ergonomic designs include large 3.0-inch plus LCD monitors, compatibility with SD and SDHC Memory cards and have a complete range of accessories that enhance every aspect of the photographic experience."

These cameras are amazing feats of technology, Canon were involved in the original lunar landings and one of the requirements was for automatic focusing and this is where the digital rebel excels, with this camera you can choose from any of the auto focus sensors or use them all, in this way you have complete control over what is, and what is not, in focus within your shot. With skill you can focus on a set item with one sensor, and then move the camera while holding down the first shutter pressure to keep that focus, and shoot even if the sensor is now pointing at something else. the camera only re-focuses if the pressure is released. The speed of the Canon was developed and enhanced while they sponsored F1 motor racing so the sensors are fast, as is the burst rate when the shutter is kept depressed. The other amazing fact is that the Canon shoots with great definition all the way up to ISO film speeds of 1600 ASA, other cameras lose definition when shooting at the higher speeds.

I personally have had a Canon camera since 1974 and am still using the original lens although I now use a digital rebel body. The Canon lenses and system are lighter and more durable than any other I have ever seen, due to the use of carbon fiber and other hi tech materials developed from their experience in space exploration, as well as in the hands of many professional photographers on Earth.

Go to any sporting event and amongst the professionals you will see predominantly Canon lenses and cameras, with good reason. Canon offer the best performance and value for the money. This model is at the high end of amateur use, and the entry level to the professional series, for most it is all the camera they will ever need. Combine the Canon Digital Rebel cameras with Adobe Photoshop, and you will have endless creative possibilities.

Image for Introduction from Canon Canada other pictures are the writers own. PGS - Nates Place was the electronic store for our Stable.

Canon Digital Rebel - Technical Features

Canon Technical Specifications

If you are interested in the full technical specifications for the cameras they are available from Canon an example is at Canon Digital Rebel XSi specifications. The cameras can be set to shoot automatically or you can take full control with shutter speeds from 1/60 sec all the way up to 1/4000 sec (varies from model to model) and you can choose ISO speeds from 100 to 1600 this combined with the tolerance of the latest Multi Mega pixel sensors will allow +/- 2 full f stops on the exposure which can be corrected for in your processing application, such as Adobe Photo shop. I find it is better to under rather than overexpose as you can never bring back burnt out pixels. If you want to shoot in the Raw the Canon system gives 14 bit Raw images that allow color and exposure correction in Adobe. The camera also comes with EOS utilities on a CD that you can upload to your PC or Apple computer, this also includes photo processing software, which is adequate for most users, however for the best results I do recommend using Adobe Photoshop. For the creative photographers you can also set all features manually, or apply aperture, or shutter speed priorities, ideal for landscape and action shots respectively, the variable ISO selector allows for even greater available light flexibility. There is literally something for everyone.

This cameras are the ideal crossover cameras in that they are true SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras but still with point and shoot, for those occasions when you do not have time to think. There are preset modes that use the Jpeg format and these handle portraits, landscapes, sports, close up and macro shooting. There are icons on the selector and they are fairly self explanatory, in these modes you just point and shoot, and the camera decides on the best focusing aperture and shutter speed depending on the lighting conditions, the mode, and the ISO speed you have set. This is done by the camera accessing a database of photographs that have been shot by some of the best professionals and using their average settings for the same conditions (isn't technology amazing!), the net result is nearly perfect shots every time.

The only problem I have ever have is remembering that as an auto focus cameras, they usually averages 7 or more focal points to get the focus, this is not always what you want. You can override the standard settings and select the focus point(s) that you require, then by holding the shutter release down (the first pressure only) you can focus and then re-frame the shot to shoot using the precise focus you require. Alternatively you can focus manually by changing the focus option on the lens. The actual ways you can control the shot are almost limitless.

When it comes to processing I find that for the best results a Canon Photographic printer and Canon paper work best, as in that way all items are matched and of course the Canon is set up for their ink, paper etc. I have also had exceptional results using Epson paper, which is a more than acceptable substitute if Canon paper is not available.

Pictures could also be processed using the digital laboratories, at many stores, but personally I find self processing gives the best results.

The shot of the horse is one of our former horses (Jacob) shot in the standard close up mode.

Personal Canon Digital Rebel Photo Gallery - Some shots taken in our front yard

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A Savannah Sparrow with Lunch, Close upA Monarch Butterfly, Close upAn Anise Swallowtail Butterfly, Close upFlowers with our stable in the backgroundDetail taken from the center of a larger picture using Adobe PhotoshopA White Tailed Deer Family in our back yardA single Daisy in Macro Mode growing in our riding ringOur Border Collie shot in Close up, telephoto from a distanceClose up of a LilyShauna Riding Caprice Fun Shot Rider Superimposed Using Adobe Photoshop
A Savannah Sparrow with Lunch, Close up
A Savannah Sparrow with Lunch, Close up
A Monarch Butterfly, Close up
A Monarch Butterfly, Close up
An Anise Swallowtail Butterfly, Close up
An Anise Swallowtail Butterfly, Close up
Flowers with our stable in the background
Flowers with our stable in the background
Detail taken from the center of a larger picture using Adobe Photoshop
Detail taken from the center of a larger picture using Adobe Photoshop
A White Tailed Deer Family in our back yard
A White Tailed Deer Family in our back yard
A single Daisy in Macro Mode growing in our riding ring
A single Daisy in Macro Mode growing in our riding ring
Our Border Collie shot in Close up, telephoto from a distance
Our Border Collie shot in Close up, telephoto from a distance
Close up of a Lily
Close up of a Lily
Shauna Riding Caprice Fun Shot Rider Superimposed Using Adobe Photoshop
Shauna Riding Caprice Fun Shot Rider Superimposed Using Adobe Photoshop

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Canon Digital Rebel from Amazon

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Canon Digital Rebel Accessories from Amazon

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Canon Digital Rebel Lenses from Amazon

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Canon Digital Rebel Cameras at eBay - Try eBay to get yours cheaper

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    Ireno Alcala 

    4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    I love Canon! Yet, I don't have that Rebel model (sighs). I hope one of these days, someone will give me that as a gift for this coming Christmas celebration. :)

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @TransplantedSoul: The digital rebel series are hard to beat in terms of value and features. All lenses in the EOS range fit all cameras in that range so you can keep your old lenses when and if you upgrade the camera body.

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    5 years ago

    I just bought a Canon T4i - Love it!

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @justramblin: They are indeed and I had 3 old lenses that I still use. The analogue lenses have their power multiplied by 1.9 so if you have a 300mm zoom like I did it now has a power of 570mm on the digital body!

    Canon have even made the new bodies capable of auto-focusing and adjusting the old lenses too. The new camera is awesome. I think the XSi is about to be withdrawn (if it has not been already) as the trend is to include video on the new ones and the XSi was the last totally static picture camera in the range. I prefer the specialised cameras as the others were a compromise, but the technology is so good now that even the Pro EOS5 has video now.

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    6 years ago

    I still have my canon rebel film camera purchased in 1983.Don't use it,but I loved it so much I had to hang on to it. I'm glad I have it now since you said the old lenses are interchangeable with the new digital rebel. Good to know.

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Gr8fulGirl: Glad you liked the lens, and hope you buy a Canon from here!

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    6 years ago

    Thanks so much for the great review. Those photos were beautiful! I'm interested in getting into photography, but haven't invested much time into doing my research. I really appreciate lenses like these that make things a lot easier for me :o)

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @Faye Rutledge: I know that all Canon cameras are extremely good value for money as they really extend the technology down the range. They are the best performers in both good and poor lighting rendering true colours.

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    Faye Rutledge 

    6 years ago from Concord VA

    Thanks for the great review. I gave my teen grandson a Canon Powershot and he loves it. The pictures and video are awesome, even from this cheap version of Canon camera.

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    Stephen J Parkin 

    6 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    @JoshK47: Thank you, I think.

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    6 years ago

    Very cool!


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