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Canon Digital Rebel Cameras
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 yardClick thumbnail to view full-size
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Canon Digital Rebel Accessories from Amazon
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Canon Digital Rebel Lenses from Amazon
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