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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5) details the features, controls, and options in the Canon Rebel T3i camera. Author Ben Long provides an overview of a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera and reviews the Canon Rebel T3i camera's components and basics of operation, including changing lenses, navigating the menus, shooting in Auto mode, and reviewing and managing photos on the camera’s LCD screen. The course also covers white balance options, advanced metering and autofocus controls, flash, and shooting HD video, and includes a chapter on sensor and camera maintenance.
One of the great advantages of an SLR is that you can change the lens on the camera. This affords you a tremendous amount of flexibility and power, because you can select a focal length or a focal length range that's ideally suited to your subject matter. You can also attach specialized lenses, such as fisheye's, and tilt/shift lenses, or macros. Changing the lens is very easy on the Rebel. Your camera should have come with the body cap on it. If you don't have a lens on the camera, you want to keep this on here. This protects the sensor. Sensor is just right inside there, so that just screws off.
Similarly, my lens on the camera end has a cap, in addition to the lens cap on the other side. I want to take that off and that just unscrews. Now the thing with these caps is I'm going to put them back on the lens at some point, so I don't want to just take this and stick it in my pocket, because it's going to get covered with lint and all sorts of other stuff. Whenever I put that back on the lens, all that lens going to be transferred to there, and then eventually that can go right into my sensor. So if you take these two caps you can just screw them together and now that's all sealed up, and I can't put this in my pocket for a while, in my camera bag would be a better thing.
Keeping this end of the lens clean is the best way to prevent the dust from getting on your sensor, dust that can appear in your final images. So I've got a white dot on this lens right here and there is a white dot here on the ring on the camera here, and if I just line those up and then turn, there is a click as the lens goes into place. I can press this release button and come back this way and then pull off to take the lens out. Now there is also a red dot here that's because Canon makes two different categories of lenses that work with this camera.
Lenses that have a white dot on them are called S lenses. This is a 18-55 EFS. That's a lens designed specifically for a camera like the Rebel that has an image sensor that's smaller than a piece of 35 millimeter film. If I have a camera that has an image sensor that's the same size as a piece of 35 millimeter film, then I can only use lenses that have a red dot on them. With this camera, I can use either. So if I have a lens with a red dot, I would just line that up there and then screw it in.
So attaching the lens is very, very simple. Caring for the lens is also pretty easy, again, just make sure that this doesn't get dusty. If you ever find that your Autofocus is not working, or something, check out these contacts right here, make sure they're clean. That's the little gold or brass looking bits right there. They line up with these contacts down here. You can just clean those off with a Q-tip. There are instructions for that in the manual. So I'm going to put the lens on now, twist it into place, and I'm ready to go.
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