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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)

Attaching a lens to your camera


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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)

with Ben Long

Video: Attaching a lens to your camera

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.
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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. What is an SLR?
      2m 39s
    3. How to use this course
      1m 53s
  2. 22m 33s
    1. Basic camera anatomy
      2m 39s
    2. Attaching a lens to your camera
      2m 36s
    3. Batteries and media cards
      2m 44s
    4. Powering up
      2m 38s
    5. Menu navigation and factory defaults
      4m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 31s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 7s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 48s
    9. Holding the camera
      2m 29s
  3. 21m 23s
    1. Setting Auto mode
      4m 14s
    2. The viewfinder display
      5m 31s
    3. The LCD screen
      2m 15s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 38s
    5. Lens controls
      1m 17s
    6. Flash in Auto mode
      1m 26s
    7. Image review
      2m 28s
    8. Image playback
      1m 34s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. What Program mode does
      1m 57s
    2. Exposure compensation
      2m 15s
    3. Metering revisited
      1m 57s
    4. Changing ISO
      2m 51s
    5. Program shift
      2m 30s
    6. Image format and size
      4m 21s
    7. Creative Auto mode
      2m 20s
    8. The Info button
      1m 17s
    9. The Quick Control button
      1m 46s
  5. 6m 21s
    1. Manually selecting a focus point
      2m 33s
    2. Focus modes
      1m 19s
    3. Manual focus
      2m 29s
  6. 7m 30s
    1. Auto white balance
      1m 54s
    2. White balance presets
      2m 7s
    3. Manual white balance
      3m 29s
  7. 8m 56s
    1. Drive mode
      3m 16s
    2. The self-timer
      2m 19s
    3. Remote controls and Bulb mode
      3m 21s
  8. 19m 38s
    1. Metering modes
      2m 19s
    2. Exposure lock
      56s
    3. Aperture Priority mode
      2m 50s
    4. Depth-of-field preview
      2m 11s
    5. Shutter Priority mode
      2m 23s
    6. Manual mode
      2m 46s
    7. Auto exposure bracketing
      2m 34s
    8. Auto lighting optimizer
      1m 59s
    9. Peripheral illumination correction
      1m 40s
  9. 18m 0s
    1. Metadata display
      3m 2s
    2. LCD brightness
      52s
    3. Rotation
      1m 4s
    4. Rating images
      1m 43s
    5. Applying creative filters
      2m 6s
    6. Protecting and deleting images
      3m 26s
    7. File numbering options
      2m 51s
    8. Creating folders
      48s
    9. Copyright information
      2m 8s
  10. 4m 55s
    1. What is a scene mode?
      1m 8s
    2. Scene modes and image formats
      3m 47s
  11. 6m 34s
    1. Fill flash
      1m 2s
    2. Flash exposure compensation
      1m 52s
    3. Red-eye reduction
      1m 36s
    4. Night Portrait scene mode
      2m 4s
  12. 6m 59s
    1. Picture styles defined
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture style
      1m 38s
    3. Adjusting predefined styles
      2m 20s
    4. Monochrome picture styles
      54s
  13. 13m 53s
    1. Activating Live view
      4m 42s
    2. Focusing in Live view
      5m 31s
    3. Aspect ratio
      1m 35s
    4. Live view's drawbacks
      2m 5s
  14. 12m 55s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      5m 17s
    2. Focusing
      4m 6s
    3. Exposure control
      2m 11s
    4. Movie playback
      1m 21s
  15. 15m 6s
    1. Custom menus
      2m 11s
    2. Custom functions
      1m 31s
    3. Exposure level increments
      1m 0s
    4. ISO expansion
      1m 8s
    5. Long exposure noise reduction
      1m 9s
    6. High ISO speed noise reduction
      1m 46s
    7. Highlight tone priority
      1m 53s
    8. AF-assist beam firing
      56s
    9. Mirror lockup
      1m 17s
    10. Shutter/AE Lock button
      2m 15s
  16. 4m 37s
    1. Camera and sensor cleaning
      1m 4s
    2. Operating conditions and temperatures
      2m 9s
    3. Firmware updates
      1m 24s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)
3h 16m Beginner Nov 18, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • What is an SLR?
  • Attaching a lens to a camera
  • Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
  • Setting Auto mode
  • Changing ISO
  • Changing image format and size
  • Manually selecting a focus point
  • Correcting exposure while shooting
  • Controlling white balance
  • Using a driver and self-timer
  • Auto exposure bracketing
  • Selecting a picture style
  • Using Live View
  • Shooting video
  • Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
  • Cleaning the camera and sensor
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Ben Long

Attaching a lens to your camera

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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Q: Will the lessons in this course work with the Canon T3 too?   
A: The main differences between the Canon T3i and the T3 are some video capabilities. Other than that, and some minor menu differences, you should be able to use the lessons in this course with the T3 with no issues.
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