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Lightweight, fun and easy to use, the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 camera further proves that quality is key, helping you capture stunning photos and videos you’ll love to see and share. The 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 7 Image Processor deliver brilliantly sharp results, with Dual Pixel CMOS AF keeping your videos and photos in clear focus. Whether you’re taking selfies or vlogging, the Vari-angle Touch Screen LCD helps capture shots at a variety of angles and situations. A Feature Assistant function is available to help guide you through a shot if needed, and when you’re done you can share your creations on the spot thanks to built-in Wi-Fi®*, NFC** and Bluetooth®*** connectivity. Easy to bring and simple to operate, the EOS Rebel SL2 puts creative power in your hands.
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 camera has a powerful 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor that can capture high-resolution images of immense quality in a wide variety of lighting situations. Take photos and videos with fine details and dynamic, rich colors from the deepest reds to emerald greens to lush blues and purples. Simply turn the camera on and feel confident that the results will be stunning whether they are being shared with your friends on social media or blown up into poster-sized prints.
Line up the shot you want in Live View with virtually no wait for the EOS Rebel SL2 camera to focus thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF which helps deliver the world’s fastest autofocusing speed at 0.03 sec.^ Equipped with phase-detection, it can quickly and accurately determine how far away a subject is and where the lens should focus, and offers fast, smooth and precise autofocus that stays locked onto your subject, even if they are in motion, for both photos and videos. Dual Pixel CMOS AF helps ensure your results are sharp, keeps the time it takes to lock focus onto your subject to a minimum and smoothly maintains focus where you want it.
The EOS Rebel SL2 camera features a Vari-angle Touch Screen LCD that can be ideal for composing and reviewing your photos. Tap the screen during Live View while taking photos or videos and thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the EOS Rebel SL2 will quickly lock focus to that location in the image. Touch gestures can be used for zooming in or swiping through images after you’ve taken them, and menu and quick control settings can be accessed quickly and easily. In addition, the Vari-angle Touch Screen LCD lets users utilize Selfie Mode with a touch of a button so you can capture high-quality selfie shots with ease.
Built-in Wi-Fi®* Capability
The EOS Rebel SL2 camera is designed to make connecting to Wi-Fi®* fast and easy. It can exchange data with other Wi-Fi® compatible Canon cameras, and transfer files directly to a compatible smart device using the Camera Connect app. Just press the Wi-Fi® button and the camera will connect to Wi-Fi® allowing you to share and upload directly to various web services like CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#, Facebook® and YouTube® as well as print directly to compatible wireless Canon printers.
Built-in NFC** Capability
With its built-in NFC (Near Field Communication) capability**, the EOS Rebel SL2 camera connects directly to compatible Android devices as well as Canon’s Connect Station CS100 device by simply touching the NFC icon located on the camera to the device.
Built-in Bluetooth®*** Capability
Bluetooth®*** pairing helps you connect the camera to compatible smart devices using the free Canon Camera Connect app*. The Bluetooth® capability uses a low-energy connection that can be set to connect automatically upon discovery of the two devices and helps preserve battery life while maintaining a wireless connection. You can also establish a direct Wi-Fi® connection to use your phone as a viewfinder, as well as check and download previously captured photos and videos. In addition, Bluetooth® lets you connect to the optional Wireless Remote Control BR-E1 for remote shooting as well as pick up GPS shooting location data from the user’s compatible smartphone.
The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 camera supports Full HD quality movies at 60p and can produce incredibly smooth moving images for playback, or for sharing videos on social media. Vloggers will appreciate the ease with which it can record quality audio that’s immediately ready for uploading. For even more sophisticated sound recording, the EOS Rebel SL2 has an external microphone input to complement its internal microphone.
The DIGIC 7 Image Processor powers the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 camera to produce high image quality and fast operation, even in in low light. When using high ISO settings, the image processing helps keep results sharp and detailed in virtually any lighting situation. Powerful all around, the DIGIC 7 Image Processor helps ensure your photos and videos look sharp and lifelike with minimal noise or grain.
Especially useful when shooting in bright light, the Canon EOS Rebel SL2 camera incorporates a fully featured optical viewfinder with a wide-area, 9-point AF system designed to achieve sharp focus in an instant. This sophisticated AF system makes it easy to capture the action, no matter where the subject moves. 63-zone evaluative metering helps the EOS Rebel SL2 achieve optimal exposure with a diverse array of subjects and lighting conditions.
With its Feature Assistant function, the EOS Rebel SL2 camera helps users take advantage of its advanced features and create impressive photos with ease. By explaining and illustrating the camera’s shooting modes and their effects with sample photos of each mode, Feature Assistant encourages experimentation and provides guidance for creating amazing photographs.
The smallest and lightest EOS DSLR camera to feature both an APS-C sensor and a Vari-angle LCD, the EOS Rebel SL2 is easy to bring with you. With improvements in design and construction, the EOS Rebel SL2 is portable and lightweight with no compromise in performance. Its compact construction is accompanied by excellent usability, including a rounded grip that can sit comfortably in your hand. Conveniently sized for everyday use, the EOS Rebel SL2 means less missed opportunities and more memories preserved and shared in high image quality.
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The Mark II edition of this lens isn’t just a minor tweak, but a completely redesigned product . It adds two extra elements over its predecessor, taking the total number from 11 to 13, and its more rounded aperture is based on eight rather than seven diaphragm blades.
As one of Canon’s L-series (Luxury) lenses, it has professional-grade build quality and comes complete with weather seals. High-class glass includes two aspherical elements to guard against spherical aberrations (common in wide-aperture lenses) and two Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) elements to correct lateral chromatic aberrations.
While a wide f/1.4 aperture is great to have, image quality is unimpressive at this setting. Vignetting is pronounced, and there’s a distinct lack of sharpness towards the edges and corners of the frame.
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2. Fujifilm Fujinon XF18mm f/2 R
The latest in X-series cameras’ 1.5x crop factor, this 18mm lens has an effective focal length of 27mm, along with a reasonably fast widest aperture of f/2. The retro styling of the lens is a perfect match for cameras like the Fujifilm X-T1.
As a ‘pancake’ lens, it is physically short at 41mm and comes with an aperture ring that’s calibrated in 1/3-click stops. Build quality is impressive. The lens has a solid metal barrel and mounting plate, even though it is not weather-sealed.
Focusing isn’t internal and the lens extends physically through the focus range but the front element doesn’t rotate, easing the use of filters like circular polarisers and ND grads. Although there’s no focus distance scale or depth of field markings on the lens itself, this information is presented in the shooting display of the X-T1, which we used for testing.
There is impressively little vignetting, even when shooting wide open. Autofocus is accurate and fairly speedy, and the image quality is good overall. However, the image corners could be a bit sharper at any given aperture. They also suffer a little from colour fringing at medium-to-narrow apertures.
Pro build quality includes a magnesium barrel and weather-sealed mounting plate. The design uses one less element than the Canon, and the diaphragm has nine blades rather than eight. Aspherical and ED (Extra low Dispersion) elements are utilised.
As a 24mm f/1.4 lens with full-frame compatibility, it is fast, has near-silent ring-type ultrasonic autofocus and a neat focus scale positioned beneath a viewing window on the top of the lens barrel. Focusing is completely internal but the lens features a depth of field scale.
Centre-sharpness is excellent, even at very wide apertures and levels of sharpness are maintained well, even into the extreme corners of the image frame. Colour fringing is also better controlled, throughout the aperture range.
All in all, it’s a very pricey lens, but what you pay for is certainly value for money.
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This lens is two-thirds of a stop slower than the Nikon 24mm lens. But it costs just one third of the price, making it a much more affordable proposition.
Along with the reduced wide-aperture ability, there’s a reduction in the angle of view. Even so, the 28mm focal length gives a viewing angle of 75 degrees (measured on the diagonal) when used on a full-frame camera, compared with the 84 degrees of a 24mm lens. As such, it is still a usefully wide lens for indoor and outdoor shooting alike, but loses out to the more generous wide-angle abilities of a typical 24–70mm standard zoom lens.
Barrel construction is based on high-quality plastics rather than magnesium alloy. There are two aspherical elements, plus the application of Nano Crystal Coat and a weather-sealed mounting plate, but there are no ED (Extra low Dispersion) elements.
Nikon’s ring-type ultrasonic autofocus system is every bit as fast here as in the company’s more exotic 24mm lens and, as usual, it comes complete with full-time manual override. The manual focus ring is even larger than on the Nikon 24mm and equally smooth and precise in operation. Vignetting is more noticeable at the widest available aperture and sharpness isn’t quite as impressive but overall image quality is very good.
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5. Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12mm
Typical of Olympus-made Micro Four Thirds lenses, this one is physically quite small but nicely engineered. Its from the Premium range of Olympus lenses and is available in silver or black, featuring a stylish but tough metal barrel that plays host to 11 elements. Dedicated elements include one aspherical, one DSA (Dual Super Aspherical), one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and one Super HR (High Refractive).
ZERO (Zuiko Extra‑low Reflection Optical) coatings reduce ghosting and flare. Autofocus comes courtesy of a Movie Stills Compatible system that is smooth and silent in operation.
Akin to many Tokina lenses, the manual focus ring has a push-pull clutch or ‘snapshot’ mechanism, as Olympus calls it, which enables you to pull back the focus ring to switch from autofocus to manual focus.This action also reveals a focus distance scale printed on the barrel that ties in with a depth of field scale, listing apertures between f/5.6 and f/22.
Autofocus is rapid for stills and enables smooth focus transitions during video capture. The electronic ‘fly-by-wire’ manual focusing mechanism operates with precision. Sharpness is both good and even across the whole image frame, right into the corners, even at the widest aperture of f/2. Vignetting is noticeable at this aperture, but becomes less of an issue at f/2.8.
6. Panasonic Lumix G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH II
Assuming a truly thin profile of just 0.8″-thick, the Panasonic LUMIX G 14mm f/2.5 ASPH II Lens is a sleek wide-angle prime designed for Micro Four Thirds system cameras.
Offering a 28mm-equivalent focal length, this lens takes on a wider-than-normal perspective to benefit its use in a broad variety of shooting situations. A stepping motor provides quick, quiet autofocus performance that is beneficial to both movie and still recording and an inner focusing system maintains the overall lens length during operation for greater responsiveness. This compact and versatile lens is an ideal option for everyday use.
The optical design comprises six elements in five groups, which includes three aspherical elements to minimise chromatic aberrations and distortions for greater image clarity and reduction in colour fringing. Additionally, a multi-coating has been applied to the lens elements to minimise surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and colour neutrality. A rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out-of-focus quality when using selective focus techniques and an all-metal lens mount offers enhanced durability and mounting precision.
The pancake lens profile of the lens measures 0.8″ thick and weighs just under 2oz, making it an ideal travel lens for a broad array of shooting situations.
7. Pentax HD DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited
The black HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens from Pentax is a compact prime wide-angle lens providing a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 23mm. The lens’ optical design includes features extra-low dispersion glass and one hybrid aspherical elements to minimise chromatic aberrations and limit distortion in order to enable a natural-looking expansive angle of view that is well-suited to both indoor and outdoor scenes.
A high-grade multi-layer HD coating has been applied to lens elements to help minimise flare and ghosting for enhanced contrast, clarity, and colour fidelity and a rounded seven-blade diaphragm contributes to an aesthetic out-of-focus quality to benefit shallow depth of field imagery. Additionally, an SP Protect coating has also been applied to the front lens element to effectively protect it from dirt, oil, and finger prints. Built-in pull-out type lens hood helps to protect the front lens element from stray light as well as scratching or accidental drops.
The compact form-factor of this lens integrates Pentax’s Quick-Shift Focus System, which allows manual focus control over the lens at any time, even in AF mode, for precise handling over the focal plane.
8. Sony E mount Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
The Sony E mount Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC Lens is a prime wide-angle lens designed for both full-frame and APS-C sized sensors. When used with an APS-C sensor the 35mm-equivalent focal length is 36mm.
As a standard wide-angle focal length, this lens is well-suited to working in a variety of situations ranging from landscape to street photography. Its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is further beneficial to working in low-light conditions and for greater control over selective focus and shallow depth of field effects.
Two aspherical elements have been incorporated into the optical design to minimise chromatic aberrations in order to produce sharper images. A UMC coating has also been applied to lens elements to reduce surface reflections and prevent lens flare and ghosting for improved light transmission and more contrast-rich imagery.
Additionally, the lens’ manual focus design incorporates an inner-focusing mechanism to maintain the overall lens length when changing focus.Inner-focusing mechanism maintains overall lens length while focusing and helps to prevent dust from entering the lens barrel.
Eight rounded aperture blades help to produce an aesthetic out-of-focus quality to benefit selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery.
Here you will find all you need to know to become a better Canon EOS photographer.
Let us begin with basic setup to help you get to grips with your DSLR, before progressing to Canon’s shooting modes. We then move on to depth of field and focusing, explaining clearly how, using apertures, focusing and focal length, you can control depth of field, before offering up some smart advice for selecting shutter speed.
We also help you step up to Manual mode, show you how to make the most of lenses, and then, without drawing breath, we brighten up your life with essential flash photography skills. Finally, we round things up with a selection of cool ways that you can customise your camera.
So, lets start learning EOS photography tips, tricks and techniques.
Knowing AF Points
EOS focusing system is made up of a grid of AF points towards the centre of the viewfinder. A typical mid-range DSLR has 9 AF points, while some of the pro models have up to 61 AF points. By default the AF system will be set to Automatic Selection and all points will be active.
To check, press the ‘grid’ button and all the focus points should light up. The camera will lock onto whatever is closest to you, and this may not be the subject. So take control and manually select an AF point by scrolling through them with Main dial. Some DSLRs let you select groups of AF points, which can be useful for tracking moving subjects.
Setting Raw Image Quality
A Canon camera can record photos in two Image Quality formats: JPEG and Raw. JPEGs are processed by the camera and are much smaller files because they’re compressed before being saved on the memory card. Raw files are much larger in size, so you can’t squeeze as many onto a card. They also take longer to be saved, so you can’t shoot as many in quick succession.
If you are shooting fast-moving action it may be better to use JPEGs. However, Raw files offer superior quality as they retain more detail, but they do need to be processed in Raw software, such as Canon’s Digital Photo Professional.
When you half press the shutter button to focus, the focus confirmation light will blink in the viewfinder. Once focus is achieved this light will remain on.
If the image in the viewfinder looks blurred, but the AF confirmation light is on, try adjusting the eyepiece dioptre behind the rubber eyecup.
Extending Battery Life
Your EOS DSLR comes with a lithium-ion battery, which needs charging before you first use it. Treat the number of possible shots per charge listed in the camera manual with a pinch of salt. There are many variables that exhaust batteries faster. Live View is a big drain, but so is excessive image playback, continuous autofocus and image stabilization. Consider cutting back on these when you’re low on juice.
The most important thing, when changing lenses, is to protect the sensor from dust and dirt, so avoid doing it in windy conditions. Switch off the camera and, before you remove the lens, make sure its replacement is at hand. Angle the camera down, so that debris can’t fall into it, and change lenses swiftly. If automatic sensor cleaning doesn’t kick in when you turn on the camera, activate it in the menu.
The Full Auto (green box) or Scene Intelligent Auto (A+) modes, depending on your DSLR, work in the same way – by analysing the scene and automatically selecting the best settings to capture it. In A+ it will also set an ‘Auto’ Picture Style, which adjusts colours too.
You simply aim at your scene or subject, press the shutter button halfway for an AF point to achieve focus, then fully press the button to take the shot. Your camera will set everything from exposure brightness to ISO to metering, and will also change the AF mode from One-Shot AF to AI Servo AF if your subject moves or is moving. The flash might pop up if lighting conditions are low.
Creative Auto Mode
The Creative Auto (CA) Mode (found on the EOS 500D and later) is perfect for enthusiast photographers looking to break out of the auto modes. In CA mode you can change a few key settings, including flash and ‘ambience’. Press the Q button, then on the rear LCD you can use the dial to change the depth of field for more or less background blur.
A long exposure can lift a mundane scene by recording moving elements as a blur. Even at low ISOs and with narrow apertures, normal daylight conditions don’t permit long exposures, but exposure time can be extended by using a strong neutral density filter, such as Hoya ND Filters. This 10-stop ND extends shutter speeds by 960x, turning an exposure of 1/60 sec into one that stretches for 15 seconds.
Auto Exposure Bracketing
Bracketing means taking a series of frames close to what your camera considers to be the ‘correct’ exposure, just in case its wrong. You can set up Auto Exposure Bracketing in your camera’s red Shooting menu – look for ‘Exposure Comp/AEB Setting’ – or by selecting it on the Quick Control Screen.
The AEB function enables you to choose the exposure difference between the shots. If you need to fire the three frames quickly, set the camera’s Drive Mode to High-Speed Continuous. Once you have got a set of exposures, you can choose the one that looks right, or even blend several using HDR software.