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External battery packs

Most of Canon's high-end flash units have sockets on the side which can accommodate external high-voltage (270 volts) battery packs. These packs have two basic functions - they speed up the flash's recycle time between shots to a second or two (critical for news or wedding photography) and extend the time you can go between changing batteries. They're also useful in cold weather (battery performance always drops precipitately at freezing temperatures) since you can stuff the pack inside your jacket to keep the cells warm if necessary. The Compact Battery Pack E requires 6 regular AA alkaline, NiCad or NIMH cells, but the newer Compact Battery Pack CP-E2 can also accept lithium AA cells. Either compact pack can be attached to the bottom of a camera using the tripod mounting screw. The much larger Transistor Pack E can use either 6 regular C cells (with Battery Magazine - lithium cells are not compatible) or nickel-cadmium rechargeable cells (with Ni-Cd Pack) and obviously has much...

The numbers and markings on the battery charger correspond to the table on the left

Do not recharge any battery pack other than Battery Pack BP-511A, BP-514, BP-511, or BP-512. Battery Packs BP-511A, BP-514, BP-511, and BP-512 are dedicated to Canon products. Using them with a non-Canon battery charger or product may result in malfunction or accidents for which Canon cannot be held liable. The battery pack can operate in temperatures from 0 C to 40 C (32 F to 104 F). However, for full operating performance, using it between 10 C (50 F) and 30 C (86 F) is recommended. In cold locations such as ski areas, battery performance temporarily decreases and the operating time may be shorter. If operating time is sharply reduced even after normal recharging, the battery pack may have reached its service life. Replace it with a new battery.

Charging the Battery Pack

Battery charge Charge the battery pack. As soon as you place the battery pack in the compact power adapter, the charge lamp starts blinking and charging begins. It can take up to 90 minutes to fully charge a battery pack. Charging the Battery Pack When the DC coupler is connected to the compact power adapter, the adapter cannot be used to charge battery packs. Do not charge any battery packs other than model BP-511. When the battery pack is in the camera, it discharges slightly over time even when the camera is not used. This reduces the battery pack's operating time. When not using the camera, remove the battery pack and store it with its protective cover attached. Always be sure to charge the battery pack before using it again. To protect battery packs and prevent loss of capacity, do not charge them continuously for more than 24 hours. If operating time is sharply reduced even after charging normally, the battery pack may have exceeded its useful life. Replace it with a new battery...

Inserting and Removing the Battery Pack

Inserting the Battery Pack Load a fully charged BP-511 battery pack into the camera. Make sure the battery pack is facing the right way, and insert it into the battery chamber. Insert the battery pack until it locks into place. Battery Charge Remaining Icons Charge is sufficient. O Charge is low. CD Battery pack must be charged. Removing the Battery Pack 2 Remove the battery pack.

Battery Handling

Battery Charge Battery charge is low. Recharge it as soon as possible if it will be used for an extended period. Change the battery pack Battery charge is insufficient to operate the camera. Replace the battery immediately. Battery Handling Precautions ' Keep the battery terminals clean at all times. ' At low temperatures, battery performance may be reduced and the low battery icon ( ) may appear earlier than usual.

Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended

This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine Canon accessories. Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and or accidents such as fire, etc., caused by the malfunction of nongenuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage and or explosion of a battery pack). Please note that this warranty does not apply to repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories, although you may request such repairs on a chargeable basis. o The charger cannot charge any battery other than Battery Pack LP-E6. Battery Pack LP-E6 is dedicated to Canon products only. Using it with an incompatible battery charger or product may result in malfunction or accidents for which Canon cannot be held liable.

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Battery Pack BP-511 This is a powerful lithium ion secondary battery pack. The rated voltage is 7.4V. You can use the Compact Power Adapter CA-PS400 to charge the BP-511 battery pack, and when fully charged it has enough power for you to take approximately 540 pictures (Normal, with 50 flash use). Charging takes about 90 minutes. This is a battery grip that holds two BP-511 battery packs. It provides a shutter button, electronic dials, AE lock FE lock button, and focusing point selection button for use in taking portrait (vertical) shots. (Can also use the DC coupler)

Cleaning the CMOS Imaging Element

When cleaning the imaging element, always connect the EOS D30 camera to a household power outlet using the DC coupler. If you try to clean the imaging element while the battery pack is installed in the camera, the cleaning warning message will blink on the LCD panel and you will not be able to clean the imaging element.

When Qj QiJ l or QiiH Blinks

If the battery power drops in cold temperatures or the film advance operation is slow, it means that the camera is trying to provide film advance power rather than speed. This feature is called automatic film advance transmission. If this is activated, one of the film advance icons ( , Qi, Iil. Qjh) will blink on the LCD panel. This feature is canceled when you press the < MODE> button or < dD> button or when you replace the film or battery. If this feature is activated, check the battery power (see page 22) and follow the respective countermeasures.

Will Setting the Auto Poweroff Time

To save battery power, the camera turns off automatically after the set time of idle operation elapses. You can set this auto power-off time. When the camera has turned off due to auto power off, you can wake up the camera by pressing the shutter button halfway or any of the following buttons < MENU> < DISP.> < E> < > etc. If Off has been set, either turn off the camera yourself or press the < DISP.> button to turn off the shooting settings display to save battery power. If Off has been set and the camera is not used for 30 min., the LCD monitor will turn off automatically. To turn on the LCD monitor again, press the < DISP.> button.

Viewing and Playing Back Images

One of the first things you should do is change the default display time, which is initially set to 2 seconds, barely enough time to remove the camera from your eye to preview the image. I understand the display time is intentionally set conservatively to maximize battery life, but given the excellent battery performance, a display time of 4 to 8 seconds is more practical, and such a setting doesn't significantly impact the battery performance. Also, if you're showing an image on the LCD to clients or subjects and you want the image to stay displayed until you dismiss it, you can set the display time to the Hold option so the image is shown until you dismiss the playback.

Grid display Off Metering timer sec

By default, the exposure meter shuts itself off after 16 seconds when you work in Live View mode to conserve battery power. You can adjust this timing through the Metering Timer option, shown on the left in Figure 4-26. Highlight the option, press Set, and then select a time option. Your choices range from 4 seconds to 30 minutes. Press Set once more after making your selection. (Chapter 5 talks more about the purpose of the exposure meter.) As explained in Chapter 1, image stabilization isn't necessary when you shoot with a tripod. And because it consumes extra battery power, turning it off is a good idea for Live View tripod shooting with most lenses. However, check your lens manual just to be sure Some lens manufacturers vary in their recommendations on this issue. Battery status Battery status Battery status A full battery icon like the one in Figure 4-31 says you're good to go.

Fn LCD display when power ON

This function enables you to save a bit of battery power by choosing whether or not the shooting information is displayed on the LCD when you turn on the Rebel XSi 450D. Sounds simple enough, but Option 1 isn't quite as straightforward as it seems. Here are the options and a description of each one It's tempting to choose Option 1 simply to save battery power. But if you keep the display off, then you have to manually turn on the display by pressing the Disp. button before you can display the ISO settings screen or set exposure compensation by pressing the ISO and Aperture Exposure compensation buttons on the camera.

Direct Direct Transfer IndirectDirect Transfer

There are some advantages to transferring photos directly from your EOS 40D to a computer. The destination computer doesn't need to have a card reader all it requires is a USB port. So, if you have the USB cable that came with your camera, you can transfer photos to any computer that has the Canon utility software (discussed later) installed. However, direct transfer uses your 40D's internal battery power, while removing the card and transferring the photos with a card reader installed on the destination computer does not.

Downloading with a USB Cable

Downloading images using the USB cable supplied with the camera is as simple as connecting the camera and the computer using a USB cable. Because you must turn the camera on during download, ensure that the battery charge is sufficient to complete the download without interruption.

Replacing Your Clock Battery

Dslr Canon Clock Battery

To install it, just slide out the plastic carrier and remove the old battery. A pair of plastic tabs holds it in tight, and you may have to pry one up to free the dead cell. Then slide the new one in and return the carrier to your camera. When you turn on the power, you'll need to enter the current date and time and restore any other settings that have been lost. Don't forget to choose OK when finished if you simply exit the settings screen by pressing the Menu button, your time setting will not be entered.

Using an IS image stabilizer lens

1000d Focus Ring

& NG However, when you use a tripod, image stabilization can have detrimental effects because the system may try to adjust for movement that isn't actually occurring. Although this problem shouldn't be an issue with most Canon IS lenses, if you do see blurry images while using a tripod, try setting the Stabilizer On Off switch (shown in Figure 1-3) to Off. You also can save battery power by turning off image stabilization when you use a tripod. (Note that blurry images can result from causes other than camera shake see Chapter 6 for help.)

Trigger circuit voltage

Note that the damage to the camera can apparently be subtle and cumulative -simply hooking up the flash and seeing if it works is no guarantee that the high voltage isn't slowly damaging your camera's flash circuit. (of course, Canon is probably being a bit conservative with its 6 volt limit, so you probably aren't taking a huge risk if the voltage of your flash unit is a tiny bit over) Note also that the power supply used by the flash is irrelevant - it has no bearing on the trigger voltage. Many Canon Speedlite flash units, for example, can use high voltage battery packs but they still have low trigger voltages. And portable battery-powered flash units may require 6 volts in battery power but nonetheless may step up the trigger voltage considerably.

Using Multiple Light Sources

Studio Flash Light Curciut

A more practical choice these days are monolights (see Figure 7.11), which are all-in-one studio lights that sell for about 200- 400. They have the flash tube, modeling light, and power supply built into a single unit that can be mounted on a light stand. Monolights are available in AC-only and battery-pack versions, although an external battery eliminates some of the advantages of having a flash with everything in one unit. They are very portable, because all you need is a case for the monolight itself, plus the stands and other accessories you want to carry along. Because these units are so popular with photographers who are not full-time professionals, the lower-cost monolights are often designed more for lighter

Recycling Time and Flash Count with sizeAA alkaline batteries

Since the shape of their contacts is not standardized, using non-alkaline size-AA batteries may result in faulty battery connection. Use four new batteries of the same brand and type. Do not mix battery types. When replacing batteries, replace all four batteries at the same time, i Size-AA Ni-MH or lithium batteries can also be used.

Using the Battery Grip

If you plan to use the camera with Battery Grip BG-E2, originally dedicated to the EOS 20D and EOS 30D, read the following. For instructions other than Detaching the Battery Compartment Cover and Battery Life explained below, refer to the Battery Grip BG-E2 Instruction Manual. Battery Life At 23 C 0 C (73 F 32 F) Battery Life At 23 C 0 C (73 F 32 F)

Canon offcamera shoe cord

Finally, along with other manufacturers, Canon offers an external battery back to enable more captures without changing batteries. This is the Compact Battery Pack CP-E4. The battery pack is worn on the waist, containing eight AA lithium, alkaline, or rechargeable NiCd or NiMH batteries. It works with the 580 550 540 series Speedlites, but it does not work with the 430 series.

Precautions for Handling

Charge the battery pack Connect the power cord to the adapter, then attach the battery. When the charge lamp stops blinking and stays lit, the battery is completely charged. A full battery charge takes approximately 90 minutes. ( 25) Insert the battery pack. Open the battery chamber cover and slide the battery pack into position until it locks into place. Press the cover closed until it clicks shut. ( 27)

Additional Canon System Components

For lighting on the go, Canon offers the 580EX II, 430EX, and 220EX Speedlites. The ST-E2 transmitter allows control of slave flashes for up to 33 feet outdoors and almost 50 feet indoors. Macro photographers can benefit from the Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX or the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX. In addition, you can add a variety of battery packs and magazines, hot-shoe adapters, TTL (through-the-lens) distributors, and off-camera shoe cords. A body, lens, and flash made a complete system for this wedding photographer, with great results (see 1-3).

Speedlite Accessories

Whether adding a battery pack, connecting two or more Speedlite flashes, or creating a complex wireless lighting solution, Canon has flash accessories for almost any photographic situation that are perfect complements to your Speedlite. Compact Battery PackCP-E4 This dedicated external power pack is dust water-resistant and makes the entire flash system dust water-resistant. The power pack's performance is the same as the Compact Battery Pack CP-E3. A high-performance battery pack with interchangeable power supplies. Available as Transistor Pack E (six alkaline batteries in Battery Magazine TP) or transistor Pack E Ni-Cd Set (Ni-Cd Pack TP and charger). Both versions includes Connecting Cord ET.

Recharging the Battery

Battery pack slot index Battery pack slot index Align the battery's front edge with the battery charger's index line. While pressing down the battery, slide it in the direction of the arrow. As shown by the arrow, flip out the battery charger's prongs. If the battery is left in the camera for a prolonged period, a small amount of power current is released, resulting in excess discharge and shorter battery life. Store the battery with the cover attached. Storing the battery after it is fully charged can lower the battery's performance. The battery charger can also be used in foreign countries. The battery charger is compatible with a 100 V AC to 240 V AC 50 60 Hz power source. If the shape of the prongs is different, purchase a plug adapter for that country. Do not attach any voltage transformer to the battery charger. Doing so can damage the battery charger. y Do not use the battery charger to recharge any battery other than Battery Pack NB-2LH. I Battery Pack NB-2LH is dedicated to...

Sending Pictures to the Computer

I prefer to use a card reader, for two reasons First, when you transfer via the camera, the camera must be turned on during the process, wasting battery power. Second, with a card reader, I don't have to keep track of that elusive camera cable. And third, when I copy photos to my desktop system, transferring via the camera requires that I get down on all fours to plug the cable into the computer's USB slot, which is of course located in the least convenient spot possible. The card reader, by contrast, stays perched on my desk, connected to my computer at all times, so there's very little physical activity involved in transferring pictures, which is how I prefer to live my life.

Transferring from Your Camera

The advantage of a card reader is that it doesn't consume any of your camera's battery power. Also, most card readers support lots of different formats, so if you have more than one camera (say, the T1i and a small point-and-shoot) that use different formats, then you only need to carry one card reader and a cable. The T1i also ships with a USB cable that you can plug directly into your computer. This allows you to use your camera as a card reader, saving you the hassle of keeping track of an extra piece of gear. However, if you have an especially speedy reader, transferring from the camera might be slower and, as mentioned before, camera transfer will use up battery power. (Note that transferring via USB cable will not work if the camera is in Movie mode. Any other mode is fine.)

Canon G7 How To Check Charge

Recharge it as soon as possible it will be used for an extended period. Battery charge is insufficient to operate the camera. Replace the battery immediately. Battery Handling Precautions Keep the battery terminals clean at all times. At low temperatures, battery performance may be reduced and the low battery icon ) may appear earlier than usual. Used Battery Insert the battery pack so the blue area is visible. Used Battery Insert the battery pack so the blue area is visible.

About Live View Shooting

This technology enables some very cool side features as well. For example, because the first-curtain shutter is electronic, the shutter cocking noise can be reduced, and the 40D offers two modes for quiet or silent shooting in either Continuous or Single Shot drive modes. The caveat is that although Live View shooting has an admittedly high coolness factor, it comes at a price. With continual use of Live View shooting, the sensor heats up quickly, and the battery life diminishes markedly.

Will Set the Auto Poweroff Time

To save battery power, the camera turns off automatically after the set time of idle operation elapses. You can set this auto power-off time. When the camera has turned off due to auto power off, you can wake up the camera by pressing the shutter button, < MENU> , < DISP.> , or < H> button. If Off has been set, either turn off the camera yourself or press the < DISR> button to turn off the camera settings display to save battery power. If Off has been set and the camera is not used for 30 min., the LCD monitor will turn off automatically. To turn on the LCD monitor again, press the < DISP. > button.

Power source options for external flash units

Note also that some flash units can behave erratically when battery power is low. Normally weak batteries just result in long recycle times, but on the 430EZ at least low batteries can result in strange behaviour - the flash triggering randomly, the zoom motor buzzing at odd intervals, etc. So if your flash unit suddenly starts acting strangely try changing the batteries. This can also happen if the flash unit isn't firmly seated in the hotshoe or if the contacts are dirty or corroded.

Power source

Battery One dedicated Battery Pack BP-511A AC power can be supplied via the optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E2 Number of possible shots Normal shooting approx. 1,100 shots (approx. 800 shots with 50 flash use) at 73 f 23 C Approx. 950 shots (approx. 700 shots with 50 flash use) at 32 F 0 C. Tests comply with CIPA test standards. Battery check Automatic Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 min. Backup battery One CR2016 lithium battery. Battery life approx. 5 years

Topside controls

By default, the camera automatically shuts itself off after 30 seconds of inactivity to save battery power. To wake up the camera, just press the shutter button halfway you don't need to use the On Off switch. You can adjust the auto shutdown timing via Setup Menu 1, covered later in this chapter.

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0* The flash charge time will lengthen as the battery charge gets weaker. Always set the power mode switch to OFF when you finish using the flash. If the battery usage time has considerably diminished, wipe the battery terminals well with a dry cloth. The terminals may be dirty from fingerprints.

Installing Batteries

Since the shape of their contacts is not standardized, using non-alkaline size-AA batteries may result in faulty battery connection. Use four new batteries of the same brand and type. Do not mix battery types. When replacing batteries, replace all four batteries at the same time.

Speedlite EX

This newest Canon Speedlite (with a GN of 72 at the 28mm zoom setting) is small enough at five ounces to fit in a pocket, and, instead of zooming, uses two fixed coverage levels for 28mm and 50mm focal length lenses. It offers bounce-lighting capabilities, and uses two AA batteries, which provide enough power to recycle the unit in four seconds between flashes. Like its big brothers, the 270X communicates white balance information to the camera and includes a built-in AF assist beam.

Onscreen Messages

Change the battery pack There is not enough battery power for shooting or image playback. Replace the battery. If there is insufficient battery power, the shutter may close during the cleaning of the image sensor and the shutter curtains and image sensor might be damaged. To prevent this, either use a fully-charged battery or a household power outlet before starting to clean the image sensor.

Setting the Date Time

The Date Time menu will appear the first time the camera power is turned on or whenever the built-in rechargeable lithium date time battery charge is low. Start from Step 5 to set the date and time. If the Date Time menu appears when the camera power is turned on, the date time battery charge is low. Use the above method to recharge it.

List of Messages

Battery charge is insufficient to operate the camera. Replace it at once with a charged one or recharge the battery. Also refer to Battery (p. 254). Battery charge is insufficient to operate the camera. Replace it at once with a charged one or recharge the battery. Also refer to Battery (p. 254).

Low Level Format

Rotate the On Off switch on top of the camera to the On position. Automatic sensor cleaning takes place (unless you specifically disable this action) as the T2i powers up. The camera will remain on or in a standby mode until you manually turn it off. After 30 seconds of idling, the T2i goes into the standby mode to save battery power. Just tap the shutter release button to bring it back to life. The automatic sensor cleaning operation does not occur when exiting standby mode.

Studio Flash

A more practical choice these days are monolights (see Figure 7.18), which are all-in-one studio lights that sell for about 200- 400. They have the flash tube, modeling light, and power supply built into a single unit that can be mounted on a light stand. Monolights are available in AC-only and battery-pack versions, although an external battery eliminates some of the advantages of having a flash with everything in one unit. They are very portable, because all you need is a case for the monolight itself, plus the stands and other accessories you want to carry along. Because these units are so popular with photographers who are not full-time professionals, the lower-cost monolights are often designed more for lighter duty than professional studio flash. That doesn't mean they aren't rugged you'll just need to handle them with a little more care, and, perhaps, not expect them to be used eight hours a day for weeks on end. In most other respects, however, monolights are the equal of...

Singleimage playback

Single-image playback is the default playback mode, and it briefly displays the image on the LCD after you take the picture. Canon sets the initial display time to 2 seconds, hardly enough time to move the camera from your eye and to see the image preview. The display time is intentionally set to 2 seconds to maximize battery life, but a longer display time of 4 seconds is more useful. You can also choose to set the Hold option to display the image until you dismiss it by lightly pressing the Shutter button.

Rapidfire mode

Rapid-fire mode will not work if the camera is in continuous film winding mode, if the flash is in manual mode at full or half power or if the camera is in stroboscopic flash mode at a fairly fast setting. The 430EZ does not work in rapid-fire mode if an external battery pack is used.

Quick Start

Battery Life and Health Rechargeable batteries will deteriorate over time. After periods of continuous use, they are unable to deliver a full charge, which means that the maximum number of images you may have been used to will decline. For the consumer and prosumer cameras, the batteries are small and relatively inexpensive. Replacing a battery doesn't mean you have to recycle the old one, it just means you have a backup. If you're a casual shooter, it may be years before you notice the loss of power, and you may never have to replace the battery before you replace the camera.

Batteries

The XS 1000D takes advantage of ongoing power supply research and uses the new LP-E5 Li-ion battery pack. About the same weight as This Rebel no longer requires a separate date time battery. Instead, a tiny and inaccessible rechargeable battery inside the body draws a small amount of power from the LP-E5 to sustain itself. Bear in mind that if the LP-E5 is stored outside the camera for too long, you may have to reset the Date Time Function when you replace the battery. The battery charger that's supplied with the camera is compatible with any country's AC power between 100 to 240 volts and 50 to 60 Hz. In some countries, you may have to purchase a commercially available adapter to plug into the wall.

Ring Lite

You can extend the shooting limits of your Rebel by purchasing the BG-E5 Battery Grip accessory. The BG-E5, unavailable for photography at the time of this writing, can be purchased with either the BGM-E5L magazine, which holds two LP-E5 batteries, or the BGM-E5A, which draws power from AA batteries. For those of you who need more image capabilities but shoot locally, I would lean toward the BGM-E5L because it can be recharged hundreds of times. For those of you who like to hike through the wilderness, the BGM-E5A would be a better option, as it's easy to carry additional AA batteries with you or purchase them as you go. Charge your camera's battery in your vehicle with the CBC-E5 Car Battery Charger. This is an invaluable accessory if you frequently travel between shoots and have time to top off the battery.

What Can You Do

Canon 4225 Door Sensor Location

To install it, just slide out the plastic carrier and remove the old battery. There is a pair of plastic tabs holding it in tight, and you may have to pry one up to free the dead cell. Then slide the new one in and return the carrier to your camera. When you turn the power on, you'll need to enter the current date and time. Don't forget to choose OK when finished if you simply exit the settings screen by pressing the Menu button, your time setting will not be entered. You'll also have to reenter other camera and user settings that the EOS 40D normally remembers.

Overview

The EOS 30D retains the best of the highly acclaimed basic functions of the EOS 20D an 8.2 MP CMOS sensor, the DiG C II Image Processor, 5 fps fast continuous shooting, a multilayer LPF (low pass filter), high-precision 9-point AF, a durable magnesium alloy body, a multi-controller and vast system compatibility. Some changes are shared with other EOS models, such as the 2.5-inch LCD monitor with a wide viewing angle, Picture Style settings and automatic noise reduction, while other enhancements appear for the first time, including the Print Share button, extended PictBridge functions, enhanced auto-rotate functionality and improvements in Canon-to-Canon device linkage. Additional new feature such as 3.5 spot metering, a tougher and more durable shutter, increased burst rate, more shots per battery charge, a low-speed drive mode, numerous improved shooting, recording and playback functions and faster startup all derive, at least in part, from user feedback. The EOS 30D has one more...

Troubleshooting

Insufficient battery voltage Use only unused AA-size alkaline batteries or Canon AA-size NiMH batteries. (For information about alkaline batteries, see Proper Battery Handling (p. 21)) Poor contact between camera and battery terminals Battery pack Use only unused AA-size alkaline batteries or Canon AA-size NiMH batteries. (For information about alkaline batteries, see Proper Battery Handling (p. 21)) Battery terminals are dirty. If rechargeable batteries The batteries have lost their effectiveness. If using rechargeable batteries Batteries do not charge. If using rechargeable batteries Batteries do not charge. Battery terminals are dirty. Battery life exceeded.

Slave flashes

Canon E-TTL flash metering poses a problem for this sort of setup, since standard analogue optical slaves are likely to be triggered by the preflash rather than the actual flash. Standard optical slaves are also a problem outside the controlled environment of the studio. They're a real nuisance in wedding photography when, for instance, Uncle Charlie's point and shoot camera flash triggers your optical slaves. Situations like that call for expensive radio-controlled wireless systems or, if battery-powered slaves have enough power output for your needs, Canon's E-TTL wireless system. An alternative is the new generation of optical slaves, such as the Wein Digital Smart Slave products, which are capable of distinguishing between a preflash and a genuine scene-illuminating flash and only respond to the latter. However, it can be an affordable way to set up your own studio. Buy a few old battery-powered Vivitar 283s or second-hand studio units, slap some cheap optical triggers onto them...

Charge Your Battery

When you first open your camera and slide the battery into the battery slot, you will be pleased to find that there is probably juice in the battery and you can start shooting right away. What you should really be doing is getting out the battery charger and giving that power-cell a full charge. Not only will this give you more time to shoot, it will start the battery off on the right foot. No matter what claims the manufacturers make about battery life and charging memory, I always find I get better life and performance when I charge my batteries fully and then use them right down to the point where they have nothing left to give. To check your battery level, insert it into the camera, turn on the camera, and look for the battery indicator on the rear LCD. You can also press the shutter release button to wake up the camera. This will activate the rear LCD display and allow you to see the battery level indicator located in the bottom-right portion of the display panel (Figure 1.1).

Performance

Because the action does not wait while you change batteries, both cameras have an optional battery grip. Each utilises two Battery Packs or six AA batteries to extend your shooting time. Both grips feature a vertical orientation shutter release and key controls for comfortable portraiture work, and the substantial grip helps balance the camera when using long lenses.

Direct Transfer

Canon Eos Xti

There are some advantages to transferring photos directly from your Digital Rebel XTi to a computer. The destination computer doesn't need to have a card reader all it requires is a USB port. So, if you have the USB cable that came with your camera, you can transfer photos to any computer that has the Canon utility software (discussed later) installed. However, direct transfer uses your XTi's internal battery power (whereas removing the card and transferring the photos with a card reader installed on the destination computer does not).

The Surface

It is Canon's CMOS technology that gives the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 50D their quality, speed and high ISO performance edge. Large pixel sites (4.7 pm2 on the EOS 50D and 6.4 pm2 on the EOS 5D Mark II) maximise photo diode area while minimising microlens gap, to provide exceptional dynamic range and sensitivity. Canon's CMOS refreshes quickly, for faster frame rates, and runs cooler to help reduce noise and extend battery life. And when light is fading, expanding to ISO 12,800 on the EOS 50D and ISO 25,600 on the EOS 5D Mark II will keep you shooting at fast shutter speeds without the need to switch to flash. To handle the sheer volume of data generated by the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 50D, Canon's engineers have developed DIGIC 4 Canon's new generation image processor. DIGIC 4 delivers the power to process 14-bit sensor data, for smoother tonal gradations, faster than ever before. As well as being fast, processing delivers precise colour reproduction. DIGIC 4's high ISO noise reduction...

Beep and Power Off

By default, the camera shuts off after 30 seconds of inactivity. This helps conserve battery power, but there are times when it can be annoying. For example, if you're shooting a product setup or still life and have the camera mounted on a tripod, you might be spending time moving back and forth between your subject and

Battery units

These units that run off rechargeable batteries are expensive and desirable. Due to the fact that they're running off a stored charge, they are silent as compared to a gas generator. The most common, perhaps, is the Profoto Pro-7b, a 1,200-watt generator used with Profoto lights. I'm partial to the

DIY Battery Repair

DIY Battery Repair

You can now recondition your old batteries at home and bring them back to 100 percent of their working condition. This guide will enable you to revive All NiCd batteries regardless of brand and battery volt. It will give you the required information on how to re-energize and revive your NiCd batteries through the RVD process, charging method and charging guidelines.

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