Attaching a lens

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Your camera can accept two categories of Canon lenses: those with a so-called EF-S design and those with a plain-old EF design.

The EF stands for electro focus; the S, for short back focus. And no, you don't really need to remember that little detail — but you do need to make sure that if you buy a Canon lens other than the one sold with the camera, it carries either the EF or EF-S specification. (If you want to buy a non-Canon lens, check the lens manufacturer's Web site to find out which lenses work with the Rebel XS/1000D.)

Whatever lens you choose, follow these steps to attach it to the camera body:

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