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What does "Fully automatic 35mm AF SLR " mean exactly?

Michael Barnett-Cowan , Oct 08, 2003; 12:04 a.m.

I'm a bit confused...The Canon Rebel 2000 is described as being a "Fully automatic 35mm AF SLR" however in its specs it states that you can set it to manual. Can someone please clarify whether or not the Rebel 2000 is both an automatic and a manual camera. If it isn't please explain how/why.


Spencer Hahn , Oct 08, 2003; 12:24 a.m.

It's fully automatic in that there are settings you can dial into in order to have the camera set exposure by itself (automatically). However, you can set it to manual exposure mode if you choose to set the exposure yourself, whether using the camera's built-in meter or a separate light meter.

Moli Luo , Oct 08, 2003; 12:26 a.m.

What "Fully automatic" means is you can choose to set it in full auto mode, in which case you would just use the camera like any point and shoot: point the camera/lens somewhere and press the shutter release and the camera does the rest. This automation is found in the PIC modes (the camera has little pictures that correspond to different usage, such as sports, scenic, etc.).

By manual mode, it means you can have it on P, Av, Tv, or M. P is programmed, where the camera sets the exposure for you. THe difference between P and the PIC modes is you can use custom functions adn flash and stuff at your discretion. Av is aperture-priority mode. Tv is shutter-priority ("time" value or something that the 'T' stands for). Finally, M is pure manual. You set the shutter speed and the aperture, based on the camera's meter's recommendation.

Hope this helps. Happy shooting.

Michael Barnett-Cowan , Oct 08, 2003; 12:33 a.m.

Sweet...thanks! That's what I thought but I thought I'd check.

Pat Kane , Oct 08, 2003; 12:35 a.m.

This means that the camera can control all of the functions needed to take a properly exposed, in focus photograph after you trip the shutter-if you want it to. It has different modes with varying degrees of control by the photographer, from the "green square" that does everything for you to "M" mode which lets you set everything by yourself. So yes, you can control everything manually via the camera's controls. Go check out the camera in a store, it will make a lot more sense in person. :)

jim russell , Oct 08, 2003; 12:51 a.m.

I have a Rebel 2000 also. It's my first SLR. It is both automatic and manual. You can let it shoot automatically or you can control it manually using the different modes it has. You came to the right place to find out more information. Keep reading here. Pick up a Magic Lantern Guide book for the Rebel 2000. That will also give you a lot of information. You'll soon find out the the Rebel is fairly limited in what it can do- compared to more expensive models but it's a good camera to start with. You might want to look at the Rebel Ti too. It's not much more and it has some features that I would really like to have had.

quentin smith , Oct 08, 2003; 01:11 a.m.

if it is your first SLR then it is a good choice. if you can spend a bit more do and get the next model up or maybe look for a 2nd hand one. having the choice to shoot auto or man is perfect for a first SLR.

Happy Shooting

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