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shutter and f-stop in manual mode.

Kevin Burns , Jul 26, 2006; 11:42 p.m.

I am thinking about getting a canon EOS Digital rebel XT. I was wondering about the manual exposure mode. can one adjust both shutter and f-stop. or is it either one or the other but not both? In other words is it a full blown manual setting, in manual mode? Thanks much.


Mike Sweeney , Jul 26, 2006; 11:47 p.m.

Full blown manual, and also BULB.

Kevin Burns , Jul 26, 2006; 11:55 p.m.

thanks much! Going from a vintage Minolta D7 to a true slr and want the Digital Rebel. I was trying to find the info but Canon left out a lot of info online and I was thinking from a DP preview that the rebel did not do both, by the way the words read. cool thanks!

Zane Johnson , Jul 27, 2006; 12:09 a.m.

Download a PDF manual from http://www.canon.com and check out all the features before you buy.

Dan Mitchell , Jul 27, 2006; 01:19 a.m.

The short answer is that it is full-blown manual.

Basically, manual mode works like this on the Rebel XT:

  • The adjustment wheel on top of the camera adjusts shutter speed in 1/3-stop increments by default in manual mode.
  • To adjust aperture move the same adjustment wheel while pressing one of the buttons on the back of the camera . Aperture adjustments are also in 1/3-stop increments.

It works quite well for me.


Gareth Dix , Jul 27, 2006; 04:14 a.m.

I made the same change from an old Pentax Mx... i still can't get used to shooting in auto...

but the only problem i've found with the 350d is that your hand can get really tired if you're changing the aperture a lot using that above technique because the handgrip isn't great. apart from that the features are light years ahead of my old pentax :)

Kevin Burns , Jul 27, 2006; 08:20 a.m.

Sounds great to me. my Minolta D7's manual mode is the same way for the pressing the AV button and turning the jog dial. For the f-stop adjustment.

Steve Dunn , Jul 27, 2006; 12:20 p.m.

The higher bodies, including the 30D, have a much better system: two separate control wheels. To change shutter speed, you turn one wheel. To change aperture, you turn the other. There are no contortions involved in having to press a button and turn a dial, but of course there's more of a contortion for your bank account when you buy the camera.

The same sort of thing existed in the film bodies; in general, Rebels made you push a button and turn a wheel, while the other bodies that were higher up the product line had two wheels.

Stephen Elliott , Jul 28, 2006; 01:28 p.m.

As Gareth mentioned the Rebel/350d has a very small grip which is uncomfortable.

If you can save up for a bit longer I'd recommend the 30d instead (I now have both) and it makes the 350d look and feel like a toy, as well as being a much better camera.

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