Canon Photography - Recent Questions, Troubleshooting & Support


you just cannot lurn to take good photos over night, it takes years of practice and hard work, mixed with sweat and frustration and you may still not take a good photo,,, it takes more that just "clicking away" to get it right, read books on this as many as you can just to get an idear of what and how to get the best composition and depth of field,, to make your photos stand out,,the photos you dont like just beleat,,,but please dont be put off by what other people say about your work,, its yours,, not theres! if you wont to show some to them only show them a fuw photos,,, not the lot, or you will bore them i have been taking photos for 50 years now, and i can honestly say iv only realy took about 30 that i realy liked,, others have won prises,, but i never realy liked them?
beauty is only in your eyes and not in every bodys eyes
just go out and take photos of what ever you like or takes your fancy
then realy look at them to see them from another way then take that

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Jun 22, 2018

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Saving Money On an External Flash for your DSLR


Save money (lots) by NOT buying a name brand smart flash for your camera.

Bottom line - Expert photographers use manual settings on their cameras and their strobes to take photos. It is the newbies, occasional shooters who need the auto settings (see exceptions) - and the auto settings that cost so much on the external flash units for Canon and Nikon Cameras. A "smart" flash from Nikon could cost more than $600 while a "not smart" third party flash should cost $40 or less.

"not smart" means that you tell it how powerful it should be when the shutter is released - and then it gives you the light you set when you click. A "smart" flash takes into account the surrounding light and the aperture set in the camera in order to determine the power of the flash delivered when the shutter is clicked. "Smart" flashes also have a manual mode.

Why do you need an external strobe unit? Don't you already have a flash built into the body of the dslr??

First - the strobe built into your camera is pretty weak. Second, it is immobile. Third, it is only a single point of light.

With a dedicated power source (generally AA batteries) an external strobe has more power. The strobe head can be rotated and pointed in almost any direction. By being removed from the lens about 4 inches, it is often enough to eliminate red eye in photos of people. And, by being movable, the photographer is able to control shadowing on the subject.

A further benefit is most of these strobes come with a 'built in slave', meaning that the light from one flash unit can trigger the flash of another flash unit. That means that for less than 25% of the price of a "smart" unit, you can afford 3 or 4 of the "not smart" units and control them with your built in flash. This gives the photographer a great deal of creative flexibility and the ability to light up an area far away from the camera - wirelessly.

for more on the use of an off camera flash, search strobist with your search engine.

exceptions - there are certain situations where the brain of the flash computer is really helpful to adapt to quickly changing lighting situations and from a practical standpoint, manual settings may not be able to keep up with the changes without missing the shot. An example is weddings where the venue moves from well lit to poorly lit places or in and outdoors, or in and out of shadow situations.
But, most shots are taken in a venue where lighting doesn't change and hundreds of shots are taken in virtually the same setups, same distances, etc. Here the camera can (and probably should) be set to manual settings and the flash also set to manual power. In fact, by using automatic settings, there are many processes that have to work perfectly in order for the proper exposure to be taken. These processes take computing power and an instant of time - which, depending on the computing power of your camera, could cost you that shot.
But, if you are taking wedding photos and faced with varied lighting situations, hopefully you can afford good lighting tools.

on Feb 25, 2018 | Photography


Most likely the motor is wearing out and not powerful enough to wind more film. Not much you can do but replace the camera with something newer. Repair parts are most likely not available and the price would be way out of line of a replacement.

Canon EOS-AE-1... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018


Your camera is 20+ years old. They are electronic and most likely it is dead. Clean your battery contacts. If that does not do it... again it's a 20+ year old camera. The electronics go, just like a dead tablet or computer, a bad transistor will kill the camera. You can buy used Rebels for dirt cheap, under $50. But again, you are buying an old camera.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018


On a film camera, the internel electronics determine the shutter speed and aperture. The camera computer figures out a higher shutter speed against the aperture speed. You have a lever on your lens that, when mounted on the camera, will keep the aperture open until you fire. That allows viewing in the brightest light. Then that aperture arm is allowed to close to what the exposure setting the camera determines when you click the shutter. You should be able to take off the lens and easily move the aperture arm and have it snap closed. If it takes a few seconds to close.. then the lens has oil on the aperture blades or the grease inside the lens is bad. These days, unless is it a very expensive lens it's replacement time. Canon lenses will fit any Canon (except Fd) film or digital camera.

Canon T70 35mm... | Answered on Feb 21, 2018


Your shutter leavers are getting slow. They will fail soon, most likely the old grease is sticking. You can get a replacement body for $40 as repairs/cleaning will be $80+

Canon... | Answered on Feb 20, 2018


Have you removed the batteries for a few hours (reset) ?
Have you turned the dial around several times (clean contacts)
The only other error is the flashing battery light, if it persistes, according to the manual. It's dead as repairs would be pretty expensive against a newer replacement.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Feb 20, 2018


Spares are available, but it is difficult without knowing the make. Look at the images in the link, some have schematic parts diagrams. Also look at the 'All' tab as there are sites on eBay selling parts.

photographic Tripod spares Google Search

Canon... | Answered on Jan 22, 2018


Find the manual for it online and do a troubleshooting.

Canon EOS-3000N... | Answered on Jan 14, 2018


Try getting someone to loan you a good working battery to test if that's the problem. It's probably run out of its service life.

Canon EOS-1N RS... | Answered on Jan 14, 2018


is the autofocus button on the lens set on AF position.
If it is then remove the lens once and reinstall and then try.

Canon EOS-1N RS... | Answered on Dec 28, 2017


It is unusable because it is 'broken'. You've not specified the make and model, but if it was a cheap one (under £500) just replace it.

Canon... | Answered on Dec 10, 2017


I'd check with Canon. They will probably want you to send it back . . . be sure the price of the repair is going to be considerably less than a new (refurbished) camera.

Canon... | Answered on Nov 02, 2017


You didn't say which shooting mode you're using, but I'd bet you're in Manual mode and have dialed in a completely wrong aperture/shutter speed combination for bright lighting conditions. For example, 1/60th of a second and f2.8 in bright sunlight would be "burning out" your image, so the camera may be giving you an error message. Try using AUTO or PROG setting and see if the problem persists. If it does, try a different lens. You may have an incompatible mount, or one of the contacts may be damaged. If all else fails, try your lens on another Canon camera.

Canon EOS Rebel... | Answered on Oct 06, 2017


You probably have a dead cell in your replacement battery. Camera batteries have a limited number of charge cycles, and this is not a rare issue with "aged" batteries. Also, when you get a new battery, buy a genuine Canon replacement and not one of the el-cheapo Chinese copies available online. In camera batteries, you really do get the quality and performance you pay for!

Canon... | Answered on Oct 06, 2017


As it is a Sunpak tripod, contact the mfr or importer, or look on eBay. Fixya does not supply spares for any equipment.

Canon... | Answered on Oct 04, 2017


Rewind the film and try 'dry-firing' the camera, checking to see if the lens is working properly. May be a bad contact between the lens and the body, may just the the film has loaded slightly on the huh.

Canon... | Answered on Oct 02, 2017

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