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03-29-2009, 09:12 AM
Hello I am new to the SLR I purchased a Cannon Rebel xs after lots of review and found that the price was my range for a first time in slr I have the 18-55 mm lens and the 55 - 250 mm lens and I am overwelmed I have taken pics for years and print my own with my panasonic lumix and I had to switch because of my indoor basketball and swimming pics were always blurry
Now I am not sure how to use this properly. I have learned about the iso and the shutter speed but have no idea about the F5.0 reading what is tha tfor? Is there a web site or information page to help beginners like me? I am looking for the best way to take a pic indoors with poor lighting and action. I feel this camera can do it but I am not educated well enough yet.:eek::eek::eek:

03-29-2009, 10:00 AM
The f/5.0 is the lenses aperature setting. It can be set to let more or less light into the sensor. f/2.8 allows alot of light in, f/11 less light and the combination of the f/stop, shutter speed, and ISO determine the exposure of the image.

Here are some sites that may help....



Try the Virtual Camera on this site. May help understand how the different controls affect the image results..
(Have fun trying to shoot the race cars when you get to the "Shutter" demo)

If you like visual tutoring these DVD's are pretty good and not too expensive (ebay, Amazon.com)

03-29-2009, 10:08 AM
The f/5.0 is the aperture of the lens. Aperture is an opening, a hole if you will. The size of the hole determines how much light is allowed through the lens. The ISO(sensitivity), the Shutter speed(how long the shutter is open), and Aperture(size of the hole) all work in concert to achieve proper exposure.

I recommend "Understanding Exposure" (http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Exposure-Photographs-Digital-Updated/dp/0817463003) by Bryan Peterson. It's a great photo 101 book and will teach you the basics of photography. Canon has a learning site, (http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=HomePageAct) it has a bunch of information on it, maybe too much.

EDIT: Mark beat me to the post.

03-29-2009, 01:09 PM
Thank you so much for your help it helped me with my action shot I lowered the aperature to F4.5 and shutter at 1/125 with my iso at 1600 and I got a great action shot of my daughter bouncing a ball without the blur. I was getting really frustrated and thought I did wrong by buying this camera. Have you heard reviews on this camera model? It seems to do so much more than my panasonic lumix but the panasonic can take some great pics also