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Did you know that Canon started its life as Kwanon in 1934, with the manufacture of Japan's first prototype 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera? It was only in 1935, with the release of the Hansa Canon camera that the company filed to register the "Canon" trademark. The word "Canon" literally means "biblical scriptures" or a "standard for judgment." Today, this name is synonymous with high quality cameras worldwide, for everyone, from beginners to veteran professionals.

If you are looking to buy a Canon digital camera, check out the variety offered right here at Rediff Shopping. We stock a wide range of models to suit all types of photography and budgets. However, before you decide on which Canon DSLR camera you want, learn a little more about the different types of DSLR and what they mean for photography.

Different D Lenses and What They Do

DSLR stands for digital single-lens reflex. Also called digital SLR< this type of lens combines optics with single-lens reflex using a digital imaging sensor, rather than photographic film. This is a fairly new revolution and most adults today still remember the old film rolls that needed to be carefully put in and taken out. Here's a look at the different types of DSLR lenses available today and what kind of photographs they are best used for:

  • Standard lenses: These lenses usually have a focal length of 35mm to 85mm and are best for taking portraits. They can be used for general photography too and offer images that look natural and are free of distortions. However, this is one type of lens that is fast becoming extinct, with advancements in digital photography technology.

  • Telephoto lenses: If you love to travel and take pictures of the landscape, wildlife or even sporting events, lenses that have a focal point between 100mm and 300mm would be the best. These lenses offer wonderful zoom, giving you the opportunity to take some really good candid photos without people knowing that you are photographing them! Telephoto lenses are the most popular type for DSLR cameras and come in a wide range of quality levels and configurations. The biggest benefit they offer is that you can take pictures from far away and yet get a good and tight framing of the image. They are equally effective for photos taken at close range. However, remember that the longer the focal length, the more blurry the image will be with the slightest shake of the camera. This is why many models come with image stabilization facilities.

  • Wide-Angle lenses: With focal length of 28mm and below, wide-angle lenses are great for landscapes. If you are a documentary photographer and want to include a lot of both the background and the foreground, this is the best lens for you. However, be careful because at the widest setting, this type of DSLR camera might give you some distortion along the edges of the image. These lenses can be found nowadays among the lower-end telephoto lenses.

  • Prime lenses: These are lenses that have only one focal length, which is why they are becoming less and less popular with advancing technology. Technology aims to offer more range and convenience to the user, after all. However, the primary advantage of prime lenses is their image quality and aperture speed.

  • Kit lenses: The lens that usually comes with your DSLR camera is called a kit lens. At the entry level Canon camera, it is a zoom lens that is meant for everyday photography.

When you buy Canon cameras at Rediff Shopping, you get to choose from a wide range of models and prices, so that you can choose just the right device for your needs. There also are various accessories to choose from, such as the Canon EW-73B Lens Hood, the original Canon NB-6L Li-ion battery pack, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 USM Lens and much more.


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