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Cleaning your camera’s body, lens, and sensor requires only a handful of items and some care.

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Canon's basic Rebel

CNET's Lexy Savvides has a look at Canon's newest entry-level DSLR, the EOS Rebel T5.

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For the Canon G1 X Mark II, improvements everywhere (hands-on)

It boasts a better lens, faster performance, bulked-up features and a streamlined design.

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II gets better all over

After spending some time with Canon's updated enthusiast compact, we're pretty impressed with the changes.

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<p>But not cheaper.</p>
<p>There's a reason the lens which ships with many entry-level interchangeable-lens cameras -- usually an 18-55mm (APS-C) or 14-42mm (Micro Four Thirds) -- adds a mere $100 to the cost of the kit. It allows manufacturers to offer the most inexpensively priced option possible while still delivering a decent out-of-the-box, point-and-shoot-like experience. But while most kit lenses are decent, their narrow aperture ranges can be both creatively stifling and inflexible for shooting in low light, the latter environment where most inexpensive cameras need the most help. Still, there's something to be said for the convenience of a multipurpose zoom lens. </p><p>Primes can be frustrating at times: when you're physically stuck working a fixed distance from your subject or traveling with folks who don't want to humor your attempts to get the right shot, to name just two (<a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/2300-35243_7-10019093.html">Here are my prime lens recommendations</a> as well as a <a href="http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-6501_7-57560029-95/make-the-resolution-try-a-new-lens-for-your-camera/">guide to understanding lenses</a>.). But stepping up to a slightly better lens can improve your photography noticeably.</p>
<p>The latest kit-lens trend has been power-zoom lenses. These are great for convenience and portability, so from that perspective they're better than the traditional versions. But they're still generally not great optically.</p>
<p>I've kept my recommendations to less than $900 and targeted for non-full-frame cameras. While some of these lenses are designed for full-frame cameras -- they tend to be better lenses in general -- I figure if you've bought a full-frame camera you should be able to figure a lot of this out by yourself. Some of them are quite old. Newer lenses tend to be more compact, with better coatings and better optical stabilization (where applicable), but older models still provide good value for the money. </p><p>Also, while some of my recommendations have the same aperture range as most kits -- f3.5-5.6 -- they all have much longer ranges so that they offer about a stop wider aperture across most of the range.</p>
<p>There are also some lenses I'd love to recommend, such as the Olympus MFT 12-40mm f2.8 and Sony E-mount 16-70mm F4 ZA OSS, but they're both too expensive at almost $1,000.</p>

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That 18-55mm lens that came with your camera was never meant to be your one and only.

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The G1 X Mark II has two rings on the lens, one of which is user programmable and the other dedicated to focus. I suppose the programmable ring is supposed to serve the same function as the front adjustment dial.

Canon significantly redesigns PowerShot G1 X for Mark II update (pictures)

For the most part, the changes should be welcome.

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Canon Legria Mini X packs stereo sound and more in your pocket

The Canon Legria Mini X combines stereo sound and camcorder features with smart phone convenience.

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Canon PowerShot N100 rear camera makes every snap a selfie

The Canon PowerShot N100 makes every shot a selfie, packing two cameras for double the narcissism.

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Canon amps up audio features for Vixia Mini X minicamcorder

The Mini X definitely improves on the original with more advanced video features, better mics, and linear PCM audio recording.

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Canon adds more ways to shoot and share with PowerShot N100

Some fun new shooting options for instantly telling stories with your photos and movies, and NFC for easy Wi-Fi setup make the N100 more interesting than the original.

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Canon's 2014 Vixia HF R camcorders induce CES deja vu

This year's models deliver minor tweaks over last year's.

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