I'm slightly mystified!
If I reproduce a piece of content on my site, e.g. I reproduce an article I'd published on another section of the site, but in the skin of the new section, I'd have duplicate content issues. So, to get over this, I noindex the duplicate content page.
Can anyone tell me the difference between the canonical tag and the use of noindex, especially as a page that contains the canonical tag is dropped from Google's index anyway?