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Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

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Lenses & Front Of Camera

John Greengo

Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

John Greengo

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16. Lenses & Front Of Camera


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1 Class Introduction Duration:07:30
2 Camera Controls Overview Duration:06:57
3 Mode Dial Operations Duration:11:57
5 Movie Option On Mode Dial Duration:06:33
7 Manual Mode Dial Duration:02:59
8 Custom Model Dial Duration:02:36
9 Top Of Camera Buttons Duration:06:42
10 Viewfinder Display Duration:08:07
11 Back Side Of Camera Duration:03:40
12 Playback Menu Duration:04:47
14 Quick Menu Duration:13:09
15 Left, Right & Bottom Of Camera Duration:04:38
16 Lenses & Front Of Camera Duration:06:13
17 Menu Overview & Shooting Menu Duration:18:02
18 MF Peaking Settings Menu Duration:06:00
19 ISO Speed Menu Duration:06:54
20 Picture Style & Sound Menus Duration:11:04
21 Set Up Menu Duration:22:05
22 Custom Function Menu Duration:04:21
23 My Menu & Playback Menu Duration:10:56
24 Camera Operation Duration:07:35

Lesson Info

Lenses & Front Of Camera

Looking on to the front of the camera, we have those Stereo Microphones. We talked about those before. We have our little lamp, which is used for Auto-Focus, it's used for the Self-Timer, it's used for Red-eye-reduction. And some people don't like a bright beacon on the front of their camera indicating they're doing something with it. So if you wanna turn this off, you can do so for the Auto-Focus and the flash in these various shooting menus. We'll look at those, as I say in the second half of the class. Alright, Lens Release and locking pin. When you're mounting your lenses, just make sure you get them turned on all the way. Let me just do a little demo here for you on this. A lot of people, when they get their first inter-changeable lens camera always feel a little bit of trepidation about changing lenses, and not to worry too much. There is a white dot that we're gonna be matching up with the white dot on the Lens Mount. And we don't wanna leave lenses off the camera for a long per...

iod of time because our sensor is right in there. Let's see if we can see it there. When you mount your lenses up, just look for that white dot. Mount it up against the white dot and then listen for the click. (click) That means you've mounted it on there properly. The Sensor on this is a 24 Megapixel Sensor, which is pretty common these days. It is the APS-C size, it's a 1.6 Crop when you're comparing it to what's known as full-frame cameras. CPU Contacts in there are connecting up with the lens, which are controlling the Aperture and the focusing of the lens. Make sure they're not broken or obstructed or anything wrong with them when you put your lenses on. The Touch and drag AF On/Off button, this allows you to use the back screen of the camera for moving the focusing point around. If you'd like to be able to use the touch pad for focusing and this is gonna be when it's held up to your eye. So you can hold the camera up to your eye and then just use like your thumb on the back of the camera, or any finger that's easily accessible, to move the focusing point around while you're looking through the View Finder. If you don't like it, you can press that button and turn it off. There's our little Mounting Index that I just showed you on all the different lenses. And so you'll see that on all the EF-M Lenses, which are the lenses that are designed for this particular camera. And then finally, we have our little remote control sensor, so if you do have the RC-6 and you wanna trigger the camera from a distance, you gotta put it in that remote mode and it will work on the front of the camera, but it is limited in distance. I forget the exact distance, but it's in the range of around 20-30 feet, 10 meters or so. Since we're talkin' about the front of the camera, let's talk a little bit about some of the optional lenses. I think this is the great little camera. I think they've done a lot of things very, very well. One of the gripes that I have about this camera, it's not really about the camera, it's about the camera system. There's just not a lot of lenses that are currently available. They do seem to be adding to the system, but very, very slowly at this point. The 18-55, for quite a while, was kind of the standard lens on some of the earlier M cameras. The 15-45 seems to be a more common lens now. I like that because it gives you a little bit more wide angle, which I think is very helpful for a lot of different types of photography. Anyone who wants to shoot telephoto, might want to look at the 18-150. That kind of gets you all in one lens. The 11-22 is good for people who want something that's really wide angle. And if you just specifically want telephoto, they make a 50-200. Now you're gonna see there's lots of letters that Canon and all the other manufacturers use to describe their different lenses. These are the EF-M lenses, which are designed for the mirror-less camera. A little bit different than the rest of the Canon lineup. And many of these lenses, do all of them, all of these actually do have image stabilization, but not all the lenses do have that. And so be aware of all those different little codes. Now the Prime lenses are lenses that do not zoom. These can be good for other different reasons. The 22 millimeter lens is a faster lens, which means it lets in more light. It's also a very small lens. So if you want a very discrete, basic lens, nice little option. And they recently came out with the 28 millimeter macro-lens. It has a built-in light. So if somebody was shooting jewelry or anything up really close and they wanted to add a little bit more light to it, this puts the light in a very good position, very close to the subject for illuminating it. These are some other interesting good options and so hopefully, cross our fingers, Canon will continue to add lenses into the lineup here. If you want, you can use the Canon EF-M Lens Adapter so that you can use all the other different Canon lenses designed for their EF system, of which there's probably about 60 different lenses out there. The camera will work quite well, it just tends to be a little bit bigger because those lenses tend to be a little bit on the bigger side. So it just allows you access into a much larger world or different lenses and so if there's something radically different that you need that they don't make, you can still stay in the Canon family and use this Canon adapter, which sales for about $200. If you wanna know more about lenses, I do have a class specifically on Canon lenses. It's not so much on the EF-M lenses as there is their EF lenses, but all the other information in the class I think is very relevant. We'll talk about apertures and the different features in technology, the Prime lenses and Zoom lenses and concepts and kind of building a lens system that's right for you. And so if you're interested in that, we do have that available now at CreativeLive. And it's a good, nice, long class that really explores lenses and will really help you understand the entire world of lenses much, much better.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new mirrorless Canon EOS M5/M6 with this complete step-by-step walk-through of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • How to maximize the exposure system in both auto and manual modes
  • How to use and customize the menus
  • How to use the camera's video capabilities

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Canon EOS M5/M6 settings to work for your style of photography.


Susan Clarke

John did an outstanding job explaining every part of this camera. As a newbie, this course is exactly what I needed to understand this camera. Thank you, John. Now, I'm going back to watch through 1 more time!

Michael Simpson

John Greengo is probably the best instructor I have come across in my short photography journey. I learned a lot about the camera, something that would have been difficult without the help of the M5 course. Thank you.

a Creativelive Student

Once again, a thorough explanation about all the functions of the Canon EM5/6 Camera operations. For anyone considering purchasing this class before getting your hands on the actual camera, it will give you a head start into the functions of the camera you chose. As a Canon FF User, I wanted to have a camera for urban shooting, yet, wanted something that could use all my Canon Lenses with an adapter. The Canon M5, I believe is a great choice and I'm looking forward to seeing how my lenses work with it.