Canon® Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 40 of 58

3rd Party Prime Lenses

 

Canon® Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 40 of 58

3rd Party Prime Lenses

 

Lesson Info

3rd Party Prime Lenses

First off let's take a look at sigma recently they have reorganized their lenses and their now introducing lenses into three different categories contemporary art and sport so they're standard lenses are their contemporary lances and so if they're going to make a basic standard zoom for the average photographer it's probably going to be a contemporary lands if it's going to be a fast aperture lands something an artist would want it's going to probably be in the art siri's if it is designed for sports photography it's probably going to be in the sports siri's now there are not a lot of lenses in these because they've only been doing this for about two years and so their collection of lenses maybe less than a dozen in this category now before they kind of started on this pathway of introducing lenses they have a whole huge collection of lenses which is well it's just an eighty five one point for it's not an art it's not a sport it's not anything else it's just kind of part of the older s...

iri's and they can still be good lenses the reputation right now is that the contemporary lenses are quite nice and the art and sport lenses are incredibly good. They're highly competitive with the top of the line cannon gear out there. For those of you with full frame sensors versus cotton crop frame sensors, you're going to want to pay attention to the letter codes. D g and d c because d g means it's a full frame coverage d c c think of crop it's that a psc coverage and so they do make lenses designed for those different types of sensors so for the wide primes they have a twenty for one four guess what kanan has a twenty four one four this is part of their art siri's you can see the little a down here and up here eh for art this is part of their art siri's very high quality lens very nice lands good for those event in white shots we've already talked talked about why twenty four one four it would be a very good lens the comparison is is with the cannon twenty four one for which one is the better bye I think that cannon is probably a slightly better lands if you wanted to argue this on a value basis I would probably say the sigma is a little better value because it's going to be most everything the cannon is there's really not much that the cannon is giving you that the sigma is not other than the name brand and so this is a case where you could say you know what I need to save five hundred six hundred bucks I just don't have that extra six hundred bucks to the sigma would be a very valuable twice and there aren't lenses have been receiving a very, very high acclaim from the photographers out there so the resell value on it is going to be a little bit higher than on your typical aftermarket lands the thirty five I believe was their first art lands and they brought it out and people did the testing on it and it just it knock the socks off of the cannon thirty five one four and so is incredibly good lens and if we take a look at thirty five one for comparison in price I personally would buy this over the cannon in a heartbeat it is a really nice lands it has been reviewed to death and it has just got great great acclaim now one of the things about the sigma lenses is and we're gonna talk more about this when we get into micro focus adjustment especially with these faster one point four lenses is that there are tolerances when we buy a lens and we buy a camera they are not perfect. They don't meet hundred per for one hundred percent perfect standards and everything they do they fit within a realm of okay it's ninety nine point nine three percent accurate and that's what their standards are and occasionally there's a tolerance difference between the lens and the body where they don't focus correctly in order to make that happened sigma offers something called a doc we're not going to get into this because we're not doing a whole sigma class right now but there is a dock that you can buy where you can calibrate your lens. And if you do have one of these faster lenses, I highly recommend just buying the dock. I see reviews at websites where people by this, and they say it had focusing problems and it's a terrible ends, and then somebody else will say, you gotta buy the doc. You need to adjust it to your lands, and then it's, perfect and wonderful. And everything is good in this world, and I found that to be true myself. You do need to do that little extra step, and then you could get that extra quality out of it. So this is a standard prime this is a a psc coverage it's their d c leads and so if you have a rebel camera and you said I want a really nice small fast normal lands because kanan doesn't make one specifically for me cannon makes a thirty five one four but this is a thirty which is as close to standard as you can get and it's small and it's lightweight and I guess the option is to buy the candid thirty five two which does have image stabilization it does have the cannon name and the cannon does work on the full frame camera the advantage here is that you're getting a one point four lands and so if you really wanted that one point for I would definitely go with the sigma if the one point four was not critical I would probably go with the cannon because of the versatility of having the s and the full frame option on the on there so that you could use it on a full frame camera or you could resell it to somebody who has a full frame camera but optically speaking nice good quality lens and as we go through these lenses let me just say we're not going to talk about all the signal lenses I have simply chosen a collection of lenses that I think I want to talk about and it's it's a group of them I don't even know if it's half of them but it's somewhere in that range all right fifty one for this thing is awesome this is an incredible fifty millimeter lands it is the sharpest autofocus fifty that you're going to find on the market. It blows away cannons offering cannon it really competes with two different lenses that competes with the cannon fifty one for which is just totally knocks out of the water in quality just unbelievably better and it's even better in quality I think than the fifty one point two and if we look at the prices it kind of splits the difference between the two if you can afford something that's a bit more than the cannon fifty one for this one fits in between the on ly thing I don't like about this and I own one this is my personal fifty one four right here that this is a little bit of a chunky heavy set up the fifty one eight or the fifty one four from cannon are incredibly small in light way but this one is so sharp it's sharp white open it's sharp closed down incredibly you could probably argue it's a little soft in the corners but every lens is wide open in the fifty millimeter range but overall it is just incredible quality beautiful construction very nice manual focus field I am totally satisfied with us I did by the dock and I did have to do some adjustment and tweaking to make sure that it matched up with my cameras properly. 00:07:00.65 --> 00:07:02. For their tele photos they make a very nice looking 00:07:02.76 --> 00:07:06. eighty five eighty five one point four so for portrait 00:07:06.21 --> 00:07:09. lands very nice in this category cannon doesn't make 00:07:09.49 --> 00:07:11. an eighty five one four they make that eighty five 00:07:11.46 --> 00:07:15. one point to that is so big and heavy and between 00:07:15.76 --> 00:07:17. the eighty five one eight and the one to this once 00:07:17.8 --> 00:07:20. again is kind of splitting the difference if you want 00:07:20.02 --> 00:07:22. something a little bit more than the one eight offers 00:07:22.69 --> 00:07:25. but not quite the budget of the eighty five one two 00:07:25.61 --> 00:07:29. this is before the art contemporary sports siri's 00:07:29.08 --> 00:07:32. cames out but it had a very good reputation when it 00:07:32.4 --> 00:07:35. came out we might see this replaced it some point 00:07:35.07 --> 00:07:36. in the future with an art lands but it's probably 00:07:36.99 --> 00:07:39. going to increase the price quite a bit but I think 00:07:39.49 --> 00:07:41. it's a very nice portrait lands if you're looking 00:07:41.46 --> 00:07:44. for something a little faster than the one point eight 00:07:44.07 --> 00:07:44. version 00:07:45.65 --> 00:07:50. quickly move on to zeiss so's ice is thie german manufacturer 00:07:50.4 --> 00:07:52. and I'm not going to go through all their lenses individually 00:07:52.6 --> 00:07:55. because it's a lot of the same thing it's super sharp 00:07:55.16 --> 00:07:57. it's well built it's got a really nice manual focus 00:07:57.35 --> 00:08:01. field just copy paste copy paste on all of these bye these have a really, really nice feel to him if you ever get a chance to get your hands on one in a store these air made with a quality and precision that we don't see in the auto focus because auto focus needs to have a mechanism where the autofocus khun move those little islands elements very quickly and fast they're kind of built in there in a kind of a loose manner and here things were really tight and heavy and a lot of metal construction and if you like manual focusing these air some great lenses they're typically fairly fast we range from fifteen millimeters super wide angle a one thirty five two nice portrait lands and so a lot of different options in here we'll talk about some mohr these when we get into the macro section beautiful collection they tend to be slightly on the pricey side not as pricey as some of the highest in canon lenses but being manual focus it really throws him into a special category where a lot of people are just kind of like new auto focus I'm out and so I think it's going to require a special photographer who appreciates and enjoys manual focusing for this to work out so those are the beautiful zeiss now there's a couple of vice that I want to talk about in particular the otis I don't know where they came up with these names but this is the fifty five millimeter otis and they know that cameras have bean increasing in numbers of pixels and overall image quality and I don't know what I would have loved to bin at the design table in germany when they decide they said you know what we should do we should build the best lens has ever made we want to make the best lands I don't care how much it costs I don't care how big it is the best lands now go build me the best lands I don't care what happens and so their design was to build the best standard lens in the world bar none and they figured out they needed to make it fifty five rather than fifty so it's a fifty five one four this thing is monster heavy it with two point three pounds for a fairly small package on this and so this is manual focus on lee and so for a documentary type photographer or product photographer somebody who's going to be safe photographing an automobile and it's going to be blown up really large and they really or wanting absolute critical sharpness they're probably going to be working off of a tripod it's not even really comparable to the fifty one to the fifty one two was hugely expensive and look how cheap it seems in comparison we're talking about four grand for a fifty millimeter lands and so beautiful lands but very very expensive they've come out with their second otis lands and this is an eighty five one four so for people who want an incredibly sharp portrait so that you can see every pore on their face okay best short telly in the world that was their design goal on this it's. A big, heavy, very expensive lands, you could compare it to the eighty five one teo, it blows it away in price, alright, very special lands, but for cannons, new five gs with fifty megapixels. If somebody really wants to squeeze all the quality out of a can of a canon slr camera, it would be these last two lenses. All right, let's, move on to the korean manufacture sam yang, which you may see, marketed and sold as row, kanaan and bauer. Now they use the terminology cs for a compact sensor. So if you have one of the compact sensor cameras, the one point six crop pay attention to those letters so quick visual quiz. Everyone likes quizzes. What do you see different about these three lenses? What's different about him and if your answer is the name on the lands that is correct I am noticing some subtle differences in the reflection on the glass so they were actually photographed in different studios but these are the same lens with different names on them and they're all coming from the same manufacturer it appears that they are marketing with different names and different types of websites to see which way their lenses sell the best and so they're competing against themselves likes ice I'm not going to go into every single lens that they have these air manual focus lenses and these are very affordable lenses in price wise we're talking about things in the three hundred to six hundred dollars price range and so if you said you know what I'm young I'm new I don't have much money and I really want a nice portrait fast portrait lands I would really like an eighty five one point for well you can get in eighty five one for manual focus lens here and this is going to run you less than three hundred bucks and it's pretty sharp I mean it's not the best in the world but it's it's a nice cheap option if you said I need a wide angle fast lens and so we got a ten we got a sixteen these cs ones are for the compact sensors and you know, it's something I would have had a big section on twenty years ago, this is a mere glenn's cata die optic lens, and so this works, kind of like a telescope, words bouncing light off the back off the front, but there's. So few of these. I don't have any special illustrations on it. It's, a very compact lens that has really weird out of focus highlights. If you want to try something interesting, you want cheap. Twenty four two, one four. You could do this here for about five hundred bucks. Compare that with the twenty four one four from sigma or nikon tons, cheaper and optically speaking pretty good. The main caveat. Manual focus. All right this is this is just strange time young young young young young young oh no I'm not even sure to pronounce it is a chinese knockoff manufacturer I don't they're going to get mad at me for saying that but they basically take a cannon lands and they look at it and they say okay let's copy it and we'll sell it under our own name and so they've copied kind of what a thirty five millimeter lens they've actually taken the blueprints fifty one eight and decided to make a thirty five one eight they don't have any special technology section and their idea is to compete on price and so when it comes to price it is dirt cheap you may not be able to find these lenses were easy but if you said you know what I want to really cheap thirty five itjust needs something really basic we're talking about just over a hundred bucks in price less than a hundred fifty dollars and so they have that for thirty five and they also have that I mean this is not the cannon linds I did not cut and paste that photo here this is their version of the winds and they have copied the fonts where all the grooves are all the lines are and everything else which is kind of strange because the canyonlands is already pretty cheap at one hundred twenty five dollars but this is even cheaper at about sixty bucks. And so, if you wanted a really cheap lands, you could get into these sorts of things very, very inexpensively. John, just to reconfirm ddg lenses. They can be used on crop of sensors, so all the lenses can be used on crop sensors. It's, you have to be a little bit careful when you get to the full frame sensors that you're not using one of the smaller ones. And so, dj was their full frame lenses. If I recall correctly, in d, c was their crop frame.

Class Description


Working with interchangeable lenses can be both exciting and daunting to all levels of photographers. Canon® Lenses: The Complete Guide with John Greengo will prepare you to select the right lens and get the most out of all of your lens investments.

John Greengo is the master of making complex photography concepts easy to understand and in this class, he’ll bring all of your Canon® EOS DSLR lens options and operations into focus. You’ll learn about: 

  • Focal length and aperture
  • Canon® zoom lenses
  • Which lens accessories to buy
  • Third-party lenses
  • Maintaining a lens system
John will cover the full range of Canon® lenses, from ultra-wide to super-telephoto, zooms to primes, fisheye to perspective control. You’ll learn how to match the right lens to your needs and get insights on the best ways to use it.

Whether you are thinking about buying a new lens or just want to get the most out of what you already have, Canon® Lenses: The Complete Guide with John Greengo will help you out.

Lessons

  1. Class Introduction
  2. Canon® Lens Basics

    John Greengo gets you up-to-speed on the basics of working with interchangeable Canon® lenses.

  3. Focal Length: Angle of View
  4. Focal Length: Normal Lenses
  5. Focal Length: Wide Angle Lenses
  6. Focal Length: Telephoto Lens
  7. Focal Length Rule of Thumb
  8. Field of View
  9. Aperture Basics
  10. Aperture: Maximum Aperture
  11. Aperture: Equivalent Focal Length
  12. Aperture: Depth of Field
  13. Aperture: Maximum Sharpness
  14. Aperture: Starburst Effect
  15. Aperture: Flare
  16. Aperture: Hyperfocal Distance
  17. Camera Mount System
  18. Canon® Lens Compatibility
  19. Canon® Lens Design
  20. Canon® Lens Composition
  21. Canon® Lens Shape
  22. Canon® Lens Coating
  23. Canon® Lens Focusing
  24. Lens Autofocus
  25. Canon® Lens Image Stabilization
  26. Canon® L Lenses
  27. Image Quality
  28. Canon® Zoom Lenses: Standard
  29. Canon® Super Zooms
  30. Canon® Wide Zooms
  31. Canon® Telephoto Zooms
  32. Prime Lens: Normal Lenses
  33. Prime Lens: Moderate Wide
  34. Prime Lens: Wide Angle
  35. Prime Lens: Ultra-Wide
  36. Prime Lens: Short Telephoto
  37. Prime Lens: Medium Telephoto
  38. Prime Lens: Super Telephoto
  39. 3rd Party Lenses Overview
  40. 3rd Party Prime Lenses
  41. 3rd Party Zoom Lenses
  42. Lens Accessories: Filters
  43. Lens Accessories: Lens Hoods
  44. Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount
  45. Lens Accessories: Extension Tubes
  46. Lens Accessories: Extenders
  47. Macro Lens: Reproduction Ratio
  48. Macro Lens: Technique and Choices
  49. Fisheye: Technique and Choices
  50. Tilt Shift: Techniques and Choices
  51. Make a Lens System Choice
  52. Choosing A Portrait Lens
  53. Choosing A Sports Lens
  54. Choosing A Landscape Lens
  55. Best Lenses for You
  56. Lens Maintenance
  57. Buying and Selling Lens
  58. What is John Greengo's Favorite Lens?

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