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Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 29 of 58

Canon Super Zooms


Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 29 of 58

Canon Super Zooms


Lesson Info

Canon Super Zooms

next up, super zooms. So 24 sometimes all the way up to 200 Maybe even beyond that. So on these, we're talking about lenses that range 18 to 1 35 18 to 200 for R E. F s lenses. And so we have a mix of E f s and standard E F full frame lens over here. So a number of the cameras are now getting marketed and sold within 18 to 1 35 lands. And this is kind of the one lens, and I am done buying lenses, and I could conceivably see that that where that was gonna work out. For some people, this is their lightest, all purpose zoom. And so if you want one lands and you're done with it because you're hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, you want one list to do. Everything is lightest possible. This would probably be the option. You'd want to look at pretty practical range from 29 to 216. I would like a little bit more wide angle, but that's kind of personal. I think. Overall, it's a very good general purpose range that most people would be very happy with it is a little bit lower in construction. We do...

n't have our focusing scale. It's not as much metal in there. It's a little bit more plastic, which helps in making it more lightweight. We have the near identical twin of that in the STM version. So this is for somebody who might be shooting movies a little bit more and once that smooth focusing video. And so in this case, it's kind of the same requirements is the statement says, the last 11 lens. You really probably don't need anything whiter or tell more telephoto than this. It does get a little bit awkward getting one of these lenses if you know you're getting into photography, because then you're, well what lens dough I get next. Do I try to go wider? So I go more telephoto because then there's a lot of overlap. And so I think for somebody who knows they're going to get into photography and knows they're going to end up with 23 or four lenses, this is gonna be kind of an awkward place to make. What, what's your second move? Because if you're thinking about this like a chess game, what's my first move? What's my second move? What's my third move? It's really hard to make that second move because I've seen people say, Well, I guess I got to get rid of this and I get it Get to lens at the same time. The 18 to 200. This is their largest zoom range for their crop frame cameras. And to be honest with you, it's a friend of a big, chunky lens, and I know it saves you from changing lenses, but it means that you are always going to have a fairly big chunk of a lens on your camera and the cameras that this is designed for often fairly lightweight. So it's very nose heavy and is kind of a little awkwardly balanced. This is one of their older lenses when it comes to their focusing motors, and so it's using one of their older focusing motors, And I would not recommend this lands for somebody who is planning to shoot a lot of sports. And so let's say your kids are in sports. You want to get a basic camera in one lens that does everything. Yes, it reaches out there far enough and focal length. But it really may not have this faster focusing system, as you need, depending on what your exact demands are and how fast your kid is running around that field. And so it does come with some some warnings. You might want to see if you could test it out to see how well it works before plunking down the money. So for the full frame user, there's not a lot of super zooms because this is where lenses air, often for optically week, and we're not gonna have as many choices. And Cannon was, uh, was only gonna put one out, but they wanted to do one, and they were the first people to do a 10 times zoom. So they actually started off with a 35 to 3 50 they ended up replacing it with a 28 to 300. And this would be for some very special cases where, for whatever reason, you cannot change the lens. Let's say you are hanging from a helicopter shooting photos, and you've got one lens that you can take with you. It needs to be weather sealed, top quality. You need to shoot wide angle and telephoto. This would be the lens that I would choose for that. And so if you were in a place where just changing lenses is not an option, a very dusty environment or who knows where, maybe you're in a courtroom and you can't make any noises and you're tucked in this one little corner and you got to shoot everything with one lens, and this is the highest quality way of doing it. But one way I think of this is that is an enormous 28 millimeter lands. You know, if all I need is a 28 that is a huge 28 millimeter lands. When you need the whole range, it's nice to have. So there's our collection of super zooms. I try to avoid these. I've never owned a super Soon. I'm never owned one. I just I knew that individual focal lengths and smaller zoom ranges were better quality and better targeted at what I wanted to do, and so clearly you're gonna pay a lot for that L lens. The other lenses are a little bit smaller in price, and, you know, I'll be surprised if there's a lot of people in here who want this, because if they're watching the lens glass, they want to have a collection of lenses. But they can solve problems when changing lenses is a hassle or just not a viable option.

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.


  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?



I so appreciate what a good teacher John is. I wish I would have known this much about lenses when I first started out buying my lenses. It was hard finding information about lenses. I didn't want to spend money on a lens I wouldn't use. The better understanding we have about our gear the better photographers we will be. I have never seen a class like this. Invaluable...yes I bought the class! I am really impressed with the high quality photography classes available on Creative Live!

a Creativelive Student

Have loved the other John Greengo classes I've watched & purchased - and this is another winner! Having been a high school/college science teacher, it is refreshing to take a course with someone who not only is extremely experienced, seems to be a computer having stored so much knowledge, but is equally concerned about making the information truly understandable to different levels. And he shares the information using every tool he can: slides, video, interactive presentations, and great quizzes. I learned so much about my Canon lenses - and lenses in general with their many components. I am excited about testing each of mine to see what macro ratio they handle, and especially appreciated the tutorial on testing each for their specific quirk that affects super sharpness. This class is great whether you own Canon lenses or not. Thanks John Greengo!


This was a great class not just about the lenses that Canon offers but also how each lens works. As usual, John's slides are alway informative and entertaining. There is a phrase: John has a slide for that! I am not even a Canon user and found this class to have great information for the use of each specific lens. Great work John! Thank you Creative Live for another great class!