Canon® Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 30/58 - Canon® Wide Zooms


Canon® Lenses: The Complete Guide


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Canon® Wide Zooms

So let's jump into the world of wide zooms so lenses ranging thirty five and below all the way down to eleven millimeters let's look at the crop frame or the e f s lenses that are available for a long time. We only had one choice, and that was the ten to twenty two, and it was a pretty reasonable, decent choice. But it's had some pretty good competition with some of the toki, nas and sigma's and tamara in center out there we'll talk about later in this class, but kanan recently introduced a ten to eighteen, which is something that photographers have been asking for for a long time, which was I have a crop trained body. Do you have an affordable wide angle lands? Because the problem with the ten to twenty two is it's relatively pricey, and they brought out this new tend eighteen at a ridiculously low price. And so it's a really nice option for somebody who wants to get into photography and get in the wide angle without spending a ton of money on their crop frame camera and so great for ...

travel and landscape is very lightweight. It does have a plastic mount, ah lot of plasticky construction. But I want to just take a moment and address something that people are going to be thinking about okay john this is a nice way to get into white angle but it's not the best white angle is investing in this a smart idea when I think I want to get something even better down the road what is this upgrading and we'll talk about this as we continue to go through the class lenses hold their value pretty darn well as I mentioned before I've sold lenses for more than I bought them for now I'm not going to guarantee that you get this on this or any land but you could buy this lands and this land's this lens is about two hundred fifty bucks all right so let's say you spend two hundred fifty bucks today on this last and you use it for the next two years and you take care of your lands you don't beat it up you don't get it dinged up scratch the lenses you take reasonable care you're not handling it with white gloves you don't have to do that I've seen people who do that you don't need to do that just take reasonably good care of what you own you'll be able to turn around and sell that for probably two hundred bucks you paid to fifty he sold it for two hundred that's a lens rental of twenty five dollars a year it sounds like a pretty good deal any time access to a lens of your choice for twenty five bucks a year now maybe you have to sell it for one seventy five or maybe a sell it for one hundred fifty bucks and it cost you fifty dollars a year I don't think of any lens that I buy as this is the lands I'm going to have for the rest of my life when I get a lance I think of it kind of like my house yeah it's my house but you know what? I'm not the last person that's gonna live in this house I'm going to sell it to somebody else and they're going to live in this house I'm going to buy this lens and I'm going to use it for a while and I'm going to turn around and I'm going to sell it to somebody else and that's my cost of ownership and so I keep the boxes I keep all the packaging I have a closet full of empty camera boxes I honestly d'oh and I could turn around I can package it up I keep my things in relatively good shape I don't worry about using him as sometimes they have scratches I want to get use out of my lenses and so maybe this isn't the end up world's greatest wide angle lens but if it gets you into the field and gets you out there shooting what you want to shoot, then it's a good bye the upgrade version of this better quality construction you can see the middle mount down here the focusing ring on it little bit better quality in the overall construction ten to twenty two this is their best option when it comes to their f s lenses in my mind and so this really gets into that ultra white territory and it does have that slow variable aperture which I don't like which a lot of these lenses have if we compare these two options 00:04:01.484 --> 00:04:03. there's that prices at eighteen you know if you just 00:04:03.94 --> 00:04:05. want to dabble in the world of wide angle give it 00:04:05.86 --> 00:04:07. a try for a while you know 00:04:08.9 --> 00:04:11. what a great way to spend a hundred bucks I mean technically 00:04:11.32 --> 00:04:13. you got to spend two hundred fifty to buy it keep 00:04:13.61 --> 00:04:15. it for a year sell it for a hundred fifty get rid 00:04:15.45 --> 00:04:18. of it quick on ebay craigslist or whatever way you 00:04:18.41 --> 00:04:19. normally sell your lenses 00:04:20.9 --> 00:04:23. high demand this has been selling like hot cakes according 00:04:23.52 --> 00:04:27. tio my friends who own camera shops very popular lands 00:04:27.39 --> 00:04:30. has been a demand for a long time okay wide angle 00:04:30.26 --> 00:04:33. lenses for the full frame camera got some fun ones 00:04:33.52 --> 00:04:36. in here each of these are very good in their own right 00:04:37.84 --> 00:04:39. the seventeen to forty has been around a while has 00:04:39.71 --> 00:04:43. been a really nice compact reasonable landscape and 00:04:43.51 --> 00:04:44. travel lands 00:04:45.5 --> 00:04:48. it's their l siri's so it's top of the line stuff 00:04:48.11 --> 00:04:50. it's got their great focusing motor in there for somebody 00:04:50.86 --> 00:04:52. who wants to shoot landscape photography with the 00:04:52.67 --> 00:04:55. full frame camera this is your best value lance you 00:04:55.89 --> 00:04:58. khun get great landscapes I worked with this lens 00:04:58.58 --> 00:05:00. for many many years I'm not going to say it's the 00:05:00.75 --> 00:05:04. best lands but it's the best value lands because it's 00:05:04.21 --> 00:05:06. relatively low in price it's well under a thousand 00:05:06.53 --> 00:05:09. dollars it's fairly lightweight and fairly small it 00:05:09.63 --> 00:05:12. does have a little bit of a a reputation of being 00:05:12.09 --> 00:05:14. a little soft in the corners and this is something 00:05:14.8 --> 00:05:16. that you're going to see on a regular basis and a 00:05:16.84 --> 00:05:19. lot of lenses are soft in the corner where they're 00:05:19.14 --> 00:05:22. soft wide open or they have chromatic aberration it's 00:05:22.61 --> 00:05:24. it's just kind of goes along with the territory every 00:05:24.67 --> 00:05:26. lens has a little bit of weakness on and that was replaced essentially with the sixteen to thirty five I think eventually we'll see the seventeen to forty fade away who knows when it will be discontinued but it will eventually fade away in my mind so this was just introduced and this is the perfect landscape lands as well as travel into my mind it has image stabilization for those times where you're not allowed to use a tripod for travel photography for instance it reaches that ultra wide territory of sixteen millimetre gets you up to thirty five for a nice documentary work a very practical range a constant aperture f f four is easy to set and work with on manual 00:06:03.72 --> 00:06:06. it's, incredibly it's, their sharpest wide angle lens, 00:06:06.0 --> 00:06:06. I think, 00:06:07.62 --> 00:06:10. and so it's, just a really nice lines. Very well. 00:06:10.13 --> 00:06:12. Brand new design can't recommend that high enough. 00:06:13.11 --> 00:06:15. And, to be honest with you, it's, not really that 00:06:15.96 --> 00:06:17. much money. If you look at the price of some of their 00:06:17.93 --> 00:06:19. l lenses and some of their own with premium stuff, landscape photography is one of the cheapest ways and styles of photography to get into. We're going to talk in particular at the end of this entire class on portrait, sports and landscape, and the most expensive to get into is sports photography. The next would be portrait photography, and the easiest is to get this to get into landscape photography. The sixteen to thirty five two point eight okay, the big difference here is the two point eight aperture this is going to come in handy if you are needing those faster shutter speeds you're not going to use two point eight to get shallower depth of field I mean you technically can but there's so little shallow depth of field you can get with a sixteen to thirty five the reason you do that so that you could get faster shutter speeds so this is a very good lands for certain types of wedding photographers that want to shoot wide angle and get a fast shutter speed to stop everybody on the dance floor for instance and so if you're shooting people in action a news photographer who was shooting a large group of people that are moving around a crowd this would be a great lands for that and it's a standard issue piece it's kind of part of what they call the holy trinity of lenses the three zooms that have a two point eight aperture on a lot of people don't like the fact that they went up to eighty two millimeter filters the different size filters seventy seven was really common in eighty two means amore expensive larger filter and and most photographers end up with a lot of seventy seven millimeter filters and so eighty two was not great move it's something that people like but they did that to improve image quality but it's corners are still a little mushy and so if your image quality based you want to look at the sixteen to thirty five f or if you need the shutter speeds the two eight version 00:08:02.585 --> 00:08:05. and then we get to the special guy this one is unusual 00:08:05.98 --> 00:08:08. this is the new one the eleven to twenty four this 00:08:08.6 --> 00:08:11. is a very unusual lens it's a very challenging linds 00:08:11.88 --> 00:08:14. toe work with it is for only specialized photographers that really want to go all the way and so typically it's going to be landscaping architect architectural photographers and to be honest with you even in these areas it's it's a challenging lends to work with and so this is the right white ist rectilinear lens ever made there are wider lenses that are fish eyes but as far as keeping straight lines straight it's very good now the downsides to this is I can personally attest to it is it's very expensive it is heavy as all get out and it is very challenging to use and find interesting subjects it's fun to put on the camera and play with it and see what it does but when you actually get out there to shoot photos it is very challenging to find the right type of environment to shoot something in the eleven to sixteen millimeter range if you don't need that eleven to sixteen get the sixteen to thirty five it's a much better value lens than this. This is just for those extreme situations. And so, as we look at the group of these wide angle lenses, the eleven to twenty four is just foreign away. The most expensive lands that seventeen to forty is a very attractive price. If you are doing landscapes, architecture, er in handhold or little bit sharper lands the sixteen to thirty five f for for a little bit more money as a really good by the people who need to get the sixteen thirty five two point eight usually know exactly who they are, and so usually there's. Not too much complication here, in which one, you would choose to be in the best.

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.


1Class Introduction 2Canon® Lens Basics 3Focal Length: Angle of View 4Focal Length: Normal Lenses 5Focal Length: Wide Angle Lenses 6Focal Length: Telephoto Lens 7Focal Length Rule of Thumb 8Field of View 9Aperture Basics 10Aperture: Maximum Aperture 11Aperture: Equivalent Focal Length 12Aperture: Depth of Field 13Aperture: Maximum Sharpness 14Aperture: Starburst Effect 15Aperture: Flare 16Aperture: Hyperfocal Distance 17Camera Mount System 18Canon® Lens Compatibility 19Canon® Lens Design 20Canon® Lens Composition 21Canon® Lens Shape 22Canon® Lens Coating 23Canon® Lens Focusing 24Lens Autofocus 25Canon® Lens Image Stabilization 26Canon® L Lenses 27Image Quality 28Canon® Zoom Lenses: Standard 29Canon® Super Zooms 30Canon® Wide Zooms 31Canon® Telephoto Zooms 32Prime Lens: Normal Lenses 33Prime Lens: Moderate Wide 34Prime Lens: Wide Angle 35Prime Lens: Ultra-Wide 36Prime Lens: Short Telephoto 37Prime Lens: Medium Telephoto 38Prime Lens: Super Telephoto 393rd Party Lenses Overview 403rd Party Prime Lenses 413rd Party Zoom Lenses 42Lens Accessories: Filters 43Lens Accessories: Lens Hoods 44Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount 45Lens Accessories: Extension Tubes 46Lens Accessories: Extenders 47Macro Lens: Reproduction Ratio 48Macro Lens: Technique and Choices 49Fisheye: Technique and Choices 50Tilt Shift: Techniques and Choices 51Make a Lens System Choice 52Choosing A Portrait Lens 53Choosing A Sports Lens 54Choosing A Landscape Lens 55Best Lenses for You 56Lens Maintenance 57Buying and Selling Lens 58What is John Greengo's Favorite Lens?