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Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 44 of 58

Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount


Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 44 of 58

Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount


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Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount

Okay, so next up, let's talk about tripod mounting systems. If you have ah, beast, a bigger type of lens telephoto lens, this is not the best way to mount it to a tripod. The camera is mounted be a plate system here and is a lot of weight over the front. And so this is an option on some lenses that you could get a tripod collar and get the camera centered in weight and has become much better balanced. And it's gonna blow around in the wind less. It's going to droop less on the tripod, and so it's a better system, but it is a little bit beef your system, So if you turn your camera vertically, it's throw. It does a couple things. Number one. It throws the weight in a different spot on your tripod. But for those of you who are careful about your compositions, this repositions your camera. Let's say I want a horizontal and a vertical of the same shot. Now you have to raise your tripod up and you have to move it over, which in some cases can take a couple of minutes to get all the legs and ...

everything just in the right place to do this. And so if you have a tripod color for these long lenses, it is so easy just to loosen up the knob, turn the camera vertically and the lens stays in exactly the same place and it's better balanced. And so if you're working from a tripod, it is really, really nice. It's also kind of nice handheld, because it gives you a good place to put the I tripod holder right in the middle of your hands, a very convenient place to hold it. And so this is something that's going to be found on some of their macro lenses and most all of their big white lenses that you'll see. So there is a number of lenses that are kind of in the short telephoto range that the tripod is an optional accessory. And so they do make a couple of different tripod Mount rings as they're called, and these were going to sell for about $150. And if you are gonna be shooting from a tripod quite a bit with these lenses, I would recommend using it. It's ah, it's a really nice accessory. I recently picked up with 100 Micro Mac Macro. Excuse me. And I knew that I would be using this on a tripod a lot. And so I got the ring here. I have a little adapter, so it fits on my particular tripod, and it's just a very steady place to shoot this. And it's really nice when I'm shooting verticals because I could just take this and I could turn this vertically and the lens does not move from its position. And so I don't have to reposition the tripod. And so it's a nice little system. And what's nice about this is that if I am going to be going out and about and I'm gonna be doing something off the tripod, I can take this whole thing off and leave this extra weight behind. And so that's the actual device right here. And it could be taken on and off. And these are the types of things that are gonna last for many, many, many years because there's really not much to go wrong on it. And so the reason we're gonna be using these is for increased stability, sharper pictures and easy aspect rotations. So we don't have to reposition or tripod will save us time going from vertical, the horizontal. Now some of the bigger lenses are kind of unusual because they have feet built in to their lenses and they will have a removable foot, not the whole collar, cause the collar is really part of the whole lend system here. And so, like this, 300 to 8 has a removable foot, and in this case, you can add in an aftermarket accessory, for instance rather than on this camera. I have added in this extra plate so that I could mount it on my tripod. On the 302.8, there is an entire replacement foot. So I've lost the white section here and now I don't have to have an extra plate. It's a little bit slimmer and trimmer in profile, and it fits right onto my tripod and look straight in. And Canon did a really smart design on this. They've designed these four screws in here, which tighten up very nice, And if I was to really torque this just really bad, it would actually have a system in here that breaks off before it tears the lens apart and tears the whole amount to the Lancet. So it's kind of a breakaway system in, ah, horrible situation. And so this is a really nice system. And so the one that I bought was the really right stuff. Kirk makes some really good stuff. I prefer the really right stuff in this case, just cause they had a little bit smoother edges here. And this is just a really nice handle. And so you want this to be very comfortable in your hand because I end up hand holding this as much as I do, putting it in Tripod. So I want this to be very comfortable in my hand, using it here and so very nice little device, very handy.

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!