Make a Lens System Choice


Canon® Lenses: The Complete Guide


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Make a Lens System Choice

00:00:02.14 --> 00:00:04. A system of lenses and just in case you're wondering 00:00:04.39 --> 00:00:06. this is all one hundred percent new material here 00:00:06.71 --> 00:00:09. had to kind of design this originally for this class 00:00:10.18 --> 00:00:12. and so let's go through the process of what we're 00:00:12.54 --> 00:00:15. going to be doing so we need to be some choices about 00:00:15.92 --> 00:00:18. what lenses we want to buy and put into our system 00:00:18.88 --> 00:00:20. we always were trying to figure out the best lands 00:00:20.82 --> 00:00:23. we always get this question can write what's the best 00:00:23.18 --> 00:00:25. lens for this and so this is where I get to answer 00:00:25.64 --> 00:00:28. that question for a few different types of lenses 00:00:28.48 --> 00:00:30. and then I'm going to talk about some recommended 00:00:30.3 --> 00:00:32. lend systems were going to look at some setups that 00:00:32.13 --> 00:00:35. I think are really nice little setups for ph...

otography 00:00:35.5 --> 00:00:37. for different purposes talk a little bit about lens 00:00:37.84 --> 00:00:40. maintenance and buying and selling your lenses so 00:00:40.17 --> 00:00:42. let's go ahead and get started with making a choice 00:00:43.53 --> 00:00:47. and this is kind of obvious stuff here you often end 00:00:47.5 --> 00:00:51. up with the most basic eighteen to fifty five kit 00:00:51.2 --> 00:00:54. standard zoom lens and once you have that you have 00:00:54.92 --> 00:00:57. really four directions that you can go you can go 00:00:57.37 --> 00:01:00. more telephoto which is generally what most people 00:01:00.42 --> 00:01:02. want to do they want to be able to shoot with a narrow 00:01:02.32 --> 00:01:04. wrangle ofyou as I mentioned back in the focal length 00:01:04.88 --> 00:01:06. section, most people are going to want something the 00:01:06.97 --> 00:01:09. equivalent of twenty four to two hundred, which on 00:01:09.79 --> 00:01:12. the crop frame cameras is going to be somewhere in 00:01:12.26 --> 00:01:15. the range of sixteen to maybe about one hundred fifty 00:01:15.46 --> 00:01:17. and this definitely gets you in that range 00:01:18.7 --> 00:01:21. the next place that you might want to go is a lens 00:01:21.29 --> 00:01:23. that is faster that lets in more light 00:01:24.68 --> 00:01:26. depending on where you are shooting and what type 00:01:26.69 --> 00:01:30. of stuff you are shooting some people get into the 00:01:30.33 --> 00:01:32. white angle aspect and so that's kind of a different 00:01:32.74 --> 00:01:36. direction and then another direction is 00:01:37.4 --> 00:01:40. come on there we go closer up for the macro that we 00:01:40.62 --> 00:01:42. just talked about and so these are kind of the four 00:01:42.69 --> 00:01:45. different directions but even if you get the top of 00:01:45.22 --> 00:01:48. the line twenty four to seventy two point eight zoom 00:01:48.05 --> 00:01:51. you're going to be faced with the same options telephoto 00:01:51.27 --> 00:01:53. lens is going to be a nice matching lens for this 00:01:53.85 --> 00:01:56. this is a nice little two lands combo but sometimes 00:01:56.94 --> 00:01:59. you need something faster they don't make zooms faster 00:01:59.42 --> 00:02:01. so then you start looking at their prime lenses that 00:02:01.85 --> 00:02:04. fit your particular needs and of course if you need 00:02:04.8 --> 00:02:07. wider than twenty for for a variety of reasons they 00:02:07.56 --> 00:02:10. make a lot of great wide angle lenses and then if 00:02:10.77 --> 00:02:13. you need closer up twenty four seventy does okay on 00:02:13.66 --> 00:02:16. its own but macro lenses are definitely going to be 00:02:16.36 --> 00:02:18. doing much better in that regard 00:02:20.07 --> 00:02:25. I don't know who said it features quality price choose 00:02:25.33 --> 00:02:29. two you only get two of these when you are choosing 00:02:29.25 --> 00:02:32. lenses now, if you wanted a lens that was built just 00:02:32.68 --> 00:02:36. quality wise, top of the line that's. The only thing 00:02:36.12 --> 00:02:38. you were concerned about your going to probably end 00:02:38.06 --> 00:02:39. up with something like a three hundred two point eight. 00:02:40.37 --> 00:02:42. If you said, you know what most important to me is, 00:02:42.61 --> 00:02:45. I want the most features and lands possible. You're 00:02:45.46 --> 00:02:47. going to end up with something like there twenty eight 00:02:47.36 --> 00:02:50. two, three hundred l siri's image stabilized top of 00:02:50.6 --> 00:02:54. the line quality, but huge zoom rangelands. If you 00:02:54.35 --> 00:02:56. said I want a lens that's, a really low price, you're 00:02:56.91 --> 00:02:58. going to end up with fifty millimeter, one point eight 00:02:58.83 --> 00:03:02. lands, but we all kind of want a little bit of everything, 00:03:02.56 --> 00:03:04. and you can have a little bit. You just got to make 00:03:04.96 --> 00:03:09. some compromises. If you want quality and features, 00:03:09.06 --> 00:03:10. you might end up with something like eleven to twenty 00:03:10.94 --> 00:03:14. four, but that is most definitely not a cheap lands. 00:03:16.57 --> 00:03:19. But say you want a low price lens it's got a lot of 00:03:19.07 --> 00:03:21. features thie eighteen to one thirty five is a really 00:03:21.68 --> 00:03:25. practical zoom range which I could work with in a 00:03:25.23 --> 00:03:27. lot of situations for a long period of time but when 00:03:27.84 --> 00:03:31. it comes to overall quality of construction the image 00:03:31.27 --> 00:03:35. quality it's not at the top of the line if you said 00:03:35.42 --> 00:03:38. well I want a low price lens that's very good quality 00:03:38.57 --> 00:03:40. you can still do that but it's going to be a very 00:03:40.85 --> 00:03:44. focused device like theeighty five one eight it's 00:03:44.18 --> 00:03:46. good for portrait it's not good for close up it's 00:03:46.72 --> 00:03:49. not good for wide angle it's not good for super telephoto 00:03:49.67 --> 00:03:54. but it is a low cost, very good quality item and so 00:03:54.51 --> 00:03:57. the lenses are all going to fall around this spectrum 00:03:57.66 --> 00:04:00. someplace and so you have to kind of figure out what 00:04:00.49 --> 00:04:03. is important to you what you can afford and what the 00:04:03.43 --> 00:04:06. correct balance is for you one of the things that 00:04:06.27 --> 00:04:09. I think it's fascinating is that there's there's like 00:04:09.49 --> 00:04:13. fifty sixty choices with cannon if we add in the aftermarket 00:04:13.4 --> 00:04:16. there's probably one hundred. And if we go back maybe 00:04:16.42 --> 00:04:19. fifteen or twenty years there's probably two hundred 00:04:19.2 --> 00:04:22. different lenses we could choose and once you have 00:04:22.71 --> 00:04:26. about three lenses it's likely that you will never 00:04:26.3 --> 00:04:31. run into anybody who has your same three lenses you 00:04:31.0 --> 00:04:35. have an individual choice and you know I know quite 00:04:35.44 --> 00:04:37. certainly that nobody else in the world has the exact 00:04:37.84 --> 00:04:40. same collection of lenses idea because they're my 00:04:40.45 --> 00:04:42. personal needs and nobody else has my same personal 00:04:42.91 --> 00:04:46. needs, and so you are going to end up with if you 00:04:46.29 --> 00:04:48. have a to lend system there's probably a lot of people 00:04:48.04 --> 00:04:50. that have similar tool in systems, but once you get 00:04:50.42 --> 00:04:53. that third lens in there, the numbers are really interesting 00:04:53.5 --> 00:04:55. because you're just never going to find anybody with 00:04:55.86 --> 00:04:58. the same system because everybody has their own particular 00:04:58.42 --> 00:05:02. needs, desires and budgets. So what I want to dive 00:05:02.72 --> 00:05:06. into is the best lands, what is the best lands? And 00:05:06.61 --> 00:05:08. that really depends on what you're doing, and so I'm 00:05:08.58 --> 00:05:11. going to look at three areas in detail. The first 00:05:11.81 --> 00:05:13. is one of the most popular areas that people want 00:05:13.86 --> 00:05:16. to take part pictures, and that is a portrait lens 00:05:16.67 --> 00:05:19. is what is the best portrait lands? And I'm going 00:05:19.21 --> 00:05:21. to make some recommendations. I'm sorry to say this, 00:05:21.95 --> 00:05:23. so I'll tell you right now I'm going to recommend 00:05:23.95 --> 00:05:26. about sixteen different lenses, and it depends on 00:05:26.4 --> 00:05:29. the exact particulars of what you think is important 00:05:29.48 --> 00:05:29. to you.

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?