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Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 33 of 58

Prime Lens: Moderate Wide


Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 33 of 58

Prime Lens: Moderate Wide


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Prime Lens: Moderate Wide

all right, let's work our way into a group I call the moderate wides. So this is a 35 and they also have a 40 millimeter lens in here. And this is what I think of is a good documentary lands. So this is something a photojournalist might like who's just documenting the scene and wanting to be really, really faithful to the way it it's. They see it with their own eyes. So environmental Portrait's good for event and street photography as well. And so these air for the E F system. So full frame sensors. But if you have a crop frame sensor, I'm gonna throw in this new E f S 24 which is very equivalent and focal length to the 40. And so in this area we've got a collection of 30 fives and a 40 which is a pancake lens. So if you're looking for something super compact, you know you want to take your camera with you to dinner as you're traveling, and you just don't want a big heavy lands, and you just want something simple to put on there. That's gonna be a really nice one for that. So let's tak...

e a close look at these three. So here we are little pancake lands. I think it actually looks more like a cookie than a pancake, cause it's much smaller in size, so I I would prefer a cookie lens. Now this is using their stepper motor fly by wire system on it, So manual focusing has a slightly different fields. So if you are aficionado of manual focusing, it's gonna have that different feel. But this is so small. If you're looking for something to be really discreet, this would be a nice lands and have the 40 millimeter lens. It's kind of interesting, because when this came out, there was a lot of people in the forums going 40. I don't know what to do with the 40. It's an awkward folk away, and we have these kind of traditional focal links like 50 35 28 24. And every once in a while, one of the manufacturers puts out a lens that's Ah, 42.5 or 45 or 32 people that kind of don't know what to do, and it's it's just a angle of you. People just figure out what it works with, and it's good for that. So the 40 if you recall back when we're talking about the way the human eye sees which waas 38 millimeters, depending on the human eye, this is as close as you're going to find to the way we see with our own eyes as faras perspective. And so, for a simple basic lens, this would be a great lens toe. Learn photography on and it's not much money. It's really cheap. It's about 100 50 bucks. Now we're talking about the full frame or excuse me crop frame E F s. So if you have a rebel or a 70 d type camera with the 1.6 crop sensor, you can get that 40 equivalent in the 24. And so this is gonna have that same angle of you in that same size type package. And so everything I said about the previous lens applies here for the crop frame users, very small lands, lightweight, inexpensive lands and kind of a nice bonus lens. I don't know that this would be my main lens for most photography, but it be nice little bonus lens when I want to trim down and simplify things okay, back into the e f category. The 35 too, is a relatively new lands, and it was part of a collection of wide angle lenses that were the first that were brought out by any manufacturer that our prime focal length that have image stabilization. And so they had a 35 F two around for quite some time. But they added image stabilization onto this, which is really nice for somebody doing travel photography or just kind of walking around under low light situations. Remember, image stabilization does not help stop fast action people. Moving around doesn't help you with shut faster shutter speeds. It helps you in holding the camera in low light, static situations. This is a really nice, fairly compact lands. It's got a very good feel to it. It's a direct, nice manual focus feel. So manual focus folks will really enjoy that great for documentary work. This also has a really good close up capability. If you were a foodie, somebody here a foodie, you can get really close to your food with this and maybe still show that the table setting around it and so very nice because you can focus down. I forget the exact distance on this, but you can focus down to about one foot on this on the canon lenses. Someone's has come with hoods. Generally, the L lenses were gonna come with hoods and other lenses. Do not. And Canon. They should come with hoods. You pay good money for this. It has a little hood mount here. Canon. They would want to make a little extra money by making you buy hoods and the hoods that they sell. So expensive. It's like $65 for this piece of plastic, in fact, yeah, so? So this is the hood. And this little piece of plastic can range anywhere from 40 to $70. And it's ridiculous. We're gonna talk about these in a later section on the accessories, and so I'm gonna complain about that on a number of other lenses. All right. The 35 14 This is a favorite of wedding photographers photojournalists who like that very natural, slightly wide perspective, but who really need that 1.4 for shooting under low light, with people in action moving around and so l series lands top quality glass. Very good construction. Look at the size of this manual focusing ring. I love that. That's awesome. All right. And this land's look down here, remember, I give you the dates I tell you when these were made 1998. So this lens is a little bit older, and the rumor sites are constantly flaring up. They're going to replace the lens. They're gonna replace lens. Everybody get excited, save your money, and then it doesn't happen. At some point, they'll replace it with the version two. It is getting a little bit older in the lineup. It's Ah very, very good Quality lands. It does have some chromatic aberration when you're shooting at 1.4 enough to, and that is something that you may need to address in light room or in post processing. So there's our collection of moderate wides. I think these are very valuable lenses, just like the 50 I think. For most people, you probably need to make a choice. If you want to have a bonus Fast lands probably choosing something in the 50 or 35 rage. If you're just gonna have one, I'd probably go with the 50. If you're thinking well, maybe I'm gonna have to bonus lenses, maybe a 35 and then in 85 on the other side of 50 that would be nice. And so I would recommend all of these things. I think they're all very good. They all have something weak about him, but I think they're all very nice. And you can see in the price the 35 14 You are paying an extreme premium to get down to that 1.4 aperture. And those who are photographing people in action are going to find that of greatest value for a general user. I think the 35 f two, it's actually still a little spending for what it is, in my opinion, and so that 42.8 is a really good value for somebody looking for a lower price lens.

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!