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Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 34 of 58

Prime Lens: Wide Angle


Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 34 of 58

Prime Lens: Wide Angle


Lesson Info

Prime Lens: Wide Angle

All right. Now we're gonna get into the heart of white Angle territory. We're gonna talk about 20 fours and 28 millimeter lenses. This is great for setting the scene because we have our wider angle lens weaken Seymour of what's going on. This is where we really start to increase the amount of depth of field that the lens naturally has. Great for what I love to do. Travel and landscape photography. So let's take a look at what we have in this category. A couple of 20 fours and a couple of 28 we'll just go ahead and just dive right on into. So the 28 is very much like the 35 in style and in features that we just talked about. It's the only 28 on the market that I know of. That is image stabilized. So if you're gonna be doing handheld work and you don't wanna work with a tripod and you're working with static shots, things that are not moving, it's very, very good in that sort of. So the 28 member, when we talked about distortion and distortion, was pretty much not visible at 35 you would ...

have to be intensely critical to see distortion. At 35 some people prefer 28 as their limit of where they want to be. Some people will say so for some people, this is the perfect wide angle lens because it doesn't show the distortion that they find objectionable. These lenses are very small, but for 28 2.82 point eight is not that fast for 28. It is reasonably expensive lens, and it's partly because it's a brand new design. It's optically very good, and it has that image stabilization. But I think the very good quality product and it's nice and very small, which which I always appreciate. Now it's kind of interesting because they make an older 28. This is the 28 1.8, and so if you are needing those faster shutter speeds, this 1.8 gets you more than a stop faster. For those faster shutter speeds, it's optically probably not as good as the 2.8 that we were just referring to, but it does get you to that faster 1. aperture So working group photography event photography could be a very handy device. I know wedding photographer who uses this because it's small, it's lightweight, and it works really good for stopping those people on the dance floor and so forth. Now we're down to the 20 fours. As I've said many times before, One of my favorite focal links, the 24 to 8, was because of a standard lens that I had in my bag for quite some time. Nice small lands very much like the 35 2.8 in the Excuse me, the 28 2. and 35 F to image stabilized pretty nice. Wide manual Focus ring. Compact size, good optical quality, Great for travel. See, Nick's quite sharp White open. This one's pretty good. This is one of the best lenses shot wide open because that aperture of 2.8 really isn't that extreme. And once again, Canon. No hood, please give me a hug when I spend $500 in the lens. All right, let's go to the biggie here. So the 14 This is a pretty cool lands, but it's pretty big and it's pretty heavy, and it's somewhat specialized. And so this is gonna be good once again for those wedding photographers who are wanting the wide shots that need faster shutter speeds. But it's also good for Astro photography. So if you want to shoot nighttime shots and you want to shoot the stars, there is kind of a formula that you can use and we're not gonna get into it. I do more of it in my nature and landscapes. Class about shooting stars. But the challenge and shooting stars is that you generally don't just shoot stars. It's just a bunch of points of light. Okay, that's not that interesting. But if we include a little bit of landscape and the sky, then it becomes much more interesting. So what we want is we want a little bit of foreground and a bunch of stars, and if we want that, we want a wide angle lens. All right, so we need a wide angle 2024 11 whatever. Something wide angle. But we also need a lens that lets in a lot of light because stars the stars. They're not moving. The earth of stars are moving, but it's the earth that's causing the most of the problem. So is the earth moves. The stars appear to move and they caught streaks. So you need to have a shutter speed that's relatively quick. We're talking about 2030 seconds or so, and so when you're looking for a good lens for doing this, you want the white ist lens you can get. But you also want the fastest lands, and there's kind of a balance point. And this is one of the sweet spots for that type of photography. If they made a 20 millimeter 1.4, that would be better if they made a 24 1 point. Oh, that would be better. But nobody makes those lenses. And so this is a good balance for doing that. And so this is their whitest 1.4 aperture lands. Now, you do get fairly narrowed up the field with this if you are shooting relatively close up. And so micro focus adjustment is something that we're gonna be doing a demo of here later in this class, and this is where you need to get the focus point set right, because it could be so shallow it can accidentally miss focus by just a small percentage amount and you're gonna have your focus thrown off. So any time you have these faster lenses is when you need to be doing this micro focus adjustment. So stay tuned for more information on that because we're gonna be doing a nice demo in here. So when it comes to this group here, good collection of lenses, As far as what's gonna work, it really depends on what you're doing. I think that 1.4 is great, but boy, it is a big, heavy land. So you better be really knowing that you need that before you spend that sort of money pretty similar prices on all the others.

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!