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Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

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What is John Greengo's Favorite Lens?


Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 58 of 58

What is John Greengo's Favorite Lens?


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What is John Greengo's Favorite Lens?

So as far as some final questions and answers, I asked a while ago on my Facebook page. Please complete this question. What's the best lands for? And these are the five best completions to that question that I thought maybe I wasn't clear enough in this class answering. And so let's take a look at what these are. So Daniel asked about contact sports, mixed martial arts and boxing. Now, to be honest with you, I don't know that that many of you are shooting this type of event. But I know a lot of you are shooting in dark environments where you have action. It might be the basketball court. It might be the stage play, and the big question here is how close can you get to your subjects? And how bad is the lighting? Because you're going to need probably a short to medium telephoto lens that lets in as much light as possible. I would prefer ah 1 35 F to a 200 to 8, or some lens that had zooms and apertures in that range, depending on what I was shooting from Don. Okay, so she wants out of fo...

cus area and So if you want good looking Brok 85 121 35 f two. There's a number of other lenses, but those are the two lenses that are really going to give you the most. Yani, if you're only gonna have one lands, if you're only gonna have one lands, you're gonna need to learn how to give up a number of things. You know, if you'd set one lens, OK, you're maybe not gonna get that super wide angle or you're not gonna get that super telephoto cause you're gonna have to limit yourself to one lands. And this is really good for a lot of photographers just to look in a different way. And for some people, just take the 50 millimeter lens out. It really depends on what's most important to you and your vision and style. And so I don't have an answer for this lens as to what this is. This could be any lens in the lineup. It's probably not the 800. It's probably not the Fish Islands. It's probably going to be something that you wanna work with in that environment and pick a lens. Renate, take it out for the weekend. See what you think. It could be a general purpose zoom lens, and you'll get a good variety of general lend general types of shots from it. But if you want to do something unusual picking a fixed focal length, it's really going to make you think about things differently. Eduardo asked about adventure sports photography, and so we're thinking about being outside long distance away from your subject. You're gonna probably want something that is a 300 to 400 millimeter range. It be nice to get a 500 or 600 millimeter lens, but they end up being so big they're kind of a hassle lug around. And so the 72 300 the 100 to 400 would be a couple of lenses that I would be most interested in looking at in that case. And Kathleen asked General ends when you're first starting, Well, I think it's best to start in the middle towards 50 and move your way out as you increase your skill levels. So starting with the basic zoom, moving to telephoto may be moving to wide angle and so just kind of growing out as you remember those lenses listed from the 50. And so it's perfectly okay to start off with that general purpose zoom lens, as you were, Gooding used to photography. And so, hopefully those additional information to help help make some decisions on your lenses. All right, John. Well, I know we talked about this at the very beginning of the class where what everyone wants to know, right, is what is your favorite lens? And I've been teasing that in the chat rooms. So isn't is that gonna be our final question? So Kelly asked me a question. She sent me a personal message on Facebook and she asked me, What is my favorite lands? This is a really tough one. This one took me a while, but I think I have an answer for you. What is my favorite, Lance? There's no easy answer, my friends. There are so many from which to choose. Depends on my subject. Depends on my views. Outward bound with just one lens. What would I do for what shall I shoot? Would you give me a clue if I know not what I would shoot? It's the standard zoom that I'd first recruit for you beginners who bought the bundle kit. That's the 18 to 55. It's not what we in the biz call exciting, but if you're good, you will survive. The pros shooting full frame prefer the 24 to 70 F 2.8. Better optics, better built, bit more money in a bit more weight. The standard zooms or the most versatile, I must say, at least in a desert island kind of way, a fair bit of wide a little bit along you would be wise to always bring one along. If you want to go pro, you need to know the place To go is a zoom in the range of a short telephoto, good for subjects that are smaller afar like a cigar, a guitar or possibly a movie star. The serious shooters select the 72 202.8. We won't bicker about which brand is best. Trust me, they're all very first rate, from sports to fashion. News to portrait. It's truly a lens for the ages. A pricey bugger, though, so if times get tough, you can always sell it to supplement your wages. But what about a super soon wouldn't that be more to see? Perhaps for some, but not for me. Zooming from here to there seems like so much fun. But what's that they say about Jack of all trades? Oh yeah, Master of none. And what's with that aperture of 3.5 to 5.6? I don't care for lenses that play these sorts of tricks. Focal lengths of such great range. We all do prize, but sharpness, speed and size are all a part of the unpleasant compromise. Too much zoom is not a good thing. We're all bound to have one at some time, but please just make it a short fling when going wide. How far will I go? If people are involved, I'll need to know, because in the land of the ultra wide that's 20 and below, put your friends near the edge and their features will unusually grow. I'm quite content with the classic wide of 24. I may have wider, but I rarely need more. It resides perfectly in the middle of kingdom, a wide you can bet once packed in my bag. If ever I'm traveling worldwide, I do indeed have favorite focal ings tested in time, they've proven their strengths. Lenses that tell stories that my compositions do fit. But what about the entire package? Which lands is my favorite heavy in my hand and lightning. My wallet is my 302.8. It's unparalleled in quality. There is no debate when shooting sports. It's oh so sweet, freezing and following that action. It just can't be beat. Truth be told, I love my 24 tilt in shift for solving the impossible. It is unusually fit. It fixes lines from the wrong point of view. It pushes the limits of what focus could do. It makes panoramas a snap to pursue fish, eyes, air fun from time to time. But don't overuse them. That is a photographic crime. I'm certainly quite font of my 51 4 It's solid and sturdy and definitely very top drawer. Some say it's a bore. I say. It's just the ticket for so many a chore. It may have no range, but that's not so strange. It sits in the middle, and it's fast as a fiddle for a site with light. It'll prove it's just right. No hype. Just fact. This lens is sharpest attack lenses are no more than tools. Those who think otherwise we're just playing fools. It's the image that counts, not the lands. Whatever lands gets the job done. That, my dear, is my favorite one.

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!