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Canon Rebel T2i / 550D Fast Start

Lesson 7 of 9

Lenses & Accessories


Canon Rebel T2i / 550D Fast Start

Lesson 7 of 9

Lenses & Accessories


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Lenses & Accessories

final section here is on lenses and accessories. There are camera stores filled with tens of thousands of accessories and lenses that you can put on this camera. But I am just gonna try toe, hone it down to a few of the main ones that I think you might be interested in. The first thing that you need to be aware off with the rebel t two I is that it accepts two different types of canon lenses E f and E f lenses. How do you know what lens you have? Well, if you haven't e f lens, it's actually going to tell you right on it that it is an E f lands and it will have a red indicating mark. It is an E f lance. The E. F s will also have an indicator on it, and it will have a white square as opposed to a red dot. Now, if you have a token, a Tamron or other brand lands, the markings they put on their lenses may be different. So you have both these lenses that you can put onto your camera. E. F lenses are designed for full frame cameras in e F S lens is kit lens, for instance, is designed for the ...

smaller A PS sensor. Now the E F E f lands. Excuse me, has a very large image circle. As light comes to it, there's a very large image that is projected onto the sensor because it needs to cover it from corner to corner. And so, if you have a full frame camera, you need an e f lands on it. And E. F s has a smaller image circle designed for these smaller image sensor in the camera. It's perfectly matched for it, and so it fills it from corner to corner, so you could you'll get a nice image either way. Now let's say you take your GFS lands and you get an upgraded camera toe, a full frame camera, and you try to take a picture with this E. F s lens. Well, first off, it's not even gonna mount on the camera, but somehow let's just say you were able to mount it on the camera. This is the type of picture that you would end up with. It be a circle in the middle. It doesn't project a large enough image circle to fit on a full frame camera, so it is not usable, which is why Canon doesn't allow you to mount it there. However, with this camera, if you want to buy an E f lens, that's perfectly fine. It's a little overkill, if you will, because you're getting a larger image area than your sensor needs. But that is to your advantage for telephoto lenses. You will get a cropped image in the center of that circle, so the benefits to your cameras that you can use any lens that canon makes. The disadvantages is if you upgrade to one of their full frame cameras, which costs about $2500. Some of these E f lenses that you have are actually all of them are not gonna be compatible, and you're gonna have to sell them or sell them with your keeping with your camera that you have now. They're not transferrable, and so just be aware of that with the lenses so you can use everything, which is kind of the cool thing. Now, the standard lens that comes in the kit camera that I the lens that I have on this camera is the 18 to 55. In general, it's a very basic, simple lens, but can get decent results, some lenses that I would be aware of. If you want the telephoto version of this, you want more ability to reach out and photograph something further away is the 55 to to 50 and this is a similar build construction. It looks very similar. Similar optics. It's not too much money, and it's an inexpensive way to get a telephoto. Let's if you want kind of an upgrade, you want something a little bit better quality. They make us 72 300 and this is better. In a number of respects, it has a little bit longer focal length rather than to 50. It goes out to 300 but it is also constructed of better, more sturdy materials. There's more metal in the amounts, and in the housings it has a faster focusing system on it, and overall it's gonna be a little bit better quality glass. And so I would look at that one. If you're interested in telephoto work, if you want a fast portrait lens and if you wanna learn photography, this is probably the best way that you could do it is getting a simple 50 millimeter lands. Uh, the zoom lenses that comes supplied with these cameras often make you a little lazy, and a 50 millimeter lands is a great lands. First off, cause it's not much money. It's about 100 $125. It lets in a lot of light. So if you need to shoot pictures in low light conditions, it's really good for that. And it's also really small. So when you put it on your camera, you have a really small lightweight camera to carry around one final lens for anyone else who is interested in close up work. They make a macro lands very near that 50 millimeter focal length. 60 millimeters, which makes actually for a very good portrait lens, as does the 50 I. I should have said on that when it makes for very nice portrait lens of people. Ah, the millimeter lens allows you to focus very, very close. So if your interest is in small little bugs and critters or tiny leaves and flowers, the 60 millimeter lens will be ableto allow you to focus much, much closer than any of the zoom lenses or any of the standard fixed lens. So those are just a few of the lenses that I'd recommend. But I'm I'm sure we'll take some questions about other lenses, some other accessories that you might be interested in if you have larger hands or you shoot verticals on a regular basis. Canon makes a dedicated battery grip the B G E eight. This is going to sell for around 152 $175. If you have big hands, it just gives you more grip on the camera. And if you if you shoot verticals, it just helps you out there because it gives you a better grip for verticals as well. The battery for this camera is a pretty specific Battle Creek battery. It's the L P E eight. I would recommend the cannon brand on it sells for a little bit more than the generics, but it's really not too much money. It's only about $30 if you travel, if you're away from power for any length of time. If you shoot very much, I would definitely recommend having to batteries and rotating through the 2 to 2 batteries. The lens hood that is specifically designed for the kit 18 to 55 lens is the E W 60. See if you have a different lens. You do not want this lens hood if you have the 18 to 55 this is the correct lens hood, and this will first off act is a little bit of a bumper on the front of the camera. In case you have the camera hanging around your shoulder and you bump up against something. It's much cheaper to replace this at about $25 than it is the lens. But it also casts a shadow on the front of the lens, which will help with lens flare and contrast in your final pictures. A non canon accessory is what's called a bulb blower or a rocket blower, and this is for cleaning the sensor out. What you can do is you can put the camera in the sensor cleaning mode, hold the camera upside down and blow air in the sensor and hopefully knock out any dust that is hanging to the sensor. It's a simple device. It's only about oh 15 to $25 depending on the style and the size that you get. Next up are the memory cards. The camera uses an SD memory card that also go by the names S, D H C and S T X C. They're all the size, the same size and shape. It's just different sizes on how much memory they hold. The Rebel X increases the rebel T two. I can handle all three of these cards so you can put in any size car that is currently available in the market. If you're watching this in the year 2020 I wonder what life is like then. But it probably you'll probably have different cards out that are not acceptable to use in this camera. Some things to note is that on the side of the card is a little right protection switch that you can push downward and lock the data and so that the card cannot be erased. And so, if you took a really good photo that you want to make sure that nobody deleted until you downloaded it, you could flip that switch. The other thing is, is that there is a speed rating on these cards, the cards speed and this is how fast information can be written to the card from the camera, and this is important if you shoot in the burst mode or you shoot a lot of video. And in real general terms, most everything you're gonna find out on the market today has a rating of four or higher, and I'm not gonna get into exactly what four means. It's a pretty simple number one through 10 at least at this point. So you want four higher for that and probably six or higher. If you shoot a lot of video, they have cards. I think that go up to 10 at this point. I mean, this is just an arbitrary reading of how fast the card is for the average person shooting. Still pictures The card speed does not matter, so you don't need to spend double the money to get a faster card. If you're just taking pictures on vacation and of your kids for downloading the information to your computer, I would recommend a card reader. It's a lot easier than connecting your camera up to the computer with a USB cable. It's faster. It's simpler. It doesn't require any software and a lot of these card readers, whether from Lexar, SanDisk can handle CF and SD cards for different types of cameras, just makes downloading the images to your computer a little bit easier. Flash. The camera has a built in flash, and it works for a reasonable distance. If that flash was to stop working and you wanted just the simplest replacement for it, the to 70 E X would be that flash. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles. It's just a very simple pop on the camera flash that replaces an on camera flash. Canon has just introduced a brand new flash called the 3 20 e X, and if you wanted a relatively basic flash with a little bit of versatility, this has a bounce and swivel head that you can bounce up and bounce off the ceiling. Which is nice to have the little catch thing on this one that's new. That has never been done before. In my in my eyes is it has a video light, so if you shoot video, it has a video light that will turn on and stay constant. All the other flashes are for still photography. Only this is kind of a dual purpose light. The flash that I would most recommend is somebody with a T two I who wants to get into flash is the 4 30 e x two. This is what I would consider an intermediate level flash. It's not the top of the line, it's not the bottom line. It's right in the middle, and it gives you a lot of a lot more power than the built in flash and gives you a lot of versatility, giving you the ability to bounce the flash upward and side words, as well as changing some of the controls on the flash. But if you really get into it, if you're going to shoot weddings professionally, you're probably gonna want to the top of the line flash. Chances are, if you want the top of the line flash, you're probably gonna want a camera that's higher end than the teacher. I so see too many users of this camera using the 80 e x two, but it is the top of the line flash that cannon makes for this camera, and what that adds on top of the 4 30 is more power and some special effects modes, like repeating flash as well as a little bit more control over other flashes. So most people, I think, with the t two I. If you're gonna get an extra flash, look real closely at that 4 30 e x two. Now why do you need an external flash? Well, the built in flash will illuminate your subject, but like in this vertical shot, you'll see a nasty shadow off to the side of it. If you can use an external flash, you can often use other chords and devices to reposition the flash so that the flashes and in more natural perspective. And if you could get the flash away from the camera, that's the biggest help in getting better pictures is getting the flash off the camera. In this case, it was fired from a remote court, and the camera was sitting about five or six feet off to the right of the camera, and getting into lighting is a whole complex. Another thing I think I spent about two weeks on it in my or 2 to 2 full days talking about it in my fundamentals of digital photography. But getting the flash off the camera is probably the most important thing you can do for getting good portrait. But those are the four flash options from Canon, and there really isn't anything else from any other manufacturer that I would recommend mounting on the hot shoe of your camera. Final few things here The remote shutter release. If you want to fire the camera without touching the camera, there are two ways to do it. One is with a cable remote called the RS 60 E three, and another is from with wireless remote R C six and these were going to sell for anywhere from 22 to about $30. And which one you get kind of depends on your style of shooting. If you're shooting a lot of landscape stuff and you want to have real nice timing of it, I think the wired remotest night cause nice because you're just working from behind the camera. If you're the type of person that likes to get in the picture because you're activating it as a self timer. Ah, the RC six is kind of nice for getting in the shot, firing it from in front before we ah, bring this to a close and have questions and answers. I'll just let you know that I do have a website. It's pretty simple to get to. It's just my name. John gringo dot com. You can find more information about my classes that I teach there. If you're interested in this class about fundamentals of digital photography that I've been alluding to, it's a 10 week class that I did hear a creative life. It's available for download and is great for anyone just getting into photography. If you do live in the Seattle area, I do teach a number of classes. Actually, I'm expanding to Portland as well. So if you're down in the Portland area, have classes coming down there this spring as well. And so I have basic classes, intermediate classes, classes on how to use light room and a muscle starting to do some tours. Last year I was in Jordan, and I'm hoping that the events in Cairo will settle out because I'm hoping to lead a tour there in September and looking at things the way they're going. I think if things do settle out in Cairo, it's gonna be a fantastic trip just because a lot of other people will be scared. But I can tell you it's a fantastic place to go with the camera. And so that kind of finishes up on the official class for the DSLR fast start and I thanks everybody for tuning in and watching along Hey.

Class Description

Join John Greengo for an in-depth step-by-step tour of the Canon Rebel T2i (known in Europe as the Cannon EOS 550D). With a hands-on introduction to your camera's operations, detailed instructions on how all the menus work, and instruction on how to shoot great photos with this specific camera model. Workshops for other DSLR camera models listed below in the resources list.


  1. Course Overview
  2. Photography Basics
  3. Button Layout

    Get an in-depth guide to all of the functions and features found in the buttons of your Canon Rebel T2i DSLR camera.

  4. 4a. Menu System part 1
  5. 4a. Menu System part 2
  6. Camera Operation
  7. Lenses & Accessories
  8. Q&A
  9. Next Steps



This is a great class. I bought a Canon T2i (used but in great condition) for my wife (I have a Canon 60D), and this class has been good for both of us. It served as a great learning class for my wife to move from a small point-and-shoot to her T2i DSLR, and for me -- well, what can I say. I thought I knew all about my camera, but this class proved I do not! I learned a great deal here beyond just the T2i specifics. I like the clear concise delivery of the subject material. Everything is organized in such a way to be able to digest each section before moving to the next.

a Creativelive Student

I really enjoyed this class. I've had my T2i for a while now, but I've only used it sporadically because I didn't understand many of the functions. The few times I referenced the manual was like listening Charlie Brown's teacher....LOL. John is really great at explaining things simply. I watched his Fundamentals class live and it was awesome. I'm hoping to add that to my collection one day.


This was the best tool for me, as I am new to the world of semi professional photography. This is a great starting point before moving on to greater concepts. Understanding your camera is a must, and the switch to Manual shooting now is not as intimidating after this viewing this tutorial. I will definitely pursue his other classes.