Canon T6 Lens Options


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Canon T6 Lens Options

Alright, we've been talking about lenses and mounting the lens. Let's talk more about the lenses here. Canon has two different series of lenses. They have the EF lenses, which they started in and they're still making to this day, newer ones. It's designed for the full-frame sensors and the EF-S lenses, which are designed for the smaller crop-frame cameras like this. The EF are clearly labeled as EF; they have a red dot. The EFS have a white square and are clearly labeled EF-S. And here's the difference between them. The EF is designed for a full frame sensor. And so the images that it produces are big enough to be captured by the full frame sensor. The EF-S lenses are generally a little bit smaller lenses, little bit less money, and they're designed for the smaller image sensor of the APSC, APS sensor, that's being used in this camera. Where things get interesting is where you start switching 'em back around, back and forth. Take an EF-S lens, it technically will not fit on one of the...

Canon full-frame cameras. And if it could, it wouldn't be able to illuminate all the corners, which is why Canon doesn't allow it to be mounted. So that lens on this particular T6 cannot be used on some of the other Canon cameras. If you wanna get one of the EF lenses and mount it onto this Rebel camera, then it will work. You're kinda over-shooting what you need. It creates a larger image circle than you need, but you're gonna get a sharp, great image in there with an EF lens. And so you can get fantastic results with an EF lens on this camera. Sometimes it might be a little bit more than you need, but it's gonna work perfectly fine on this camera, so you are open to use everything on this camera. So once again, we have EF lenses, designed for the full frame cameras. EF-S lenses, which are designed quite exclusively for this particular camera, or not just this particular camera but the smaller crop frame sensors. But they will not work. And so if you upgrade to the top-of-the-line professional Canon, these lenses are gonna need to be set aside and you're gonna need a different set of lenses to work with that full frame camera. And just so that you know, there is a third choice in lenses for their mirrorless system. So Canon has a mirrorless system that is kind of you know, side-by-side with this. They have a collection of cameras and a collection of lenses, but those are not gonna work on their on the SLRs without some sort of adaptor. They, actually on that case, yeah they would need an adaptor but they could be put on with an adaptor but in most cases, you're probably gonna wanna avoid them. Because there are plenty of other choices that you're going to have in the EF-S and the EF category. So the lenses that come from Nikon, from Nikon, from Canon are gonna have a lot of different letter codes on them designating some of the features that they have. And we're not gonna go into what all of these are right now, we don't have time, but all of 'em are things that you're gonna wanna check into when you look at your next set of lenses that you look at getting. The basic lens that comes with this camera is the 18 to 55. And little things that you're gonna notice on it, once again, the little white box on where to mount it, align it. This lens has a stabilizer, which I think is a really good feature to have for handheld photography. So I often leave that turned on for all handheld photography. I'll turn it off when I'm on a tripod. All of the lenses from Canon that have auto-focus will have a switch for auto-focus and manual-focus on it. Zoom ring on all the zoom lenses and then a focusing ring if you choose to manually focus. When the camera is in auto-focus, that manual-focus should not be turned. On a camera like this, it feels a little on the tight side. You don't wanna turn it. So don't force the motors by trying to turn it, if the camera is in the auto-focus position, if that lens is in the auto-focus position. If you flip it over to manual, then you can turn it and it's gonna be okay. Most lenses are gonna accept filters, but they'll be different size filters. This one uses a 58. It'll say right on the front of the lens what size it uses. Each lens will have its own unique lens hood that I recommend using whenever you can. Do be warned that it may block the built-in flash if you have a built-in flash. So, the 18 to 55 is the standard kit lens. Some other lenses that you might see out there that we'll talk about, and this is the 18 to 55 IS, which means it has image stabilization, it's the second version of this particular lens. There is an STM version that is available out there. This STM version has a stepper motor, which means that it has a focusing motor that allows it to focus more smoothly in video function. And so if you do a lot of video work and you notice the sound of your lens focusing, you may wanna look into the STM lenses, which is a special grouping of lenses from Canon. If you wanted more range, the 18 to 135 is also an STM lens, so it's very smooth in focusing for video. If you wanted more range, the biggest range that you could get is 18 to in one lens. It's a bigger lens, it doesn't let in as much light at the long end but it is a great lens for having a massive zoom range on it. A few other lenses that you might wanna know about, generally the next step is a telephoto lens. Probably the easiest choice would be the 55 to 250. This is gonna sell for around 300, 350 bucks. And it's gonna take you from your 55 all the way up to 250, which is about the biggest lens that most people can hand-hold comfortably without shaking too much. You can go bigger than that, of course. The 70 to 300 is a much better built lens. It's got more metal parts, better quality construction, better quality optics as well, but it does sell for about twice the price. It's gonna be over 600 dollars for that one. Primes are lenses that have one focal length and do not zoom. These lenses are often smaller in size. Some of these are actually very, very small. And they often let in much more light. So if you work under low lighting conditions, you want a very light-weight, discreet camera setup. All of these lenses are gonna work on this camera. One of 'em is EF-S, the 24. The others are standard EFs, so they'll work on the full frame cameras as well. And they don't sell for much money. These lenses are 150, 150, they're all under 200 dollars. Between 125 and 200 dollars for these lenses. Very sharp optics, very small in size, and if you're interested in getting into photography, something like the 24 or 40 or would be a fantastic way for really learning and simplifying the camera so that you could learn the photographic process. If you want to get into wide angle work, for landscape, architectural, real-estate photography, take a look at Canon's 10 to 18 millimeter lens. It's not a lot of money, but it does get you a noticeably wider angle image. If you're interested in close-up photography, take a look at the 60. Not too much money, allows you to get really close. If you enjoy portrait photography, either the 50 millimeter 1. or the 85 1. would be very very good lenses for doing portrait photography, all without breaking the bank. The 85 1.8 is gonna be well under 500 dollars, and has been a classic focal length and fantastic in sharpness for Canon for quite some time. There are many more lenses, this is just the tip of the iceberg once again when it comes to lenses. If you want to know more about lenses, I have done a class here at CreativeLive that is a really in-depth class on this. There's about, the two-day class is about 10, 11 hours of information about lenses. And so if you really wanna dive into the world of lenses, and understand how they work and making good choices in them, take a look for the Canon lens class The Complete Guide. That goes through everything that you could imagine you would want to know about lenses and so take a look for that one.

Class Description

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 camera is the perfect DSLR if you're looking to move up from taking pictures on your smartphone. This class will give you an in-depth instruction on how to make this transition easily so that you can capture high quality images. John will guide you through the features, menus, and buttons on your camera, giving you the confidence you need to take pictures like a pro. You’ll learn how to:

  • Use the EOS Rebel T6's broad range of light sensitivity settings to take perfect images in any light
  • Master the wireless capabilities so that you can send images to any compatible devices
  • Create high quality videos with full HD quality
If you've just purchased this camera, or are thinking about buying it, this in-depth class will help everyone you love the Canon EOS Rebel T6 camera.



This class is really straightforward and easy to understand. Very helpful if you get impatient reading the camera manual and don't know which settings to use in which scenarios.