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Canon Lenses: The Complete Guide

with John Greengo

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    07:11
  •   02 Canon Lens Basics

    14:12

Class duration: 11h 42m

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About The Class

a complete guide to Canon® lenses.


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.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    07:11
  2. 02

    Canon Lens Basics

    John Greengo gets you up-to-speed on the basics of working with interchangeable Canon® lenses.

    14:12
  3. 03

    Focal Length: Angle of View

    11:31
  4. 04

    Focal Length: Normal Lenses

    09:43
  5. 05

    Focal Length: Wide Angle Lenses

    18:15
  6. 06

    Focal Length: Telephoto Lens

    21:27
  7. 07

    Focal Length Rule of Thumb

    15:36
  8. 08

    Field of View

    10:14
  9. 09

    Aperture Basics

    04:41
  10. 10

    Aperture: Maximum Aperture

    18:44
  11. 11

    Aperture: Equivalent Focal Length

    07:48
  12. 12

    Aperture: Depth of Field

    06:23
  13. 13

    Aperture: Maximum Sharpness

    08:33
  14. 14

    Aperture: Starburst Effect

    05:18
  15. 15

    Aperture: Flare

    06:48
  16. 16

    Aperture: Hyperfocal Distance

    19:32
  17. 17

    Camera Mount System

    14:57
  18. 18

    Canon Lens Compatibility

    14:26
  19. 19

    Canon Lens Design

    12:29
  20. 20

    Canon Lens Composition

    04:30
  21. 21

    Canon Lens Shape

    05:50
  22. 22

    Canon Lens Coating

    06:53
  23. 23

    Canon Lens Focusing

    14:10
  24. 24

    Lens Autofocus

    08:17
  25. 25

    Canon Lens Image Stabilization

    06:57
  26. 26

    Canon L Lenses

    10:18
  27. 27

    Image Quality

    09:46
  28. 28

    Canon Zoom Lenses: Standard

    17:50
  29. 29

    Canon Super Zooms

    05:20
  30. 30

    Canon Wide Zooms

    09:48
  31. 31

    Canon Telephoto Zooms

    16:09
  32. 32

    Prime Lens: Normal Lenses

    09:19
  33. 33

    Prime Lens: Moderate Wide

    07:01
  34. 34

    Prime Lens: Wide Angle

    05:33
  35. 35

    Prime Lens: Ultra-Wide

    09:23
  36. 36

    Prime Lens: Short Telephoto

    09:03
  37. 37

    Prime Lens: Medium Telephoto

    08:59
  38. 38

    Prime Lens: Super Telephoto

    13:59
  39. 39

    3rd Party Lenses Overview

    06:01
  40. 40

    3rd Party Prime Lenses

    15:25
  41. 41

    3rd Party Zoom Lenses

    26:28
  42. 42

    Lens Accessories: Filters

    33:42
  43. 43

    Lens Accessories: Lens Hoods

    09:58
  44. 44

    Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount

    04:51
  45. 45

    Lens Accessories: Extension Tubes

    04:30
  46. 46

    Lens Accessories: Extenders

    13:11
  47. 47

    Macro Lens: Reproduction Ratio

    18:59
  48. 48

    Macro Lens: Technique and Choices

    25:59
  49. 49

    Fisheye: Technique and Choices

    18:49
  50. 50

    Tilt Shift: Techniques and Choices

    27:08
  51. 51

    Make a Lens System Choice

    05:37
  52. 52

    Choosing A Portrait Lens

    17:21
  53. 53

    Choosing A Sports Lens

    17:31
  54. 54

    Choosing A Landscape Lens

    10:39
  55. 55

    Best Lenses for You

    08:46
  56. 56

    Lens Maintenance

    11:19
  57. 57

    Buying and Selling Lens

    11:15
  58. 58

    What is John Greengo's Favorite Lens?

    08:37

Meet Your Expert

John Greengo

John Greengo is an award-winning photographer specializing in outdoor and travel photography. Shooting for over 3 decades, John has developed an unrivaled understanding of the industry, tools, techniques and art of photography. When he's not traveling for a new shoot, ... read more

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  • HD What's in the Frame? HD
  • Low What's in the Frame? LOW
  • HD Field of View HD
  • Low Field of View LOW
  • zip Lens Keynote Parts 1-4
  • zip Lens Keynote Parts 5-8
  • pdf Canon® Lens Data

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • user-b3a96c

    August 2015

    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!

  • Abbeylynne

    Abbeylynne

    August 2015

    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!

  • Creativelive Student

    August 2015

    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!

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