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Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 37 of 57

3rd Party Primes: Zeiss


Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 37 of 57

3rd Party Primes: Zeiss


Lesson Info

3rd Party Primes: Zeiss

Switching over to zeiss, which means german lenses that are manual focus, and so they make a number of just beautiful primes, and we're not going to go into each one of them, so I'm just going to bring them all up one time they can all come out and take a bow. These lenses like this, I would just say the same thing about all of them it's, manual focus, it's really sharp and the manual focus feel of focusing is buttery, smooth, beautiful, it's fantastic on here. So all of these lenses are really good for anyone that doesn't mind manual focusing, and so they make a number like an eighteen nikon doesn't have an eighteen they used to have in eighteen, but if you really wanted in eighteen, this would be a great place to look at it. Beautiful eighty five one fours and twos. We're going to talk about a few more their lenses a little bit more in detail when we get to the macro lenses, but some really great stuff is on the more spendy side, so most of their lenses are a thousand dollars to two ...

thousand dollars a few of them are less than a thousand dollars there are two specials iceland's is that we should talk about. They have funny names the otis so the otis lands is a special lens that zeiss recently came out with and their goal was to create the best standard lands in the world they said okay, no rules were going to do whatever it takes to make the best standard lens in the world and we want to make it a fifty millimeter lands and they figured out that it can't be fifty if we want to make it the best we're going to make it a fifty five to make it optically just the sharpest thing out there and so this lens has been selling quite well with nikon d eight ten and eight hundred users people who have thirty six megapixels and they want as much quality as possible now this is a two point three pound lands this is a shot put of a lens it is a very heavy big land this is not what you want to be walking around in a large city for hours and hours and our this is something that a lot of times people will be using in the studio for photography you know if you're going to be photographing a ferrari with the d a ten this is probably the lens that you might want on that and so it compares a little bit with the fifty eight one four but look at the price you do pay a very pretty price for this lands and so this was the first of their otis siri's. The next lens that they came out with is they wanted to create the best short telephoto in the world. And so for somebody who wants the ultimate, in short, telephoto sharpness, the eighty five one four is going to do that. Now, if I haven't mentioned it before, the fifty five, eighty five are manual focus lenses, and so there is no auto focusing on this. They have created lenses that have been tested and verified, as these are the best that you can, that you can possibly by and for people who really want the highest resolution. They are selling quite well. I mean, these or not, but you're going to find around the streets most of the time, but they are out there. There are people who are using these, and they're just fantastic quality, absolute, fantastic quality.

Class Description

The world of interchangeable lenses can be both exciting and confusing to all levels of photographers. Nikon® Lenses: The Complete Guide with John Greengo will help you choose 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 Nikon DSLR lens options and operations into focus. 

You’ll learn about:

  • Focal length and aperture
  • Nikon® zoom lenses
  • Which lens accessories to buy
  • Third-party lenses
  • Maintaining a lens system

John will cover the full range of Nikon lenses, from ultra-wide to super-telephoto, zooms to primes, fisheye to tilt-shift. You’ll learn how to match the lens to your needs and get insights on the best ways to use it.

Whether you are looking to buy a new lens or just want to get the most out of what you already have, John Greengo will help you to become a master of the Nikon® lens.


  1. Nikon Lens Class Introduction
  2. Nikon Lens Basics
  3. Focal Length: Angle of View
  4. Focal Length: Normal Lenses

    John Greengo goes in-depth on the difference focal lengths make when shooting with a Nikon® lens.

  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. Equivalent Aperture
  11. Depth of Field
  12. Maximum Sharpness
  13. Starburst
  14. Hyper Focal Distance
  15. Nikon Mount Systems
  16. Nikon Cine Lenses
  17. Nikon Lens Design
  18. Focusing and Autofocus with Nikon Lenses
  19. Nikon Lens Vibration Reduction
  20. Image Quality
  21. Aperture Control and General Info
  22. Nikon Standard Zoom Lenses
  23. Nikon Super Zoom Lenses
  24. Nikon Wide Angle Lenses
  25. Nikon Telephoto Zoom Lenses
  26. 3rd Party Zooms Overview
  27. 3rd Party Zooms: Sigma
  28. 3rd Party Zooms: Tamron
  29. 3rd Party Zooms: Tokina
  1. Nikon Prime Lens: Normal
  2. Nikon Prime Lens: Wide Angle
  3. Nikon Prime Lens: Ultra-Wide
  4. Nikon Prime Lens: Short Telephoto
  5. Nikon Prime Lens: Medium Telephoto
  6. Nikon Prime Lens: Super Telephoto
  7. 3rd Party Primes: Sigma
  8. 3rd Party Primes: Zeiss
  9. 3rd Party Primes: Samyang
  10. Lens Accessories: Filters
  11. Lens Accessories: Lens Hood
  12. Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount
  13. Lens Accessories: Extension Tubes
  14. Lens Accessories: Teleconverters
  15. Macro Photography
  16. Nikon Micro Lens Selection
  17. Fisheye Lenses
  18. Tilt Shift Photography Overview
  19. Tilt Shift Lenses
  20. Building a Nikon System
  21. Making a Choice: Nikon Portrait Lenses
  22. Making a Choice: Nikon Sport Lenses
  23. Making a Choice: Nikon Landscape Lenses
  24. Nikon Lens Systems
  25. Lens Maintenance
  26. Buying and Selling Lenses
  27. Final Q&A
  28. What's in the Frame



Outstanding class! This is a must own. You will refer back to this class many times during your photog career. John has put a ton of work into this class and it shows. Being able to download the slides and other Nikon glass info is wonderful. Even if you're not a Nikon shooter you will still gleam tons of information from this class, John covers in great detail the strength and weaknesses of each lens and when you might consider using it. I was expecting a good class, but this turned into an epic class. I watched multiple videos several times. The only bad thing I can say is I "had" to order a few more lenses! Thank you John Greengo for making a truly amazing class.


Wow! What a course! Very in depth, lots of valuable information. John instructs with great knowledge and integrity. I have taken other online courses, NOT from Creative Live (my bad!) and was left feeling like a monkey who had learned tricks without understanding or knowledge. Now I feel I have the confidence to move forward on my photographic journey securely knowing how lenses function, what to look for and what price range I can expect. Bravo John! I'd love to see a 2020 update video as an addendum.

Fusako Hara

Finally I have some sense of what lens do, know what I have, what I would like to have, what lens to use, and how I can get images that I see. Best part of this session is it was made so clear, simple, logical, and practical. I am glad that I purchased this product. Now, I am going to look for more from John Greengo so I can take better understanding and take better images. Thank You.