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Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide

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Building a Nikon System

John Greengo

Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide

John Greengo

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49. Building a Nikon System


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2 Nikon Lens Basics Duration:14:05
3 Focal Length: Angle of View Duration:11:44
4 Focal Length: Normal Lenses Duration:06:41
6 Focal Length: Telephoto Lens Duration:16:22
7 Focal Length Rule of Thumb Duration:15:59
8 Field of View Duration:10:06
9 Aperture Basics Duration:15:35
10 Equivalent Aperture Duration:07:17
11 Depth of Field Duration:12:58
12 Maximum Sharpness Duration:09:50
13 Starburst Duration:06:48
14 Hyper Focal Distance Duration:18:42
15 Nikon Mount Systems Duration:26:41
16 Nikon Cine Lenses Duration:07:06
17 Nikon Lens Design Duration:20:56
19 Nikon Lens Vibration Reduction Duration:06:28
20 Image Quality Duration:04:44
22 Nikon Standard Zoom Lenses Duration:21:56
23 Nikon Super Zoom Lenses Duration:06:07
24 Nikon Wide Angle Lenses Duration:08:28
25 Nikon Telephoto Zoom Lenses Duration:16:48
26 3rd Party Zooms Overview Duration:06:06
27 3rd Party Zooms: Sigma Duration:16:02
28 3rd Party Zooms: Tamron Duration:07:31
29 3rd Party Zooms: Tokina Duration:03:50
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1 Nikon Prime Lens: Normal Duration:13:50
2 Nikon Prime Lens: Wide Angle Duration:14:17
3 Nikon Prime Lens: Ultra-Wide Duration:09:29
7 3rd Party Primes: Sigma Duration:07:19
8 3rd Party Primes: Zeiss Duration:03:25
9 3rd Party Primes: Samyang Duration:05:34
10 Lens Accessories: Filters Duration:30:44
11 Lens Accessories: Lens Hood Duration:13:40
12 Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount Duration:04:41
15 Macro Photography Duration:19:11
16 Nikon Micro Lens Selection Duration:18:29
17 Fisheye Lenses Duration:17:59
19 Tilt Shift Lenses Duration:06:00
20 Building a Nikon System Duration:05:16
24 Nikon Lens Systems Duration:11:18
25 Lens Maintenance Duration:10:54
26 Buying and Selling Lenses Duration:17:36
27 Final Q&A Duration:12:08
28 What's in the Frame Duration:03:29

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Building a Nikon System

Okay, so there's a lot of other information that well didn't find a home in the other part of the show is so this is kind of a catch all basin for that other information and so what I want to first talk about is building a system because a lot of people aren't really sure about how to build a system and it it's a rather complicated thing and I can't do it for everyone because everyone has a different budget and a different need, but you do have to look at your budget and your needs very closely. So what we're going to be doing in this section is talk about making choices, how to build a system, not going to talk about a few of the recommended lenses for different types of photography we'll talk a little bit about some lens maintenance things that you need to take care of and then even about buying and selling you your lenses because the lens is that you have you're not gonna have forever you're going to use him for a period of time that works for you and then hopefully because you've t...

aken good care of them you will sell them off to somebody else and so this is, you know you get to borrow a lance but it's for a while so first up making a choice how do you make a choice on what lenses you need now more often than anything else people end up starting within eighteen to fifty five or similar type linz this is what I started with and I know a lot of people start with this generally the first thing that you're going to need is you're going to need a telephoto version of that lands and some people know this right out of the out of the gate and so they get themselves a super zoom so they don't need to switch lenses back and forth but keeping them into independent lenses keeps him individually smaller and keeps them a little bit better image quality once you do that probably the next thing you're going to realize is that you need a lens that lets in mohr light and so there's a variety of ways to do that either with zooms or with the prime lenses depending on what your needs you might next need a wide angle lens because thie eighteen that comes in the dx lenses is just a taste of white angle and so if you really want more wide angle you're going to want something that gets down noticeably whiter than a eighteen and then some of you are going to be interested in close up photography and so that's where we get into the micro lenses and so those are the basic directions that you khun go from having a standard lands well there is one other direction and that is in quality of lands, quality of construction so we can just up the quality, but you end up going with same a set of options in here, you could go with more telephoto, you can go faster lenses, you've got a wide angle and you could go to closer lenses and it's just a matter of addressing what you're immediate, short term and possible future needs are. And so sometimes your long term future is going to affect your short term choice. If you know you want to buy a certain lends, it might be better just to save up and buy that lens and three months, rather than buying the lens you don't want right now. But just remember that if you buy allowance, you keep nice and clean and you don't scratch it around too much. You take care of it, you keep the original box, you'll be able to resell it, and this is depends on the market and the exact lens and so forth, but a good numbers around eighty percent of what you paid for it. Now, so long as it hasn't gone through major rebates, I've seen nikon throw two hundred dollar rebates on lenses and that's going to affect your used land's price, and so if it's the same same, you'll probably be able to get about eighty percent from it. And once again this varies from ll insulin some lenses are there really hot they're hard to get super popular you could get ninety percent other lenses down. They just lost favor with people for some reason and they're only going to get your sixty five percent but they hold their value reasonably well, I don't know who said it, but they were very, very accurate quality features price pick too all right, you're not going to get all three of these in any one particular lands if you want straight out pure quality, get yourself a three hundred two way you will not find ah higher quality lands you want a lot of features twenty eight, three hundred gives you a huge zoom range in the lands you want a good price? Get yourself a fifty one point eight it's not much money at all. All right, what if you want quality and features well the fourteen to twenty for it's definitely not a cheap lands. It gives you some nice features and incredibly good image quality. How about combining features at a relatively low price eighteen to one forty that's a super zoom it's relatively cheap in price so it's a very affordable lens that gives you a lot of features quality wise it's not going to be at the top of the heap when it comes to nikon lenses terms of optical quality or construction quality. How about a high quality lens, that's, low price? That sounds pretty nice. Eighty five one point eight it's. A pretty targeted subject. It doesn't have a lot of features. It doesn't do a lot of stuff. It doesn't have pr technology, it doesn't zoom really simple, basic items, and so you might want to think about what is your balance of quality features in price now, there's. Other issues that might weigh in here, like the weight in the size of the lens as well, and only you can make those judgment calls us to what's appropriate to you.

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.



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.

Anna Fennell

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.