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Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 42 of 57

Lens Accessories: Extension Tubes


Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 42 of 57

Lens Accessories: Extension Tubes


Lesson Info

Lens Accessories: Extension Tubes

So extension tube's are a great way to play around and experiment with macro photography and so these are the ones that are available from nikon and I actually talked to a colleague of mine who runs a camera shop and he was saying we've sold one of these in the last year and it's because that you can buy aftermarket versions these are just extension tube's that allow you to move the lens further from the body and he says we sell a lot more of these kinko or these aftermarket brands because we're not worried about image quality here all we're doing is moving the lens away from the camera bodies so these air hollow tubes various different links no glasses in the middle so it's all about just mechanical quality of holding the lens to the body nice and firmly and so the idea is is that there is a minimum focusing distance on every lance and if you want to get closer than that minimum distance you need to move the camera body away from the from the lens so for instance these kinko lenses wi...

ll kick off extension tube's will come in a pack of three they'll have a twelve millimeter too twenty and thirty six and because there's no glass in here you can adam up if you want you can use the twelve in the thirty six to get forty eight twelve to twenty and thirty six and just adam all up. Now, of course, how much difference does this make that's the big question, so I decided to do first a shot with a seventy two, two hundred to eight without any sort of extension, and then I used a variety of the extension tube's on the camera and you can see how much closer we can get in, and the great thing about having three different tubes in this case is that you can add them up as necessary according to your needs. Now, once you put on any tube or any combination of tubes, you can no longer focus on infinity, so you can't just extend the range of your lens. You're moving the range closer and giving up infinity while you have it attached, but this is a great way to do it because it's not much money it's, not much weight it's very high image quality there's, very few trade offs and doing this and so it's a great way of experimenting with close up if you think you want to get a macro lens, but you're not sure get a set of extension tube's play around and when you get your macro lens, if you do go that direction, you can use macro lenses and the extension tube's together to get even closer so you can use these on any lands now they typically work best on a fifty millimeter and up telephoto lenses but you can technically use him on any lands because they fit all the lenses so nikon has there own individual ones they're sold for about a hundred bucks apiece and they have three different sizes of the eight fourteen and twenty seven point five the kinko's and some of the after market brands will sell for about one hundred fifty for all three so it's fifty percent more but it's three times as many of the products so they're relatively cheap small lightweight you could bring them you can use them on all the different lenses and it's his sharp is your lens normally is so it doesn't degrade that sharpness at all warning though anytime you move the land's further from the film plane you are reducing the amount of light getting to the film plane and so you need to do your exposure adjustments with this on your camera don't do your exposure adjustment before and then just go well now we'll just add an extension tio and shoot at the same exposure and so if you're using studio lights, you may need to change the power of those lights or if you're out shooting out in the field, you'll need to change your shutter speeds or apertures or so a couple of the aftermarket ones that you can play around with velo and kinko make some that are pretty affordable they also have the electronics in it so that they are. At least you should check to see if they have the electronics. And because there are ones that air do not. This will pass along the information about what focal length you're using, what aperture lens and so forth, so that information will be added to the metadata. It's not necessary. It doesn't impact image quality. But it's a nice, convenient thing to have that accurate information from the lens passed to the camera body as well.

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.