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Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 41 of 57

Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount


Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 41 of 57

Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount


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Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount

Okay, so let's, talk about the tripod mount on the lenses. So this is a bad technique for mounting your camera on a tripod. Normally, you do mount your camera on a tripod that's what he said, we mount the camera on the tripod, but this is an unbalanced way to do it because we have a lot of weight sticking off the front of the camera it's going toe be very hard on the tripod to hold it steady and it's going to blow around in the wind more easily than if we mount it. Where it's supposed to on the tripod collar on the lens so there's a number of lenses that will help you get the center of gravity in the right spot so that your tripod isn't wanting to tilt over and fall over on itself. So all of the bigger lenses have tripod mounts on them, and so when we want to take our cameras vertically, this is also a very challenging thing for our cameras to do. And I hate doing this with our cameras number one for stability reasons, number two for alignment in composition reasons our lens has just c...

hanged position. Now I need to lower my tripod legs by about four inches and move the whole tripod over in certain scenarios that takes a couple of minutes to dio because I'm not working on a nice flat concrete floor so when you go vertical, using the tripod mount allows you to just simply rotate the camera and the lens stays exactly in the same spot, both for weight issues, giving the center of gravity correct and for compositional issues. It's, it's. So nice when you have a rotating collar and you could just rotate the camera like that, and so this is going to be something that's going to be available on the bigger lenses and so lenses generally up in the two hundred millimeter and above range are probably gonna have a tripod collar built on to the whole system right there. Now. In the past, there's been a variety of movable tripod collars for once that you khun ad in there and so, for instance, on the seventy two, two hundred in order to keep that light and small, they don't have a tripod color. But you can buy thie artie one tripod mount ring, which sells for about one hundred seventy dollars, which is a bit pricy for a little piece of metal like this, but it especially designed for that lens. If you do a lot of tripod work, however, there are other companies that will have tripod colors for a wide variety of lenses. One of the early nikon eighty two, two hundred lenses did not have a tripod color on it and everyone found that you really needed a tripod collar on it, and so I think that was one of the ways that the kirk manufacturing tripod accessories got really started is that they started making special tripod collars that would hold the lens very steady for somebody who does a lot of tripod work so there's a variety of these out on the market, they're going to sell anywhere from fifty to two hundred dollars, and some of them our basic tripod collar some of them haven't extra support that kind of holds the front end support because there you get a little bit of wobble out there. So there's a number of these nice accessories for those of you who do work a lot from tripod either for telephoto work or for macro work, you really need to be able to support the camera and lens properly and this allows you to do it. And so you just got to be very specific about what lens and camera you are using these with because they are very dedicated systems in many ways some cameras will have a removable try tripod color, so if you know you're not gonna be using a tripod and you want to save a few ounces, you can take it off when necessary. Some of the cameras will have removable feet so that you could just take the foot off because the collar is built on to the lens itself. And you could just take this off to help reduce the size and shape of the lens. You can also replace this with some other types of devices, and I really like these because there's certain types of mounting systems on tripod and this is designed to fit straight on the tripod system. The nikon has just a straight flat mount, and if you want to hook it up to a tripod, you have to put a plate on the bottom of it, which increases the balkan size of it. And so if you know you're going to be using it on a specific tripod and these air using an ark, a swiss style tripod head and there's, a lot of these tripods out there, you can buy either from kirk or really write stuff. Both of them make just fantastic quality equipment that are great accessories, and they just attached right on to the bottom of your lands and it's, just a very streamlined system that is very simple minimum out of weight minimum, out of fuss and extra gear that you're playing with. And so I highly recommend those if you do use any of those long lenses on the tripod much.

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.