Nikon® Lenses: The Complete Guide


Nikon® Lenses: The Complete Guide


Lesson Info

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.


1Nikon® Lens Class Introduction
2Nikon® Lens Basics
3Focal Length: Angle of View
4Focal Length: Normal Lenses
5Focal Length: Wide Angle Lenses
6Focal Length: Telephoto Lens
7Focal Length Rule of Thumb
8Aperture Basics
9Equivalent Aperture
10Depth of Field
11Maximum Sharpness
13Hyper Focal Distance
14Nikon® Mount Systems
15Nikon® Cine Lenses
16Nikon® Lens Design
17Focusing and Autofocus with Nikon® Lenses
18Nikon® Lens Vibration Reduction
19Image Quality
20Aperture Control and General Info
21Nikon® Standard Zoom Lenses
22Nikon® Super Zoom Lenses
23Nikon® Wide Angle Lenses
24Nikon® Telephoto Zoom Lenses
253rd Party Zooms Overview
263rd Party Zooms: Sigma
273rd Party Zooms: Tamron
283rd Party Zooms: Tokina
1Nikon® Prime Lens: Normal
2Nikon® Prime Lens: Wide Angle
3Nikon® Prime Lens: Ultra-Wide
4Nikon® Prime Lens: Short Telephoto
5Nikon® Prime Lens: Medium Telephoto
6Nikon® Prime Lens: Super Telephoto
73rd Party Primes: Sigma
83rd Party Primes: Zeiss
93rd Party Primes: Samyang
10Lens Accessories: Filters
11Lens Accessories: Lens Hood
12Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount
13Lens Accessories: Extension Tubes
14Lens Accessories: Teleconverters
15Macro Photography
16Nikon® Micro Lens Selection
17Fisheye Lenses
18Tilt Shift Photography Overview
19Tilt Shift Lenses
20Building a Nikon® System
21Making a Choice: Nikon® Portrait Lenses
22Making a Choice: Nikon® Sport Lenses
23Making a Choice: Nikon® Landscape Lenses
24Nikon® Lens Systems
25Lens Maintenance
26Buying and Selling Lenses
27Final Q&A
28What's in the Frame