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Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide

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Nikon Wide Angle Lenses

John Greengo

Nikon Lenses: The Complete Guide

John Greengo

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24. Nikon Wide Angle Lenses


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1 Nikon Lens Class Introduction 06:30 2 Nikon Lens Basics 14:05 3 Focal Length: Angle of View 11:44 4 Focal Length: Normal Lenses 06:41 5 Focal Length: Wide Angle Lenses 16:09 6 Focal Length: Telephoto Lens 16:22 7 Focal Length Rule of Thumb 15:59
8 Field of View 10:06 9 Aperture Basics 15:35 10 Equivalent Aperture 07:17 11 Depth of Field 12:58 12 Maximum Sharpness 09:50 13 Starburst 06:48 14 Hyper Focal Distance 18:42 15 Nikon Mount Systems 26:41 16 Nikon Cine Lenses 07:06 17 Nikon Lens Design 20:56 18 Focusing and Autofocus with Nikon Lenses 14:15 19 Nikon Lens Vibration Reduction 06:28 20 Image Quality 04:44 21 Aperture Control and General Info 09:40 22 Nikon Standard Zoom Lenses 21:56 23 Nikon Super Zoom Lenses 06:07 24 Nikon Wide Angle Lenses 08:28 25 Nikon Telephoto Zoom Lenses 16:48 26 3rd Party Zooms Overview 06:06 27 3rd Party Zooms: Sigma 16:02 28 3rd Party Zooms: Tamron 07:31 29 3rd Party Zooms: Tokina 03:50


30 Nikon Prime Lens: Normal 13:50 31 Nikon Prime Lens: Wide Angle 14:17 32 Nikon Prime Lens: Ultra-Wide 09:29 33 Nikon Prime Lens: Short Telephoto 09:14 34 Nikon Prime Lens: Medium Telephoto 08:19 35 Nikon Prime Lens: Super Telephoto 17:24 36 3rd Party Primes: Sigma 07:19 37 3rd Party Primes: Zeiss 03:25 38 3rd Party Primes: Samyang 05:34 39 Lens Accessories: Filters 30:44 40 Lens Accessories: Lens Hood 13:40 41 Lens Accessories: Tripod Mount 04:41 42 Lens Accessories: Extension Tubes 04:23 43 Lens Accessories: Teleconverters 12:42 44 Macro Photography 19:11 45 Nikon Micro Lens Selection 18:29 46 Fisheye Lenses 17:59 47 Tilt Shift Photography Overview 22:40 48 Tilt Shift Lenses 06:00 49 Building a Nikon System 05:16 50 Making a Choice: Nikon Portrait Lenses 17:43 51 Making a Choice: Nikon Sport Lenses 18:47 52 Making a Choice: Nikon Landscape Lenses 14:54 53 Nikon Lens Systems 11:18 54 Lens Maintenance 10:54 55 Buying and Selling Lenses 17:36 56 Final Q&A 12:08 57 What's in the Frame 03:29

Lesson Info

Nikon Wide Angle Lenses

Let's dive into the world of wide angle so there's a number of different lenses dedicated to shooting wide angle both full frame and with the crop frame sensors. So for the dx or cropped frame users we have two choices the ten to twenty four and twelve to twenty four which in my opinion are a little too similar for some people to make a logical choice between the two of them. The twelve to twenty four is a little bit older and I am attracted to that because it's an f four constant aperture I do like that the newer ten to twenty four well it's, much newer technology and I always like that does it on average it tends to be a little bit better, but they are pretty similar in price, so ten to twenty four three five to four five it's a relatively lightweight lands if you want to shoot landscape photography travel photography for the uh, deac shooter this is probably going to be top on your list as far as what you want to look at and so nice compact lands gets into that really ultra white te...

rritory. This is as why the lands as you can get with nikon when it comes to dx lenses. If you do a lot of manual exposure, you might appreciate the constant f four aperture in this it's not quite as wide at twelve twelve multiply that out. Gets us up to eighteen. That it's still in ultra white territory. So it's not quite as wide, but the aperture on it could be a little bit more convenient for people using manual exposure. Good quality, land's, nice range. A little bit weak optically in certain areas, I think the ten to twenty four, maybe optically, a little bit better, partially just because it's newer technology. So with small little tradeoffs and the twelve to twenty four. Because of that constant, therefore aperture apathy is what is going to make that one cost a little bit more money. Let's, move into the category of full frame. And here this is one of the advantages of full frame is that you get mohr choices on lenses, especially when it comes to a wide angle. Be true when it comes to the primes are next section here, but here we have an interesting collection of lenses that should be, in my opinion, pretty easy for you to pick one it's very seldom, that someone's going to be kind of wavering, back and forth between one or the other partially because there is a huge price difference in some of these lenses. First lands is the eighteen to thirty five, and I think this is just a wonderful little lens for somebody who has a full frame camera that wants to do landscape photography gets you nice wide angle and you're not really shooting wide open when you're doing landscape photography maybe even architectural photography you're not gonna be shooting wide open here you're going to be stopping it down to eight eleven sixteen and so forth so that wide aperture doesn't really matter to you it's a very lightweight lands we had it have one over here and it's just look this is it's under one pound in weight and one pound is kind of a break point for me where it is that's a very lightweight lens if it's less than one pound and I think this is very good sharpest for the price and so I think this is a really good value lands for a lot of people out there well hello old friend seventeen to thirty five this has been ah lend suspended has not really been around that long but it feels like it's been around longer than this seventeen to thirty five is kind of part of the three big dragons until it kind of got replaced by one that will talk about in just a moment this would be very good for news photographer who wants to shoot wide angle and wants that two point eight aperture I do like it for a lot of different types of photography because we can still add filters onto it and we're not gonna be able to do that in a moment on some of the wider lenses, and so you would get this lands if you really need the two point eight aperture if you want to be able to put filters on it if you want to reach up to that thirty five millimeter range so street photography around thirty five twenty eight is very popular, and so a travel lens might be very good as well in this category, no vibration reduction we didn't have vibration reduction on the previous eighteen to thirty five, either one of my favorite new lenses that nikon has introduced is sixteen to thirty five. This works great for travel photography because you may not have your tripod with you, but you want to shoot this wide angle shot of this beautiful mosque and big open square, but you've got to be hand held because you don't have a tripod with you here we have vibration reduction in a wide angle lens for the first time from nikon, and so if you want to shoot wide angle, you don't want to use a tripod, and I do highly recommend using a tripod, but I know there's certain cases where you're not allowed or where you just don't have it with you this allows you to shoot hand held at very slow shutter speeds, so sixteen to thirty five very valuable range and this is because it's part of the air force aries they call it the three little dragons and so there'll be a number of f four lenses that fit in here now, to be honest with you, this is a bit big and bulky for what it iss for thirty five millimeter f four lens it's very big and bulky compared to some of the other thirty five millimeter lenses, but it is a collection of lenses in there and so bit of a trade off, but I think it's a very nice lands for landscape architecture, travel, photography and then we get to the legend the legend in its own time the fourteen to twenty four millimeter lands man when this one hit the streets, people just went nuts, especially after they saw the testing on this because this is one of those things where is like, ok don't don't tase me in theory, that sounds great, but how good is it? And in reality it might just be the sharpest wide angle lens ever made. Zoom or not, it has been phenomenal in fact, people who use other brands that rhyme with cannon there's, different spellings that have adapted this lands to work on their cameras because it was better than anything in their stable of lenses for wide angle now the downside to this is, of course, that you cannot add filters to this so you can't add polarizing filters, you can't do indie filters, at least you couldn't when it first came out, and so some of the aftermarket manufacturers developed very large filters. So if you want to filter this it's not that you can't, but it is very challenging to add filters to this because the filters are very large, they're very expensive. The holders get to be very large and cumbersome and awkward. And so if you found that you really like to use filters, I would say, just back off to the sixteen to thirty five f or now, unless you need the two point eight aperture. And so the two pony an aperture is interesting, because why do you need two point eight fourteen? Because typically you're not shooting sports and action at fourteen millimetres it's occasionally nice for that wedding photographer who wants to capture everybody dancing on the dance floor at the same time. It's also very popular with people doing star shot photography nighttime astro photography so you're trying to shoot a bit of the landscape and as much as the sky as possible. You need that two point eight aperture because it's really dark and you're trying to let in light so that the stars are moving in the sky. Using the right shutter speeds. And this is a key lynn's, fantastic best on the market for doing that sort of thing. But it is a two point, two chunk of weight. It's, very front heavy and walking around town with that hanging off your hand is going to cost some risk pain by the end of the day. And so it's it's a big chunk, but it's unique. There is nobody else that makes a fourteen to twenty four two point eight. And so it sits in a unique position in the photography world, and so the whitest of their zooms, the one with image stabilization, the one that has a faster aperture and you can use filters on and the one that's kind of reasonably priced and does a lot of those things all in one. And so you can see that you're going to pay a premium for that extreme range and fast aperture and it's. A lot of that fast aperture glass is what you're paying for in that case.

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.