Nikon® Lenses: The Complete Guide

Lesson 57/57 - What's in the Frame


Nikon® Lenses: The Complete Guide


Lesson Info

What's in the Frame

Everyone, I'm john gringo, been a photographer for twenty five years. One of things I love most about photography is cameras that can change lenses because when you change the lands, you change the camera and there's lots of different lenses, and each lands has its own unique characteristics, trades its own little quirks, its own personality, and so use them for different types of purposes, and I like teaching about photography and showing what they do, but a lot of times it's in the classroom and I wanted to come out into the real world and showcase what these lenses dio and the implications of using them in different types of ways. All right, folks, let me introduce you to our cast of characters here I have carefully selected nine lenses to represent the entire range that are available on the market today. There are many one's in between, but I think these air, good representative models of the different things that you could do in photography, we're going to start with the normal la...

nds. We're going to explore the world of wide angle. We're going to go into the world of telephoto and kind of the plan for what we're going to do is we're gonna have a camera mounted right at home plate, and we're going to take these lenses monitor on the camera. Pointed into the outfield and really lay out what you can see with lenses and some of the characteristics and features of each of these lenses as we go through the range all right, it's time to show you what we can actually see with these lenses we got the fifty millimeter lands on here I've got my two helpers out here and I need to get them exactly on the frame so we got john over here john let's have you come in a little bit a step? Okay right about there stop that's good. All right, let's, roll him out take him out this is gonna work. I hope this works look at this. So this is what you see with the fifty millimeter lands look at this. You can see the angle of you exactly what the fifty millimeter lands wait so there we go here's your fifty millimeter lands you know exactly what it sees you can actually mimic what a fifty millimeter land sees like if you just put your hands in that column movie hands bend your elbows a little bit kind of point around that's exactly what you see with the fifty millimeter lands. Sweet nice job guys. All right, now we have the twenty four millimeter lens on here. This is straight in the middle of wide angle it's one of my personal favorite focal wakes eleven for landscape travel photography and one thing you need to know about these wide angle lenses. When you start getting pretty wide, you start getting a little distortion. Let me show you what distortion is all right, so, let's, take a look in the camera, you'll notice this ball looks pretty round in the middle of the frame, but when I move off to the side it's gonna look a little odd long, or if I come over here and I hold it up high in the corner, it doesn't look necessarily quite as round, so that's, some of the distortion. We have this stretching effect that we get with wide angles. So let's, get our paper rollers in here and let's roll out the twenty four's. Ok, well, that's role. So there you go. Now you can clearly see fifty, thirty five, twenty four. How much do you see? They're just different steps along the scale.

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 8Field of View 9Aperture Basics 10Equivalent Aperture 11Depth of Field 12Maximum Sharpness 13Starburst 14Hyper Focal Distance 15Nikon® Mount Systems 16Nikon® Cine Lenses 17Nikon® Lens Design 18Focusing and Autofocus with Nikon® Lenses 19Nikon® Lens Vibration Reduction 20Image Quality 21Aperture Control and General Info 22Nikon® Standard Zoom Lenses 23Nikon® Super Zoom Lenses 24Nikon® Wide Angle Lenses 25Nikon® Telephoto Zoom Lenses 263rd Party Zooms Overview 273rd Party Zooms: Sigma 283rd Party Zooms: Tamron 293rd 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



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.

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.