Nikon® Lenses: The Complete Guide


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
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