Your lenses are the eyes of your camera. In this tutorial, the experts at the Nikon magazine N-Photo explain everything you need to know about Nikon lenses and show you how to use them to change the way you see and capture the world around you…
The Nikon 18-200mm VR has long been renowned as the best superzoom lens on the market. For a while though, it hasn’t led the field for outright zoom range, losing out to the Sigma 18-250mm and Tamron 18-270mm, both of which have recently had radical redesigns. Nikon has now come up trumps with its new 18-300mm VR, which boasts the biggest zoom range of any SLR lens on the planet.
It’s the longest superzoom lens ever, but what’s the brand new Nikon 18-300mm superzoom actually like to use? Our friends at N-Photo just got their hands on a sample have taken it out for an hour’s street photography to find out.
Nikon is to unveil its a new monster to its lens line-up. The Nikon AF-S 800mm f/5.6 will be the longest focal length in its current range of optic – an honour currently held by its AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR.
Nikon has announced a new FX-format zoom lens with broad 24-85mm focal range, compact build and Vibration Reduction.
The new AF-S NIKKOR 24–85mm f/3.5–4.5G ED VR offers a focal length extending from wideangle up to telephoto in a lightweight body, and is billed as a multi-purpose lens for FX-format Nikon photographers who want the freedom to shoot a wide variety of day-to-day moments and subjects.
The likelihood is that you’ve never seen a Nikon lens like the one that has recently turned up for sale in London. The 6mm f/2.8 lens is a staggering 11.5 pounds, has a 220-degree viewing angle and a 24x36mm image area.
Does your lens has more letters after its name than a retired rocket scientist. What do all these lens markings mean? You can refer to a lens simply by the name of the manufacturer, the focal length, and its maximum aperture – a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6, say, or Canon 50mm f/1.4. But as lenses have often evolved from decades of development, they usually have a line of additional letters after their names, stamped on the barrel or printed on the boxes.
Some lens markings are about manufacturer branding – defining a more recent range, or a lens that’s built to higher standards than another. Others are to do with the optics themselves, and to highlight specific technologies used in the lens construction. In the jargon-busting guide below, we’ll translate these lens markings for you.