A-Z of Nikon lens jargon: from AF-P to Z-mount

As is the case with its competitors like Canon and Sigma, Nikon uses a number of terms in its lenses to describe some aspect of their capabilities.

Some of these are common enough for their purpose to be widely known. Others are used more sparingly, and sometimes it's these that make all the difference between an affordable lens and one clearly geared towards a more advanced user.

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Matt Golowczynski

The former editor of Digital Camera World, "Matt G" has spent the bulk of his career working in or reporting on the photographic industry. For two and a half years he worked in the trade side of the business with Jessops and Wex, serving as content marketing manager for the latter. 

Switching streams he also spent five years as a journalist, where he served as technical writer and technical editor for What Digital Camera before joining DCW, taking on assignments as a freelance writer and photographer in his own right. He currently works for SmartFrame, a specialist in image-streaming technology and protection.