Mas­ter your Nikon lenses

The kit lens that came with your Nikon is great for get­ting started, but to make the most of your pho­tog­ra­phy you’ll need to ex­plore the many and var­ied lenses avail­able. Ja­son Par­nell-brookes and Adam War­ing ex­plain…

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One of the great­est ad­van­tages of us­ing a DSLR or mir­ror­less over a com­pact or bridge cam­era is the abil­ity to change lenses. Lenses come in all shapes and sizes, from com­pact ‘nifty fifty’ primes that you can eas­ily slip into a pocket, to gar­gan­tuan tele­photo zooms that come in their own flight cases and are im­prac­ti­cal to shoot with un­less mounted on the stur­di­est of tripods.

There are hun­dreds of lenses avail­able for your Nikon, both from Nikon them­selves and third-party man­u­fac­tur­ers such as Sigma, Tam­ron and Tok­ina. But what lenses are best suited to what sub­jects, what is a ‘fast’ lens ex­actly, and what does all that con­fus­ing jar­gon that man­u­fac­tur­ers tack onto the end of lens names ac­tu­ally mean?

Over the fol­low­ing dozen pages we’ll ex­plain ev­ery­thing you wanted to know about lenses but were afraid to ask, as well as of­fer­ing tips and tricks on how to get the most out of them. We’ve bro­ken down lens types into five cat­e­gories, though much of the in­for­ma­tion in one cat­e­gory ap­plies equally well to other types of lenses.

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