Choosing And Changing D-SLR Lenses

Choosing And Changing D-SLR Lenses

Normally when you purchase a D-SLR camera, it comes out with a lens or lenses, but you are not restricted to using only them. D-SLR cameras have a wide variety of lenses made for them, but there are pitfalls.  In this article, we will talk about the things you need to know to make the right lens choice and how to change them correctly. When you buy a D-SLR camera for your professional photography business, you will have the ability to use different types of lenses which can offer you two things: access to quality lenses and unparalleled versatility.

You will be able to purchase specialist lenses that enable you to stretch the ability of your camera. On D-SLR cameras, interchangeable lenses allow you to easily remove a lens and fit another with a different focal length. Let’s take a look at how you are supposed to change a lens on a D-SLR camera.

Specialist Lenses For D-SLR Cameras

You will be able to purchase specialist lenses that enable you to stretch the ability of your camera. On D-SLR cameras, interchangeable lenses allow you to easily remove a lens and fit another with a different focal length. Let’s take a look at how you are supposed to change a lens on a D-SLR camera. D-SLR cameras use interchangeable lenses that are made for their specially made brands. Canon for example uses one type of mount and lens. Nikon on the other hand uses a different type. Then you get different manufacturers that make lenses to fit on different types of D-SLR models.

These types of lenses are designed in such a way to shoot specific scenes, such as portraiture where a lens is designed to provide a suitable focal length with a blurred background. It can also provide an option for macro (close-up) shots and take wide-angle shots. In every type of scene, each lens can perform its function to a greater or lesser degree.

Changing Your Interchangeable Lens

To change a lens on your D-SLR camera is not that difficult, but there are good and bad ways of changing them. Keep in mind the following things when you are changing a lens:

● Before you decide to remove a lens from your camera, ensure that you have switched it off.
● You will find index dots on your camera and on your lens that you can use when changing a lens. Line these dots up with one another.

First, insert the lens base into the mount and turn the lens counter-clockwise until you hear a click which will then lock the lens in place. When you press the lens release button on your camera body, it will enable you to turn the lens clockwise and remove it. There is a risk on letting dust enter the camera every time you change a lens. The dust will lie on the low-pass filter, which would be in front of the image sensor. This would be the result of getting photos with black or gray dots on it. To prevent dust falling on your image sensor, you need to minimize the exposure to the inside of the camera body.

Have the lens that you want to change ready to go before you take the current lens from the camera. If you leave the camera’s power on, you will risk creating static electricity that would attract dust to the image sensor. Shield your camera from the wind, rain and dust with your back as these elements could possibly blow into the camera very easily. When you handle a lens, avoid touching the rear and front elements to prevent fingerprints. Rather grasp the lens barrel. I always use front and rear lens caps to protect the lens. Practice these techniques at home before you do a shoot.

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Recommended Lenses

As a professional photographer, you should buy specialist interchangeable lenses for your D-SLR. I have prepared the following list of lenses that you can buy when starting a professional photography business.

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Nikon 24mm f/1.4G LensNikon 24mm f/1.4G Lens

This lens is the sharpest wide-angle lens created by Nikon. Whether you are into wedding, portrait, landscape, architecture, street or other photography, this Nikon lens will not disappoint you with its clarity, colours, sharpness and background blur. It is specifically designed for full-frame cameras, but will also work on any DX camera.

Total cost: $2,200

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G LensNikon 50mm f/1.4G Lens

A compact, lightweight, inexpensive and a very handy portrait lens that can be used more than any other for weddings and portraiture. It works perfectly well on both DX and FX cameras and it yields a beautiful blur at large apertures. If I were to take only one lens to a wedding, this would be it.

Total cost: $440




Nikon 85mm f/1.4G LensNikon 85mm f/1.4G Lens

If you love to be able to isolate your subjects and have the smoothest blur, this is the portrait lens you want to own. It is regularly dubbed as the “blur king” by many photographers. It is unbelievably sharp from center to corner and yields amazing clarity, colours and contrast.

Total cost: $1,700


Nikon 105mm f/2.8G VR LensNikon 105mm f/2.8G VR Lens

Without a doubt, this lens is the finest modern macro lens. Optically it is so good that many photographers employ the lens for portraiture. It is sharp wide open and has a beautiful, creamy blur. In addition, it comes with a Vibration Reduction/Image Stabilization mechanism, which works its magic in challenging light conditions.

Total cost: $960



Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G LensNikon 14-24mm f/2.8G Lens

This is one of the best lenses ever produced. The lens is so good, that some photographers use it with an adapter on their Canon D-SLR cameras. It is sharper than many prime lenses that fall in the 14mm to 24mm range and yields amazing clarity and contrast in images. I would have called this lens perfect, except it has one major pitfall for landscape photographers – you cannot use it with normal circular filters.

Total cost: $2,000

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G LensNikon 24-70mm f/2.8G Lens

Every time when I review the list of lenses I used the most at the end of each year in Lightroom, I find that the Nikon 24-70mm is usually the second most used lens after the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G. While it is not as optically good as the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G and has some weaknesses (like sharpness issues in the corners at large apertures, distortion and vignette), it is a very practical lens for landscape photography on full-frame cameras. The 24-70mm range is perfect for most landscape photography needs and the lens is very sharp when stopped down beyond f/5.6.

Total cost: $1,900

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II LensNikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II Lens

If you need the flexibility of a zoom lens when photographing people, wildlife or landscapes, this lens is the answer. It truly is a versatile lens with a very useful zoom range and unbeatable performance throughout the focal range, from center to corner. The colours, clarity, sharpness and contrast are all amazing and the lens performs flawlessly on both FX and DX cameras. Furthermore, it magically works very well with all Nikon teleconverters.

Total cost: $2,400


Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR Lens Nikon 200-400mm f/4G VR Lens

This lens is ideal for wildlife photography. It has a very useful focal length for situations when you need to zoom in tight or zoom out when the subject is too close or too large. It works very well with the Nikon TC-14E II throughout the 280-560mm range, but unfortunately does not like any other Nikon teleconverters (mostly due to AF performance issues). Sharpness-wise, it is very comparable to the expensive Nikon prime lenses and the blur it yields is very soft and smooth.

Total cost: $6,750


Nikon 300mm f/4.0D AF-S LensNikon 300mm f/4.0D AF-S Lens

Every time you want to travel lightweight on an airplane and whenever you do not feel like hiking with a bazooka, you can take this lens with you. The Nikon TC-14E II is almost permanently mounted on this lens, because it performs very well with it, even in low-light. The AF performance is very fast, almost as fast as on the expensive 300mm+ prime lenses and its optics are exceptionally good when compared to other lenses. Unfortunately, it has no Vibration Reduction, so you have to be a little more careful when hand-holding it in low-light conditions.

Total cost: $1,500

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