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Extra Added Attraction: How to Boost the Reach of Your Nikon 1

Mark Alberhasky on using the FT-1 and NIKKOR lenses on…

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Critical Focus: Getting the Most From Your D800

Michael Clark on getting the most out of your D800 HD-SLR

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Vibration Reduction

Vibration Reduction (VR) is an image stabilization technology that minimizes blur caused by camera…

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Prime Lenses

What is a prime lens? Well, it's a lens that isn't a zoom. A prime lens has a fixed focal length which means…

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First Look: The All-Seeing, 360° Nikon Action Cam

Corey Rich describes his experience shooting with the KeyMission 360

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Panoramas

Simple Steps to Big Pictures

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The Challenge of Bird Photography

B. Moose Peterson tells why photographing birds in the field is well worth the…

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Six Steps to Lighting Magic with Joe McNally

Follow lighting expert Joe McNally's instructions for easy flash photography…

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Getting Started: How to Hold Your D-SLR Camera

Getting sharper, more in-focus pictures can be as simple as learning how…

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Moving Pictures: Riding the Rails

Riding the Rails for Smooth Moves

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Shooting Family Interview Movies with a DSLR

Adding interviews to family movies and videos

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How to Photograph Lightning

Storm chaser Jim Reed offers valuable tips for making photos of lighning while staying safe.

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Taking Pictures in Cold Weather

Weldon Lee has some tips to keep you taking pictures—even in the cold and snow.

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Lighting Techniques: Light Painting

Using the technique of light painting allows you to add depth and dimension to your…

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The Sum of the Parts

Making Movies with the D5000

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John Shaw: A Photographer's Vision Simplified

See how one of the foremost nature, outdoor and natural history…

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One Shot: The Forest and the Tree

Photographing the same subject different ways

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Ski Photography 101

Tips and tricks for getting great photos of skiers and snowboarders

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When to Use Graduated Neutral Density Filters

How to use a graduated neutral density filter to decrease extreme light to…

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For Memorable Family Vacation Photos, Focus First on Family

Tamara Lackey on taking great photos during family vacations

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CX Format Image Sensor

Nikon 1 digital cameras utilize the Nikon CX-format super high speed AF CMOS imaging sensor.

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Shooting the Full Moon with the COOLPIX P900

Using the Moon Scene Mode and 83x zoom of the COOLPIX P900

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When You Explore All Angles, Better Pictures Happen

Tom Bol explains how changing perspective can make a better image.

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Shooting the Effects of Global Warming

Gary Braasch follows the evidence; the power of photography does the rest.

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Zoo and Wildlife Photography

Spend a day at the zoo with wildlife photographer Julie Larsen Maher

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Jim Richardson: Why Fast Lenses Make All the Difference

When You’re Constantly on the Move, Fast Glass Makes Tough Shots…

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One Shot: Stamps of Approval

Cindy Dyer's imagery becomes US Postage Stamps

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Comfort Zone

Ryan Brenizer on photographing weddings with prime NIKKORs

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Versatile Views of the World of Wildlife:

Ron Magill field tests the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens

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Photographing Dogs: Capturing Action

Tips for taking better photos of your dog in action.

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How a Sports Illustrated Photographer Shoots his Kid's Games

What can a Sports Illustrated photographer teach you about…

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Capturing or Freezing Motion in Photos

Learn how to freeze the motion in an action scene or capture a blur to show…

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Summer Lyn: Photographing Babies, Toddlers & Kids

Careful planning or just being lucky—both can work in your favor.

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Destination Europe: Do a Little Research, Then Go Light on the Gear

Blaine Harrington on travel photography in Europe

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Moose Peterson

Wildlife and aviation photographer Moose Peterson is a Nikon Ambassador. Learn more about his photography.

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Tips and Techniques For High Flying Photos

Tom Bol discusses taking photos from hot air balloons, planes and helicopters

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Getting Started: How to Change a D-SLR Lens

One of the advantages of digital SLR (single-lens reflex) cameras is the ability to use a variety of different lenses. Changing lenses on your D-SLR isn't difficult, but there are good ways and not so good ways of going about it. Here are a few things to keep in mind when changing lenses.

Nikon's D-SLR cameras and lenses use a bayonet-style mount called the F Mount. Before attempting to mount or dismount a lens, make sure the camera's power is turned to the "Off" position. To mount a lens, match up the mounting index dots on the lens and camera body, insert the base of the lens into the mount and then turn the lens counterclockwise until it locks in place. Pressing the lens release button on the body and turning the lens about a quarter turn clockwise will remove it.


Lens Mounting Sequence

Anytime you change the lens on an SLR, you risk letting dust enter the camera. That dust can settle on the low-pass filter which is directly in front of the image sensor and can result in what looks like smudges or black or gray dots on your photos. To minimize the chance of that happening, you want to expose the inside of the camera body as little as possible when changing lenses. That means having the lens you want to put on the camera ready to go before you take the current lens off the camera. Again, make sure you turn the camera's power off before changing the lens as the image sensor itself generates a static electric charge that can attract dust. If you are using a VR (Vibration Reduction) lens, you will also want to turn the VR switch on the lens barrel to "Off". Next, shield your camera by turning your back to the wind, rain or dust that could possibly blow into the camera.

When handling a lens, grasp the lens barrel and avoid touching the front or rear elements to prevent fingerprints. Get in the habit of always using front and rear lens caps to further protect the lens elements. Practice changing lenses at home to become efficient at doing it quickly and easily.

The Nikon F-mount

The Nikon F-Mount was first employed on Nikon's earliest lens-interchangeable SLR camera, the Nikon F, released in June 1959. Nikon has consistently utilized the same mount without changing its basic structure, even as other SLR camera manufacturers found it necessary to alter their lens mounts in response to changing technologies, such as autofocus compatibility and digitalization.

One of the biggest advantages of lens-interchangeable SLR cameras is that users are able to choose from a larger selection of lenses. Maintaining the same basic structure of lens mount for a longer period means a broader, constantly growing array of compatible lenses. For this reason, the lens mount is an extremely important and symbiotic element for both photography enthusiasts and professionals, who are able to benefit from ongoing use of their carefully selected collection of lenses. The Nikon F-mount, employed for even the latest, most advanced digital SLRs, has received and continues to garner the highest evaluations as a reliable, long-serving lens mount.

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