Optical Masterpieces: DSLR Camera Lenses

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See your world through renowned Nikkor DSLR lenses

Nikkor lenses are born from a tradition of elite craftsmanship and a pursuit of optical perfection 90 years in the making. The highest attention to detail is paid to every aspect of every lens that bears the name Nikkor.

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90 years of excellence

Through every era of imaging, Nikkor’s commitment to integrity, reliability and outstanding craftsmanship has never wavered.

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State-of-the-art technology

Nikkor lenses employ the world’s most advanced optical technologies to push the potential of lenses to unprecedented heights.

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The choice of professionals

The world’s most renowned photographers trust Nikkor lenses for their superior performance and reliability in the field.

Nikkor lenses for every subject

A great camera is only as good as the lens you’ve chosen. Unlock your creative vision and your camera’s full potential with over 90 Nikkor lenses–each optimized to deliver stunning results across a variety of applications.

Understanding DSLR Lens Basics

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Aperture is the opening in a lens through which light passes onto the camera’s sensor or film. Aperture varies from shot to shot based on the amount of available light present. Lenses are often identified by their maximum aperture, or widest amount they open. On Nikkor lenses, maximum aperture is printed on the lens’ barrel in numbers called f/stops.

The lower the f/stop…

  • The larger the lens opening
  • The less depth of field
  • The blurrier the background

The higher the f/stop…

  • The smaller the lens opening
  • The greater the depth of field
  • The sharper the background
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Focal Length

Focal length, usually represented in millimeters (mm), determines the lens’ angle of view (how much of the scene will be captured) and the magnification (how large individual elements will be). The longer the focal length, the narrower the angle of view and the higher the magnification. The shorter the focal length, the wider the angle of view and the lower the magnification. On Nikkor lenses, focal length/range is printed on the lens’ barrel.

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Lens Technology

Find out what goes into making world-renowned Nikkor lenses.

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