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Nikon Lenses

What do all Those Letters Mean?

Well, they’re acronyms, and they vary between cameras, but they all essentially mean the same thing. Here’s a little diagram below which demonstrates that these letter mean by brand. 

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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S

Whether you’re shooting full frame or not, this is a great replacement for your kit lens, because the wide aperture allows lots of light, and the glass is superb quality.


Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

If you can’t quite afford the 24-70mm, then this is an excellent substitute. Shoots at longer focal lengths, but the aperture isn’t as wide, although the VR does help to make up for that.


Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S VR

This isn’t as the two lens previous, but it is still a good step up for anyone who wants to move away from the rather poorly built kit lens that came with their camera. Crop cameras only.


Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR AF-S

This is an excellent telephoto zoom from Nikon. The aperture is super wide at f/2.8, the glass ensures excellent quality, and the vibration reduction keeps things steady.


Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF

This is not as good as the 2.8G, as there’s no VR, and it won’t autofocus on cheaper cameras, but the glass is still very good quality which ensures that it’s still a very good lens.


Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S

If you’re shooting full frame and you want an ultra-wide lens, or perhaps you want a better quality lens in the 18-24mm range on a crop sensor; this is the lens to go for. Lovely f/2.8 Aperture.


Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens

35mm lens is a great length to shoot at, both on a full frame, and a crop sensor. The 1.8 aperture will allow a produce a shallow DoF, with lots of light, and AF-S allows autofocus.


Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S FX Lens

Oh the nifty fifty. This is one of the most popular lenses on the market because it’s cheap, and allows you to play with a wide aperture for the very first time. A must for every beginner!


Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro

If you shoot on a crop sensor, and you’re looking for a macro lens, then this is the best choice for Nikon users. It’s very well built, and a good focal length to shoot at.


Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR

The reviews speak for themselves really. This is a macro lens for shooting really small stuff, up close. It’s built for full frame cameras, so don’t buy if you shoot on a crop sensor.