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Attaching a lens

From: Shooting with the Nikon D800

Video: Attaching a lens

One of the great advantages of an SLR of course is that you can take the lens off and put on a different lens. Now even if you don't have multiple lenses, you still need to know how to attach the lens that came with your camera. If you do have multiple lenses, knowing how to change them quickly and easily is a really good skill to develop. When you're carrying more than one lens, you want to be able to work quickly to get one off and the other on, so that you don't miss a shot. Also, though, you want to be able to work quickly, because once you open the camera up, then you're exposing the sensor to dust and that can mess up your image. So I have got D800 here and I have a lens.

Attaching a lens

One of the great advantages of an SLR of course is that you can take the lens off and put on a different lens. Now even if you don't have multiple lenses, you still need to know how to attach the lens that came with your camera. If you do have multiple lenses, knowing how to change them quickly and easily is a really good skill to develop. When you're carrying more than one lens, you want to be able to work quickly to get one off and the other on, so that you don't miss a shot. Also, though, you want to be able to work quickly, because once you open the camera up, then you're exposing the sensor to dust and that can mess up your image. So I have got D800 here and I have a lens.

Now, this may not be the same lens that you have, but that's okay; the process does the same. First of all, I have got a cap on the end of my lens-- I'm not talking about the lens cap; I'm talking about the other side--and I have got a cap on the camera body. Both of those have to come off, and they simply twist off. So I'm just going to take those off, and now I'm ready to get the lens on. Somewhere on the lens there is a white dot. Find that white dot and the corresponding dot on the camera body. If I just line those two dots up--and you can see I am pushing the lens in until its flush and then turning until I hear--ah, the click of successful lens attachment there.

So, now my lens is on and I'm good to go. Thing is, that I got these things left over. I got these caps left over. So take this and screw them together and they won't come apart. Now, this is not just a convenient way to keep from losing them, it's a very important way of keeping them clean. So what I do with this thing? I could take this and stick it in my pocket, but my pocket is full of lint and chewing gum and frogs and who knows what else. So I don't really want stick this in there, because I'm going to end up getting dust all over it, and then I'm going to take this often and put them back on the camera lens at some point, and all that dust is going to be transferred there.

So, it's a really good idea to keep these in your camera bag or somewhere pretty clean. Most of the time sensor dust comes from the lens, so keeping the lens clean is a good way of keeping from getting sensor dust on your camera. Then I got this thing. This is a sunshade. This goes on the end of the lens, and it's there to prevent flare. So I just fit it on the end of the lens and twist it until it clicks. So the idea is, particularly of wide angles, if I'm shooting into a light source--not directly into a light source, but in the direction of a light source--this is going to help cut down on flare. Those are those bright circles that might appear, or general loss of contrast that might appear as a result of lens flare.

Keeping it on the end of the lens makes the lens much longer though, so that can make it harder to pack, so if you want to take it with you and you're trying to figure out how to pack it, just put it on backwards, and now it's locked in there. It makes my lens fatter but shorter, so that might fit into the bag better. So that's changing the lens. Now, if you're doing this with a bag in your hand and you've got a couple of lenses, you're going to need to figure out where to hold some things. Having a strap on your camera is going to make big difference there, because you can just leave the camera hanging around your neck, which mean you don't have to worry about dropping it. All you have to do is worry about dropping your lenses.

Use common sense when you're changing lenses. If you're somewhere very windy, if you're some where very dusty, if you're somewhere where there's a lot of stuff that could get on your sensor, try to keep the camera sheltered, and then you keep it up against your body. When you take the lens off, be sure the camera stays pointed down. That's going to help gravity drop things out there. So, just be a little careful. If you're standing on the top of a sand dune in a sandstorm, don't change lenses. If you exercise a little of prevention, you'll stand a much better chance of making your lens changes without getting your sensor dirty.

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Shooting with the Nikon D800

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  1. 9m 28s
    1. Welcome
      2m 16s
    2. What is an SLR?
      5m 18s
    3. Using this course
      1m 54s
  2. 30m 59s
    1. Exploring basic camera anatomy
      6m 34s
    2. Attaching a lens
      3m 28s
    3. Inserting media cards and a battery
      6m 14s
    4. Powering up
      2m 8s
    5. Working with menu navigation and factory defaults
      3m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 50s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 20s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 15s
    9. Holding the camera
      4m 9s
  3. 26m 35s
    1. What are shooting modes?
      2m 11s
    2. Exploring the viewfinder display
      4m 41s
    3. Using the LCD screen protector
      46s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 42s
    5. Metering basics
      1m 31s
    6. Reviewing images
      2m 21s
    7. Working with image playback
      7m 16s
    8. Adjusting beeps and timers
      1m 52s
    9. Changing button behavior
      2m 2s
    10. Using screen tips
      1m 13s
  4. 26m 58s
    1. Exploring Program mode
      50s
    2. Working with exposure compensation
      4m 16s
    3. Changing ISO
      2m 30s
    4. Using auto ISO
      4m 25s
    5. Exploring Flexible Program
      2m 49s
    6. Exploring image format and size
      6m 18s
    7. Setting a virtual horizon
      2m 17s
    8. Setting the color space
      1m 22s
    9. Configuring multiple media cards
      2m 11s
  5. 12m 49s
    1. Exploring focus modes
      2m 6s
    2. Exploring autofocus area modes
      4m 50s
    3. Using focus points
      1m 57s
    4. Using manual focus
      3m 56s
  6. 9m 57s
    1. Using auto white balance
      1m 1s
    2. Working with white balance presets
      3m 8s
    3. Adjusting white balance manually
      5m 48s
  7. 11m 54s
    1. Exploring Continuous mode
      5m 56s
    2. Exploring Quiet mode
      53s
    3. Using the self-timer
      3m 26s
    4. Locking the mirror up
      1m 39s
  8. 34m 40s
    1. Exploring metering modes
      3m 4s
    2. Using the auto exposure lock
      4m 35s
    3. Exploring Aperture Priority mode
      3m 3s
    4. Using depth of field preview
      2m 50s
    5. Exploring Shutter Priority mode
      2m 32s
    6. Working in Manual mode
      2m 40s
    7. Exposure bracketing
      6m 40s
    8. Using Active D-Lighting
      1m 19s
    9. Using the Vignette Control feature
      1m 6s
    10. Using the Auto Distortion Control feature
      58s
    11. Using long exposure noise reduction
      1m 41s
    12. Using high ISO noise reduction
      1m 22s
    13. Using the Bulb setting in Manual mode
      1m 2s
    14. Using the Info button
      1m 48s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Adjusting LCD brightness
      2m 31s
    2. Protecting and deleting images
      4m 43s
    3. Hiding images
      1m 35s
    4. Toggling the Rotate Tall feature on and off
      50s
    5. File naming
      1m 21s
    6. Creating a file number sequence
      2m 35s
    7. Creating storage folders
      2m 3s
    8. Adding copyright info
      1m 50s
    9. Using in-camera retouching
      2m 26s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. Using the fill flash
      1m 48s
    2. Using Flash mode
      3m 18s
    3. Working with flash exposure compensation
      2m 8s
  11. 22m 25s
    1. Understanding high-dynamic range (HDR)
      5m 38s
    2. Creating multiple exposures
      3m 38s
    3. Using the interval timer
      5m 42s
    4. Shooting time-lapse photography
      1m 19s
    5. Working with the image area
      4m 25s
    6. Using the remote control
      1m 43s
  12. 8m 33s
    1. Defining picture controls
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture control
      1m 38s
    3. Modifying a picture control
      2m 38s
    4. Using the monochrome picture control
      2m 10s
  13. 15m 42s
    1. Activating Live View
      8m 9s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      5m 27s
    3. Reviewing some Live View drawbacks
      2m 6s
  14. 17m 27s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      4m 34s
    2. Focusing and working with exposure
      7m 11s
    3. Using Playback mode
      3m 17s
    4. Customizing movie controls
      2m 25s
  15. 12m 44s
    1. Using menu banks
      3m 31s
    2. Using the My Menu feature
      2m 12s
    3. Customizing controls
      4m 0s
    4. Autofocus fine-tuning
      1m 25s
    5. Saving and loading settings
      1m 36s
  16. 14m 5s
    1. Working with custom settings
      51s
    2. Using the Focus Priority feature
      2m 15s
    3. Using the AF Activation feature
      1m 34s
    4. Controlling the number of focus points
      36s
    5. Using ISO sensitivity step value
      1m 8s
    6. Working with EV steps for exposure control
      1m 7s
    7. Using exposure flash compensation step value
      1m 1s
    8. Turning on easy exposure compensation
      1m 31s
    9. Using Exposure Delay mode
      1m 20s
    10. Using the Assign FN button
      2m 42s
  17. 6m 45s
    1. Camera sensor cleaning
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring operating conditions and temperatures
      1m 57s
    3. Getting firmware updates
      1m 19s
  18. 15m 43s
    1. Exploring focus and composition
      4m 55s
    2. Using an exposure strategy
      6m 50s
    3. Controlling exposure through Program mode
      3m 58s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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