Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Lens controls, part of Up and Running with the Nikon D600 and D610.
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- Your camera has a lot of controls on it and so do the lenses that you might be using. You can use the zoom ring to change the overall focal length. Essentially, zooming in and out. You'll see here that there's a number of marks and as I turn that, this will adjust the overall focal length. In this particular lens, it ranges from 70 millimeters to 200 millimeters. Now, if you enable manual focus, you can actually take advantage of the manual focus ring, which will let you refine the focus on the camera manually.
To switch to manual focus, you're going to want to make two flips. First off, you'll notice down here a small switch and you'll need to switch from auto focus to manual. You also may notice on the lens itself a switch here. In this case, it supports both manual and auto or pure manual. So you could switch that over if you want to shoot that way. Your lens may also have a switch labeled VR. This is short for vibration reduction and it's quite helpful when you're shooting in lower light situations or handheld, particularly with slower shutter speeds.
Some lenses have advanced vibration reduction. So there might be a switch labeled active. This is useful if you're shooting from a moving platform, like a car. Keep in mind that your lens may not have this switch because not all Nikon lenses have vibration reduction. You can learn more about all of these different controls and how to use them by checking out Ben Long's course on Foundations of Photography: Lenses. We'll also explore more of these as we take a look at auto focus and manual focus later in this course.
Want to get up and running even faster? Check out the "Quick Start" chapter to learn how to use your D600 or D610 straight out of the box.
- Powering up and shooting with the scene modes
- Reviewing the lens controls
- Changing image format and size
- Adjusting ISO and exposure compensations
- Using Flexible Program mode
- Shooting in continuous low-speed, high-speed, and quiet-shutter-release modes
- Switching between metering modes
- Shooting with flash
- Shooting video