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How to Change Lenses

The benefit of owning a Nikon DSLR is that you are exposed to a wide range of NIKKOR lenses to suit all your photography needs. As a photographer, learning how to change your lens correctly is key to keeping your Nikon DSLR and NIKKOR lens in tiptop condition.

When changing your lens, it is best to do it in an environment that is sheltered from wind or dust. This is to prevent dirt and dust from entering the lens or DSLR, which can result in smudges or grey dots appearing in your photos.

Before removing the lens, ensure that your DSLR is switched off to prevent any accidental exposure of the sensor to dust or any possible damage. Hold the camera so that it is facing downwards, and press the lens release button located on the left of the camera body, twist in a clockwise direction and dismount the lens.

Swap the rear caps of the lens that you are about to mount to the cover the lens that you have just dismounted.

You may like to use a blower to remove any dust that may have settled on both the lens and camera. Once you are ready, line up the white index dots on your camera and lens and twist in an anti-clockwise direction until you hear the lens click into place.

When handling your lenses, avoid touching the front or rear elements to prevent leaving fingerprints and smudges.

Remove the front lens cap from the lens you have just mounted and you are ready to shoot!

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