"L" from canon is the equivilant of what for Nikon lenses?

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  1. Muay_Thai_Dan

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    noob question- with canon lenses, the good ones are "L" lenses right? so with Nikon lenses, what are the "good" lenses called?
     
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    L = Low dispersion glass elements I think.

    Everything else, such as weather sealing built quality and such do not realle relate to the L.

    so there must be an equivalent with Nikon.
     
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    I thought that the "L" stood for luxury, a better line of Canon lenses. They have a red ring around them and are better quality lenses than the regular Canon ones, better optics and build. I don't think that Nikon really uses any letters or abbreviations to distinguish from their higher-grade lenses, but I may be wrong, usually you just look at the price tag
     
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    yes thats true...and the guy in the first reply is right too.....but im saying what is the "Luxury" or Nikon's lenses? do they have a line of 'better quality lenses'?
     
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    Nikon's Pro lenses don't have a single marking. ED stands for "Extra Low Dispersion" lens elements. All Pro lenses are ED but not all ED lenses are Pro. For example the 70-300 has ED elements in it, but it's not a Pro grade lens. If you are a Nikon shooter, you learn what glass is pro grade and what is not. It's good some pro-sumer glass has pro features without the pro price.
     
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    I might chance my name to the guy in the first reply ... or is it more like a title? ;)
     
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    then, strictly speaking, ED is the equivalent of L ...
     
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    I know that Nikon's 'Pro' lenses are distinguishable by a gold ring, similar to the red ring of Canon 'L' lenses. And yeah, all pro lenses are ED lenses, but not all ED are pro.
     
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    Not always the case. The Nikkor 85mm f1.4 is most definitely a pro lens but has no ED elements and no gold ring.
     
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    just look at prices to figure that out. If its more than you would want to spend on a lens, its probably pro. Thats what i do ;-)
     
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    Generally if it is an f2.8 or an f1.4 it's top of the line.

    Nikon doesn't seem all that interested in dissing their Non-Pro shooters that can't afford the fastest glass by making it obvious that you have the next step down.
     
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    Exactly. Also Nikons glass is still very good in the lower segement too. I have both ends of the spectrum and, both shoot just great. And the price jump for the L glass to me means Lunacy.
     

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