Best Nikon lenses


Best Nikon lenses

best Nikon lenses

Best Nikon lenses

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Best Nikon lenses – wide angle

AF-S Nikkor 10-24 f/3.5-4.5G DX
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX only very good very sharp bright lens, but there is some chromatic aberration and flare, the range is a little restricted, but brightnes is very nice
Samyang 14 f2.8 – Manual focus but very sharp lens, but distortion is pronounced, in FF moustache type, in Dx strong barell distortion
AF Nikkor 14mm f2.8D ED
Nikkor 14 24mm f2.8 ED – one of the best if not the best wide angle lens, the only drawback is filters are hard to use, although Lee fabricated some kind of holder for the lens
AF Nikkor 16mm f2.8D AF
AF-S Nikkor 17 55 f2.8G
AF-S Nikkor 16 35 f4G ED VR
Nikkor 17 35mm f2.8

Best Nikon lenses – normal

PC-E Nikkor 24mm f3.5D ED manual focus
AF-S Nikkor 24 1.4G ED
AF-S Nikkor 28 1.8G
Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AIS
Nikkor 24 70 f2.8 G
Samyang 35mm f1.4 ED AS UMC – manual focus lens
AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G – Sigma 35 f1.4 Art seems the Sigma is better
Sigma 18 35 f1.8
Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art
Nikkor 35mm f1.8 DX
PC-E Nikkor 45mm f2.8D ED manual focus
Nikkor 50 f/1.2 AIS
AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G
AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G

Best Nikon lenses – macro

AF-S Micro Nikkor 40mm f2.8G DX
Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED
Micro Nikkor 105mm f2.8G IF-ED
Nikkor 70-180 Micro
AF Micro Nikkor 200 f4D ED IF

Best Nikon lenses – telephoto

AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.4 G
Nikkor AF 85mm f/1.4D IF
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 G
Nikkor 85 f/1.8 AF-D
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II – very sharp lens even with the converter
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f4G ED VR
AF Nikkor 80 200 f2.8D ED
AF DC Nikkor 105mm f2D
Nikkor AF 135mm f2D DC
Nikkor 180mm f2.8
AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II AF
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f2.8G ED VR II
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f4D ED IF
AF-S Nikkor 200-400 f/4G ED VR II

Best Nikon lenses – super telephoto

AF-S Nikkor 400mm 2.8G ED VR AF
AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR II AF
AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR AF
AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR AF

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If you check this list you realize that no problems with this lenses apart from their price tag, which is not quite in the budget for many. Let’ say you want a 70 200. You can get a Canon approximately half price. Yes perhaps the Nikon is better but the Canon is good enough (Not talking about the newest Canon 70-200 f2.8 L II which is also not cheap). And much easier to find a Canon at the used market.
Most of the Nikon lenses are more expensive than the Canon counterparts, but Nikon has an advantage of keeping the same mount for digital, this way plenty of manual focus lenses available for a fraction of the price.

Top of the line price no matters lenses:

Nikon 14 24 f2.8 ED
AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II AF
Nikon 70 200 f2.8 VR II
Nikon 70 200 f4G ED VR
Nikon 400 f/2.8 G ED VR
Nikon 500 f/4 G ED VR
Nikon 600 f/4 G ED VR
Nikon 800 f/5.6E FL ED VR AF

Top of the line third party lenses:

Sigma 35 f1.4 A
Sigma 18 35 f1.8 – DX only
Tamron 150-600 seems to be a very good bargain
Sigma 150 f2.8 Macro

Not so expensive quite good lenses:

Nikon 16-85 vr – not the cheapest but very good value
Tamron 17-50 non VC this lens has a built-in-motor version for entry level cameras like the Nikon d3xxx and Nikon d5xxx line
Nikkor 35 f1.8 DX – the best value lens in Nikon lineup, very sharp even at f/1.8, little cromatic aberration, some camera corrects in automatically at least in jpg format
Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-D – a classical portrait lens, the newer more expensive version is a little better
Nikkor 70 300 Vr
Nikon 105mm Af-D micro – excellent sharp lens but with old micromotor
Nikon 105 2.5 – a legendary manual focus portrait lens, but metering is problematic with entry level cameras

Very good more affordable lenses:

Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 vr – very versatile, very good for the price
Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 – little short, good for portraits, short for wildlife or birds
Nikon 18 55 vr f/3.5-5.6 – very good for the price, better at wide end than the 18-105mm

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