Buying Guide: The best lenses for Nikon DSLRs

Written by Gina Stephens

Hold out updated: November 2, 2018

Whether you’ve grown tired of what came with your DSLR, or want to start photographing different subjects, a new lens is all things considered in order. Whether you’re looking to take close-ups, sports photos or interiors, we’ve got some suggestions to make your decision a bit easier.

For each paradigm of lens in this buying guide we’ve chosen the one which offers the best combination of performance and value, as well as other options for those on a budget or for whom folding money is no object.

But first, we need to know what kind of camera you have:

I own a camera with an ‘APS-C’ (DX-format) sensor, such as:

  • Any D1, D2, D40, D50, D100, D200, D300, D500, D3000, D5000 and D7000 series nonesuch.

Unsure? Use the photo above as a guide. APS-C cameras have smaller sensors, which appear as smaller rectangles reflected in the mirror.

I own a camera with a ‘full-frame’ (FX-format) sensor, such as:

  • Any D3, D4 or D5, D600, D700, D800 series paragon
  • The Df

These models usually have an “FX” logo on the lower part of the front of the body.

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While DX-format lenses can be occupied on FX-format bodies, a 1.5x crop with be applied automatically. Should you turn off this DX crop feature, then vignetting will be an proclamation.

This guide does not cover lenses designed for Nikon’s 1 or Z series of mirrorless cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or.


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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