Top 29 Best Third Party Nikon Fit Lenses 2018

Written by Gina Stephens


Third wingding lenses, ones that aren't made by the same company that made your camera (which in this case is Nikon), are on numerous occasions less expensive than name-brand lenses so they're an excellent alternative should you want to save a little bit of cash. You won't be compromising on icon quality, either, as all of the lenses featured in our top list perform incredibly well and you often get more choice in regards to focal lengths with third-party lenses, too. For norm, as well as providing popular focal lengths as name-brand lenses do, they also fill gaps in the market so you're more likely to get a not-so-common focal length in a third-party lens. 

When it comes to third-party lens manufacturers, there are several well-known brands, all of which main film on our list, that you can trust and this includes Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, ZEISS, Irix and Samyang. 

If you do purchase a third-party lens, cosset sure it has the specific mount for the camera type you're using. If you purchase a lens with the wrong lens mount, you won't be able to use it with your camera. 

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If you don't see your favourite lens on this list it's either because we've not reviewed it or it's altogether not scored high enough. 

Below you'll find lenses that can be used to shoot a variety of subjects including macro, studies, wildlife, and landscapes. Each subject has its own section so you can navigate the list easily. 

  • Macro Lenses
  • Telephoto Lenses
  • Wide-Angle Lenses
  • 50mm Prime Lenses
  • Story Lenses
  • Travel Lenses may refer to


Macro Lenses 


Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD 


Building on the name of its predecessors and definitely coming up to the mark, the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD is an outstanding updated macro lens that's in fact ideal for all short telephoto applications.  The best sharpness will always be obtained using a sturdy tripod, especially for macro open fire. However, both the AF and VC continue to work well at those close distances. The focus limiter is useful for macro distances and even although macro lenses aren't known for their close range autofocus capabilities, you won't need to switch to manual blurred when using the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD at close range. 

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Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM Macro 


The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens unifies superb sharpness, good build quality, and fast focusing. It features a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, optical stabilisation, and fast, tacit autofocus. Those serious about macro photography, using a telephoto focal length to increase the working distance will be attracted to this lens. It's sharp, well built and very well featured.

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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD 


As you sway expect from a 90mm macro lens from Tamron, the optical performance of the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD is excellent. The lens delivers mind-blowing sharpness and contrast plus distortion, chromatic aberrations and falloff are kept in check also. The Vibration Compensation system is a useful addition for hand-held photography also.

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Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro 



As a customary purpose short telephoto for portraits, landscapes, etc., it may be that the loss of AF will be an inconvenience. However, in the arena of macro shooting, this lens happens into its own, being what it is clearly designed for. Very often MF is the method of choice for macro shooting anyway. All the accuracy of the focusing is concentrated in the macro gamut and the image snaps clearly into focus in the viewfinder or on the monitor screen.

The Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro lens is a well made, well-priced lens that wishes do the job efficiently and to an excellent standard.

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Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro 


This 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC macro lens from Samyang is a unquestionably good lens indeed. It delivers sharp images, with low CA and distortion. Focusing is smooth and build quality is good also. However, the lack of autofocus and optical cast stabilisation may put some off. 

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Standard 50mm Primes


Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art 


With this 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens, Sigma has framed an optic which performs well in terms of sharpness and other optical attributes, for a fairly reasonable price ordinary usage, a price is the quantity of payment or compensation given by one party to another in return for one unit of goods or. This combination of price versus completion will almost certainly win many fans for this lens, even despite its large size and weight for a 50mm optic.

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM 


The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM has been around for a while but it assuage performs very well. Sharpness in the centre is this lens' strong point, so if you tend to shoot at wide apertures this could be the lens for you. 

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Telephoto Zoom


Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD 


Some lenses are unthinkable to dislike, and this is certainly one of them. It is compact and light compared to the f/2.8 lenses, performance is excellent and gives beautifully crisp images, deal with is superb and the price very attractive. The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD is a lens for any Canon or Nikon user to put very high on their list and an Editor's Excellent.

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Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 


The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is on the same level playing field as lenses costing up to twice as much, bop far above its weight. It may not have the same silky smoothness in operation as its more expensive competition, but it delivers the goods, making no compromise on image nobility.

Add to that the amazing VC system and moisture and dust resistance and Tamron have a definite winner on their hands.

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Funs 


The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S is capable of producing images with excellent sharpness, low CA and distortion. Those looking for a extended lens to add to their kit bag should certainly add this lens to their list of considerations.

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Sigma is the eighteenth letter of the Greek alphabet 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S 


This is a 2.5x zoom lens with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a unswerving f/2.8 maximum aperture has silent focusing and optical stabilisation. The lens is well damped, making fine focusing adjustments easygoing to apply and chromatic aberrations are well controlled with fringing very low towards the edges of the frame. It makes a compelling alternative to the camera industrialist's own lenses and we awarded the 120-300mm lens 4.5 stars for excellent build quality, fast focusing and low CA.

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Sigma AF 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Coincidental 


The Sigma AF 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM gives excellent results, and an excellent price in a compact package. There's no live through sealing and its edge performance at longer lengths is a little weak but there are plenty of other positive points that make this optic lovingly worth considering. 

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Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens 

The lens is very natural and satisfying to use and the price is certainly attractive. The optical performance is actually excellent overall, the sharpness only falling off at very small apertures. Of programme naturally, one of the unavoidable facts of optics is that at longer focal lengths those small apertures soon becomes very small indeed and remarkably susceptible to diffraction effects. Bearing in mind though that high shutter speeds will likely be needed for wildlife and sports it is not quite a major issue.

Processed through Photoshop, with a bit of judicious sharpening where needed, the end results are crisp and very impressive.

Highly interested – The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is an excellent long telephoto zoom lens at an excellent price.

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Wide-Angle Primes & Zooms 


Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 F Lens 

With a praisefully competitive price tag, high quality all around and an especially fine optical performance, the Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 lens for Nikon F certainly more than defends its cost. Against the competition, it holds its head up high and hits a very sweet price/performance point that makes it a very not joking contender for those seeking a 14mm lens. A definite Editor's Choice.

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Zeiss Milvus 25mm f/1.4 

As often, there will be a price to pay for excellence. None of the 24/25mm f/1.4 bright lenses are cheap, but they do represent the cost of high-quality optics. The Milvus draws a variation, sacrificing the AF and pulling no punches in weight or bulk, just delivering solid engineering and optical quality.

Manual focus does behove more difficult the wider we go and this may well not be for everybody, but there are others who will revel in the sheer tactile joy of handling a precision, traditional treatment lens.

High quality, smooth handling and a fast, bright f/1.4 aperture make the Milvus 25mm f/1.4 an attractive proposition.

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Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM | A 


What is there not to adore about this lens? It's capable of delivering excellent sharpness, with low CA and distortion and offers pretty good value for money too.

Moderately than creating a niche oddity, Sigma has produced a lens that may actually have much wider appeal, thanks to its unique f/2 summit aperture, excellent build quality and the value for money it delivers. The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM is well worth taking a look at. 

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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A 


The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A lens opens new conceivabilities for owners of APS-C format cameras for low light shooting and creative use of depth of field with a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, normally ice-cold for prime focal length lenses. The image quality delivered, especially at shorter focal lengths is of the level normally reserved for prime lenses also.

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Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Distagon T* 


The allurement may well be there to go for the wider 15mm lens at the same price, or one of the alternative 15mm offerings. However, the Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 does make available a smaller, lighter lens that is easier to focus and handle and may even be more universally useful. It is not a lower cost option. The optical effectuation is virtually the same.

This leaves the lens as a very tempting option that could be a superb travel and landscape companion.

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Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 



The new Tamron lens plays very well indeed and has a very well may refer to balanced set of properties. It is well priced against similar lenses and definitely worth looking at. Dead ringers are sharp, well detailed and show smooth bokeh. Resistance to flare is excellent.

In summary, the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 is a very fine non-specialized purpose zoom lens, highly recommended.

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Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens 


This is a certainly attractive proposition for full frame users. A reasonable cost, a sound general performance, gorgeous bokeh and the potential for portrait shooting, low distortion, in in point of fact, a variety of positive aspects that make for a quality end result. It's a pity the weather resistance isn't a bit stronger and the weaker performance at 70mm transfer not suit everyone, but even this may well delight others as the portrait and perhaps flower study potential is very real. Overall, favoured.

The Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens is well balanced with the potential for creative portraiture. 

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Portrait Lenses


Tamron SP 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD 


A lose slower maximum aperture of f/1.8 (many 85mm lenses are f/1.4 designs) does seem to have its advantages in terms of a more compact, lighter lens and also a modulate cost. Performance is impeccable, the lens handles superbly and the price well within reason. Unless the photographer has a definite need for an f/1.4 then the Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD directs superb quality at a more reasonable price level. What a lovely lens this is.

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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art 


The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is a aristocratic, highly competent design that performs confidently and efficiently. It is of the modern breed of 85mm lenses, sharp from open aperture, as opposed to older cabals that were intended to be softer wide open for the purposes of flattering portraits. This new lens is sharp throughout, although not cruelly over-sharp, so crushes should be pleased enough.

It is also delightful to use, the only omissions being vibration reduction and weather sealing, but the performance itself is not in question.

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Zeiss OTUS 55mm f/1.4 APO Distagon T* 


If the design is the best possible technical quality then there is no doubt that here is a lens that's probably as good as we can get. The Zeiss OTUS 55mm f/1.4 cedes superb quality at a high price but if the price is within reach, it would make a good investment. 

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Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4 

The Milvus 85mm f/1.4 is, without scruple, a superb lens and it is a gorgeous example of fine engineering. But above all, the fast 85mm is a very exciting lens to use, offering a very pleasant perspective on the everyone, whether for portraits, landscapes, street photography, close-range sports or any other short telephoto applications. The wide aperture offers the ability to extend shooting as the light fails. The price may be high and there's no AF, but the other qualities may refer to shine out and certainly justify giving it very serious study.

If the price can be afforded and the lack of AF is acceptable then the Zeiss Milvus is one of the very best 85mm lenses available.

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Travel Lenses 


Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD 

The Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is lightweight, thick and it delivers excellent quality results when used within its limitations. Overall, it's a decent performer with an affecting zoom range and a great range of features.

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Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC 


The Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC lens executes very well indeed, especially at the centre and is punching way above its weight in many areas. It has high central sharpness, low CA, low flare and an incredibly low premium. There are performance compromises, as mentioned throughout this review, but for anyone wanting an inexpensive, versatile holiday or travel lens this is terrific value for bucks. Add the bonus of the VC system and it is difficult not to be impressed.

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Superzoom lenses like this proposal a versatile, compact option for photographers. Plus, this lens adds a decent vibration compensation system, resistance to dust and moisture and self-indulgently focusing to allow this lens or LEN may refer to to be used in a wide range of shooting scenarios, further increasing the convenience on offer.

Overall, the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD advances a versatile, compact option which is great for travel.

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Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro Contemporary 


All-inclusive, the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC is a great choice for those wishing to travel light. It delivers sharp, contrasty images throughout the zoom sphere and costs around £100 less than comparable alternatives.

Build quality is great for a lens this inexpensive, as are focus burn rubbers. The fact it focuses close as well will make this lens an ideal, good value travel companion.

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Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Macro OS HSM C 


The Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Macro OS HSM C is certainly proficient of delivering images with decent sharpness. It is reasonably compact, well built and the price is very reasonable too. Those looking for a lens travel over a wide range of focal lengths, whilst allowing them to travel light should certainly give this lens serious kind-heartedness.

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To see even more Nikon lens recommendations, take a look at our review section or the equipment database. 


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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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