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Top Nikon DSLR Lenses

Choose the Best Nikon Interchangeable Lenses


We've looked at the best Canon lenses in a previous article, and now it's time to take a look at the best Nikon DSLR lenses.

There are so many choices of lenses available for these two DSLR camera manufacturers in particular, that it can sometimes be hard to know where to start! So this list aims to provide you with details of the top five Nikon lenses that will give you a fairly comprehensive selection for most general photography needs.

AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f1.8 G


This lens only works on crop-frame cameras (hence the DX moniker attached to it), and it was produced primarily to give DX users a viable standard prime lens.

It's insanely cheap, but, despite the fact it's made from plastic, it is incredibly sturdy. If you only ever buy one lens, this should be it. It equates to a 50mm lens on a full-frame camera, and produces remarkably sharp photos. Users should note that there is a little drop-off in contrast at f1.8, but, for the price, it's an essential piece of kit.

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Tokina 11-16mm f2.8


If you want a true wide-angle lens for your DX format camera, then this is the one to select. It's several hundred dollars cheaper than the Nikon equivalent, but users rave about its quality. There is a little predictable distortion at the 11mm end, but, then again, this is an extremely wide lens!

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.4G

The Nikon 50mm f1.4G is a newish lens for the manufacturer, introduced in late 2008. The lens features a built-in "Silent Wave Motor," which gives extremely quiet autofocusing and allows for compatibility with all Nikon DSLR bodies. However, it is significantly more expensive than many of its rivals.

AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED


I'm recommending this lens, as it's considerably cheaper than its big brother, the 105mm Micro. And, if you have a crop-frame camera, this is the lens you'll want.

Buy the "G" version of the 60mm lens, as it focuses better with crop-frame cameras. I use my macro lens all the time, and find it immensely useful. Macro lenses are ideal for photographing flowers, insects, and any other small items in finite detail.

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AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED


It's not cheap, but if you're looking for a decent zoom telephoto lens, then this is the one to consider. It has a fixed aperture throughout the zoom range, and it produces pin sharp images.

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AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D


Professional photographers who use Nikons love this lens. It's the ultimate portrait lens, and it's an extremely good value for money. It's half the price of Nikon's f1.4 version, but you honestly won't notice the difference. It allows for pin sharp close-up portraits without any loss of contrast on the edges.

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Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR

One of the most impressive zoom lenses for Nikon DSLR cameras is the Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR.

The Nikkor 80-400mm zoom won't fit into everyone's budget. But it's tough to find another lens that can match this zoom range, while also including Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) capabilities.

Nikon had an 80-400mm lens in the past, but this new version includes faster focusing capabilities.

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