If you shoot a Nikon digital SLR camera you are going to need to read a Nikon lenses review before buying a new lens to make sure you are not wasting your hard earned cash. Before parting with your money and buying a lens you need to be a hundred percent certain of the subject matter and the type of photographs you want to take. Below we have a review of the best Nikon lenses for the different genres of photography.
Nikon lenses review - Landscape lenses
If you want to take photographs of sweeping landscapes, rolling hills, high mountain peaks and the like you are going to need a wide angle lens to ensure you can get as much in to the image as possible. As well as being wide angle, i.e. have a small focal length, a landscape lens must be tough, durable and able to withstand the elements. After all, it is going to be used outside in a variety of different weather conditions.
When taking landscape images you will have your camera on a tripod and the lens will be set at small apertures, i.e. a high f number, therefore landscape lenses don’t need to be fast, even though most of the good ones are.
There are plenty of Nikon landscape lenses including the super wide AF-G 10.5mm f2.8G, AF-D 16mm f2.8, AF-D 14mm f2.8, AF-D 20mm f2.8 and AF-D 24mm f2.8. All of these lenses are premium lenses that are tough, durable and capable of capturing some awesome images.
Other manufacturers, including Sigma, Tamron and Tokina make landscape lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras and whilst these lenses are ok, they are nowhere near as good as Nikon branded lenses.
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Nikon lenses review - Portrait lenses
Lenses with a focal length of 50mm – 80mm are considered the best for taking portraits since these give the most “flattering” results. Portrait lenses also have a wide maximum aperture, which means you can capture a tack sharp subject against a nice blurred out background. The best portrait lenses are also with a fixed focal length since these have excellent image quality and are exceptionally sharp.
The best Nikon lenses for portrait photography include the AF 50mm 1.4D, AF-S 50mm 1.4G, AF-D 50mm 1.8, AF-S 50mm 1.8G, AF 85mm 1.8D, AF-S 85mm 1.8G and the AF-D85mm 1.8D. These are all top quality lenses that are more than capable of capturing some awesome images. All of these lenses are worth a purchase and you won’t be disappointed with any of them.
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Once again, there are other manufacturer’s that create portrait lenses for Nikon dslr cameras and whilst these are good, neither the build quality or the image quality is up to the same standard as the Nikon branded lenses.
Nikon lenses review - Macro lenses
Macro lenses are typically prime lenses up to 100mm. Macro lenses are well known for being tack sharp and optically brilliant, and the Nikon macro lenses are no different. Shorter length macro lenses, those that are 50mm, are best used for still lives and subjects that don’t move, because of the small working distance.
If you want to take macro images of moving subjects, such as insects and mini beasts, the longer macro lenses are best since the working distance is greater, which means you don’t have to get too close to the subject.
The Nikon macro lenses include the AF-S 60mm f2.8G micro, AF-S 85mm f3.5G DX micro and the AF-DC 105mm f2.0 micro. Personally, I recommend the 105mm micro lens since it is the most versatile and can be used for both moving and stationary subjects however it is also the most expensive. If you only shoot stationary subjects there really is no need in spending the extra dollars on the 105mm micro and the 85mm or the 60mm is the best choice.
Sigma, Tokina and Tamron also make macro lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras. These third party lenses are cheaper and are good for those on a budget however they are not as good as Nikon macro lenses. Personally, I recommend saving up a bit longer and buying a Nikon macro lens as opposed to a third party macro lens.
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Nikon lenses review - Sports photography lenses
A good sports photography lens has a long reach, is well built, is fast and has great image quality. A lens with all these features is expensive but is a worthwhile investment. There are cheaper zoom lenses on the market, but you do get what you pay for and buying an inferior zoom lens is false economy.
Nikon have some top quality lenses that are perfect for sports photography so there is a lot of choice. Lenses such as the AF-S 200mm f2, AF-S 300mm f2.8, AF-S 400mm f2.8, AF-S 500mm f4, AF-S 600mm f4, AF-S 70mm – 200mm f2.8 and AF-S 70mm – 300mm f4.5 – 5.6 are all worth buying and you will be more than happy with any of them. These lenses aren’t cheap so you need to be prepared to dig deep to buy one. That said, the investment is well worthwhile.
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Sigma and Tamron also make long reach zoom lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras however the quality is not as good as the Nikon lenses. That’s not to say these third party lenses aren’t any good, it’s just that they aren’t as good as Nikon branded lenses.
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Nikon lenses review - General photography lenses
The best lenses for general photography, i.e. walk about lenses, are generally shorter zooms in the 17mm – 150mm focal range. There are a few options available but the best ones include the Nikon 24mm – 70mm f2.8, the Nikon 24mm – 85mm f2.8 – 4 and the Nikon 24mm – 120mm f4. The most suitable of these lenses depends on your specific circumstances and will depend on your desired aperture and focal length. If you need a faster lens the 24mm – 70mm f2.8 is best but if you need the reach the 24mm – 120mm is the best choice. Unfortunately, you have to make a compromise.
Tamron, Tokina and Sigma also make standard zoom lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras, and once again, these are not as good as the Nikon branded lenses.
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Buying Nikon lenses
There are many retailers of Nikon lenses, some of which are excellent and some of which are best left well alone. Unfortunately, there are plenty of dodgy dealers who are only too happy to take your money and supply you with a load of trash so you do need to keep your wits about you.
The internet is an excellent place to buy Nikon lenses and there are plenty of deals and bargains to be had if you shop around. If you want to buy a new lens for your Nikon digital SLR camera I can suggest “The Best Nikon Photography Equipment” Amazon store for safe and secure shopping. This Amazon store not only contains Nikon lenses, oh no there are all the Nikon related accessories you will ever need. It doesn’t matter whether you are after a new lens, some memory cards, a protective case or an upgrade, you will find what you are looking for in this store.