APS-C format lenses for camerasThis article talks about the lenses that, in our opinion, should be in your arsenal of any enthusiastic photographer or professional who owns the Nikon system. We can safely recommend the selected samples; each of them is the best choice in its class of optics, and together they cover almost all typical shooting scenes.
Read alsoNikon Subjective Lenses Best Nikon Starter Lenses Nikon portrait lenses. Top class Nikon Travel Lenses The Nikon system has nearly a hundred lenses to solve a wide variety of tasks and for any budget. In addition, Nikon cameras are famous for compatibility with their lenses of past generations, therefore, taking into account the secondary market, the fleet of branded optics is extremely wide. Nevertheless, we included third-party lenses in this review that are alternative to branded optics in terms of capabilities and price. All viewing lenses are divided into two broad categories: the first for cameras with APS-C (DX) format sensors, and the second for cameras with full-frame sensors (FX).
Universal Zoom APS-C
AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f / 2.8-4G ED VRPrice Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f / 2.8-4G ED VR This universal lens rarely comes bundled with a camera; instead, Nikon cameras are usually equipped with a zoom with a focal length range of 18–55 mm. The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f / 2.8-4G ED VR lens is perfect for replacing the full-time zoom when its capabilities no longer suit the photographer.
NIKON D5600 / Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR Nikkor Settings: ISO 200, F11, 1/500 s, 24.0 mm equiv.Why do we recommend this lens for this role? Because 16 mm with f / 2.8 aperture is a pronounced wide-angle, useful both for reportage shooting and landscape, and 80 mm with f / 4 aperture is a good portrait portrait.
NIKON D500 / Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR Nikkor Settings: ISO 450, F2.8, 1/640 s, 24.0 mm equiv.As befits a reporting lens, the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm f / 2.8-4G ED VR is equipped with a fast ultrasonic autofocus drive with permanent manual focus adjustment and an image stabilizer with an efficiency of up to 4 steps.
Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACROPrice range Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Another interesting replacement for the standard zoom is the Tamron travel zoom we tested with a minimum focal length of 16 mm. The field of view at such a distance is 10% wider compared to the focal length of 18 mm, which simplifies both landscape photography and work in crowded areas, and emphasizes the perspective more intensively. A maximum focal length of 300 mm is common for travel zoom. The lens in the entire range of focal lengths demonstrates quite decent image quality. The length of the lens when folded is only 9.5 cm, weight - 540 grams, filter diameter - 67 mm. Tamron 16-300mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO focuses from a distance of 39 cm, providing a shooting scale of 0.34 ×, so the word MACRO in the name looks quite justified. The stabilizer adequately holds the picture at a shutter speed of 1/20 s and a focal length of 300 mm, and also does not freeze, because it uses an electronic gyroscope. A lens hood is included. In the travel zoom range for Nikon cameras, this is not the only lens, but, in our opinion, the best in combination of advantages.
Wide Angle APS-C
AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5G EDPrice Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5G ED Ultra-wide zoom lens with 2.4x magnification and with a field of view from 109 ° to 61 °. The minimum focusing distance is only 24 cm, which allows shooting with a magnification of 0.20 ×. The lens with a diameter of 82 mm and a length of 87 mm is quite weighty - 460 grams. Ultrasonic autofocus, manual sharpening is always on, nothing rotates during focusing.
Photo by Alexander Permyakov from the article “Machu Picchu. The Inca City Lost in the CloudsNIKON D5200 / Nikon AF-S 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5G ED DX Nikkor Settings: ISO 100, F4.5, 1/500 s, 24.0 mm equiv.
APS-C telephoto zoom
AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G ED VRGet Quote Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G ED VR This lens is useful for those who lack the maximum focal length in the “whale” lens from the camera kit. The focal length in it changes 5.5 times, the angle of view in the teleposition is only 5 ° 20 '- this is almost 10 times less than the field of view of a normal lens and approximately corresponds to the capabilities of 10x binoculars. The built-in stabilizer allows you to shoot with a shutter speed 3 steps slower than that considered safe when shooting without a stabilizer. A nine-blade aperture provides round highlights in the bokeh. The filters for this lens need a fairly democratic diameter, only 58 mm, and a hood is supplied. The AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G ED VR lens is not afraid of dust and moisture, which is especially useful, because telephoto optics are most often taken outdoors.
APS-C portrait lens
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f / 1.8GAsk for price Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f / 1.8G A portrait lens is often the first one to buy in addition to the standard zoom from the camera kit. AF-S Nikkor 85mm f / 1.8G is the optimal choice. The focal length allows you to shoot from a comfortable distance of 1.5?2 meters, which is convenient when shooting close-ups. The aperture ratio by the standards of portrait optics is not a record, but the depth of field does not cause inconvenience due to inevitable focusing errors. A 73 mm lens weighs 350 grams, so the camera does not drag forward, it’s convenient to shoot.
Photo by Victoria Razina from the article “How to take pictures of children on the street: secrets of shooting in winter”NIKON D610 / 85.0 mm f / 1.8 Installations: ISO 400, F1.8, 1/500 s, 85.0 mm equiv.
APS-C Macro Lens
AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f / 2.8G EDPrice Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f / 2.8G ED This lens is useful for those involved in macro photography. It, as befits a macro lens, provides a shooting scale of 1: 1 and a minimum focusing distance (18.5 cm). Inside is an almost perfectly round 9-blade diaphragm. There is no image stabilizer in this lens, but a lens hood is supplied, and the front lens barrel does not rotate, so you can put on a macro flash on it.
Photo by Victoria Zolotoryova from the article “How to take pictures of animals: who photographs dogs and why?”NIKON D700 / 60.0 mm f / 2.8 Installations: ISO 160, F9, 1/125 s, 60.0 mm equiv.
Universal APS-C Fixed Lens
AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f / 1.8GAsk for price Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f / 1.8G This, without exaggeration, is a beautiful lens with a normal field of view, as we have seen for ourselves . Sharp, straight from the open aperture, high-aperture, with excellent resistance to oncoming light, light and compact. The field of view is 44 ° - almost ideal for the natural transmission of perspective.
NIKON D750 / Nikon AF-S 35mm f / 1.8G ED Nikkor Settings: ISO 450, F1.8, 1/40 s, 35.0 mm equiv.With a weight of 200 grams and a length of 52.5 mm, the lens does not pull either a pocket or a camera, and a high-speed ultrasonic drive does not slow down the shooting - this is the best thing for street photography. AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f / 1.8G - a great addition to the standard zoom format DX, and often replace it.