Nikon’s celebrated FX format (35mm / full-frame) DSLR lenses have been highly rated by professionals and amateurs alike. For years Nikon has been producing top of the line optical products that have the driving force behind some of the greatest images ever made. They have a vast range of excellent lenses to choose from. In other words, this was not an easy list to come up with. Here is our list of the best nikon lenses , you should have in your collection.
Some of the best nikon lenses ever made like the 28mm f/1.4D are not available brand new anymore only second used. You will have to look for them at stores selling second hand lenses. If you often sell camera equipment that are old don’t consider selling these as they are still the best even after all these years.
The 135mm f/2 AF DC-Nikkor
If your bread and butter comes from shooting portraits, you need to have this lens before you even choose a camera! This lens was born to shoot portraits. It has the perfect focal length for full-frame cameras. It has this wonderful defocus control option that lets you choose the degree of out of focus effect for your backgrounds. To accentuate the background or bring it into prominence, all you have to do is turn the defocus image control ring. Setting it to the same aperture that you set the lens to gives you the best background bokeh.
Notwithstanding what you do to the background, subject remains sharp as ever. The Nikkor 135mm f/2 AF DC is a well-built lens and an investment that will last you your lifetime. The 135mm f/2 AF DC is one of Nikon’s sharpest lenses ever and thus price for this even at stores selling second hand camera lenses tend to be high.
The AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
This has to be one of Nikon’s finest lenses ever. Sharp, reliable and a real workhorse, the best thing about the 50mm f/1.8D is that it costs less than £120 brand new. The only problem with this is that it won’t auto-focus on any of the newer crop DSLRs. But we are not bothered by that, are we? The 50mm f/1.8G costs slightly more, but this one’s just fine. For those who love to work with manual controls the 50mm f/1.8D comes with an aperture ring and a focusing distance guide.
The 50mm f/1.8D gives you a standard view. The lens is suitable for most everyday photography needs. It works as a great street photography lens because of its ability to collect a lot of light even in dimly lit conditions.
The AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Arguably Nikkor’s current king of the medium zoom lens segment, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED is your answer for all wide angle to medium tele photography work and definately one of the best nikon lenses. For best results, however, you should consider buying the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED and the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II to complete the holy trinity of lenses that you will ever need.
The AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED is a feature rich lens and Nikon engineers have really decked it with everything that you come to expect from such a highly rated lens. It features Nikkor’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology and is super-quiet during auto-focusing. It has both Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements as well as aspherical elements to control chromatic and other aberrations. Nano crystal coating ensures flares and ghosting is suppressed too.
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