I have been a big fan of Nikon for a very long time now. I have to admit that before purchasing my very first DSLR I did an extensive comparison between the two more famous DSLR manufacturers; Canon and Nikon. I will not bore you with all the aspects which I took into consideration before making the first step into the DSLR world. As I am here to write about the the Nikon lenses, perhaps on another day I will write about “Why I choose Nikon?”
Now as most enthusiasts does not have the means to go directly into the pro range of cameras. I have compiled a list of excellent lenses for the Nikon DX cameras to suit your every need. From experience I can personally say that any photographer will tell you that money is better spent on good lenses in comparison to a new camera. Here us the
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Yes I know Nikon made a new version of this lens called 50mm F1.8G which has better slightly better bokeh, a silet AF motor and slightly faster auto focusing but for double the price. The thing is, this 50mm was as cheap you could possible imagine. The body is a bit plasticy and it has no internal motor so auto focusing doesn’t work on the entry level DSLRs. So unfortunately if you have an entry level camera get the F1.8G, either way they are both superb lenses.
Nikkor 10-24mm F3.5-4.5G ED
The 10-24mm is a lens that you must bring along for traveling. This wide angle lens gives you superb quality images and does not weight you down in terms of the weight. Bare in mind its a very wide lens, I mean you could practically be pocking the front end of the lens with you finger and still think you have a long way to go before touching the glass. Most will be familiar with the 18mm wide from their kit lenses, snap this lens on and you will see the world very differently.
Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
The prime 35mm F1.8 is a lens that you could probably use the whole day without even thinking of changing lenses. It’s relatively cheap, works with all Nikon’s DSLR cameras and give you quality images. It’s great lens for street photography.
Nikkor 55-200mm F4.5-5.6G ED
If you are shooting wildlife, portraits, sports anything from a far. You will definitely be needing a telephoto lens in order to get close to your subject. There are many options out there to choose from but I believe this particular lens would be a good choice as its light, fast and cheap. The 70-200mm F2.8 does outclass this lens in most aspects but lugging around a 1.5KG lens is not all that fun and the price tag is quite steep.What about the cheaper NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G, well thats a really crappy lens. To be honest probably one of the worst Nikkor lenses I have ever used. Anyway lets move on to the next lens.
NIKKOR 18-105 mm f3.5-5.6ED VR
The kit lens that comes with D90, D7000 and D7100. It’s the 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 ED, its not a rock start when it comes to lenses but it sure does the job. You get a wide range all the way from the wide 18mm and up to tele 105mm. A real benefit from this lens is that it comes with VR (vibration reduction) which will get you about 3 – 4 stops faster. What is VR ? Just click on this link and if you really want to learn more about how it works, its very technical.
Anyway there you have it, the list of the Nikon DX Dream Team Lenses that will certainly let capture almost any type of photographs. Just bare in mind that the day you decide to switch to the full frame format or FX the only lens that is compatible will be the 50mm F1.8G. But dont despair, lenses rarely drop their prices, which means you can sell your old lenses and still get back about 80% of the costs.