A lot of people wonder what to buy as their first Nikon lens. Most people who are new to digital photography end up purchasing a kit lens that they use for a year or two, only to realize that they want something better. Yes, kit lenses are a good deal, but are there better options for your first lens While it makes sense for some Nikon photographers to buy kit lenses at first, I personally prefer a solid all-purpose prime lens instead. Read on to find out more about my personal recommendations, aimed at someone who is just getting into photography.
My first real camera was a D300 with a 35 1.8 and 50 1.4 that a friend gave me, as he had long upgraded and it was all collecting dust. I shot nothing but single exposure full manual mode with those two prime lenses for about two years before moving on to any other settings or equipment (not even auto-ISO or any type of subject-finding AF during that time, just a single point AF I would set while framing).
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What are the shortcomings of the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Compared to many of the pro-grade lenses included here, the build quality is subpar and feels rather plasticky and light in the hand. It also lacks the superb low-light capabilities of the f/1.4, but still is decently fast and can shoot even sharper when wide open. In terms of the final decision, professionals and low-light specialists will gravitate to the f/1.4, but for the price, we can't help but love the f/1.8.See the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G
The Nikon 105mm f/2.8 is our favorite macro lens for FX (Nikon uses the term \"Micro\"). With impressive sharpness and a minimum focusing distance of just over 12 inches, this lens can handle the vast majority of your full-frame macro needs. In addition, the 105mm focal length allows it to double as a portrait lens, including vibration reduction for those on the move. For both types of photography, autofocus is reasonably fast in most circumstances, and low light performance is on par with other lenses of this type.
Another factor in gauging low light performance is image stabilization. Many lenses have tiny motors that help stabilize the image when shooting by hand, and depending on the situation, this can buy you a stop or two of performance. Many non-prime, pro-level lenses have image stabilization while budget lenses like the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-5.6 do not.
Distortion in photographs occurs when straight lines appear slightly curved, and can be either of the barrel or pincushion variety. In general, zoom lenses have more distortion than prime lenses. Wide-angle lenses have the most distortion of any type. And the cheaper the lens, the more likely it is to suffer from distortion.
Full-frame cameras are heavier than their crop-frame and mirrorless counterparts, and unfortunately so are FX lenses. On this list, for example, some of the heavier zoom lenses like the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8E VR are well over 2 pounds. Given that Nikon full-frame camera bodies also weigh nearly two pounds (the Nikon D850 is 32.3 ounces), the camera and one zoom lens together already weigh nearly 4 pounds. And many photographers have multiple lenses and a camera bag to keep it all contained and protected.
When evaluating sharpness, many lenses are strong at the center part of the image, but this can change dramatically as you move toward the edges of the frame (edge-to-edge and corner sharpness are commonly-used terms in the industry). When looking at an image, we recommend studying the edges and corners as that will help paint the real picture. Some lenses do struggle with center sharpness too, and particularly inexpensive zooms, which is one big reason that we prefer fast zooms and primes.
70-200mm F4 zoom lenses may not get as much attention as their faster F2.8 siblings, but for many photographers these lenses hit the perfect sweet spot of price, performance, and weight. This week, we shoot the new Tamron 70-210mm F4 alongside the equivalent Canon and Nikon models to see how they stack up.
Macro lenses are designed for the extreme close-ups of macrophotography. It allows you to stay in focus even with life-sized magnification, so that you can photograph subjects that are as close as 20 cm from your camera!
Nikon's mirrorless system uses the Z mount but is compatible with F-mount SLR lenses using an adapter. That's important for photographers who have been working with Nikon cameras and lenses for years and don't want to buy all new lenses.
And it's important to fill in some gaps. The Z system has many of the basics covered, but a few important lenses aren't on sale yet. If you're after a macro, a tilt-shift, or a fish-eye, you'll need to rely on the adapter, at least for now.
It's not an exclusive club, the bulk of the available Z lenses bear the S Line designation. That doesn't mean budget shoppers are left out in the cold entirely, but the lack of robust third-party support means that there are fewer value options to choose from. Even so, Nikon includes a handful of low-cost primes and a 24-50mm starter zoom in its catalog.
Third parties also make lenses for the system. Tamron has put out one autofocus option so far, a Z-mount version of its 70-300mm F4.5-6.3, and autofocus primes are also available from Viltrox and Yongnuo. Numerous brands (7artisans, TTartisans, Venus Laowa, and others) offer manual focus glass. Sigma hasn't yet jumped in to support Nikon Z.
If you can't find the lens you're looking for or are upgrading to a Z camera from a Nikon SLR, you can supplement native lenses using the FTZ or FTZ II adapter. They work with AF-S Nikkor SLR lenses, the type with internal focus motors, with full functionality. Any lenses that rely on an in-camera motor for focus will work, but without autofocus.
There's also an all-in-one zoom for the system, the Nikkor Z 24-200mm F4-6.3 VR ($899.95). It has a relatively small f-stop, so it's not the best choice for working in dim environments, but its long zoom power makes it an ideal choice for travel. It's one of the few Z lenses to not get the S Line badge, but it does include some dust and splash protection.
The Nikon Nikkor Z 24-120mm F4 S provides excellent optical performance for detailed images with defocused backgrounds and focused close-ups for macros. It's among the best zoom lenses you can get for a Nikon Z camera.
It's not as wide as some others, though. Venus Optics sells a range of wide-angle lenses for the Z system, but they are manual focus only. Its Laowa 15mm F2 Zero-D is a native option for photographers who want to go wide and bright. If you're looking for a lens with autofocus, reach for the FTZ adapter and the Sigma 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art for Nikon SLRs.
Wide zoom lenses cover a broader range of views, but don't gather as much light. That's not a concern for many landscape photographers, who enjoy using narrow apertures and neutral density filters for long exposure work.
Nikon has a few native Z-mount telephoto lenses in its lineup. The 70-200mm F2.8 VR S and 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 VR S are both excellent performers. Photographers who prefer a prime can opt for the 400mm F2.8 TC VR S ($13,999.95), one of the few lenses out there with an integrated 1.4x teleconverter, or one of a pair of lightweight options, the Z 400mm F4.5 VR S ($3,249.95) or Z 800mm F6.3 VR S ($6,499.95).
There are more telephoto lenses coming. The development roadmap includes a 200-600mm (presumably similar to the consumer-level 200-500mm zoom Nikon sells for its SLRs) and a 600mm S series prime, likely another high-dollar offering for pros.
Nikon has opted for F1.8 optics for its first generation of primes. It makes for glass that's a bit more portable than premium F1.4 lenses for SLR systems. Nikon's mirrorless F1.8 lenses are all part of the S line and built well, with dust and splash protection.
There aren't any F1.4 primes for the Z system yet, but Nikon has made a couple of lenses with even wider apertures. The Nikkor Z 50mm F1.2 S is able to capture about twice the light as an F1.8 lens, but to get there it's bigger than some zooms.
You'll know a lens is for a DX camera if you see those letters in its product name. The selection is still slim, with two cameras and three lenses. The DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR and DX 18-140mm F3.5-6.3 VR are the standard zoom options, and the DX 50-250mm F4.5-6.3 VR takes care of telephoto duties. 59ce067264