The Best Nikon DSLR Lenses for Beginners

This is a comprehensive listing of the best Nikon DSLR lenses for beginners. We recently published a review on how to choose the best Canon DSLR lenses for beginners. We continue this focus on beginner DSLR lenses with the second installment of this series. This time we look at Nikon.

DSLR Beginner Lens?

First of all, there is no such thing as a ‘beginner lens’. Every lens is good when used within its limitations. If you know how to use it and pair it with a decent camera, as well as use the proper rules of photography you would be able to shoot great photos regardless of the equipment you wield.

Hence, it’s the vision of the photographer and the technique s/he uses that ultimately results in stunning images. The gear itself is just a means to make images. The gear alone will not have an inkling as to the photographer’s vision. You as the photographer have to do that. But that said, better gear allows you to shoot better images much more effortlessly.

When it comes to choosing the best beginner lenses, you have to consider a number of aspects. We discussed all of these in a previous discussion (see: How to Pick a Lens for Your DSLR).

You can check them out here. Alternatively, if lens acronyms are what is giving sleepless nights, you can check this. It should give you to get a good grasp of the terms and terminology.

Okay, that’s enough for the prelude. Without further ado let’s look at the best Nikon DSLR lenses for beginners.

Best Nikon DSLR Lenses for Beginners

1. AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G
2. AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
3. Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5 – 5.6G VR
4. Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G
5. AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
6. Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR II
7. AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR
8. Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6G VR II
9. Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G VR
10. Nikon AF-S DX zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED
11. Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 – 6.3G ED Lens
12. Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR
13. AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR
14. Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4 – 5.6G ED VR II
15. Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6G ED VR

1. AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G

Price on Amazon: $176.95    1,842 Reviews

AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G
The Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G Lens

This lens is a standard prime designed to work with the larger image circle of full-frame / 35mm Nikon DSLRs (FX format cameras).

Consequently, this lens will also work with the smaller DX format DSLRs. Nikon DX format DSLRs have a crop factor of 1.5x. As a result, the focal length of all compatible lenses will be ‘extended’. Hence, in this case, the focal length of the 50mm f/1.8G becomes the equivalent of a 75mm lens mounted on a 35mm camera. At 75mm the lens could be used as a decent portrait shooter as well. That is if you are using a DX format camera.

Nikkor G lenses come with a built-in auto-focusing motor. Unlike the D lenses which don’t have a built-in AF motor. As a result, these G lenses will work without issues (auto-focus without problems) on even the cheapest of Nikon DSLRs.

Consequently, if you have cameras like the D3100, D5100, or the D5300 this lens is suitable for your needs. In addition, the lens features a manual focusing override.

Therefore, you can do a quick adjustment of the focus if the AF motor is struggling. This comes in handy in low light situations as well as in low contrast situations.

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Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Fast, upgraded f/1.8, compact FX-format prime lens
  • Focal Length-50 mm, Minimum Focus Distance-1.48 ft.(0.45 m)
  • Newly developed optical system with Aspherical lens element, Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch,Filter Thread 58 mm, Autofocus: Yes. Dimensions (approx.) (from the camera lens mounting flange):...
  • Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs

2. AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

Price on Amazon: $166.95    3,045 Reviews

AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
The AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lens

This is the closest to a ’50mm standard prime’ designed for Nikon’s crop sensor camera system that you could get. As you are aware the crop factor of Nikon’s DX cameras is 1.5x. Furthermore, this lens has a 35mm focal length. Consequently the ‘effective’ focal length becomes 52.5mm. Almost 50mm and consequently, the lens becomes extremely useful for street photography and for everything else where an eye-level perspective is necessary.

In addition, this is a G lens and consequently has a built-in auto-focusing motor inside. Hence, you would be able to use this lens on every Nikon camera that supports AF-S lenses.

Just like the 50mm, we discussed above, this lens too comes with manual focusing override. This comes in handy when the AF performance is wobbly and you need manual intervention. One word of advice, don’t use this lens on a full-frame camera. For that matter don’t use any DX lens on full-frame cameras. Though these lenses will mount and work fine, there will be considerable cropping and therefore loss of resolution.

In addition, there will be huge vignetting. Hence, it does not make sense to pair a full-frame camera with a DX-format lens. That said, this is one of the best Nikon DSLR lenses for beginners because of the sheer quality and versatility.

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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • F Mount Lens/DX Format. Picture Angle with Nikon DX Format - 44 degree
  • 52.5mm (35mm Equivalent). Rear Focusing; Manual Focus Override
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to 22 ; Dimensions(approx.):Approx. 70 x 52.5 millimeter
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System. Accepts filter type is screw on
  • Compatible formats is dx and fx in dx crop mode

3. Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5 – 5.6G VR

Price on Amazon: $286.95    102 Reviews

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5 – 5.6G VR
Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5 – 5.6G VR

If you have been following the lens reviews on our website you would no doubt be familiar with the term STM. That is Canon’s latest auto-focusing motor technology that comes with a pulsating stepper motor mechanism. Nikon had been left behind with their vintage AF motor technology. But they caught up when they launched their very own AF-P auto-focusing technology.

AF-P lenses allow some of the latest Nikon DSLRs including the D3400 and the D5600 (along with a couple of full-frame and one mid-range camera and a few others which you can update the firmware to make the lenses compatible) to access certain lens features from inside the camera’s menu. Consequently, it is imperative to know whether your camera is fully compatible with AF-P lenses.

This particular lens has a focal length of 10-20mm. In addition, the maximum aperture of the lens ranges from f/4.5 – 5.6. Designed for the smaller image circle of DX-format cameras, the lens’ effective focal length, as a result, becomes the equivalent of a 15 – 30mm lens mounted on a 35mm camera. In addition, the lens features image stabilization while the previous two lenses didn’t. As a result, you will be able to use this lens hand-held in some situations particularly when shooting with a slow shutter speed.

Even with the crop factor applied, the lens is wide enough to shoot landscapes, group photos and any other shots that require a wide angle perspective. It works as an architecture lens as well. But the lack of perspective control means there will be some issues. Parallel straight lines will appear as merging at a distance. Hence, for that kind of needs, you require a tilt-shift lens.

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  • Ultra-wide-angle view that surpasses any Kit Lens and lets you get creative with Composition. Focal length- 10 - 20 mm....
  • Compact, lightweight, durable design that's great for travel and outings. Angle of view:109 deg to 70 deg. Approximaely...
  • Outstanding Optics deliver beautiful photos and videos, even in challenging situations.Maximum Aperture f/ 4.5-5.6....
  • Near-silent autofocus stepping motor is ideal for recording video. Compatible format(s) DX
  • Vibration reduction (VR) image stabilization keeps handheld photos and videos sharp and helps with Low-light shooting

4. Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G

Price on Amazon: $276.95    330 Reviews

Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G
The Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G Lens

The 40mm as a standard prime sits between the 50mm and the 35mm. The 40mm AF-S DX f/2.8G has been designed for the smaller image circle of DX-format DSLRs. Thanks to the built-in auto-focusing motor (note the G moniker on the lens barrel), this lens will auto-focus on all Nikon cameras, including the cheapest entry-level system cameras.

The effective focal length becomes the equivalent of a 60mm lens mounted on a 35mm system. The most noteworthy feature, however, is the macro capability of the lens. Or as Nikon calls it micro (we will use the terms interchangeably here).

To get the maximum leverage out of the macro properties of the lens you need to use it from its closest focusing distance which is 6.4″. From that distance, the lens is able to capture life-size reproduction of anything (i.e. 1:1 perspective). Consequently, this is a true macro lens.

At f/2.8 the maximum aperture of the lens is good enough to tackle low light situations. It is certainly faster than the kit lenses. But at the same time you have to keep in mind that f/2.8 is not lightning quick. If you are working in some really low light situations you will need to carry extra lights or use a faster lens, or both.

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Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Close-up Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Compact and lightweight DX-format close-up lens. Lens Construction (Elements/Groups) - 9 elements in 7 groups
  • Maximum reproduction ratio: 1.0x. Focal Length : 40 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 053 ft ( 0163 m)
  • Sharp images from infinity to life-size (1X), Autofocus to 64 inches
  • Close-Range Correction System (CRC)
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM)

5. AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D

Price on Amazon: $131.95    1,909 Reviews

AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
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The AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D is designed to take advantage of the full-frame camera system of Nikon. But that said, the lens will mount on smaller APS-C (DX) cameras just as well. The only thing that you have to watch out for is that this lens does not have a built-in auto-focusing mechanism. Consequently, this lens will not auto-focus on cameras that don’t have a built-in auto-focusing motor. These cameras include the entry-level D5200, the D3100, and the D5600. Cameras like the D7100, or the full-frame models such as the D750 and the D810’s comes with built-in auto-focusing motors and therefore these cameras don’t have a problem auto-focusing with ‘D’ lenses.

On the flip side ‘D’ lenses such as this one have a built-in aperture ring. Adjusting aperture is easy if you set it to manual mode and turn the ring on the lens barrel. Did you know that the D lens has the advantage of being used in ‘reverse mode’? The advantage is when used in reverse mode, and therefore devoid of the normal connection between the lens and the camera, you still have a way to adjust aperture, where other ‘G’ lenses automatically get set to their lowest aperture and have no way to adjust to a higher aperture.

Thanks to the crop factor of Nikon’s APS-C cameras, the effective focal length of the lens becomes the equivalent of a 75mm lens mounted on a 35mm camera. That (just as the 50mm G lens we read about before) makes this lens suitable for some amount of portraitures. Provided of course you are using this on an APS-C camera.

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Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Lens not zoomable
  • Focal Length : 50 mm, Minimum Focus Distance - 1.5 ft.( 0.45 m)
  • FX in DX Crop Mode 35mm Film
  • NOTE: Refer the User Manual before use. Maximum angle of view (DX-format) 31°30'
  • NOTE: Autofocus is not supported by DSLRs lacking an autofocus motor, such as the D3000-series, D5000-series, D40, D40X,...

6. Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR II

Price on Amazon: $646.95    488 Reviews

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR II
The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR II

A lot of beginner photographers look for one lens that can do it all. A lens that will shoot wide angle photos, such as those at a wedding reception or landscape scenes and at the same time it will also be good enough to shoot a bird 50 meters away. Very few lenses are there which can ‘do-it-all and so it well’. This particular lens can but to a limited extent.

From 18-200mm the lens covers everything from wide-angle to telephoto. And that’s a big deal. But you have to keep in mind the fact that this lens is inexpensive and that means there is some cost-cutting involved as well.

The lens is designed for the smaller image circle of the APS-C cameras. As a result, the effective focal length becomes the equivalent of a 27 – 300mm lens mounted on a 35mm camera. This, consequently, becomes a proper telephoto lens while also shooting proper wide-angle shots with its effective 27mm focal length at the wide end.

The lens has image stabilization as well. All 3.5 stops of it. That means you would be able to use a shutter speed 3.5 times slower than what the metering warrants and as a result, let in more light. You would want that because with the ‘slow’ maximum aperture you would struggle if you attempt shooting subjects like birds or wildlife in low light situations.

What we don’t quite like is the fact that the lens has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 – 5.6 across the focal length of the lens. Hence, in low light, the lens will struggle a bit, especially when shooting portraits and indoor shots. Can’t complain too much as this is an entry level lens and is designed keeping in mind the cost factor.

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  • One-lens solution adept in a wide variety of situations
  • Focal Length Range:18 -200 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 1.6 ft.
  • Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements; three aspherical lens elements
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM), Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
  • Focus to 20 inches for extended versatility,Filter Thread: 72 mm.Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)76°.Minimum Angle of...

7. AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR

Price on Amazon: $496.95    230 Reviews

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR
The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR

The 18-140mm lens has a great focal length range because this covers both the essential wide-angle perspective as well as the telephoto perspective that you need. That way this lens too qualifies as a ‘do-it-all’ lens just like the 18-200mm lens that we just finished reading about.

The maximum aperture of the lens is f/3.5 – 5.6 which is again on the slower side. Though it will work when shooting in good lighting conditions, without issues, the lens will struggle in low lighting situations, especially when shooting at the tele end.

The lens is designed for the smaller image circle of Nikon’s APS-C camera (note the DX moniker). As such the effective focal length becomes the equivalent of a 27-210mm lens when mounted on a DX camera such as the D520, D5600, D7200, and D500.

On the bright side, however, the lens has image stabilization. VR II image stabilization ensures that the lens can compensate for up to four stops of shake correction. At 210mm ‘effective’ focal length this does surely come in handy. In addition, as the maximum aperture is not that fast low light shooting would be a bit tricky, especially at the tele end. Image stabilization will come in handy to compensate for a slower shutter speed.

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  • Goes from wide-angle (18mm) to telephoto (140mm) for great snapshots and videos in just about any situation
  • Nikon Silent Wave Motor (AFS) enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus, Minimum focus distance 0.45 m (1.48 ft.) from...
  • VR image stabilization for sharper handheld photos and videos in low-light situations and at telephoto distances. Zoom...
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and...

8. Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6G VR II

Price on Amazon: $205.00    198 Reviews

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6G VR II
The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6G VR II Lens

Among the best Nikon DSLR lenses for beginners, this one requires special mention. The reason is this lens is the most widely used by beginner photographers. A lot of the entry-level DSLRs come paired with this lens. Though you don’t have to conform to this ‘forced choice’, this lens does come with the most essential focal length that is required for every day shooting situations. You could shoot weddings, group shots, landscape and everything in between.

The lens is designed to optimize the image circle of smaller APS-C (DX format) Nikon DSLRs. Therefore the effective focal length when mounted on the smaller DX DSLRs is the equivalent of 27 – 82.5mm.

The image features image stabilization as well. The new VR II technology offers four stops of image stabilization. There are two more versions of the 18-55mm that Nikon currently sells. One of them is the ED version which has no image stabilization on it. The other one features the latest AF-P auto-focusing technology.

The older SWM motor that powers the auto-focusing mechanism on this lens is compatible with all latest and older cameras. The newer AF-P technology will only work on a few cameras. If you are unsure whether your camera is compatible with the latest AF-P lenses or you know you have an older camera then it is safer to go for the AF-S DX 18-55mm VR II.

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  • Versatile 18-55mm focal length range
  • 25% smaller and lighter than its predecessors
  • Vibration Reduction technology provides 4.0 stops of blur-free handheld shooting
  • Optimized for DX-format cameras
  • Maximum angle of view (DX-format): 76°, Minimum angle of view (DX-format): 28°50'

9. Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G VR

Price on Amazon: $246.95    28 Reviews

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G VR
The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G VR Lens

This is the latest 18-55mm kit lens that Nikon has launched. This one comes powered with the AF-P autofocusing motor. This pulse driven auto-focusing technology is more precise and quicker compared to the older silent wave motor technology. However, please note that this (and the other lenses like this) lens will not be fully compatible with all the Nikon DSLRs currently being sold. Some functionalities will remain unusable.

To make sure that your camera is fully compatible with these AF-P lenses please check the Nikon website to confirm. It may be the case that the camera will not be fully compatible in the stock firmware version. You may have to upgrade the firmware so that the AF-P lenses become fully compatible with your camera.

The focal length range and the maximum aperture possible are the same as the previous 18-55mm lens we discussed. This lens has vibration reduction which gives it some sort of leverage when shooting in low light situations and when hand-holding the camera.

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
  • 7 diaphragm blades
  • Fully Compatible with the following Nikon Digital SLR cameras, including: D7500, D5600, D5500, D5300, D3400, D3300,...
  • Compatible models with limited functions: Df, D5, D810, D750, D7200, D7100
  • Incompatible models: D4 Series, D3 Series, D2 Series, D1 Series, D800 Series, D700, D610, D600, D300 Series, D200, D100,...

10. Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED

Price on Amazon: $1,146.95    86 Reviews

Nikon AF-S DX zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED
The Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED Lens

Among all the beginner lenses that we have discussed on this page, this is the most expensive one. This one will set you back by more than a thousand bucks. But this one will also give you an incredible advantage when shooting landscape photography. This is the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED lens. This lens is cut out for landscape photography and for anything else that requires a wide angle perspective.

The lens is designed for the smaller image circle of Nikon’s DX-format cameras. The effective focal length becomes the equivalent of an 18 – 36mm lens mounted on a 35mm camera. Even with the crop factor taken into consideration, the lens gives a pretty wide perspective for landscape enthusiasts.

Please note this lens will mount on FX cameras but it is not recommended to do so. Because the crop is not going to do justice to your large sensor camera. In addition, there might be vignetting as well.

The lens has SWM technology powered auto-focusing and manual focusing override. One thing about the lens is that it does not have image stabilization and that means you will have to use a tripod when shooting in low light conditions. In any case, a tripod is a must because this lens is designed keeping in mind landscape photography and this genre is almost always shot from a tripod.

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  • 12-24mm autofocus zoom lens with f/4 maximum aperture for Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • 2 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and 3 aspherical lens elements for superior optics
  • D-type design provides precise distant information for flash and ambient light exposure
  • Rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements appear natural; 11.8-inch close focus distance
  • Measures 3.2 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches long; weighs 1.07 pounds; 5-year warranty

11. Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 – 6.3G ED Lens

Price on Amazon: $396.95    37 Reviews

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 – 6.3G ED Lens
The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 – 6.3G ED Lens

Another AF-P lens and another DX format lens. That’s understandable too since we are discussing the best Nikon DSLR lenses for beginners. This is one of the cheapest telephoto lenses that Nikon makes for its DX-format cameras.

The focal length is 70 – 300mm which when considering that the lens will be used on a 35mm format camera becomes the equivalent of a 105-450mm lens mounted on a 35mm camera. This makes the lens a serious telephoto optic for the DX format camera systems.
But where the lens loses out is the maximum aperture. The maximum aperture of the lens is f/4.5 to f/6.3 and that is where the lens struggles when compared with fast telephoto lenses.

In addition, the lens has auto-focusing powered by Nikon’s latest AF-P (pulse stepping motor technology). This lens thus should demonstrate better auto-focusing prowess compared to the older SWM auto-focusing lenses.

But on the flip side, the full functionality of the lens will not be available on all cameras. As already explained before a number of the AF-P lens’ functionalities are now accessible directly from the camera menu. So you have to either buy a compatible camera or upgrade the firmware of your camera (if possible) to get the full functionality.

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Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • F-Mount Lens/DX Format Filter-attachment size:58mm, (P = 075 mm)
  • Maximum reproduction ratio: 0.22x. 105-450mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/45-63 to f/32;Diaphragm Blades : 7
  • Nikon VR Image Stabilization
  • Access Lens Settings in Camera Menu

12. Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR

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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR
The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR Lens

The 16-85mm AF-S DX Nikkor f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR is designed for the DX format DSLRs. this lens will mount on FX cameras but makes no sense at all to do so because of the crop factor as well as the vignetting. If you are fed-up and tired constantly bombarded with the 18-55mm kit or some such other optic by the camera store clerks, try this one instead. This will give you a wider perspective when compared to a kit lens and on the tele-end this lens has a longer reach.

This lens is designed for the smaller image circle of Nikon’s DX-format cameras and that means the focal length of the lens will be subject to the 1.5x crop factor when mounted on these smaller cameras. The effective focal length becomes the equivalent of 24 – 127.5mm lens mounted on a 35mm camera.

The lens comes with built-in image stabilization. Image stabilization is rated VR II Nikon which means this lens is able to provide up to four stops of image shake compensation. The lens is suitable for shooting street, landscape, a bit of portrait and everything in between.

You wouldn’t have much success shooting wildlife because this lens doesn’t have the focal length reach that will get you closer to your subjects, nor does it have the maximum aperture that will ensure that the lens will be able to gather a decent amount of light. As you can imagine wildlife are not always in a mood to comply with us and it is we who have to chase them and get them in their natural habitat which is anything but well-lit.

The lens had autofocusing as you can imagine and it is powered by the older silent wave motor technology and not the new AF-P technology. That means this lens will work with all DSLRs. Additionally, it also has manual focusing override. This comes in handy in situations where the lens is unable to lock focus on its own and a bit of manual tweaking is what is necessary.

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  • AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens
  • Focal Length Range : 16 -85 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 1.3 ft. ( 0.38 m)
  • Designed for use with Nikon DX digital SLR cameras, including the D40, D60, D80, D90, and D300
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13. AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR

Price on Amazon: $99.99    274 Reviews

AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR
The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR Lens

This lens used to be paired with the upper entry-level D7000. A lot of first time Nikon DSLR buyers have this as their kit lens. This is a general purpose lens with a focal length range that covers the most essential everyday needs. You can shoot portraits with this. You can shoot landscape with this and you can also shoot a few group shots.

Remember this is a DX format lens and that means when mounted on a DX camera the lens’ effective focal length becomes the equivalent of a 27 – 157.5mm lens mounted on a 35mm camera.

Build quality isn’t great. So, while the lens is capable of withstanding some abuse, it is not weather sealed and there is no protection from dust and dirt. In addition, the lens comes with VR (image stabilization). Vibration reduction is rated to up to 3.5 stops.

Auto-focusing on the lens is powered by Nikon’s older silent wave motor technology. This technology produces a good focus lock in decent conditions. Notwithstanding, in low light, the lens does tend to struggle a bit, thanks to the ‘slower’ maximum aperture. At the tele end, the lens opens up to only f/5.6. In bright light, there wouldn’t be any issues though.

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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto...
  • It includes LC-67 67mm snap-on front lens cap , LF-1 rear lens cap , HB-32 Bayonet lens hood, CL-1018 Flexible lens...
  • Vibration Reduction is engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens and enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter...
  • Aspherical lens element virtually eliminates coma and other types of lens aberration, further improving image integrity.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced...
  • Close focusing to 1.48 feet - Creative close-up photography is possible throughout the entire zoom range.

14. Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4 – 5.6G ED VR II

Price on Amazon: $72.98    300 Reviews

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4 – 5.6G ED VR II
The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4 – 5.6G ED VR II Lens

The one lens that every owner of an 18-55mm kit lens would be craving for is the telephoto lens. The first and the most logical choice is usually the 55-200mm. This lens is a perfect companion for the short zoom lens that we discussed above. With these two lenses in your camera bag, you have got the entire focal length starting from 18mm all the way to 200mm covered.

This lens having been designed for the smaller image circle of DX-format cameras mean the effective focal length becomes the equivalent of an 82.5 – 300mm lens mounted on a 35mm format camera. It becomes a decent telephoto lens in that sense and that is a huge advantage for a beginner photographer.

Auto-focusing on the lens is powered by Nikon’s silent wave motor. In addition, the lens also has full-time manual focusing override. Full-time manual focusing override is extremely handy when shooting in low light conditions and or when shooting subjects which have very little contrast to work with.

Additionally, the lens features VR II image stabilization. VR II means that the lens is able to compensate for up to four stops of image shake correction. As a result, hand holding the lens would be that much easier.

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  • Compact telephoto zoom that's great for action, people and travel. Metering - Full aperture
  • Focal Length Range : 55 -200 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 3.7 ft. ( 1.1 m). Maximum angle of view (DX-format): 28°50',...
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC) delivers superior color quality while reducing ghosting and lens flare
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass nearly eliminates optical distortion, while a rounded seven-blade diaphragm makes out of...
  • Nikon Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization provides 4.0 stops of blur free handheld shooting, assuring...

15. Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6G ED VR

Price on Amazon: $396.95    1,048 Reviews

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

This one takes your reach beyond 200mm which the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4 – 5.6G ED VR II we read above does. So, in case you need a longer reach than what you are getting with the 55-200mm lens, this is the one that you need.

This lens is petty similar to the one we read about above. This lens works with all DX-format cameras without issues. Being compatible with all F mount cameras means you can also use this lens on a full-frame camera. That said the severe crop makes this a misadventure. You would be better off using the lens on a smaller DX camera.

The 1.5x crop factor makes this lens the equivalent of an 82.5mm – 450mm (on 35mm format equivalent). That makes the lens an incredible piece of focal length range considering the price tag. Notwithstanding, there has been a few cost-cutting and the build quality is not something to be proud of.

On the bright side, the lens comes with vibration reduction which ensures that the lens is capable of being shot hand-held. The lens is equipped with VR II. The details seem to suggest that the lens is capable of compensating up to three stops of shake correction. Hand holding this lens wouldn’t be a problem. That said, the lens would struggle a bit when shooting in low light situations. The maximum aperture of the lens isn’t lightning quick.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto...
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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto...
  • 5.5x Telephoto Zoom lens,Filter Thread: 58 mm
  • Nikon VR Image Stabilization; Tripod Detection Mode, Focal Length Range : 55 -300 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 4.6 ft.(...
  • HRI (High Refractive Index) Lens Element
  • 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements.Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Lens Cap:Snap-on

Best Nikon DSLR Lenses for Beginners Shooting Street Photography

• AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G
• AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
• AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
• Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5 – 5.6G VR II
• AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED
• Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR

Best Nikon DSLR Lenses for Beginners Shooting Wildlife Photography

• Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR II
• AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR
• Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 – 6.3G ED
• AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4 – 5.6G ED VR II
• Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6G ED VR

Best Nikon DSLR Lenses for Beginners Shooting Landscape Photography

• Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20mm f/4.5 – 5.6G VR
• AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED
• Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR

Best Nikon DSLR Lenses for Beginners Shooting Portraits

• AF-S 50mm f/1.8 G (with an APS-C camera)
• AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D with an APS-C camera)
• Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR II
• AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR
• AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5 – 6.3G ED
• AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5 – 5.6 G ED VR
• Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4 – 5.6G ED VR II
• AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5 – 5.6G ED VR

Best Nikon DSLR Lenses for Beginners Shooting Macro Photography

• Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G

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