The Best Nikon DSLR Lenses That I Will Personally Pick.

OK, by now you have build up a little collection of lenses. This series of articles are about the Best Lenses that I will personally pick from each brand and this is NO “buying guide” or a technical review of each lenses. You can find those all over the internet. However, I am sharing based on personal experience, usability and how well it compliment your work.

My Pick for Best Nikon Zoom lens (General Lens).
This is the lens that I will probably bring it everywhere I go, for commercial shoot or leisure walkabouts.

 
I will take the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR anytime. It’s a 5xZoom equivalent at a constant user-friendly apeture at F4 throughout the zoom range, and it runs on Nikon’s sweet Silent Wave Motor (SWM). Though not exactly a light lens at 710gm, but it is certainly worth the weight if you only can bring ONE lens with you. From wide angle to medium telephoto, this is also the focal range that most commercial photographers & journalists loved! This wonder lens covers almost all the range that these photographers required. The Vibration Reduction (VR) function just complete the package for the ultimate “walkabout working lens”. The lens build is solid (as expected from Nikon) and the handling is good. Price wise, I will say it is value for money!

Some Quick Information:
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Format: FX (Full Frame) but can be used on cropped bodies with a corresponding 1.5X increase.
Focal Range: Wide Angle to Medium Telephoto 24mm-120mm or 36mm-180mm on DX Bodies.
Filter Diameter: 77mm
Supplied with Box: Instruction, Lens Pouch & Lens Hood HB-53.
Suggested Alternative Lens for DX Bodies: AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

My Pick for Best Nikon Telephoto Zoom lens (Telephoto Lens).
This is the lens that I will use for portraiture work, short range wildlife shots & street photography.

My pick, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. This is a MUST GET Nikkor. Probably Nikon’s best lens ever. This lens incorporated the “best of know-hows” from years of experience in lens design and manufacturing. Using superb quality material for the lens body, the lens elements matched up with an optical design that uses 7 ED glass! Yes 7! If that is not enough, it’s good to know that Nikon swear by their Nano Crystal Coat on their glass, an ultra fast Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that gives ridiculously accurate focusing, plus a Vibration Reduction (VR) unit, now in its 2nd incarnation at “VRII”, a constant 9 blades apeture of F2.8 throughout the zoom range that give smooth and soft bokeh, this is every Nikon Fan Boys’ Dream lens!

Some Quick Information:
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Format: FX (Full Frame) but can be used on cropped bodies with a corresponding 1.5X increase.
Focal Range: Medium Telephoto to Super Telephoto 70mm-200mm or 105mm-300mm on DX Bodies.
Filter Diameter: 77mm
Supplied with Box: Instruction, Tripod Mount, Lens Pouch & Lens Hood HB-48.
Suggested Alternative Lens for DX Bodies: AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

 My Pick for Best Nikon Standard lens (Prime Lens).
This is the lens that I will use for a wide variety of applications when zooming is not everything.

My Pick – the Nikkor AF 35mm f/2D is a little wonder lens. Those not familiar with Nikon (Nikkor) lenses, this 16 years old lens have been around since 1995. Though many other manufacturers had “upgraded” their lens (SLR to DSLR) line-up to cope with the higher resolution produced by digital sensors of today, this lens continue its presence for a simple reason. It works just as well with the latest Nikon DSLRs and optical quality has not been compromised in any way. Color reproduction with this little wonder is wonderful, and on fixed apeture at F2, this is a good bright lens that allows the photographer to use it for many applications. Nice bokehs are harvested from this lens, so those starting out portraitures but do not really like the “tightness” from 50mm, 85mm, etc will find this lens a joy to use. I am sure many of you will not mind having this sharp feather-weight (205gm)  wonder lens in your camera bag.  

Some Quick Information:
Nikkor AF 35mm f/2D
Format: FX (Full Frame) but can be used on cropped bodies with a corresponding 1.5X increase.
Focal Range: Standard 35mm wide angle or 52.5mm on DX Bodies.
Filter Diameter: 52mm
Supplied with Box: Instruction.
Suggested Alternative Lens for DX Bodies: AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G 

The above 3 Nikkor (Nikon) lenses are the lenses that I will personally pick if I have to choose just 3 lenses to buy for a Nikon system. The combination above is not your buying guide, but what I think is best to have in your camera bag. Nikon is famed for their meticulous details into making their lenses. The arrangement of switches, the shape & design, the “feel” when using it, and the touch of the focus/zoom rings surely puts Nikon/ Nikkor lenses among the bests.  

Disclaimer:
The above reviews/statement/ findings/ comparisons/ claims are solely personal views consolidated, compiled & based on personal surveys, usage experience, feedbacks from fellow users. This article is NOT PAID by the Brand owner and this article is presented as a reading reference from 1st person point of view.

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  1. #1 by business daily on April 8, 2011 - 7:07 pm

    ..Little History….Nikon Nikkor 50mm lens is most probably the most popular and most owned lens .among all the Nikkors in the world. Since the beginning of photography 50mm .lens often been selling together with a camera as a Standard Lens.

  2. #2 by Singapore Media Owners on April 8, 2011 - 10:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing !

    I only had a Nikon for a really short while. :)

  3. #3 by Robert M. Ryan on July 20, 2011 - 10:07 am

    thanks, some really good information. I often come to singapore and look for lenses and a good time. If you any club or association for photographers I would like to know and perhaps meet some other photographers. I am doing travel photograpy, have a look at my website if you are interested.

    regards
    Rober

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