The best 10 Nikon camera lenses in comparison

Nikon camera lenses (1 - 5)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm F/1.4GNikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F/1.4GNikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm F/2G ED VR IINikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR IINikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-EDNikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8G ED VR IINikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-EDNikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm F/3.5G ED VRNikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.4GNikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm F/2.8G ED VR
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm F/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm F/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm F/2G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm F/2.8G IF-ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED
Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm F/3.5G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm F/2.8G ED VR
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General info
Maximum focal lengthA longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.
Maximum focal lengthA longer maximum focal length allows you to focus in on a small part of a scene, and offers a narrower angle of view than shorter focal lengths.58mm
35mm
200mm
300mm
105mm
200mm
35mm
85mm
50mm
400mm
Metal mountA metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
Metal mountA metal mount is generally superior to a plastic mount as it is more durable.
Minimum focal lengthA shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.
Minimum focal lengthA shorter minimum focal length allows you to get more of the scene in the photo, and offers a wider angle of view than longer focal lengths.58mm
35mm
200mm
300mm
105mm
70mm
17mm
85mm
50mm
400mm
Reversible lens hoodThe lens hood can screw onto the lens in reverse so that you can keep it on your camera at all times, ready to use.
Reversible lens hoodThe lens hood can screw onto the lens in reverse so that you can keep it on your camera at all times, ready to use.
Weather-sealed (splashproof)The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
Weather-sealed (splashproof)The device is protected with extra seals to prevent failures caused by dust, raindrops, and water splashes.
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Total score for "General info"
Optics
MagnificationA true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.
MagnificationA true macro lens has a magnification of 1:1. This means that the image produced is a life-size representation of the subject being photographed.0.13x
0.2x
0.12x
0.16x
1x
1x
0.22x
1.5x
0.15x
0.16x
Maximum angle of viewAt the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).
Maximum angle of viewAt the shorter end of the lens you get the widest angle of view. This allows you to fit more of the scene into the photograph (based on APS-C format).40°
52°
12.3°
23°
22.83°
104°
18.83°
31.5°
Minimum angle of viewAt the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).
Minimum angle of viewAt the longest end of the lens you get the narrowest angle of view. This allows you to fit a small portion of the scene into the photograph, such as when you are zooming in on a subject (based on APS-C format).27°
52°
15°
62°
18.83°
31.5°
Built-in optical image stabilizationOptical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
Built-in optical image stabilizationOptical image stabilization uses gyroscopic sensors to detect the vibrations of the camera. The lens adjusts the optical path accordingly, ensuring that any type of motion blur is corrected before the sensor captures the image.
Optical zoomThe zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.
Optical zoomThe zoom range is the ratio between the longest and shortest focal lengths. A higher zoom range means that the lens is more versatile.1x
1x
1x
1x
1x
2.9x
2.1x
1x
1x
1x
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Total score for "Optics"
Aperture
Widest aperture at maximum focal lengthWith a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
Widest aperture at maximum focal lengthWith a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.1.4f
1.4f
2f
2.8f
2.8f
2.8f
2.8f
3.5f
1.4f
2.8f
Wide aperture (main camera)With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.
Wide aperture (main camera)With a wider aperture the sensor can capture more light, helping to avoid blur by enabling a faster shutter speed. It also provides a shallow depth of field, allowing you to blur the background to focus attention on the subject.f/1.4
f/1.4
f/2.0
f/2.8
f/2.8
f/2.8
f/2.8
f/3.5
f/1.4
f/2.8
Smallest aperture at maximum focal lengthA smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.
Smallest aperture at maximum focal lengthA smaller aperture reduces the amount of light reaching the sensor. This is important in bright conditions where a wider aperture could result in your image being overexposed. Another advantage is that with a smaller aperture you get a greater depth of field, and can keep all of the image in focus.16f
16f
22f
22f
32f
22f
22f
32f
16f
22f
Aperture bladesThe aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.
Aperture bladesThe aperture controls how much light gets through to the camera’s sensor. More blades is often an indicator of a better quality lens. It also allows you to achieve much nicer looking bokeh when blurring out your background, whereas a lens with less blades will often produce harsher, more polygonal bokeh.9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
9
Rounded aperture bladesSimilar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.
Rounded aperture bladesSimilar to the number of aperture blades, rounded blades affect the way the light gets through to the sensor. Rounded blades, often only found on more expensive lenses, improve the appearance of the out-of-focus areas. This allows you to attain better, softer looking bokeh in your photos.
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Total score for "Aperture"
Focus
Full-time manual focusWith full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
Full-time manual focusWith full-time manual focus, you can move the focus ring whilst it is in AF (autofocus) mode. This means that you can make manual adjustments once the AF has finished, without changing to manual mode.
Focus motorLenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
Focus motorLenses with a built-in focus motor can autofocus even if the camera does not have its own focus motor.
Silent focus motor built into the lensLenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
Silent focus motor built into the lensLenses with built-in focus motor focus faster and more quietly than lenses without a focus motor which rely on the camera's body focus motor.
Infinity focusMany lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
Infinity focusMany lenses allow you to focus to infinity. This is essential when you wish to take photos including far off objects, such as when shooting landscapes, in order to make sure everything is sharp and in focus.
Minimum focus distanceThis is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.
Minimum focus distanceThis is the closest distance that the lens can focus. A shorter minimum focus distance allows you to get closer to your subject, and is particularly important when doing macro photography.0.58m
0.3m
1.9m
2.3m
0.31m
1.4m
0.28m
0.29m
0.45m
2.9m
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Total score for "Focus"
Benchmarks
DxOMark scoreDxOMark is a set of tests to measure the performance and quality of lenses and cameras. The DxOMark score is the overall score given to the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
DxOMark scoreDxOMark is a set of tests to measure the performance and quality of lenses and cameras. The DxOMark score is the overall score given to the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.19
28
23
19
19
18
11
15
20
21
TransmissionThe transmission result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Transmission refers to the amount of light that reaches the sensor through all of the glass elements of a lens, with a lower TStop signifying more light. This is important as less light reaching the sensor can lead to the requirement of higher ISOs or slower shutter speeds. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
TransmissionThe transmission result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Transmission refers to the amount of light that reaches the sensor through all of the glass elements of a lens, with a lower TStop signifying more light. This is important as less light reaching the sensor can lead to the requirement of higher ISOs or slower shutter speeds. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.1.7TStop
1.7TStop
2.3TStop
3.2TStop
3.2TStop
3.2TStop
3.1TStop
3.9TStop
1.6TStop
3.2TStop
Sharpness resultThe sharpness result from the DxOMark set of metrics. This result is based on the MTF (modulation transfer function) measurement, and gives an overall indication of the sharpness of images produced by the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
Sharpness resultThe sharpness result from the DxOMark set of metrics. This result is based on the MTF (modulation transfer function) measurement, and gives an overall indication of the sharpness of images produced by the lens. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.10P-MPix
15P-MPix
11P-MPix
11P-MPix
9P-MPix
10P-MPix
7P-MPix
8P-MPix
10P-MPix
11P-MPix
VignettingThe vignetting result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Vignetting refers to when the brightness of an image changes from the center towards the edges, resulting in darkened corners. A result of 0 is perfect and the image will have no vignetting. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
VignettingThe vignetting result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Vignetting refers to when the brightness of an image changes from the center towards the edges, resulting in darkened corners. A result of 0 is perfect and the image will have no vignetting. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.-0.6
-2.1
-0.4
-0.5
-0.8
-0.3
-0.5
-1.1
-0.9
-0.5
Chromatic aberrationThe lateral chromatic aberration result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Chromatic aberration is a type of distortion which results in color fringing along edges within the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.
Chromatic aberrationThe lateral chromatic aberration result from the DxOMark set of metrics. Chromatic aberration is a type of distortion which results in color fringing along edges within the image. Tested with Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D. Source: DxOMark.2µm
14µm
9µm
2µm
5µm
6µm
7µm
3µm
9µm
5µm
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