Nikon Lens Reviews, Recommendations and Articles

The following links summarise details and reviews of Nikon lenses on this site. We are adding to the information and reviews continually, so come back on a regular basis to see the latest reviews. We do not include all the Nikkors, I am not too keen on some of the cheaper consumer lenses and do not review them. Also some of the older lenses which have been superseded by more modern designs, in some cases, some of the older favourite fixed focal length lenses have been superseded by far better zoom and fixed focal length lenses. Some of the current zooms offer exceptional quality, such as the 14-24mm f/2.8 and the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR and the 200-400mm f/4 VR. Only those lenses that are currently available and are recommended from our knowledge and experience are reviewed.

Take into consideration that DX lenses are only suitable on DX bodies (DX lenses will vignette to some extent at certain focal lengths, when used on FX cameras), however the FX lenses can be used on both DX and FX bodies. In general the DX lenses are much cheaper, smaller and lighter than FX lenses.

If you currently have a DX camera and propose to move to FX cameras in the future, it may be better to start off with FX lenses, as these lenses will be suitable for both DX and FX cameras.

Nikon 1 – CX System Lenses For Mirrorless Cameras

These lenses are designed for the Nikon 1 mirrorless camera system. They range from the ultra wide 6.7mm up to the ultra long 300mm. The 6.7mm lens is equivalent to 18mm in the FX format and 300mm is equivalent to an exceptionally long lens of 810mm in the FX format. The Nikon 1 camera format is becoming quite a formidable system with the range of lenses and accessories available. If you do not require a large camera to carry around such as an FX SLR then the Nikon 1 system may be for you due to its compact nature and silent operation. My wife has a Nikon 1 camera and likes to take it everywhere due to its light weight. If you are travelling or even going about your daily activities this is the camera to take. The images from this camera will be far better than the images from any phone camera. The available lenses for this Nikon 1 CX  format can be found here.

Nikon DX (APS-C) Lens Reviews

These lenses are for the DX cameras and as stated previously they may vignette if used on FX cameras. The number of DX lenses is growing all the time.

Nikon DX Zoom Lens Reviews

Nikon have a wide range of zoom lenses for the DX cameras, they vary from f/2.8 zooms to many variable aperture lenses with a very wide focal length range which may be suitable for travelling photographers who do not want to carry large cameras and multiple lenses. The full range of Nikon DX zoom lenses can be found here.

Nikon DX Prime Lens Reviews

The DX prime lenses are essentially aimed at DX  photographers who are aiming for the top image quality and generally require lenses with low apertures. It is normally found that prime lenses will perform better than the zoom lenses, particularly the variable aperture lenses. Full details of the range of Nikon DX prime lenses are outlined here.

Nikon DX Macro Lens Reviews

These lenses are for those nature or product photographers requiring a top image quality lens for close up photography. Full details of all the Nikon DX  Micro (Macro) lenses available are here. 

Nikon FX Lens Reviews

Here we cover many of the lenses which have been designed for 35mm film cameras and for the full frame FX Digital cameras.

Nikon FX Wide Angle Prime Lens Reviews

There is a fairly large selection of FX prime wide angle lenses available for Nikon full frame cameras, however be aware that many of them are older designs and may nor perform brilliantly if you are using a high density sensor. Details of the range of Nikon FX  wide angle prime lenses are outlined here.

Nikon FX Wide Angle Zoom Lens Reviews

There are some excellent performing Nikon wide angle zoom lenses and the choice depends on your requirement for f/2.8, f/4 or a cheaper variable aperture lens. Details of all the zoom FX wide angle lenses are shown in these articles.

Nikon FX Standard Zoom Lens Reviews

These standard focal length lenses generally represent the viewpoint of the human eye. They are not as popular as they were a few years back but in my view they do perform a useful purpose. Details of the range of Nikon FX standard zoom lenses are outlined here.

Nikon FX Standard Prime Lens Reviews

These lenses are generally small, light  and compact. I use the 50mm f/1.4 G lens as my standard lens in this category. It is a great lens for low light photography. Details of the range of Nikon FX standard prime  lenses are outlined here.

Nikon Telephoto Prime Lens Reviews

If zoom lenses are not your thing then the prime telephoto lenses may be the lens to go for. For me personally my lenses in this category are the 105mm f/2.8 G AF-S  and the 200mm f/4 D Macro lenses. I find that the macro lenses also are very good at distnce thus they make for great general purpose lenses. Details of the range of Nikon FX telephoto prime lenses are outlined here.

Nikon Telephoto Zoom Lens Reviews

The Nikon telephoto zoom lenses are great quality lenses which offer flexibility in your photography. They range from fixed apertures of  f/2.8 or f/4 lenses to variable aperture lenses. Full details of these lenses are found here.

Nikon Macro/ Micro FX Lenses

 These lenses are excellent for close up photography. In my dialy photography I use two of these lenses on a regular basis, the 105mm f/2.8 G AF-S and the 200mm f/4 D Micro lenses. Details of the range of Nikon FX macro/micro lenses are outlined here.

Nikon Super Telephoto Lens Reviews

The range of Nikon super telephoto lenses are in general super heavy and also super expensive. The cheapest way to get into these lenses in my opinion is to use the 300mm f/4 AF-S or the 80-400mm AF-S zoom lenses when you have limited cash to spend. My solution was to get the 300mm f/4 and to use teleconverters when I required anything longer. This 300mm lens seems to give excellent results even when using the teleconverters. Details of all the Nikon Super Telephoto lenses can be found here.

Nikon Teleconverter (AF-S ) Reviews

These teleconverters are a very economical way to get to extremely long focal length lenses. They are suitable for for use on the super telephoto AF-S lenses. I use the TC20E III teleconverter on a regular basis with my 300mm f/4 AF-S lens. Details of the range of Nikon Teleconverters are found here.

Here are some tips on using teleconverters.

Nikon Terminology and Lens Articles, Comparisons and Usage of Lenses

There are many different aspects to the choice of lenses for your particular photographic applications and we have many information articles to help you in choosing the best lens for the purpose. We have many articles covering the broad categories of lenses to help you in making the best decisions in choosing a lens for your particular application. Please peruse our lens selection articles.