5 Lenses that Every Nikon Shooter Needs to Know About

s.smiths.smith Posts: 17Member
This article is about 5 Nikon lenses that fit into that category – the go-to lenses for pros and serious amateurs alike. If you shoot Nikon, these lenses should be part of your arsenal.

https://www.photographytalk.com/photography-articles/6517-5-lenses-that-every-nikon-shooter-needs-to-know-about
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  • IronheartIronheart Posts: 3,017Moderator
    Seriously, the 800mm? Pretty specialized (and expensive) lens. The rest are pretty reasonable choices.
  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,104Member
    LOL Cool ... I have none of them :-) and don't intend to get any of them either :-)
    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

  • PistnbrokePistnbroke Posts: 1,167Member
    Rubbish No to all except the 800 mm
  • GjesdalGjesdal Posts: 269Member
    Before I read the article I thought "that's pretty harsh statement @Pistnbroke ", but then I read it. I've got 2 of those and Search Results although I don't regret buying them at the time, I probably wouldn't have done so today.
    D810 | D7100 | Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art |Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 G AF-S VRII ED | Nikon 105mm F2.8 AF-S IF-ED VR II Micro | Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM | Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Coolpix P6000 IR converted | http://gjesdal.org
  • KillerbobKillerbob Posts: 699Member
    edited May 2016
    I have or had 4 of the lenses mentioned - the 105mm, the 70-200mm, and I had the 50mm and the 70-300mm - and most I am/was pretty happy with. The Nikon 50mm was traded in for the Sigma 50mm ART, and the 70-300mm was simply to rubbish. I changed that one for the Nikon 80-400mm, and was subsequently a much happier camper.

    If I was listing a few much have lenses, I would have added the 24-70mm f/2.8, as well as the 85mm f/1.4.
    Post edited by Killerbob on
  • picturetedpictureted Posts: 143Member
    Not a well thought out list. The lack of a mid-zoom, inclusion of the silly-big 800mm and the silly little 50/1.8 and mediocre 70-300… Well, at least not what I'd choose.

    The Nikon's I've become most fond of are the 20/1.8G, 24-85VR, 70-200/4 and 200-500VR. If I carry anything else, it's likely to be the Voigtlander 58/1.4 (I much prefer it to the Nikon 50/1.8G) and the Zeiss 100/2 Macro or Nikon's 200/4 Macro.
    pictureted at flickr
  • heartyfisherheartyfisher Posts: 3,104Member
    edited May 2016

    Not a well thought out list. The lack of a mid-zoom, inclusion of the silly-big 800mm and the silly little 50/1.8 and mediocre 70-300… Well, at least not what I'd choose.

    The Nikon's I've become most fond of are the 20/1.8G, 24-85VR, 70-200/4 and 200-500VR. If I carry anything else, it's likely to be the Voigtlander 58/1.4 (I much prefer it to the Nikon 50/1.8G) and the Zeiss 100/2 Macro or Nikon's 200/4 Macro.

    I like your list better :-) .. I have a Tammy 24-70 and a Sig 150 F2.8 macro.. and I have been eyeing the 20 1.8 and 200-500VR.. I have also been attracted to the 35 F1.8 VC and Sigma 50-100 F1.8 (Looks like it usable in 1.2 crop mode!)
    Post edited by heartyfisher on
    Moments of Light - D610 D7K S5pro 70-200f4 18-200 150f2.8 12-24 18-70 35-70f2.8 : C&C very welcome!
    Being a photographer is a lot like being a Christian: Some people look at you funny but do not see the amazing beauty all around them - heartyfisher.

  • ttyWhitettyWhite Posts: 1Member
    edited May 2016
    Hi, the link is helpful one. But do you have any idea that what kind of len should I choose to take ir photography
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  • spraynprayspraynpray Posts: 5,298Moderator
    @ttyWhite:

    Welcome to NR.

    The same lens you would use if the shot was going to be a normal spectrum shot.
    Always learning.
  • DenverShooterDenverShooter Posts: 258Member
    I have the new Nikon 800mm F/5.6 (1000mm F/7.2 with included teleconverter) and its a rocking lens. Once you have one you will find lots of reasons to use it.

    Denver Shooter
  • s.smiths.smith Posts: 17Member
    ttyWhite said:

    Hi, the link is helpful one. But do you have any idea that what kind of len should I choose to take ir photography

    Thank you ttyWhite and Welcome to NR.

  • ttyWhitettyWhite Posts: 1Member
    I simply want to shoot IR photos, as these photos are very attractive to me. So any idea on the lens to choose between?
  • IronheartIronheart Posts: 3,017Moderator
    @ttyWhite You would use the same lens as you would to get the photo you want. So if a 75mm lens gives you the Field of View (FoV) you want, use that. If you like wide-angle shots, use that. Perhaps a better question would be, what do you want to shoot? A whole forrest or a single tree?
    (yes, this is completely off-topic, but the article in photographytalk was lame anyway :wink:)
  • PapermanPaperman Posts: 468Member
    The author has wasted his time writing & I have wasted my time looking ( and now responding :) ) at the so called " 5 lenses to know about " ....
  • harlequin2harlequin2 Posts: 4Member
    An interesting selection. I have the 50mm 1.8G out of all those and it gets a lot of use. I also have a Tamron 16 -300 zoom and that gets stuck onto the D3300 body to make what is to my mind, a perfect "traveller's kit". Covers just about any situation, its small, light and not a huge expense if it gets lost/stolen/drowned or whatever. And the best image sensor in the business!
    BTW, if you fit an SD card with "EZ-share" you have built-in wi-fi which is quite handy...
  • NikoniserNikoniser Posts: 93Member
    Ironheart said:

    @ttyWhite You would use the same lens as you would to get the photo you want. So if a 75mm lens gives you the Field of View (FoV) you want, use that. If you like wide-angle shots, use that. Perhaps a better question would be, what do you want to shoot? A whole forrest or a single tree?
    (yes, this is completely off-topic, but the article in photographytalk was lame anyway :wink:)

    This is not really true.... many otherwise good lenses have IR hotspots and its helpful to pick a lens with an IR focus point marked.
  • NikoniserNikoniser Posts: 93Member
    Ironheart said:

    @ttyWhite You would use the same lens as you would to get the photo you want. So if a 75mm lens gives you the Field of View (FoV) you want, use that. If you like wide-angle shots, use that. Perhaps a better question would be, what do you want to shoot? A whole forrest or a single tree?
    (yes, this is completely off-topic, but the article in photographytalk was lame anyway :wink:)

    This is not really true.... many otherwise good lenses have IR hotspots and its helpful to pick a lens with an IR focus point marked.
  • John_B_GougeJohn_B_Gouge Posts: 3Member
    I have one of them - the cheapest!!
  • Rx4PhotoRx4Photo Posts: 1,176Member
    s.smith said:

    If you shoot Nikon, these lenses should be part of your arsenal.

    Seriously ???

    I had the Nikon 50. Sold it. Love, love the Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art.
    I had the Nikon 70-300mm. Sold it. Don't miss it.
    The Nikon 800mm ?? ... unfortunately MOST Nikon shooters can't put this in their arsenal.
    The article mentions nothing wider than the 50mm. How boring as some of the most interesting and dramatic photos are accomplished with wide angle or ultra-wide lenses.

    Not a good compilation of lenses in my opinion.
    D800 | D7000 | Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 | 24-70mm f/2.8 | 70-200mm f/2.8 | 35mm f/1.8G | 85mm f/1.4G | Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art | Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art | Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM | Zeiss 100mm Makro-Planar ZF.2 | Flash controllers: Phottix Odin TTL

  • paulrpaulr Posts: 922Member
    No mention of the 24-70 lens in that list I have a 24-70 and a 800 I know which i use most,and it ain't 800mm
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  • TriShooterTriShooter Posts: 214Member
    Great comments that are on the mark on a subject that depends on what you want to shoot. Regardless any article that recommends the Nikon 70-300mm as being a lens to know about is suspect. Buying 70-300mm lens is a stop gap at best.

    The new 80-400mm beats the 70-300mm like a drum as Killerbob said above.

    Anyone with an FF camera is well served to stick with the 24-70mm and 70-200mm at the beginning and then add the 14-24mm and the super telephotos after they know from experience if or what they need. The 14-24mm is a spectacular lens but still a specialty lens unless you are shooting a lot of landscapes and house interiors.

    I love my fixed focal length lenses like the Carl Zeiss 135mm, but again it is more practical to keep a record of what you shoot before buying fixed focal length lenses. When someone decides on a fixed focal length, it pays to research it because Sigma's ART line is impressive, and if you can tolerate manual focusing Carl Zeiss's new lenses are a joy to use as well.
  • MegapixelSchnitzelMegapixelSchnitzel Posts: 175Member
    Its amazing how different we all are, but yet similar. There is only one lens on that list that I own and have justifiable use for (the 70-200 VR). I do think the 800 would be a chick magnet at Photokina, though.
  • dissentdissent Posts: 1,172Member
    Yeah, the 80-400G is better than the 70-300G. But the 70-300 is $500 and the 80-400 is $2300, so there's that.

    I've got a decent copy of the 70-300G, and I'm not ready to give it up yet. Feels like a feather on my D7000 after swinging the D7100/200-500 combo around for a while at the Oshkosh airshow.
    - Ian . . . [D7000, D7100; Nikon glass: 35 f1.8, 85 f1.8, 70-300 VR, 105 f2.8 VR, 12-24 f4; 16-85 VR, 300 f4D, 14E-II TC, SB-400, SB-700 . . . and still plenty of ignorance]
  • tc88tc88 Posts: 193Member
    I agree with TriShooter and other complainers about the 70-300mm. Any list that includes it other than the "temporary stopgap list" is rubbish.
  • picturetedpictureted Posts: 143Member
    tc88 said:

    I agree with TriShooter and other complainers about the 70-300mm. Any list that includes it other than the "temporary stopgap list" is rubbish.

    I did not like the 70-300G on my D7000/D7100 and got the 70-200/4. When I picked up the D810, I stayed with the 70-200/4. On the D500, on the other hand, the 70-300 has been excellent. The wide zoom range, small size/weight, capable VR and decent AF make it a real winner.

    Rubbish? Not my copy. Stop gap, no. Regular kit, yes. The biggest failing of the 70-300 is the lack of a collar for tripod shooting at 300mm, but it's really a lens for hand-holding and going light.

    If I want to shoot wildlife with longer focal lengths, I'll use the 200-500VR, but for a walk-around or a parade, give me the 70-300 on a D500 for all day shooting.
    pictureted at flickr
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