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Choosing lenses for DSLR : What to choose for Nikon Cameras

After buying a new APS-C DSLR Camera with a lens bundle you might have realized the pictures are not all that great where the quality doesn’t meet your expectations . Sticking with your kit lens you will never realize the true potential of your DSLR. If you thought a DSLR with a bundled lens is the do all and end all of photography than you are in for an unpleasant surprise. With good skill you can still take good pictures with your Nikon kit lens but their are dedicated lenses for different focal lengths whose quality cannot be matched by most lenses which are bundled with your DSLR.So here we are going to recommend lenses which are dedicated for different focal lengths and also categorize the cheap and expensive ones for you to decide when you think about moving on from your kit lens.


General purpose lens

Value option

AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Nikon keeps updating their lenses but the names remain almost similar like this lens and the one mentioned below.This is the new version of the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G with a new autofocus motor and sharper optics which makes considering this lens for general purpose photography a decent choice.Normally kit lenses are not regarded highly by professionals but Nikon has really stepped up its Game with this lens and you can rest assured this will serve you well for your general purpose needs.


AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II

More often than not this lens came bundled with a new APS-C DSLR.Now that it  has been succeeded by the more formidable AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR you might not find it in new Camera bundles but as a stand alone lens it is much cheaper than the updated version and that maybe the only thing it has going for it as the new AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR takes better pictures, has Vibration reduction for good pictures in low light and has the new motor for ultrafast Autofocus.


Ideal option

Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM -$700 to $800

Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM

This is a lens by Sigma which has the performance of 3 prime lenses in a single package. It has an aperture of F1.8 which means you should be able to take amazing pictures in low light and for indoors photography. If you plan to do lots of shooting in low light or indoors or for taking lots of people pics for good memories than this should be your ideal lens. If you have a cheap general purpose lens like any Nikkor 18-55 mm than don’t expect extraordinary  quality in low light or indoors. We wish the asking price was less for this lens but you can rest assured you will get beautiful pics with this lens.


Telephoto Lens

Value option

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR -$299 to $399

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

A good telephoto option for Nikon DX cameras which can handle your long range photo taking requirement and also provide good value at $299.Not particularly good at taking low light shots and maybe a little slow to focus but for the price you are getting a decent lens.


Ideal option

AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR – $399.95

AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR

The ideal option for DX cameras with sharp optics and fast autofocusing  for capturing fast action at different focal lengths. This lens will give you good reach and it also comes with VR to offset camera shake to produce good photos but be sure to get the VR version of this lens (check for VR in the name) as the same is available without VR which cannot match the VR lens in performance.


Prime Lens

Ideal option with amazing value

AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm F1.8G

AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm F1.8G

This is a must have prime lens and you should get this lens as soon as you buy a new Nikon APS-C DSLR . If you have a small budget for lenses and you feel your kit lens doesn’t meet your expectations then you can take our word for it for what its worth that there is no substitute to this lens and it produces exceptional photos and provides tons of value for the price. This is the first lens to buy for your Nikon camera as its cheap, produces superb professional looking pictures as opposed to a kit lens and you can be sure to impress your friends with the photos from this lens. Note that this lens has no zoom but the 35mm focal length  is not too wide nor too narrow which means this can be your general purpose walk around lens till when you might need another lens for taking telephoto or wide angle pictures so this can be on your camera 80 percent of the time . Obviously for general picture taking the kit lens is there but the picture quality of a kit lens cannot match that of a prime lens.


Wide angle Lens

Value option

 

Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens

Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens

This lens will satisfy your wide angle requirements for taking wide shots of landscape or any other subject where the minimum focal length of your kit lens is not enough. The maximum aperture of 3.5 is significant and should help in low light situations and picture quality is respectable keeping in mind the price of the lens.


Ideal option

AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm F3.5-4.5G ED

 AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm F3.5-4.5G ED

This is  the only wide angle  lens by Nikon for their APS-C DSLR lineup and the photos produced by this lens is exceptional. Lauded by review critics everywhere you can be sure that this is the best wide angle lens which you will ever require till you decide to move to full frame cameras or change your camera brand. The only downside though that Nikon is charging way too much for this lens so if you absolutely need the best then this is the lens to go for.


All in one Lens

Ideal option

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

So you want one lens which can do everything and not carry a heavy lens bag wherever you go. Your best and ideal option is the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR which covers the whole range from wide angle to telephoto. So whether you want to take pictures from really far or a few centimeters away from the subject this lens has you covered but there is a reason dedicated lens for different focal range exist because of their benefits over an All in one lens.For example you might struggle to take fast moving subjects in low light, action photography ,indoor family pictures in less than adequate light, portrait pictures, pictures with bokeh among other things but that is not to say this lens is not capable of taking good pictures. It is a lens which can definitely meet your expectations but every lens has its limitations. So go ahead and weigh the pros and cons carefully before deciding to for an All-in-one lens.


 

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