Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.
Under the famous Nikon brand, the most different equipment for photographers – both amateur and professional. This applies to “carcasses”, and lenses, and accessories. It is the original Nikon lenses that will be the theme today’s special magazine thematic review.
Our experts sorted the most worthy models into two groups: the first – primary / intermediate level at an affordable price; the second – professional lenses of a premium class without restrictions at cost. Each group will have different lenses. specializations – reportage, portrait, macro and other types.
- Top Nikon Lens Rating
- Top Nikon entry-level and mid-range lenses
- Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f / 1.8G
- Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR
- Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 40mm f / 2.8G
- Nikkor AF-P DX 10-20mm f / 4.5-5.6G VR
- Nikkor AF-S VR Zoom 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G IF-ED
- Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR
- Top Nikon Professional Lenses
- Nikkor 24-70mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S
- Nikkor 16-35mm f / 4G ED AF-S VR
- Nikkor 14-24MM F / 2.8G ED AF-S
- Nikkor AF 10.5mm f / 2.8G ED DX Fisheye
- Nikkor AF-S 105mm f / 1.4E ED
- Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S VR II Zoom
Top Nikon Lens Rating
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Top Nikon entry-level and mid-range lenses||1||Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f / 1.8G||9 940 rub.|
|2||Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR||14 950 rub.|
|3||Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 40mm f / 2.8G||17 190 rub.|
|4||Nikkor AF-P DX 10-20mm f / 4.5-5.6G VR||20 490 rub.|
|5||Nikkor AF-S VR Zoom 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G IF-ED||33 990 rub.|
|6||Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR||37 000 rub.|
|Top Nikon Professional Lenses||1||Nikkor 24-70mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S||79 990 rub.|
|2||Nikkor 16-35mm f / 4G ED AF-S VR||62,490 rubles|
|3||Nikkor 14-24MM F / 2.8G ED AF-S||76 990 rub.|
|4||Nikkor AF 10.5mm f / 2.8G ED DX Fisheye||50 990 rub.|
|5||Nikkor AF-S 105mm f / 1.4E ED||104 880 rub.|
|6||Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S VR II Zoom||108 990 rub.|
Top Nikon entry-level and mid-range lenses
So, let’s start with the relatively inexpensive Nikon lenses. Here not the cheapest, but the most worthy models for beginner photographers and for those who are already mature enough, to replace whale glass with a more informed choice. Price individual copies can be exceeded for 500 US dollars, but nevertheless, this is not a premium segment, but quite affordable for those who has serious intentions in mastering photography as a profession or art.
Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f / 1.8G
And the first of the first to consider the most inexpensive in the selection, the most standard and concurrently the most understandable lens. it the first obvious candidate to replace whale glass, whatever it was good. He is able to provide an unexpectedly high aperture, beautiful bokeh and overall impressive quality Images. Suitable for any non-full frame Nikon cameras (with FX format is not compatible). The model was announced in 2009, and after more than 10 years does not lose in demand.
This is a classic lens, small – 70mm diameter and maximum 52.5mm length, and light – only 200g. Bayonet Nikon DX. Body plastic, but metal mount. Focal length fixed – 35mm.
There are no moving external parts in the front of the lens, then there are filters you can install without hindrance. 8 optical elements in 6 groups, including one aspherical. Over focus only the back lens answers – it moves, but does not rotate. Of controls on the body are only compact focus ring and AF switch.
Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f / 1.8G achieves good without problems sharpness at all apertures. Rarely, but can “smear,” so in special cases it makes sense to do a series and control the sharpness in process. But predominantly guaranteed a good study parts even with f / 1.8 aperture, albeit with small losses contrast at the edges. With f / 2.8–4, this effect is similar to not. The optimal range is f / 5.6–8, and with f / 11 it will already be noticeable diffraction.
The frankly weak point of this model is pronounced distortion. Of course, it is not the same as it is with wide-angle, but still an attentive eye will notice her. This is a little strange for a lens with such an ordinary focal length, but it is a fact. therefore “in-chamber” adjustment functions or post-processing in graphics applications will be needed.
As for vignetting, it can be noticeable in the open aperture. If you cover it, the effect almost disappears and will be noticeable only when shooting a solid light background. For portrait photography the effect is often even more beneficial than harmful.
To summarize, the Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f / 1.8G Is a one-stop solution for amateur and semi-professional shooting both indoors and during a walk. Best he shows himself in portraiture.
The official guarantee for this and all subsequent models in the review primary and secondary level is 24 months if not specified another.
- compact and durable case;
- no retractable parts;
- high-quality drawing;
- one of the best aperture in the amateur segment;
- high-quality portraiture;
- good detail;
- value for money
- two years warranty from the manufacturer.
- noticeable distortion.
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR
The second model in the selection of the best amateur Nikon lenses half the price of the previous one, but the purpose here is different. it superstable with powerful stabilization, able to cover most inquiries of the beginning photographer. It fits equally well for portraiture, and landscape – in this he is just as universal, like the previous one, but with an expanded spectrum of opportunities.
As for super zoom, this model is very compact – 78x97mm in dimensions. Weighs 490g. Mount – Nikon F (DX). Compatible with Nikon DX cameras. The focal length here varies from 18 to 140mm. 7-blade aperture F3.50 – F5.60. There is a block optical stabilization. 17 optical elements in 12 groups, from They have one aspherical lens and one low dispersion. Viewing angle in ranging from 76 to 113 degrees. min The smallest focusing distance – 0.45m. The focus engine is ultrasonic. Thread for 67mm filter in diameter.
The wide rubberized zoom ring takes up a larger lens area when folded. When zooming in on maximum, and even with a hood on, its length doubles. In general, users give ergonomics the highest ratings.
With a 7.8x optical zoom, the model is completely Suitable for shooting objects at very remote distances. The likelihood of lubrication is minimized through effective vibration reduction. It also allows you to easily shoot with more slow shutter speed than usual – up to four steps. The system itself vibration compensation works silently both when shooting a photo, and video.
The combination of aspherical lenses and ultra-low dispersion lenses (ED) guarantees high resolution and the same high contrast, with low color distortion and aberrations.
Finally, a wide range of positions makes it easy on the fly turn the lens from a wide angle into a telescopic one with all intermediate provisions. Thus, it is optimal travelers and travel bloggers for shooting a variety of pictures – from wide colorful landscapes to individual distant objects with high detail.
Complaints about the lens among users are minimal, and mainly come from very picky photographers. The only thing that almost everyone is dissatisfied with is the bundle. TO the lens in the kit does not have a hood, or even a case, or at least cover.
- compact and lightweight (as for superzoom);
- high-quality optics;
- wide range of provisions;
- one fine lens;
- ultrasonic focus engine;
- silent and effective system of vibration reduction;
- value for money and quality.
- poor equipment.
Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 40mm f / 2.8G
Now let’s make a significant transition from universal superzoom to a macro lens. However, he is also not focused on a narrow topic and universal enough – can be used for quite ordinary shooting, including portrait. This is due to the focal length. in 40mm. It is only slightly more expensive than the previous model.
This model is also compact – 68 × 64mm in size and double lighter than the previous – 235g. Plastic housing, bayonet mount metal. The front lens extends significantly when focusing, but does not rotate, so that the gradient and polarization filters can be used without hindrance. 9 elements of optics in 7 groups. No aspherical or low dispersion lenses. Mount – Nikon F (DX). The aperture here is F2.80, the minimum value is F22. Angle review – 38.50 deg. min The minimum focusing distance is 0.163m. Thread for a light filter 52mm in diameter.
The autofocus engine in this model is built-in, and the lens can be Install on Nikon D3XXX and D5XXX series cameras. Speed focusing is average, and in macro mode it’s frankly slow, albeit reliable. The autofocus engine is very noisy – when shooting a video of it will be heard, and this is the second drawback of this model.
Here we have a whole step lower aperture than the first models in the review, but experts do not consider this a drawback, highlighting advantage – the ability to focus at short distances and ability to give a scale of 1: 1. However, the aperture is worth remembering and know that in poor lighting the corresponding artifacts.
With an open aperture, the model gives very good detail, only slightly lower compared to the Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f / 1.8G. But worth aperture begin to cover up, and the situation is radically changing in the best side. We obtain optimal results on f / 8.
What else is good with this model is the minimal geometric distortions. So, the distortion is so insignificant that for the vast most pictures will not need correction. Vignetting obvious only with open aperture.
Finally, about subject shooting and macro. Minimum distance focusing at 0.163m is minimal in every way. With this the distance the lens will almost abut the front lens in filmed object. But there is also a “pitfall” – the source The camera will block the light. But expect miracles like from professional lenses with a focal length of 200mm in this the case is naive.
- compact and lightweight;
- universal – macro, city and portraiture;
- high detail;
- slight vignetting;
- low geometric distortion.
- noisy autofocus engine;
- slow autofocus in macro mode.
Nikkor AF-P DX 10-20mm f / 4.5-5.6G VR
The next type of lens selected from our experts in assortment of high-quality amateur “glass” Nikon is wide-angle and even with the prefix “over”. Moreover, he, too as compact and light as possible even for entry level. Its main purpose is obvious – shooting there, where maximum viewing angle is needed.
Dimensions of the lens – 77x73mm, weight – 230g. Plastic housing and the bayonet mount is also plastic. This is slightly alarming, but There are no systematic complaints, but only comments on this fact. The front lens does not rotate, so polarization filters can use without restriction. Inside 14 elements of optics in 11 groups, of which three aspherical lenses.
An important point to make here. This is the only model in A group that uses the AF-P AF engine. His the advantage is that it is quieter and faster than almost all motors AF-S. But the technology itself is relatively new, and the lens is inextricably associated with the “carcass” for a number of points. Therefore work autofocus will only be on Nikon cameras no older than 2013. On the some older cameras will not function even manual focus. But if the camera is fairly new, AF-S technology is definitely will please: the focus is extremely fast, accurate and silent.
The focal length of this model is from 10 to 20 mm. On the DX matrix The coverage will be the same as 15-30mm on a full-frame sensor. Angle the view at 10mm is 107 degrees – this is a lot, and you can to shoot everything around without retreating anywhere.
As for the features of the resulting image, vignetting it turns out not too noticeable, but on the aperture f / 8 becomes completely invisible, virtually disappears. Sharpness at minimum focal length satisfactory even with open aperture, and as it closes, it gets higher, and significantly. At exceeding f / 11, sharpness begins to decline due to diffraction. At the edges of the frame, the sharpness differs markedly from the center in side of the blur, but for an inexpensive super wide angle it’s quite yourself the norm.
As for distortion, there are no surprises here – its just here It can not be. Standard control tool – internal tools camera corrections or third-party software like Adobe Lightroom / Camera RAW. We do not even consider this a disadvantage.
- compact and lightweight;
- effective stabilizer;
- ultra wide viewing angle;
- slight vignetting;
- high detail at certain aperture values;
- fast, accurate and silent autofocus;
- high-quality video.
- switching focus and stabilizer only through the menu;
- zero backward compatibility with cameras older than 2013 release;
- plastic bayonet mount.
Nikkor AF-S VR Zoom 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Next in the selection of the best Nikon amateur and mid-range version follows an inexpensive classic telephoto lens with a stabilizer and a variable focal length. Its most frequent and appropriate application is shooting sports competitions, various animals in the wild, and portrait shooting.
Let’s start with the design. Dimensions of the lens – 80 × 143.5mm, weight – 745g. Such striking differences from previous light and compact The models are obvious since this is a full-frame telephoto lens. If a to compare, then this model has a worthy alternative – Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300 mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR, but introduced the lens is half the price of a number of parameters (vignetting, distortion) is even better. The case is mainly plastic, bayonet Nikon F (FX) metal. Front lens lens when zooming moves forward, but not as dramatically as it does in superzoom, and doesn’t spin.
The focal length of this model is variable from 70 to 300mm. 9-blade aperture – F4.50-F5.60 with a minimum value of F32. There is autofocus and optical stabilization. 17 optical elements per 12 groups, including two low-dispersed ED elements. Range viewing angles – from 8.10 to 34.20 degrees. min Minimum distance focusing – 1.5m. Thread for filter 67mm in diameter.
Nikkor AF-S VR Zoom 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G IF-ED – it’s optimal priced solution for those who prefer shooting remote objects. There is not such a large range of focal lengths as the next model in the review and due to this it is less universal, but in terms of optical characteristics, the lens is certainly good. Here, minimally pronounced vignetting, higher sharpness, and distortion is almost completely absent. About its affordable price and compatibility with full-frame cameras we have already mentioned, but recall.
Of the moments that can annoy in this lens, you can to highlight the drop in autofocus speed when working in television mode, as well as a drop in detail with an open aperture in the same teleposition. But its advantages and, in particular, wide compatibility with both AX-C DX cameras and equal degrees with full-frame cameras far outweigh limitations.
- relatively compact and lightweight for a telephoto lens;
- effective optical stabilization;
- compatibility with full-frame cameras;
- almost complete absence of distortion;
- minimal vignetting;
- reasonable price for a lens of this type and class.
- in teleposition on the open diaphragm decreases detailing;
- in teleposition relatively low speed autofocus.
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR
Complete the selection of the best Nikon primary and secondary lenses level according to the magazine version is another superzoom, despite the fact that This type of lens we have already discussed above. Everything is just here. solves the widest range of focal lengths and a number of other characteristics that make this model three times more expensive compared to the above Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR.
So, here we are dealing with a universal lens with a powerful optical stabilization, and its main advantage is the coverage of all conceivable focal lengths – from 18 to 300mm. Lens also compact (comparatively, taking into account the range of focal lengths) – 83x120mm in size with a very significant weight of 830g. If a compare with the closest classic example – Nikon 70-200 2.8, then the observed model is half as much. This is one of the few so universal superzoom that you can successfully use for shooting wildlife, wide landscapes, and at the same time time for portraits.
Consider the remaining key features. Aperture of 9 petals F3.50 – F5.60 with a minimum value of F22–32. Mount – Nikon F (DX). 19 optical elements in 14 groups, 3 of them aspherical and 3 low dispersion lenses. Viewing angle – 5.20-76 degrees. min The minimum focusing distance is 0.45m. Focusing internal on the ultrasonic engine. Thread for 77mm filter diameter.
Now we describe how this lens behaves in work. Firstly, there is a purely mechanical feature – when zooming the front lens extends so far that it extends the lens to three times To prevent the zoom from accidentally extending the lens while walking, the housing has a telescopic retainer folded structure. There is still a small life hack for an additional guarantee not to kill the lens against the wall while walking – never remove a hood that will serve as a buffer.
According to the characteristics of the resulting image in this model, to Unfortunately, there are drawbacks. So, for example, the lens gives a pronounced distortion and noticeable vignetting. So post-processing in special programs or internal means of the camera will be necessary. At an open aperture, sharpness will noticeably decrease. from the center to the edges. Autofocus drop at large focal lengths distances – the lesser of evils, but also annoying.
- the broadest coverage of focal lengths;
- relatively compact and lightweight;
- effective stabilization;
- Compatible with all Nikon amateur cameras.
- pronounced distortion and vignetting;
- at significant focal lengths, a drop in speed autofocus;
- on an open aperture, a decrease in sharpness from the center to the edges.
To summarize, in order to orient as accurately as possible our readers to choose. The presented lenses are different purpose, dimensions, zoom, weight and value. In many points they intersect in the possibilities and plot shooting directions, but there are some common points.
So, for example, if you know exactly what you’ll shoot portraits, landscapes and portraits against the backdrop of landscapes, then you are fine Fits Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR. If It’s supposed to be shooting something in dynamics – sports, activities, wild fauna, you need a large focal length, and super telezones like Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm will help here f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR or Nikkor AF-S VR Zoom 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G IF-ED. Model Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f / 1.8G will be a faithful assistant on every day, including difficult shooting conditions. Well, Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 40mm f / 2.8G can do almost everything the same, plus more 1: 1 macro photography.
In general, to cover all requests, even a beginner, but actively developing photographer, you may need it right away several lenses of different types. All of the above applies and professional lenses, which we now consider.
Top Nikon Professional Lenses
The second group of models is the real stars of a professional assortment of Nikon Their distinctive feature that is visible to the naked eye – a golden border around the circumference of the body of the lens. Prices are different, but in the tens of thousands of rubles, and some copies are more expensive than 100 thousand rubles. But those who are willing to do professionally, they understand well that with the right approach such an investment will quickly pay off.
Nikkor 24-70mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S
The first to consider the lens, which in its aggregate characteristics fall under the conditional reporting category models. In practice, it is often used by professional Photographers for shooting important celebrations and events. Thanks to a sufficiently powerful zoom, the lens allows you to easily shoot remote objects.
Key lens specifications and features those are. Case dimensions – 83x133mm, weight – 900g. Mount – Nikon F (FX) with rubber O-ring. Focal Length – From 24 to 70mm. Aperture of 9 blades – F2.80 with a minimum value of F22. Lens system of 15 optical elements in 11 groups, from There are 3 aspherical ones. Viewing angle – 34.20 – 84 degrees. min Minimum focus distance – 0.38m. Thread for 77mm filter diameter.
Compared to comparable key features amateur models, this lens has significant advantages, characteristic of his level. This translates into significantly more high quality of certain types of materials, and in individual big and small improvements: from the ring-seal to bayonet mount to a nanocrystalline lens coating designed to eliminate the effect of double vision and glare.
Optically, this model is worked out deeply and efficiently. Geometrical distortions are minimal, and they appear mainly only in wide-angle position – distortion and distortion are visible prospects. Chromatic aberration does not perceptibly appear. Of the strengths of this model can be distinguished incredibly tenacious, high-quality and silent autofocus. Function AF tracking is virtually flawless – plenty independent trials showed a vanishingly small number of “defective” frames.
The developers took good care of filtering out glare, bifurcations and all kinds of stray flashes. But there are no miracles and yet they slip, especially with backlight. Sharpness and detail can sag slightly along the edges of the frame, but only on open diaphragm. Already starting with F / 5.6 the difference is open the diaphragm will be dramatic for the better. The fault of the fall sharpness at the edges – diffraction, so there is an open aperture to avoid. As an option, use a high-quality ND filter.
- flawless materials and assembly;
- attention of developers to details (a sealant for a bayonet mount and other);
- wide coverage of focal lengths;
- nanocrystalline lens coating to prevent glare and bifurcations;
- protection against dust and splashes.
- no stabilizer;
- faulty balancing with compact carcasses in wide angle mode.
Nikkor 16-35mm f / 4G ED AF-S VR
The second in the review of the best professional lenses Nikon goes a broad-based model in every sense. This is a wide angle with zoom functionality. Designed to work full frame cameras.
We’ll clarify right away that the full-frame orientation of this model is by no means does not limit the use of the lens with crop cameras. But here you need to remember that crop factor will destroy one of the main lens benefits – wide viewing angle.
Structurally, this model is respected, as well as practically the entire series of top-end Nikon lenses with a gold edge. Lasting metal case, quality materials, impeccable strong assembly, high-quality dust and moisture protection – these are all signs premium class. Case dimensions – 82.5x125mm, weight – 685g. Focal lengths are from 16 to 35mm. F4 aperture with minimal value of F22. Mount – Nikon F (FX). The lens system consists of 17 optical elements in 13 groups, of which three aspherical lenses and two are fine. Viewing angle – 63-107 degrees. min Distance for focusing – a minimum of 0.28m. Thread for 77mm filter diameter.
The strength of this model is excellent tenacious, accurate and silent autofocus on an ultrasonic SWM engine. On the case the lens is a mechanical switch of auto and manual focusing. Manual debugging is also supported. autofocus.
Another notable advantage is effective stabilization, based on the optical stabilization unit of the second generation VR II. It is able to compensate for shaking when shooting video, as well as allows you to take normal, high-quality handheld shots when relatively long exposure.
In concluding, we can say the same thing where we started, but more subjectively. Nikkor 16-35mm f / 4G ED AF-S VR is universal professional lens capable of shooting landscapes and dynamic reporting, portraits and architecture. Wide viewing angle combined with a full-frame camera will fit in the frame a lot. True, here you can’t do without geometric distortions, True, not too critical – a small barrel-shaped distortion with a minimum focal length.
- strong metal case;
- flawless materials and assembly;
- dust and moisture protection;
- fast and quiet ultrasonic AF engine;
- manual autofocus fine-tuning;
- effective stabilization.
- sharpness drop at the edges with an open aperture at minimum focal lengths;
- slight manifestation of distortion at minimum focal lengths distances.
Nikkor 14-24MM F / 2.8G ED AF-S
Further in the selection of the best professional “glass” Nikon followed by another wide-angle zoom lens with similar but still slightly different characteristics than the previous model. Nikon has been releasing this lens since 2013, and it is now in 2020. is in stable high demand. Pros agree that this optics is one of the best in the market for landscape photography.
Let’s go through the technical specifications. Case dimensions – 98 x 131.5mm, weight – 1000g. Range of focal lengths – from 14 to 24mm. Aperture of 9 blades is F2.80 with a minimum value of F22. Bayonet – Nikon F (FX). Autofocus 14 optical elements in 11 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and two low-dispersion ones. Angle review – 84 – 114 degrees. min Minimum focusing distance – 0.28m
This model provides perfectly calibrated and thoughtful range of focal lengths. Difference on the lower border with the previous 2mm model has serious significance in this context. 14mm make it possible to shoot voluminous landscapes with tangible depth and “bulge”, as well as shoot from a low point when closed aperture with extended depth of field (DOF).
It’s worth saying that this is a fast lens and aperture f / 2.8 here does not open obvious horizons to everyone. So if landscapes are most often shot on a closed aperture, then astrophotography requires the opposite. And Nikkor 14-24MM F / 2.8G ED AF-S capable of making stunning images of the Milky Way, the northern shining and other bewitching objects of the night sky.
The lens provides outstanding sharpness, including at open aperture, including the edges of the frame. That’s pretty very rare and of particular importance when It is supposed to print photos in large size. Between the center and the edges will still have a difference in sharpness, especially on a wide one. But it will be the difference between “very sharp” and “sharp”, not “sharp” and “flooded”.
And another notable advantage of this model is the vanishingly small geometric distortion of the horizon, even with strong inclinations cameras. The barrel-shaped effect is also extremely negligible. Natural perspective vertical distortion professional photographers masterfully used to scale mountains and other elevations, as well as for the effect of scattering the foreground.
- strong metal case;
- reliable protection against dust and moisture;
- high-quality autofocus;
- manual autofocus fine-tuning;
- minimal geometric distortion;
- outstanding sharpness, including open aperture and the edges of the frame;
- large aperture (can beautifully shoot the night sky).
- a lot of spurious reflections from the surfaces of the lenses;
- user concern about insecure convex front lens.
Nikkor AF 10.5mm f / 2.8G ED DX Fisheye
If we completed the review of the previous model on the convex front lens, in the case of Nikkor 10.5mm f / 2.8G ED DX Fisheye this the lens is most pronounced even in the name. It is a professional fisheye lens with an appropriate range of tasks.
It’s not just “fish”, even if it’s professional. His equivalent focal length is 16mm, which means on cameras Nikon DX it will be almost the full equivalent of full-frame Nikon AF Fisheye Nikkor 16mm 1: 2.8D. In addition, he gives completely 180 degrees of view, inconceivable at the time of the announcement, outstanding depth of field and a whole series of bright parameters.
Let’s review the technical specifications of the Nikkor 10.5mm f / 2.8G ED DX Fisheye. Case dimensions – 63×62.5mm, weight – 300g. Focal distance – 10.5mm. Aperture of 7 blades – F2.80 with a minimum value of F22. Bayonet – Nikon F (DX). 10 elements of optics in 7 groups, including one fine lens. Viewing angle again recall – 180 degrees. min Minimum focusing distance – 0.14m
Immediately clarify one point. This lens has a screwdriver focusing. This is not a flaw in the engineers, but purely “historical” reasons, but for this the model gets its well-deserved minus in the list disadvantages. He will only work fully with “carcasses”, supporting AF optics, but on cameras Nikon D40 / 60 loses autofocus option. But at wide angles, and this trouble It doesn’t look so critical, as the depth of field of the Nikkor AF The 10.5mm f / 2.8G ED DX Fisheye has a significant margin.
One of the important advantages of this model is its minimum weight. it one of the lightest and most compact “features” for DSLRs. Another the moment that experts emphasize in it – the ability to confidently hold the sun in the frame. As for glare, opinions are shared polar, but information about the instability of the lens to glare raise doubts about complete objectivity.
When shooting objects at close range, it is important to consider that the minimum distance for this model is very short – only 0.14m, but at the same time there is no internal focusing, and when hovering front lens extends slightly forward. That is too much close to the subject you should bring the camera with a special caution.
- compact and lightweight;
- fine lens in the system;
- viewing angle of 180 degrees;
- depth of field;
- “screwdriver” autofocus drive.
Nikkor AF-S 105mm f / 1.4E ED
There was a place in our review for the top portrait optics Nikon. The presented professional model came out relatively recently but instantly received the most positive feedback in professional circles.
The dimensions of this “portrait” are very decent – 94.5x106mm, and impressive weight – 985g. The focal length is 105mm. Aperture of 9 rounded petals – f / 1.4 with a minimum value of f / 1.6. 14optics elements in 9 groups, including 3 low-dispersion lenses. Viewing angle with full-frame cameras – 23 ° 10 ‘and 15 ° 20’ with cameras type DX. The minimum focusing distance is 1 meter. Thread for light filter 82mm in diameter. Separate lenses (accurate information no) contain a fluorine-containing or nanocrystalline Nano coating Crystal Coat.
This lens has received a number of innovations from developers and progressive approaches. For example, updated electromagnetic diaphragm control mechanism. So In this way, the camera’s capabilities in high-speed are greatly enhanced. shooting. Also, one of the first moments that immediately triggers Any user’s approval is fast autofocus.
On the other hand, against the background of advantages, it looks strange and very frustrated by the lack of a stabilization system. Such a decision developers are at least strange. With any portrait shooting hand shake is inevitable and, as a consequence, blurring of the frame. Photographers defeat this nuisance by changing the shutter speed to critical values.
What gets literally rave reviews from professionals, so it’s bokeh. In this regard, this model is capable of miracles. Such special magic provides a characteristic effect: on diaphragms f / 1.4 – f / 1.8 background flares at the edges of the frame take on elongated shape, and more than f / 1.4 become rounded throughout the frame, creating a bewitching symmetry.
There is vignetting on the open aperture, but it doesn’t too intrusive and does not rush into the eyes. About sharpness, here no one has any questions for this model – design, quality of materials, modern and detailed a well-thought-out optical scheme ensures sufficient sharpness in the entire area of the frame.
On an open diaphragm, chromatic aberration is almost inevitable, but already at f / 2 they almost completely disappear.
- improved and accelerated aperture;
- fast autofocus;
- amazing bokeh;
- slight vignetting even on an open aperture.
- no stabilization system.
Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S VR II Zoom
And completes the review of the best Nikon lenses according to the magazine bright representative of the top Nikon optics line – aperture Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S VR II Zoom telephoto lens. By combination of characteristics and quality of feedback from sophisticated Photographers and eminent reporters, this is one of the best Nikon professional lenses.
First, let’s review the main technical specifications. Range focal lengths of this model – from 70 to 200mm. Aperture F2.80 of 9 petals, the minimum value is F22. Bayonet – Nikon F (FX). Built-in autofocus and optical stabilization. 21 optical element in 16 groups, of which as many as 7 low-dispersion lenses. Angles review – from 12.20-34.20 deg.min. Minimum Focus Distance – 1.4m. Internal focusing. Thread for 77mm filter diameter. 36x24mm full-frame image format.
This is the largest and heaviest lens in our review – 87x209mm in size and 1540g of weight. It is made directly in Japan, and no one has questions about the assembly. Data about there is no protection against external factors, but the presence of rubber seal on the bayonet hints at least a basic dust- and moisture protection.
In this model, one of the most effective systems can be observed. optical image stabilization. According to the manufacturer and according to the documentation, stabilization compensates up to three stops for shutter speed. In numerical terms, this implies the possibility shoot at shutter speeds up to 8 times longer than with a lens without stabilizer. And by the way, the stabilizer does not turn on unconditionally – with a simple switch on the body, the stabilization system can be turn on and off.
Focusing on the Nikkor 70-200mm f / 2.8G ED AF-S VR II Zoom happens quickly and silently thanks to the wave SWM engine. Focusing distance for the entire range of focal lengths large – 1.4 meters, but at the same time 200 mm focal length the lens allows you to take macro pictures with an increase of 1: 8.3. Not less, such a large MDF creates inconvenience, especially when 70 mm focal length, so our experts consider this a disadvantage.
Another narrow point in this model is the Focus Breathing effect, which manifests itself in a change in the viewing angle when focusing. it only a feature, not a disadvantage, as it is inevitable consequence of an important advantage – the internal type of focusing.
- wide range of focal lengths;
- 7 fine lenses;
- internal focusing;
- effective stabilization;
- one of the best Nikon lenses in terms of factors.
- too large MDF.
Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.