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Best Lenses for the Nikon D750 | A Detailed Overview


nikon_d750The Nikon D750 was announced in September 2014 and is the first of Nikon’s new line of Nikon FX full-frame format cameras. It includes most of the technologies of the popular Nikon D810 model, but is packed in a smaller and lighter body.

While its 24.3 Megapixel image sensor produces a slightly lower resolution then the D810, its attractive price of under 2000 dollars makes up for this. Next to inheriting the D4S and D810’s essential features, such as the Expeed 4 processor and the built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, the Nikon D750 also has enhanced autofocus features.

best lenses for the nikon d750 - overview

When it comes to lenses, there is a wide range to choose from for the D750. The camera uses Nikon’s FX lens standard, so all lenses in the FX range are compatible with the D750. With such a wide variety of lenses, it can be difficult to choose the best ones for your specific needs. In this article, we will give you a general overview of the best lenses for Nikon D750.

Best lenses for Nikon D750 | Overview

Best ‘All-in-one’ lenses (Standard Zoom)

Nikon 24-120mm f/4 (Kit Lens)

kitlens - best lenses for Nikon d750The Nikon D750 comes equipped with a very decent kit lens: the Nikon 24-120mm f/4. This beginner friendly lens has quite a large focal range of 24-120 mm, which has you covered in most photography genres.

While its interior optic quality is obviously not as good as the more professional lens models listed below, it provides excellent value for money. Like most of Nikons FX lens line up, the Nikon 24-120mm f/4 comes equipped with fast autofocus and an outstanding stabilisation system.

While its maximum aperture of f/4 may hold you back a little in low light situations, the lens does provide excellent sharpness over its entire focal range.

If you consider buying this lens: definitely purchase it in a kit with the D750 body. While this lens alone costs around $1300, buying it in the kit will only set you back $700 (that’s a nice $600 saving!).

Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

best telephoto lenses for nikon d750Riding under the influence of the success of the AF-S DX 18-200mm VR lens, the Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Auto Focus-S Nikkor Zoom Lens still became the first lens of the said Nikon lens line with a full 10.7x zoom range.

Along with its Nikon inherent features such as a silent wave motor, Super Integrated Coating as well as multiple aspherical lens elements, it is considered as one of the Best Lenses for Nikon D750 due to its versatility of range.

The 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G provides excellent image quality and sharpness over its entire range. While it does render quite some distortion in its widest angle, the D750 will fix this automatically using its distortion correction mode.

If you don’t like switching lenses often, this versatile multi-purpose lens is definitely  a smart investment for your D750.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

If you’re looking for a good standard zoom with a large maximum aperture, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED might be a good purchase for you. Released way back in 2007, its features and capabilities has never been short of being useful despite of its age.

The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Auto Focus-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens boasts of a considerable amount of  zoom, covering a focal range form wide-angle to medium telephoto. With its maximum aperture size of f2.8, its capabilities in low lighting greatly contribute to its versatility.

Next to this, the build quality of the 24-70mm f/2.8G is also quite sturdy and it has a fast and accurate autofocus system. One minor drawback of this otherwise versatile and useful lens is its size and weight. It is considered by many, large for its function.


Best Telephoto lenses

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

While housed in a somewhat large and heavy enclosure, the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G is an excellent and robust telephoto lens that provides very good value for money. Its 1.5x crop factor provides an effective telephoto peak of 450 mm, which is very useful for wildlife photography. Like many other Nikon FX lenses, this lens also features the Extra Low Dispersion glass, Silent Wave Motor and Enhanced Vibration Reduction. These functions provide excellent image quality.

The maximum aperture of f/4.5 might not be enough for serious telephoto enthousiasts that want to shoot in low light situations. For those photographers, the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II (see below) might be a better option.

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens

Nikons 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens is one of the heaviest in the FX lens line up. With a weight of 54.3 ounces, it can become very difficult to handle this lens without a good tripod.

Despite its heavy weight, it is definitely an excellent telephoto lens, probably the best performing telephoto lens in Nikons FX collection. It is one of the few lenses that have enhanced protection from ghosting and flare due to its unique Nikon’s Crystal coat. To boost up its features, it is also equipped with the already good and reliable features such as Silent Wave Motor, Extra Low Dispersion Lens as well as the very useful Vibration Reduction feature. And to top it all up, this lens can go up to a maximum aperture of f/2.8.

For serious telephoto photographers that need a wider range beyond 200 mm, there are other options. For example, there is the Nikon 300mm f/2.8G and the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E. Keep in mind that both the weight, size and price of lenses will increase a lot when the range increases.


Best Wide angle lenses

Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II Auto Focus-S IF SWM

Announced in 2010, the Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II quickly became one of the Best Lenses for Nikon D750. It is the first pro-grade FX wide zoom lens that featured vibration reduction. It renders accurate and sharp images across its entire focal range.

The Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II has a very practical zoom range that covers most of the wide angle spectrum. Though its maximum wide angle is only 16 mm (compared with 14 mm of its main competitor, the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G), it is both a cheaper, lighter and more useful lens.

Its maximum aperture of f/4 might not make it suitable for those that want to use it in low light situations (though it does have an excellent stabilisation feature). In that case, the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens mentioned below might be a better suit.

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Auto Focus-S

best wide angle lens for nikon d750If you want the finest ultra wide angle zoom lens that gives out razor sharp performance and crisp contrasts, then the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Auto Focus-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens is the one for you. Along with Nikons best features such as Extra Low Dispersion Glass and Nano coat technology, its performance and usefulness on landscapes and nature photography will never be doubted.

While its performance is excellent, it is quite a heavy and a pricy lens. It also produces some distortion at its widest setting (which is normal for any ultra wide angle lens), but this is corrected automatically by the D750.


Best Portrait lenses (Fast Primes)

Nikon 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime

Categorized within the fast prime lenses line-up of the Nikon FX format series, the optical design of Nikon 50mm f/1.4G is very much reminiscent of the 1977 Nikon lens variant of the same focal length.

Having portraiture and street photography as the main use of this lens, it rises above the rest as it can capture sharp subjects effectively in low light, thanks to its f/1.4 aperture. The Nikon 50mm f/1.4G also produces a wonderful bokeh and weights only 12.7 ounces. It definately earned its place among the best portrait lenses for Nikon D750.

A minor drawback of this lens is that it can render some distortion, most noticeable when photographing straight lines and geometrical shapes.

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Auto Focus-S

Announced in January 2012, the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Auto Focus-S NIKKOR Lens was much anticipated for its promise to cater both amateur enthusiasts and seasoned pros.

This fixed focal length portrait lens provides quality optics and extraordinary sharpness at an affordable price. It comprises of 9 optical elements that are larger than most portrait lenses and it actually weighs lesser than its predecessor. Nikon has incorporated the basic but useful features such as a fast silent wave motor and super integrated coating.

While 85 mm is not a very common focal length for a prime, it is an excellent value for money lens to include in your kit, especially if you do a lot of portraits or macro.


Best Macro lens

Nikon Auto Focus-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Highly regarded as the best macro lens for Nikon D750, the Nikon Auto Focus-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens provides you with an excellent piece of glass.

It is capable of rendering ultra sharp images, even in low light conditions. Being a macro optimised lens, it provides close enough focusing that gives the macro photo enthusiasts a run for their money. Next to macro, it also performs excellent as a short telephoto lens.

Regarded as one of the sharpest lenses from all of the Nikon lens line-up, it has earned numerous commendation from camera magazines and alike. A real bonus for this lens is it still has the best built-in features from the other Nikon lenses such as the image stabilisation, in which it greatly benefits photographers that do not want to use tripods for their macro shots.

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