Top Prime Lenses for Nikon Cameras
Nikon has the distinction of making some really, really good cameras. The new D850 comes to mind on that front…
But they also make some incredible lenses for their full frame and crop sensor cameras. The question is, which Nikon prime lenses are the best?
In this short guide, we reveal our top choices.
Best All-Around Nikon Prime Lens: AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
There’s a lot to love about this awesome little lens.
First of all, at 50mm, it’s an ideal lens for a wide range of subject matter. Pop it on your full frame camera for landscape photography, use it on a crop sensor camera for more effective focal length that’s ideal for portraits, or take it with you on a trip to the city to take some interesting street photos.
But that versatility is just one reason why the 50mm f/1.8G is such a great lens.
Considering it has a big and beautiful constant aperture of f/1.8, you can use this little guy in low light conditions and not have to increase the ISO to get a well-exposed shot.
It’s also a lightweight lens with a small form factor, so it’s an ideal companion for travel photography.
Best Nikon Landscape Prime Lens: AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED
One of the best primes that Nikon makes, the 24mm f/1.4G is ideally suited to landscape photography because of its wide angle of view. You can capture wide scenes with this lens and a full frame camera, and on a crop sensor camera, you still get a decently wide 36mm focal length.
On top of that, because it has less than half the focal length of a 50mm lens, that allows you to handhold it in much darker lighting conditions. That means that when you have to mount your 50mm f/1.4 lens to a tripod, you can keep on shooting handheld with this one.
Yet another benefit of shooting landscapes with this lens is that it has a greater depth of field at any aperture as a longer lens. So, at f/8, you’ll have more of the landscape in focus from front to back than if you were shooting the same scene with your 50mm lens at f/8.
Day or night, rain or shine, this lens is a great choice for photographers that want detailed, sharp landscape photos.
Best Nikon Portrait Prime Lens: AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G
An 85mm lens is a solid choice for portraiture for a couple of reasons.
First, whether you use it with a full frame or a crop sensor camera, you can take closely-framed portraits without having to be too close to your portrait subject. That’s advantageous because it can help the subject feel a little more comfortable in front of the lens.
Another great thing about an 85mm prime is that it produced glorious bokeh, giving your portraits a buttery smooth background the helps separate your subject from everything else in the portrait.
On top of that, this lens is typically quite inexpensive as lenses go, so you can add a high-quality prime lens to your kit without breaking the bank. Of course, buying pre-owned lenses can stretch your budget even further.
To be honest, you really can’t go wrong with any of these top Nikon prime lenses. From the versatile 50mm to the landscape-hungry 24mm to the special portrait powers of the 85mm, these lenses have a lot to offer photographers of all types and skill levels.