RECOMMENDED LENSES

For most people, the NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens that comes bundled in our recommended D5600 kit (affiliate link) will be all they'll ever need to capture great images. However, if you're looking to move to a higher level of performance, the addition of the following lenses will really help. We have chosen these lenses based on their performance, value, and specific shooting situations. Please feel free to contact us if you need help choosing a lens or have any other questions.

#1 Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm F1.8G  (affiliate link)

If you're looking for a small, lightweight lens that works well in low-light situations, this may be your lens. It has a 52.5mm equivalent focal range (when mounted on an APS-C camera like the D5600) that mimics that of the human eye. It is a great all-around lens. Most photography instructors will suggest this lens as a tool to help you develop your "eye" for shooting. It is a low cost, high quality lens to get you started on your photographic journey.

Highlights

  • F Mount Lens/DX Format
  • 52.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to 22
  • One Aspherical Element
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Rear Focusing; Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11.8"
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

#2 Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G (affiliate link)

Need a high quality, short telephoto lens for portraits or for working in low-light? The 85mm f/1.8G lens is a really great lens. It is sharp at all apertures. It is a very affordable lens that can also be used on both full-frame and DX cropped-sensor (127.5mm equivalent) cameras. It is the lens we suggest for all the Irish dance or theater families looking to capture superior images of on-stage performances.

Highlights

  • F Mount Lens / FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus
  • M/A Focus Mode Switch
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 2.6'
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm

#3 Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (affiliate link)

If you're looking for a telephoto lens to help you capture subjects from a distance (i.e. sports, wildlife), the 70-300mm VR lens is hard to beat. It is a reasonably priced lens that has an effective maximum focal length of 450mm on a DX cropped-sensor camera (like our recommended Nikon D5600) and really helps get you close to the action. It is relatively small and light given its long focal length. The vibration reduction (VR) helps to reduce camera shake when you're hand-holding your camera.

Highlights

  • F Mount Lens / FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to 32
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm