For all those who are starting out in photography one of the things that can go unnoticed is what type of lens to buy for your camera, and for today’s post, Nikon DX Lenses.
Unlike Nikon lenses for Full Frame , DX lenses are for cameras with a smaller sensor, or as we call a crop sensor.
Usually cheaper, Nikon DX Lenses maintain the image quality already known to the brand. If you own a camera with a crop sensor, such as the D500 , D5200 , D5500 , D3100 , D3400 for example, you will want to have some of these lenses at your disposal.
Nikon DX Lenses
Nikon 18-55mm II , the famous Kit lens. Many people underestimate this girl here, but contrary to what everyone thinks she is not a terrible lens.
On the contrary, it is a lens that can take photos in various scenarios, and it will almost never let you down. The image quality is good, very sharp and defined, it will help you in larger pictures, in 18mm, as well as some portraits, in 55mm.
Its auto focus is not the fastest on the planet, which can be a problem in some scenarios, but it pays off by always maintaining a reliable focus.
Nikon 35mm f / 1.8 DX , this is one of the lenses that is a sin not to have, especially if you want to continue in photography.
Great image quality, small, light and very sharp. All of this at a price that won’t wipe out your bank account. With a very wide aperture it also performs very well in low light situations, it is the type of lens to take anywhere.
Nikon 10-24mm , if you have a little money left and want to buy a cool wide angle lens the Nikon 10-24mm is your option.
Despite being an expensive lens, its quality is indisputable, it will produce great images and is definitely worth having one. Relatively heavy and large is not the type of lens you will be carrying with you all the time.
Nikon 12-24mm f / 4 AF-S DX , Nikon ‘s wide angle isn’t exactly a cheap lens, and it’s a great option at 10-24mm.
Great image quality and great clarity all in a relatively large and heavy body. Both it and the 10-24mm are lenses for specific jobs, but anyway it is something that at some point is worth having.
DX Telephoto Lenses
If you intend to photograph birds, concerts or any other scenery where the distance may be your enemy, a telephoto lens can be worth its weight in gold.
Nikon 55-200mm VR , no matter how much you don’t think you’re going to use a 200mm lens, go for me, here you need it.
The cost of this lens versus the quality it provides is something that still doesn’t get into my head.
With it you will produce great images in both 55mm and 200mm, as it has an aperture of F 4/5 it is not very suitable for low light scenes. This is not a problem if you are in bright places, because the clarity it will provide is worth the investment.
Nikon 55-300mm VR , if you need a longer telephoto lens, you can opt for the Nikon 55-300 DX. As good as the 55-200mm and at a slightly higher cost it will not let you down, nor disappoint in quality. Again it is not a lens for dark environments, so use it lightly for a walk on bright days and go be happy.
Pro level DX lenses
Unfortunately there are a lot of people who still think that a camera with a DX sensor cannot be used professionally, well I just say one thing: NIKON D500. Not only can they be used professionally, but there are many professionals who prefer to use them instead of a Full Frame camera.
And there are professional-grade telephoto lenses that you can use on your DX camera.
Nikon 70-200mm f / 2.8 VR II , if you choose to use a crop sensor camera professionally this is one of the weapons you will like to have in your backpack. The Nikon 70-200mm F / 2.8 is excellent in every sense of the word.
Great image quality, for almost all scenarios, beautiful bokeh, and works well in low light. Perhaps one of the things you don’t like about this lens is the price, but if you shoot professionally it will pay for itself at some point.
Jack of all trades
Few lenses can replace several options at the same time, no matter what brand or system we’re talking about. For shooting with Nikon cameras with a DX sensor, perhaps the best option is the 18-300mm VR. It will be your inseparable companion and you will almost believe that you only need it.
Nikon 18-300mm VR, if you think of a reliable lens that can suit you in almost any situation, I don’t see why to keep looking.
The 18-300mm DX is a great option for those who want to travel light and have the best of several worlds at their disposal. Only from its F / 3.5 aperture it doesn’t do badly in low light situations, at this time the ISO will be your friend.
With a sufficiently honest price, good sharpness and image quality that is worth having in the bag at 18-300mm is a stick for every job. There are very few options like it, especially when comparing price versus quality.
Thinking about the future
Some of the lenses for the FX system work very well on cameras with a DX sensor, or APS-C.
If you ever think about migrating to a camera with a larger sensor, you can buy some, or some, full frame wire lenses and use them in your DX cameras. In this case it is worth remembering that due to the difference in size of the sensor, and how the lenses are produced, your images will be different.
This is due to something we call the crop factor, which is 1.5x on Nikon cameras. Speaking of lenses, this means that if you use an FX lens on a DX body, your image will look 1.5x closer to what you are photographing.
It is as if your 50mm lens is a 75mm lens (FX lens in DX body). In some cases this can be very interesting, such as for longer telephoto lenses.
Imagine a 300mm FX lens in a DX body. Its final reach is now 450mm, and this can make a lot of difference in some situations.
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