Glass, as photographers call their lenses, make or break the gear. So, this needs to be a well thought out investment. Our lenses are a mixed bag, I must admit. Having stated with just kit lenses, I've added lenses, but on the more affordable side of the scale, except for the Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm.
Added a Tokina 11-16 Wide lens with a circular polarizing filter, mainly for landscape and portraiture.
This was the lens I got along with the Nikon AF N6006. A 50mm prime!
This compact and fast, f/1.8 lens is versatile and perfect for travel and portrait pictures as well as general photography.
This is the kit lens with the D5000.
Compact, lightweight 3X zoom, designed exclusively for use with Nikon’s DX-format, is perfect for a wide variety of shooting situations.
Kit lens with the D5300. ideal for shooting everything from portraits to landscapes, the 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR presents a great zoom lens option for DX-format D-SLR users. Sporting Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, users will be able to capture sharp handheld photos and videos in a variety of shooting scenarios.
The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G ED VR is an inexpensive tele-zoom lens for crop-sensor cameras. Equivalent to 105-450mm when attached to a camera with an APS-C sensor, this lens features 14 elements, one of which is extra-low dispersion. The AF-P designation means that it uses a stepping motor for fast and quiet autofocus.
The AF system, though, does not work with the D5x00 of lower series. Works well with the D500.
The Tamron 18-400 F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD is an extremely flexible lens equivalent to a 22x zoom. When mounted on a Nikon APS-C body, it is equivalent to 27-600mm.
The lens has a total of 16 elements, including low dispersion and aspherical. Its 'HLD' motor is compact and responsive, according to Tamron. It also has Vibration Compensation stabilization, which reduces shake by up to 2.5 stops.
The lens is surprisingly small at 4.9in/124mm long and 3.1in/79mm in diameter. It weighs a little over 700g/25oz and is moisture-resistant.
This is our "travel" lens.
The Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II is an ultra-wide angle lens with a fast f/2.8 aperture for better photography in low-light situations. It's an update to the highly-regarded AT-X 116 PRO DX with revised lens coatings, and the addition of an in-lens focus motor for the Nikon mount version.
Tokina's One-Touch Focus Clutch mechanism allows the photographer to switch to manual focus simply by pulling back the focus ring.
Our wildlife/birding lens.
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is an exhilarating new lens option, giving enthusiast FX and DX-format photographers the ability to go further with amazing zoom power and tack-sharp clarity. This compact super-telephoto zoom is ideal for bringing distant subjects closer, including birds, sports, wildlife and motorsports. This lens opens the doors for a fresh new perspective; with a maximum reach of 500mm on FX-format Nikon cameras and a staggering 750mm equivalent reach on DX-format cameras. With a maximum aperture of f/5.6, photographers have the ability to fill much of the frame with their subject and create a pleasing background blur, even in challenging light. This lens also features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, as well as VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. Additionally, the VR features Sport Mode, which is well-suited for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. The lens also lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range, for when a decisive play comes closer than expected, or capturing intricate details of nature.
The new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR’s optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a desirable, smooth bokeh, while Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology helps to quickly and quietly achieve critical focus.