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Top 10 Best Nikon Nikkor Lenses 2016

Top 10 Best Nikon Nikkor Lenses 2016 - Find out which Nikon lenses have made the 2016 ePHOTOzine top 10 Nikkor lenses list.

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Category : Lenses and Optical Items
Product : Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
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Nikon has a vast collection of lenses on offer at various price points, meaning they cater for a wide variety of photographers. If you have a spare £10,000 and enjoy sport then the 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens will be perfect for you while at the other end of the scale you can find lenses such as the £470 35mm f/1.8G wide-angle lens.

As buying the right lens to suit your photography and budget is really important, we've put together a top ten list of the best scoring Nikon lenses we've reviewed, up until now. This top ten is updated regularly so do keep checking back to see if a new lens has taken the top Nikon lens title.


1. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Nikon AF S NIKKOR 300mm F4E PF ED VR (11)

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is a telephoto lens that has a maximum aperture of f/4 and all the bells and whistles you'd expect to find on a top Nikon lens. Plus, it has an electronic aperture diaphragm and a Phase-Fresnel optical element.

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2. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR

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Although the £8000 price tag will put the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR way beyond the reach of many, features such as the relative light weight, fast focusing and superb handling will make this lens a popular choice for rental too. The lighter-weight alone is worth some kind of premium to pay over other alternatives.

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3. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a rather expensive lens but as a result, its build is superb. It features weather sealing as well as Nikon's Vibration Reduction technology and Nano-Crystal coatings that have been applied to the surfaces of the lens to help suppress ghosting and flare. You'll also find fluorine coating on the front element and an electronic diaphragm.

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4. Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G ED VR Micro

Nikon Nikkor AF S 105mm Micro Lens (6)

The Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G ED IF VR Micro has an f/2.8 maximum aperture and a silent wave focusing motor which allows full-time manual focus override.  Life size magnification is possible at the lens' closest focus distance and Nikon's Nano-Crystal anti-reflective lens coatings are used. Metal and high-quality plastics are used in its construction, although it is on the heavier side weighing in at 720g. 

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5. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Ed Lens (5)

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G is a wide-angle lens that has a bright maximum aperture (f/1.8) and silent, internal focusing with full-time manual focus override. It's rather lightweight, constructed from high-quality plastics and features a metal bayonet with a rubber gasket. AF is quick and manual adjustments can be made at any time thanks to the wide focusing ring that's smooth but can feel quite loose in use. 

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6. Nikon NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon 80 400mm New Fx Lens (7)

The Nikon NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is one of Nikon's more expensive lenses. Its barrel is made from a combination of high-quality plastics and metal, plus it's sealed against the elements. It's a little heavy but easy to handle and features a silent wave autofocus motor, Nano-Crystal coating to help control flare and Vibration Reduction technology.

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7. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

Replacing the previous Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G AF-S ED lens, the NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR adds more complexity to the optical design and also Nikon's VR (Vibration Reduction) system. This is a very impressive lens and a very desirable choice for Nikon users. There is very little to dislike and it would be a good choice for anyone planning a Nikon camera system. 

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8. Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

The Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED in an ultra-wide zoom lens that fits FX format DSLRs. It's lightweight, constructed from high-quality plastics and a rubber gasket surrounds the metal lens mount. A Silent Wave Motor means auto focus is quick and silent while manual adjustments can be made easily thanks to the wide rubber focusing ring. The zoom action is also smooth and can be operated with the lightest of touches.

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9. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VRII is designed for daily professional use and as a result, it has a price tag to match its purpose. However, if you have almost £4k to spare, you'll find weather sealing and Nikon's Vibration Reduction II technology built into this lens. Nikon's Nano-Crystal coatings have also been applied to lens surfaces and it comes  with a permanently attached tripod collar. It's built like a tank and you get a lot of glass for your money but due to its weight, it's not something you'd carry around every day unless you really needed to. 

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10. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

Nikon AFS 70 200 VR

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is a popular telephoto lens that has a maximum aperture of f/4 and features Nikon's Vibration Reduction technology and Nano-Crystal coatings. This lens is relatively lightweight and is constructed from high-quality plastics as well as a metal lens mount which has a rubber gasket. The lens itself is not weather sealed, though.

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The 200-500 VR?
The 70-200 2.8 VRII ?

Quote:The 200-500 VR?

A fair question! I had the pleasure of borrowing one of these to use alongside my 80-400AFS VR. Based on that experience I would say the 80-400 is better in all aspects other than cost. Smaller, lighter, faster AF, weather sealed. With a TC14E-II giving it an effective focal length of 560mm and effective aperture of f/8.0 the image quality was at least as good as the 200-500mm and the AF was still quicker.

I guess the TC14E-III would be better still as I am told by a Nikon UK rep. that it was designed for use with the 80-400mm (the mk. II pre-dates the lens by several years)

So, money no object (are rare scenario!) I'd go for a 80-400AFS and a TC14E-III. Is it worth nearly twice the cost of a 200-500mm? Try hand-holding either for an hour of more - it'll help decide!

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