Top 19 Best Nikon F-Mount Nikkor Lenses 2019

Find the Best Nikon lenses, out of all the Nikon F-mount lenses we've reviewed to date, which have made our top list of recommended Nikkor lenses.

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Nikon has a vast collection of F-mount lenses on offer at various price points, meaning they cater for a wide variety of photographers, here we've listed the best Nikon lenses available for your Nikon DSLR. If you have a spare £12,000 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 35mm f/1.8G wide-angle lens for a few hundred quid.

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.

If you don't see one of your favourite lenses on the list, it could be it didn't score high enough or we've simply not put it to the test yet but we're more than happy to hear your suggestions so please feel free to list them below.

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1. Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3 G ED VR

The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm ED VR is intended for APS-C format DSLRs and gives outstanding sharpness. It also stood up really well to flare, has a fast and silent AF motor and is available for an excellent price. 

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2. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
This new Nikon 70-200mm lens was called 'outstanding in its class' by our reviewer and has super smooth focus and zoom rings. It features super effective vibration reduction, high-quality construction and superb optical qualities. There are 22 elements in 18 groups, including 6 Extra-Low Dispersion,1 Flourite and one High Refractive Index element.

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3. 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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4. 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 lightweight, 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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5. Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G ED VR Micro

Nikon Nikkor AF S 105mm Micro Lens (5)

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.  Lifesize 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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6. 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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7. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED 

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED


The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED is a large and heavy lens, but it does the job and to a very high standard. It is also fast in terms of functions such as AF as well as in terms of its bright f/4 aperture. 

This lens falls into that category where quality and specification will be unique to the photographer's needs. Professionals who need this lens will know they need it and why, and VFM will be in the money it earns. There may well also be some well-off amateurs who can become lucky owners of this very fine lens.

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8. 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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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 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR


It's a powerful package; light, compact, efficient and very high quality. It is probably one of the easiest 500mm lenses to use as a consequence of the reduced weight and size, as they are specialised lenses that challenge us photographically to get the best out of them. Even on a tripod, the slightest nudge will send the images into paroxysms of shake, so achieving the sharpest results needs the sharpest techniques.

Handheld, the VR system locks on admirably and makes a huge difference to the success rate.

All in all, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR is a tremendous ultra-telephoto lens that is Highly Recommended.

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