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Top 34 Best Third Party Nikon F-Mount Lenses 2019

Here, we round up the best third party lenses available in Nikon F-Mount which can be used for capturing landscapes, portraits, macro shots and more.

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What Are Third Party (Nikon) Lenses? 

Third-party lenses, ones that aren't made by the same company that made your camera (which in this case is Nikon), are often less expensive than name-brand lenses so they're an excellent alternative should you want to save a little bit of cash. You won't be compromising on image quality, either, as all of the lenses featured in our top list perform incredibly well and you often get more choice in regards to focal lengths with third-party lenses, too. For example, as well as providing popular focal lengths as name-brand lenses do, they also fill gaps in the market so you're more likely to find a not-so-common focal length in a third-party lens. 

When it comes to third-party lens manufacturers, there are several well-known brands, all of which feature on our list, that you can trust and this includes Tamron, Sigma, Tokina, ZEISS, Irix and Samyang. 

If you do purchase a third-party lens, make sure it has the specific mount for the camera type you're using. If you purchase a lens with the wrong lens mount, you won't be able to use it with your camera. 


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Why Can't I See My Favourite Lens? 

If you don't see your favourite lens on this list it's either because we've not reviewed it or it's simply not scored high enough. Do feel free to share your comments below on what third-party Nikon lenses you enjoy using the most. 


Below you'll find lenses that can be used to shoot a variety of subjects including macro, portraits, wildlife, and landscapes. Each subject has its own section so you can navigate the list easily. 


Macro Lenses 


Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD 

Tamron SP 90mm F2 8 MACRO 1 1 Di VC USD (3)

Building on the reputation of its predecessors and definitely coming up to the mark, the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD is an outstanding updated macro lens that's actually ideal for all short telephoto applications.  The best sharpness will always be obtained using a sturdy tripod, especially for macro shooting. However, both the AF and VC continue to work well at those close distances. The focus limiter is useful for macro distances and even though macro lenses aren't known for their close range autofocus capabilities, you won't need to switch to manual focus when using the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD at close range. 

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Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM Macro 

Sigma 180mm F2 (5)

The Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens combines superb sharpness, good build quality, and fast focusing. It features a fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, optical stabilisation, and fast, silent autofocus. Those serious about macro photography, using a telephoto focal length to increase the working distance will love this lens. It's sharp, well built and very well featured.

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Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD 

SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD


As you might expect from a 90mm macro lens from Tamron, the optical performance of the Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC USD is excellent. The lens delivers superb sharpness and contrast plus distortion, chromatic aberrations and falloff are kept in check also. The Vibration Compensation system is a useful addition for hand-held photography also.

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Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro 

Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro Review


As a general-purpose short telephoto for portraits, landscapes, etc., it may be that the loss of AF will be an inconvenience. However, in the arena of macro shooting, this lens comes into its own, being what it is clearly designed for. Very often MF is the method of choice for macro shooting anyway. All the accuracy of the focusing is concentrated in the macro range and the image snaps clearly into focus in the viewfinder or on the monitor screen.

The Meike 85mm f/2.8 Macro lens is a well made, well-priced lens that will do the job efficiently and to an excellent standard.

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Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly 

Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro 1:1 Dragonfly


There is no doubt that there will be many photographers who will be delighted by the arrival of the Irix 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens. The greater reach of 150mm will be welcomed, and indeed is highly sought after already as photographers search for legendary long macro lenses from the days of film.

Manual focus can often be the method of choice for macro work, depending upon the techniques needed, but at least can be regarded as a little impediment. This is an excellent addition to the options available, especially perhaps for Pentax users who have had no option at all before this.

A specialised lens to some degree, but one that can be Highly Recommended.

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Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC Macro 

Samyang 100mm F2 8 Macro 1 1 Umc Ed (3)


This 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC macro lens from Samyang is a very good lens indeed. It delivers sharp images, with low CA and distortion. Focusing is smooth and build quality is good also. However, the lack of autofocus and optical image stabilisation may put some off. 

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11 Sep 2020 5:22AM
I think there is a few good lenses you did not mention, would like to see more reviews about affordable lenses for Sony.
joshwa Plus
10 927 1 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2020 8:49AM
12 Sep 2020 3:17AM
Thank you Joshua!

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