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Best lenses for the Nikon D800 & D800E

Updated: Feb 5

If you are looking for the best but affordable lenses for the Nikon D800, you have a variety of options depending on your needs and preferences. The Nikon D800 is a high-resolution full-frame DSLR that can deliver stunning image quality with the right lenses. Here are some of the best lenses for different categories that you can consider:



- For wide-angle zoom, the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens is one of the best in its class, offering superb sharpness, contrast and low distortion across the entire zoom range. It is also weather-sealed and has a fast and silent autofocus system. However, it is also heavy, expensive and does not accept filters. If you want a more affordable and versatile option, the Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II AF-S IF SWM Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens is a good alternative, with a longer zoom range, image stabilization and filter compatibility.


- For standard zoom, the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens is a professional-grade lens that offers excellent performance in terms of sharpness, speed, autofocus and build quality. It is also weather-sealed and has a constant f/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. However, it is also bulky, heavy and expensive. If you want a more affordable and lighter option, you can consider the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF), the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM Nikon or the Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF .


- For telephoto zoom, the Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED is a great choice for its sharpness, image stabilization, autofocus and value for money. It is also relatively compact and lightweight for its focal length range. However, it has some chromatic aberration and vignetting at the long end, and it is not weather-sealed. If you want a faster and more robust option, you can opt for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR or the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR.


- For wide-angle prime, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a highly acclaimed lens that offers outstanding sharpness, contrast and bokeh at a reasonable price. It has a fast and quiet autofocus system and a large f/1.4 aperture that allows for low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects. However, it is also large, heavy and prone to flare and ghosting. If you want a smaller and cheaper option, you can try the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G or the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED.


- For portrait prime, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G is one of the best lenses for portrait photography, offering superb sharpness, bokeh and colour rendition at a wide aperture. It has a fast and accurate autofocus system and a weather-sealed construction. However, it is also expensive and heavy. If you want a more affordable option, you can go for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G or the Tamron SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD.



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