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Best lenses for the Nikon D5500 of 2018

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Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G VR II

Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G VR II

The Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G VR II is the most affordable Nikon prime lens, offers versatile image quality and modern autofocus. This is a sharp, superb, top-tier and essential lens for Nikon D5500. Nikon also uses a Super Multi-Layer coating to cut back on ghosting and flare in photos. The bayonet mount is constructed from brass for ensured accuracy and durability. Wedding photographer or not, 55-200mm allows you to fit enough in the frame to tell the story, while at the same time being equally suited to shoot a solo portrait, group shot, landscape image. Lenses of this type are excellent value for money and are often the cheapest lens in any manufacturer’s range. It does offer a lot of zooms but nothing unrealistic, and the aperture stays at f/4 throughout the full zoom and Vibration Reduction is a big plus when working with longer lengths. The lens’s minimum focusing distance is just over 1.1m, and it offers up to five stops of Vibration Compensation. If you want your model to be in sharp focus and the background to just melt away, this is the lens for you.

Nikon 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR

Nikon 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR

This lens is probably one of the most famous, top-tier and beautiful working Nikon F (FX) mount lifestyle lenses. The lens is a high-grade choice if you want to shoot razor-sharp family, portraits and amazing lifestyle photos. We were impressed with both the image quality and the responsiveness of the sharp lens quality. Edge-sharpness is a little lacking at both ends of the zoom range, but center-sharpness is very good on the whole. Shot wide open at F3.5 - F4.5, images are tack sharp, and this level of detail remains across its entire focal range. A very minimal amount of barrel distortion is present near the edges of photos shot with this lens.

The lens’s minimum focusing distance is just over 0.38m, and it offers up to five stops of Vibration Compensation. Wedding photographer or not, 24-85mm allows you to fit enough in the frame to tell the story, while at the same time being equally suited to shoot a solo portrait, group shot, landscape image. Generally, the Nikon 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR is a gem of a lens to have in your camera bag together with modern Nikon D5500.

Nikon AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR

Nikon AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR

This lens is probably one of the most famous, marvelous and superb working Nikon F (FX) mount traveling lenses. The lens price is very affordable, so this is an excellent choice for beginners. Want to take close up portraits as well as wide landscape shots? This lens will let you do it. This solidly built metal-barreled lens has a quiet motor and smoothly turning focus rings which make shooting both photos and video a breeze. As we’ve observed in reviews of other Nikon lenses, the material and construction upgrades are very nice. This lens doesn’t have significant distortion, but it does exhibit a reasonably significant amount of sun glare when the sun is near the frame.

The Nikon AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR exhibits some softness at the very close range and or at the largest apertures, so is best-suited to subjects over a meter away. I was pleasantly astonished by how much bokeh can be produced at F4.5-32 with this lens. As for image quality, the Nikon AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR delivers lifelike, sharp images whether shot wide open at F4.5-32 or stopped down to smaller apertures.

Nikon 50mm f1.8G

Nikon 50mm f1.8G

As for image quality, the Nikon 50mm f1.8G delivers dreamy, sharp images and awesome bokeh whether shot wide open at F1.8 or stopped down to smaller apertures. I was pleasantly astonished by how much bokeh can be produced at F1.8 with this lens. Remember when everyone started using prime lenses because they were sharper and better quality than zoom lenses? Well, those days are no more – the Nikon 50mm f1.8G is just as bright as a prime lens. While this lens does produce some moderate barrel distortion, this can be almost entirely corrected in post-processing. I love this excellent, reputable bokeh lens and use it very often on my Nikon D5500. Besides, the metallic barrel, rubber grip focus ring, and generously sized switches add up to an ergonomic experience that’s satisfying and feels advanced. Lastly, it also boasts aspherical lens elements, ED glass, and a circular aperture to minimize all types of aberrations, ghosting, and flares. Price – Price is outstanding but, with lenses, it isn’t a place where you should skimp. A rounded 7-blade diaphragm helps to produce an attractive out-of-focus, surprising photos quality. This lens is a reliable, capable workhorse for those who find themselves shooting portraits in a variety of lighting and space situations. Improved ultimate, modern and elegant lens for Nikon D5500.

Nikon 35mm f1.8G

Nikon 35mm f1.8G

This is an excellent, sharp, stunning and momentous lens for Nikon D5500. This Nikon lens has been designed using an advanced optical structure to achieve both decent resolution and superb details. Furthermore, thanks to enhanced coating lens flare are somewhat of a non-issue with a 35mm lens, since you can quickly crop out the sun and other bright light sources in-camera. On your Nikon D5500, this lens produces sharp images with only a hint of softening near the corners when shot wide open. Bokeh produced by the excellent lens is just outstanding and spurious. The 8-element-in-6-group beautiful optical design is here to deliver surprising, consistent peripheral brightness and sharpness, even when working at the F1.8 aperture. Sharpness is decent at f/1.8, but stopping the lens down to f/4-f/8 yields the best results, if capturing the contrasty images is your primary concern.

However, what ultimately led us to go with Nikon was essential to build quality and best construction, and a faster, more reliable AF system. I’ve owned numerous iterations of a 35mm lens over my years shooting DSLRs, and so the beautiful Nikon 35mm f1.8G was a simple choice as the first lens to buy with my camera. Price – Price is outstanding but, with glasses, it isn’t a place where you should skimp.

Nikon 18-300mm F3.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon 18-300mm F3.5-6.3G ED VR

With high-grade good sharpness and an F3.5 - F6.3 aperture, this contemporary lens is the crown jewel of Nikon’s arsenal. The is a top-grade choice if you want to shoot colorful landscapes, traveling and stunning lifestyle photos. The lens price is very affordable, so this is an excellent choice for beginners. Colour rendition is also dependent on the camera used, but at least with the Nikon D5500, you’ll know it’s not the lens letting you down! A rounded 7-blade diaphragm helps to produce an attractive out-of-focus, admirable photos quality. If you’re into portraits, family or landscapes photography, get Nikon 18-300mm for your D5500 and you’ll never look back.

Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD

Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD

This baby’s quiet motor, clear optics, and fantastic price make it the perfect starting point for many portrait photographers. Bokeh – You know how sometimes in portrait photography the subject is in focus and the background has a beautiful blur? That blur is called bokeh, the larger the aperture, the more bokeh you will get. It’s tack sharp and has great colors, not to mention it’s far more weather-proof than regular lenses. Remember when everyone started using prime lenses because they were sharper and better quality than zoom lenses? Well, those days are no more – the Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD is just as sharp as a prime lens. This outstanding, fabulously stunning lens will work correctly with your popular Nikon D5500. I love this lens because it is light, compact, excellent, versatile capable of producing excellent bokeh and sharp photos. Besides, it also boasts aspherical lens elements, ED glass, and a circular aperture to reduce all types of aberrations, ghosting, and flares. The lens is a top-grade choice if you want to shoot eye-popping landscapes, traveling and marvelous lifestyle photos.

Zoom lenses will give you a lot of options when it comes to focal lengths. A rounded 9-blade diaphragm helps to produce an attractive out-of-focus, stellar photos quality. As we’ve observed in reviews of other Tamron lenses, the material and construction upgrades are very helpful. This lens gets the job done and does it without breaking the bank.

Nikon 85mm f1.8G

Nikon 85mm f1.8G

To take your photography to the next level, you’ll want to begin building your arsenal of momentous lenses. The lens offers a very large aperture for shooting shallow depth of field shots and for shooting in low-light conditions. The lens performance is good in most respects, with a high-speed and accurate autofocus motor. Nikon 85mm f1.8G is monstrous weather sealed which makes it an excellent lens for outdoor use, especially when coupled with a weather sealed camera body. Packed with Nikon D5500 this lens produces sharp images with only a hint of softening near the corners when shot wide open. As for image quality, the Nikon 85mm f1.8G delivers stunning, detailed pictures whether shot wide open at F1.8 or stopped down to smaller apertures.

This lens will let you isolate your subject with fantastic, superb, blurry bokeh. This lens is a reliable, capable workhorse for those who find themselves shooting portraits in a variety of lighting and space situations. Additionally, high-quality Nikon 85mm f1.8G lens is a well-priced and perfect choice for photographers wanting an upgrade from the kit lens regarding quality and focal range.

Nikon 50mm f1.4G

Nikon 50mm f1.4G

The Nikon 50mm f1.4G shows some softness at a very close range and or at the largest apertures, so is best-suited to subjects over a meter away. This lens does have a small amount of chromatic aberration in the form of purple fringing near the edges of the frame, but it is relatively minor and can be managed by stopping down your aperture. This is excellent Nikon portrait lens for photographers who like to shoot fantastic photos farther from their subjects. This outstanding, fabulously superb lens will work correctly with your contemporary Nikon D5500. One of the significant advantages of the Nikon 50mm f1.4G is its best build quality. Excellent, beautiful and sharp lens and worth EVERY penny! Still, it also boasts aspherical lens elements, ED glass, and a circular aperture to reduce all types of aberrations, ghosting, and flares. Generally, the maximum aperture of these lenses isn’t too large, which helps to keep their cost down, but they aren’t always of the highest optical quality. As we’ve observed in reviews of other Nikon lenses, the material and construction upgrades are very friendly. In short, if you can buy only one lens for your Nikon D5500, the Nikon 50mm f1.4G is the one to get.

Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 VC USD

Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 VC USD

With good superior sharpness and an F2.8 aperture, this state-of-the-art lens is the crown jewel of Tamron’s arsenal. Excellent, modern and sharp glass and worth EVERY penny! The metallic barrel, rubber grip focus ring, and generously sized switches add up to an ergonomic experience that’s satisfying and feels tech-savvy. If that blur is essential to you, look for a lens that can shoot at a full aperture such as f/2.8 or f/1 a larger aperture will give your images a shallower depth of field and allow for better low light performance. Third-party lenses are never as good as native lenses so that you can expect hunting now and then in low light, but it’s swift and usable for action as well!. The 18-elements-in-13-group innovative optical design is here to deliver surprising, consistent peripheral brightness and sharpness, even when working at the F2.8 maximum aperture. The lens’s minimum focusing distance is just over 0.28m, and it offers up to five stops of Vibration Compensation. The exterior of the glass is constructed from a metal barrel with sealed rings and buttons to resist moisture and dust. Packed with Nikon D5500 this lens produces sharp images with only a hint of softening near the corners when shot wide open. This is a bright, superb, fantastic and essential lens for Nikon D5500 or Nikon D5300. This modified and new Tamron lens should be in every Nikon D5500 owner's collection.