The Nikon D3400 aims to be one the stars of the market as it is the Japanese company’s low cost DSLR option. Even though the D3300 is still for sale and is a good option, there is no doubt that the D3400 will soon be discounted and be the new ideal camera for newbies in the world of photography. If you either have a Nikon D3400 or a Nikon D3300 and are planning to buy a lens, here is a list with the best lenses for these two cameras.
The best lens for the Nikon D3400
There is a lens that is better than all the rest in terms of the quality/price ratio, and also in terms of picture quality. This lens is the Nikon 35 mm f/1.8. It’s a very well known lens among all Nikon camera users. Its price is considerably affordable since you can get it for less than 200 euros, but it’s still the best option is you’re looking for high quality pictures. Its maximum aperture f/1.8 delivers pictures with a great bokeh effect. Actually, thanks to the fact that this is the maximum aperture, we can work with a little more resolution than ultra high resolution, but at the same time maintaining a great aperture, perfect for night photography just to name one use. Even though it also offers versatility that allows us to use the lens to produce a portrait in which we will try to defocus the background, while getting closer to the subject. It’s even great for recording videos. Without a doubt it’s the best thing you can buy for your Nikon D3400 or Nikon D3300. Being a fixed lens, you are forced to move closer or farther from the subject since you won’t have zoom, but that is made up for by the great quality that a fixed lens like this one offers.
The best portrait lens for the Nikon D3400
However, if you are a portrait fan, and know that you’re looking for a specific lens for that, you can also choose the Nikon 50 mm AF-S DX f/1.8. The same points we mentioned about the past lens apply here as well. It’s a high quality fixed lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 which is also somewhat remarkable. Even though in this case the focal length is different: 50 mm. It’s a more closed focal length, ideal for portraits. It won’t deform the faces of the people we’re photographing, and at the same time it will allow us to take pictures without getting too close. Its bokeh effect is also superior due to its longer focal length, which will look great with portraits. This is also a very affordable lens, costing only a little over 200 euros. Choosing between this one and the 35 mm will depend on if we’re planning to basically only take portraits (choose the 50 mm), or we want a more versatile lens (choose the 35 mm).
The best Macro lens for the Nikon D3400
We could find ourselves in the same situation when looking for a Macro lens. Macro photography is a type of photography where we try to get really close to the subject. Standard lenses can’t focus from very close, but macro lenses can. For that reason, for taking pictures of insects, plants, close-ups of nature, products, or even portraits from a very short distance with a huge defocus, in which we want to capture detail, like in the case of an eye’s iris, a lens like this one could be very interesting. If you are sure about what you’re looking for, the ideal lens is the Nikon 40 mm Micro f/2.8. A priori, it is, in terms of focal length, between the two lenses mentioned before, with a not so big aperture, but gives you the ability to focus on very close objects. Its price is a little bit higher than the other two, up to 280 dollars.
The best angular lens for the Nikon D3400
Now, if you prefer landscapes, deforming architectural elements, or trying to capture the highest amount of elements in your photographs, maybe the best kind of lens for you would be an angular lens. The greatest problem that these lenses have is that, since they have such a large focal length, it’s usually difficult to obtain a high quality lens that doesn’t produce aberrations and other image defects. The Nikon 10-24 mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-s DX is your best option. It has two Extra-low Dispersion elements and three aspheric elements to help minimize the amount of aberrations. However, keep in mind that you will be able to find a vast amount of angular lenses on the market, but if what you’re after is quality, then you know that this comes at a price. This high quality lens from Nikon sells for 900 dollars, more than the camera itself. That’s why we sometimes say that lens is more important than the camera.
The best zoom lens for the Nikon D3400
If you’re looking for something versatile for your camera, something that will allow you to work with different focal lengths, but at the same time offers very good quality. If you’re looking for something that will give you many possibilities for your Nikon D3400, and that you can use as a telephoto lens to take pictures of far-away objects, or take action pictures, look no further than the Nikon 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G. With an aperture between f/7 and f/11 you will get pictures with a lot of clarity, very well focused, especially if you use a tripod. Perfect sunsets you can frame from anywhere you like, with great quality. Its price hovers around 500 dollars, so it’s not as expensive as the last one, but more expensive than the fixed lenses, even though given all the features that this lens offers, it is one of most sold lenses by Nikon.
The best constant aperture lens for the Nikon D3400
We all know that the maximum aperture of a lens is very important. Usually, with zoom lenses, a longer focal length implies an inferior aperture. That is why we sometimes read f/4.5-5.6. However, this Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8 DC HSM is a constant aperture lens. What does this mean? It means that throughout the whole focal route, from 18 millimeters up to 25 millimeters, the maximum aperture is f/1.8. This is one of the best lenses that you can buy for your DSLR. Also, it might also be the best if we’re talking about cameras with a APS-C sensor, like the Nikon D3400. Its only downside is its weight, but its great build quality, metal construction, great image quality , and the fact that its price is a little bit over 800 dollars, make it a more than interesting option if we had to buy only one lens. Its quality is incredible. The bokeh effect it generates is fantastic. The sharpness level is striking. You will hardly find something better.
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