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Best lens for Nikon D7200

Photography for beginners: DX format lens

Although considered an SLR camera in the top-end flagship class, Nikon D7200 is still an APS-C, using a DX format lens which features both high-quality and affordability, so it is well attuned to family users in the group of new-comers to photography who have no intent to upgrade to Full frame camera.

16-85mm or 18-140mm Kit lens

As a necessary tool for this group of users, Kit lens has a frequently and widely used Zoom range, and one lens of this type, Nikon AF-S DX 16-85mm F3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR, is a DX format lens for daily applications, offering good capability that can even match Nikon “gold ring quality”effect to some extent, and has a very good imaging quality in the Nikon Kit lens family. With an equivalent focal length of 24-127.5mm, it can take large-scene landscape photos in the wide-angle end as well as distant-view pictures in the Telephoto end. (See current price and user reviews on amazon)

Nikon AF-S DX 18-140/3.5-5.6 G ED VR, in contrast, has a lower price than 16-85mm because it offers a slightly lower imaging quality. With an equivalent focal length of 210mm, however, it boasts a longer shooting distance, making it a ‘One-Fits-All’Kit lens to a certain degree. (See current price and user reviews on amazon)

Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Wide-Angle Zoom

It is the widest of all Nikon APS-C lenses, wider than the Full frame(12-24mm)in DX format cameras, with a range of focal lengths of 10-24mm(corresponding to 15-36mm focal lengths in the 35mm format). If you do not plan to upgrade to a full frame model, it would be the most suitable Nikon D7200 wide-angle zoom lens. (See current price and user reviews on amazon)

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

As the cheapest Telephoto lens, AF-S VR 70-300mm is designed for the mass market, with an equivalent focal length as high as 105-450mm at Nikon D7200. Personally I wouldn’t recommend it because I feel a little unhappy with its imaging quality, but if you value telephoto capability more than imaging quality, it will be OK for you as a amateur(Remember also it has a VR image stabilization feature). Here I must explain why I skip from 10-24mm over to 70-300mm:I recommend it on the assumption that usually people would choose Kit lens. 70-300mm VR is a full frame lens, by the way, that can be used in full frame cameras. (See current price and user reviews on amazon)

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens

For daily photo taking I would mainly use the 50mm standard lens because its large aperture gives a good bokeh effect when shooting portraits. The zoom lenses described above have no large aperture, so it would be a good choice to make up with a cheap 50mm F/1.8G, which has an equivalent focal length of 85mm at Nikon D7200. (See current price and user reviews on amazon)

Summary:The combination suggested above may not be perfect, but it still provides useful information for you. Other third-party lenses will not be described here. Just take one as soon as you find it is within your budget. For a suitable combination please consult the above recommendation.

Full Frame Lens

Those who intend to upgrade to full frame or to get a Nikon D7200 as backup can buy any full frame lens which has a suitable zoom range, without additional clues from me. Here I only recommend some lenses that you can still use even after you upgrade to full frame.

Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S NIKKOR Lens

As a full frame lens, Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED features a good portability and an excellent workmanship, offering a very attractive buy on wide-angle zoom lenses. lt is used mainly in landscape photo taking. (See current price and user reviews on amazon)

Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Lens

Like 18-35mm and 70-300mm VR, Nikon 24-85mm lenses are distinguished for their portability and cost performance. There is no denying that it may affect cameras’performance when fitted to mainstream cameras such as D810 or even D4S. Its price and optical quality is designed just to match the cheap full frame cameras D600/D610. Lenses like it may be more suitable for those who have not yet upgraded to full frame(such as D7200 users)because of their affordability and their potential for future upgrade. If you have enough money, or you are a novice, just try to get a full frame;there is no need to pay for APS-C. Beginners who have bought an APS-C may upgrade many years later. (See current price and user reviews on amazon)

If you want to upgrade to a full frame camera such as Nikon D4S or D810, just buy a 24-70mm F2.8.

Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

Here I recommend 70-200mm F/4G because of its price, just as I recommend 70-300mm VR for the same reason. I think 70-200mm F/4G may not be necessary for Nikon D7200 users, so don’t hurry to get one. But if you really need a Telephoto lens, and want to upgrade to full frame camera in the future, then 70-300mm VR would be indeed unnecessary for you. Anyway, 70-300mm VR is much inferior to 70-200mm in imaging quality, and you would be better off paying more several hundred dollars for a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom lens.

Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Nikkor Zoom Lens is a compact FX-format Telephoto zoom lens, with a maximum aperture of f/4. Unlike other top-rated nikkor Telephoto lenses, it weighs just 850g, in addition to excellent imaging quality and a wide focus range(70mm to 200mm). It also provides shock-absorbing capability to improve picture quality to meet the needs of professionals. (See current price and user reviews on amazon)

The last large aperture lens recommended here is, as before, 50mm f/1.8 G because a large aperture helps take bokeh photos. At an equivalent focal length of 85 mm, it is good for shooting objects such as portraits, cups and others.

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