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Simply put, the Nikon D5 is a premium camera, a marvel of technology, and an homage to the beauty of things. If that sounds over the top, that is because this camera itself is over the top. Looking at its price alone, you should be able to tell instantly that the Nikon D5 is for the real pros and offers real cutting-edge features.

In a nutshell, the Nikon D5 is very fast, powerful, and sharp. What makes it even more amazing for us is that it manages to do all that despite remaining relatively compact. It shoots at 12 fps, which is a mind-blowing kind of fast. It has an extremely wide ISO range, does very well in low light, and produces usable images even at high ISO.

The Nikon D5 comes with a host of other kickass features that earned it its current position as simply one of the best DSLRs around. They often say that the more things you try to do, the more likely you are to fail. However, that does not appear to be true with the Nikon D5. It sure does a lot, and it is wonderful in all of them.

That said, you should understand by now that using such a camera as the Nikon D5 calls for only the best lenses. You do not want to disrespect your expensive camera by pairing it with a ho-hum lens. Here are some of the best lenses for Nikon D5 in 2017, together with their hits and misses.

Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

The Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR appears to be an all-in-one lens for Nikon D5. Its optical stabilization and 10.7x zoom ratio work well under different conditions, producing sharp images throughout the zoom range. The lens itself is also relatively compact, making it portable enough for outdoor, sports, and wildlife photography projects.

The sad thing about the Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, though, is that it does not appear to do too well with distortion. There is a lot of it in the final shots. Furthermore, when you use it at the maximum aperture, you will notice soft edges and corners.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

This lens for Nikon D5 is usually recommended for travel and portrait photography. The images are impressively sharp, and the aperture of f2.8 is constant throughout the focal range. This lens also has optical stabilization, which is a great help when taking fast-action shots.

There just appears to be a problem with light distribution at f2.8. You will notice that the images are unevenly illuminated at this aperture. The edges are also noticeably inferior compared with the center. There is also a considerable amount of distortion, which is disheartening for such an expensive lens.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Also commonly used for travel and portrait projects, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a wide-angle lens with a wide aperture. That aperture is fast, and you get to have sharp images at all stops. The AF module is quick, accurate, and reliable. There are a little distortion and chromatic aberration, but they are manageable.

However, as is the issue with many wide-angle lenses with wide apertures, you will notice a lot of vignetting if you go wider than f5.6. But then again, vignetting is rarely a negative factor when doing portraits, for example, and it is very easy to fix with even basic software.

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD

The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD is a standard zoom lens for Nikon D5, and it does a great job of being an all-in-one lens. Its angle covers standard to telephoto and makes the lens very useful for portraits with great background blur. This lens for Nikon D5 also comes with a built-in image stabilization system.

The Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD for Nikon D5 is also very solidly built. You can feel that it is made from high-grade material and can withstand a little-rugged use. Obviously, the Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD is made well and performs well. However, Tamron has another lens with nearly the same image quality but costs a lot less.

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED is reportedly one of the best wide-angle zoom lenses for Nikon D5. It is expensive and quite big, covering a field of view that is so wide you do not need a high zoom ratio anymore. The images produced by the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED are very sharp, and it offers full-frame coverage with f2.8 aperture.

This lens for Nikon D5 has two disadvantages other than the obvious ones, which are the high price and the huge body. First, there is noticeable distortion when shooting at the widest angles. Second, you need a special holder if you plan on using filters.

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

The Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is a wide-angle prime lens for Nikon D5. Saying that this lens produces breathtaking photos is an understatement. This is the best wide-angle lens we have seen on this list so far. The images are sharp all over, and there is negligible distortion. The minimum focus distance is quite short, which is really the whole point of shooting wide angles.

The problem, though, is the dimming that it often does to corners and edges. Moreover, you cannot use filters here. All in all, though, we think the good of the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art outweighs its bad.

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

If you are looking for a classic telephoto zoom lenses for Nikon D5, the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD appears to be a good option for you. It is by no means perfect, but we think the overall value for money is good. The image stabilization feature works perfectly, the lens body feels quite solid, and the images are very sharp.

The only problem we noticed was noticeable vignetting at f6 and above, which we found a little disappointing. But then again, this lens for Nikon D5 does better than harm, so it is good in our book.

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF VR

The Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF VR is a good telephoto zoom lens for Nikon D5. It produces high-quality images, especially when shooting at a short focal length. The image stabilization platform appears to do a swell job (although of course, still not as good as the stabilization modules in more expensive models).

You are likely going to encounter two issues as you try the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF VR out. First, the lateral chromatic aberration at long focal lengths in RAW files is highly noticeable. Second, at full opening, you will notice corner softness, whereas softness in the center is what you are likely going to see at a long focal length.

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports

Reportedly one of the best super telephoto zoom lenses for Nikon D5, the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports produces very sharp photos with very minimal distortion regardless of camera settings. It focuses quickly and has image stabilization. It also has a zoom lock mechanism for preventing what has become known as the “zoom creep.”

The only downsides to the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports for Nikon D5 are the price, weight, and aperture. It is extremely heavy, but we think that is an acceptable price to pay for durability and pro-grade quality. The aperture is narrow compared with other lenses in the same price range, but it is a negligible “flaw.”

Nikon 200mm f/2G ED VR II

The Nikon 200mm f/2G ED VR II is also known by many photographers as one of the best telephoto prime lenses for Nikon D5. We think it deserves that title mainly because of the great performance of its image stabilization and AF modules. The aperture is also quite fast, and the lens for Nikon D5 comes with full-time manual focusing.

We have yet to notice anything off about the performance of the Nikon 200mm f/2G ED VR II. from our end, everything looks good so far. This is why we sincerely recommend it. Sure, it is heavy and expensive, but those are very little prices to pay for the quality of the lens.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Micro

Ending our list is another one of the best macro lenses for Nikon D5. The Nikon 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Micro delivers true 1:1 macro shots without any distortion at all. It is also very compact and comes with image stabilization.

Our only complaints about the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Micro lens for Nikon D5 is its price and working distance. It is relatively more costly than other lenses of the same caliber and specs, and in our opinion, the working distance is too short for 1:1 magnification.

Buying Guide

When shopping for the Top lenses for Nikon D5, it is assumed that you already know everything about all the information that appears on the spec sheet of cameras. However, it does not hurt to help our newcomer friends understand the jargon a bit. Today let us focus on sensors. What do those acronyms mean, and what can they do to your photos?

  • CCD

The charge-coupled device (CCD) sensor has been around a long time and is a tested and proven sensor type. They originally became popular in video applications before they became widely used in still cameras.

CCD sensors have good image quality, dynamic range, and noise control but high power consumption and relatively basic construction. These disadvantages were the main reasons why CCD sensors were overtaken by CMOS sensors.  CCD sensors are still used today in budget cameras and medium format backs, where the technology level of CMOS is not needed.

  • CMOS

Complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) first became known as an inferior alternative to CCD sensors. However, CMOS sensors have since successfully replaced CCD sensors in most modern DSLRs.

A CMOS chip has more built-in functionality than that of a CCD sensor. Furthermore, CMOS consumes less energy and processes at faster speeds than CCD. This is why you see CMOS almost everywhere and CCD almost nowhere nowadays.

  • Foveon X3

An offspring of CMOS technology, Foveon X3 is usually found in compact cameras and DSLRs. It uses three layers of silicon in place of the Bayer filter array used by other sensors. The topmost layer absorbs short wavelengths, whereas the lower layers absorb the longer wavelengths.

  • LiveMOS

Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds are among the camera lines that use LiveMOS. This sensor type is not as prevalent as CMOS and CCD, but it allegedly produces the same image quality as CCD while consuming only the same energy as the CMOS.

Conclusion

What makes the Nikon D5 so difficult to buy lenses for is that it is already amazing. You do not need a lens to make it shoot nicely. You need a lens that can improve what is already so close to perfect. We hope that you do end up purchasing one (or two, who cares?) of the best lenses for Nikon D5 that we listed here. Enjoy your shoot!

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