There are various models of the best Nikon DX cameras in the market mainly and the most common from the latest generation are the entry level, mid-range and prosumer D3300, D5300 and D7100 respectively. Regardless and irrespective of your photography style, the following article consists of some of the best Nikon DX lenses covering the wide range including tele-photo and wide angle. One of Nikon’s major strength is that it consists of a built in function to control the distortion caused by majority of the cheaper zoom lenses. Because of Nikon’s terrific strength in the DX lineup, only one Nikon lens could make this list. Here are the 10 best Nikon DX Lenses of 2017.

Best Nikon DX Lenses of 2017

Wide Angle Lens:

1- Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5:

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED


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Every lens has its own strength and this lens specializes in the landscape and architectural photography. Despite of a number of wide-angle lens choices available for the DX cameras this one is Nikon’s best option as it provides more sharpness. The drawback regarding this particular lens is the less optimal performance in the low light and distortion at the wide end. But the critics admire the zoom lens of 15- 36mm on a 35mm that covers all of ultra-wide to normal field of view.

2- Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX II:

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II


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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II


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Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 DX II is a very good alternative of the Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 lens at almost half the price. One of the major advantages of the Tokina lens is that its’ wide angle is broad covering a 35mm as compared to Nikon’s 16.5-24mm. The Tokina lens is also wider in aperture that offers better lowlight photography results. The lens is termed successful by the critics as it provides higher sharpness and can be utilized very efficiently in weddings. The only drawback with Tokina is that at 11-16mm its distortion is visible to the fullest.

Midrange & Portrait Lenses:

3- Nikon 35mm f/1.8:

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX


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This is unarguably a very great choice if you plan on capturing pictures during travel, street photography in Europe or general portraits. There are a number of positives associated with it and is considered as one of the best lenses in the DX lineup. It offers sharpness, very good results regarding lowlight photography and is lightweight. The only drawback is despite of its metal mount it’s mostly has a plastic body.

4- Nikon 50mm f/1.8G:

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


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Nikon 50mm f/1.8G is categorized as an FX lens but still it is utilized successfully with crop frame cameras and is compatible with the DX. It provides an impressive focal length of 75mm. Just like the lens mentioned above, Nikon 50mm f/1.8G provides sharpness, excellent results in lowlight photography and weighs just 6.6 ounces. Also the bokeh it provides is very classy and gives an elegant look to your portraits.

5- Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G VR:

Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX ED AF-S Nikkor

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Nikon 180140mm f/3.5-5.6 VR is categorized as a walk around lens which are becoming increasingly famous with time and Nikon the manufacturers have produced a number of DX varieties. The critics consider that this lens is the best of the previous all lenses discussed as it is optically superior, cheaper and lighter than the previous models discussed. Only drawback is that you will see minute distortion at the end but still it provides enough sharpness at full zoom range coupled with vibration reduction.

Macro Lens:

6- Nikon 40mm f/2.8 DX Micro:

Nikon 40mm f/2.8 G DX AF-S Micro-Nikkor Lens

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40mm f/2.8 and the 85mm f/3.5 below are the two main options for the macro DX lens which are best utilized for the non-moveable objects. This lens provides the fastest maximum aperture by two-thirds of a stop. It has the capacity to focus as close as 6.4 inches from your subject coupled with superior sharpness and an affordable price. This lens is rightfully critically acclaimed by the enthusiasts all over the world.

7- Nikon 85mm f/3.5G DX Micro:

Nikon 85mm f/3.5G AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR ED VR

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Photographers who have their interest developed in macro-photography outdoors and want to capture subjects like insects, animals and other movable objects that require distance, this lens can prove to be efficient and is Nikon’s leading lens. Although this lens is slower than the 40mm f/2.8 above but still offers good vibration reduction. The only think we don’t like about the lens is its expensive price because it is not as sharp as the lens mentioned above and costs almost double.

Telephoto Lens:

8- Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR:

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G DX AF-S ED

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There are only two telephoto lenses that can be compatible with the 18-55mm kit lens. One is the Nikon 55-200mm f/2-5.6 VR while other is mentioned below this. The difference between the two lenses optically is nothing but the 55-200mm lens is plastic mount, lightweight and much inexpensive. Obviously, this lens won’t be able to match the quality the 50-300mm lens provides especially during uses like wildlife photography. Both are almost similar but it comes down the use of the photographer and if they want an extra 100mm of zooms.

9- Nikon 55-300mm f/4-5.6 VR:

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR


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Longest reach amongst the DX lenses, sharp images, vibration reduction, reduction in camera shake in lowlight are some of its major qualities. The only short coming associated with the camera is its auto focus can hunt at times but an extra 100mm of zoom will never hurt. This zoom will help capturing perfect photographs during wildlife photography. The lens is about $150 expensive than the previous one.

10- Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 VR:

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G VR DX ED AF-S

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This is the all in one lens that allows you to cover every focal length without even changing lenses. This was released in 2014 and is much cheaper and lighter than the previous models released. The only sacrifice with the lens is the maximum aperture at the long end of f/6.3 instead of f/5.6. Another quality option in the similar price range is the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 which as compared to this one is a bit heavier weighing 19.8 ounces.

  • Daniel Peters

    Thanks for this review. It gave me a basis on which lens would be a good investment for the money I am paying. I see no one left a review so just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to gather up this information. Much appreciated!

  • John

    Missing the ultra sharp Nikon 17-55mm F/2.8

  • Hans

    For real macro work, skip the 85 mm DX and get the Micro 105mm f2.8 G VR instead. For just a few bucks more it is faster, allows for a better working distance and you can keep it if you ever plan to switch to FX (don’t do that for macro work)