5 Best Lenses for the Nikon D7000
When selecting the best lenses for your Nikon D7000 there are lots of things to consider. I’ve done the research for you and below are the top 5 best/ must have lenses for the Nikon D7000. I tried to provide suggestions for an array of uses like long distance shots, close ups, low lighting etc. Remember, the D3000, D5000and D7000have the same body, the lenses here apply to them as well.
It should come as no surprise to see my first choice as the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G. This versatile lens is perfect for portraits and contains a built in crop feature of 1.5x the original lens that comes with the purchase of the Nikon D7000 body. Of course, the cheapest Nikon 50mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor is also mentioned here further down this post, but I’m sure you will realize that the goal here isn’t the extra money. Its the quality and overall value of this lens. There will be some who think that the next Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35 mm F1.4G should also be included, but since I’m selecting five lenses, I’m basing my choices on the standard zoom to cover 50 mm focal length equivalent.
Previous articles I’ve written have suggested the Nikon Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom, this is ideal for covering the standard range of focal lengths. However, as this is a wonderful lens, I find the price a little too steep for a DX lens, even with its incredible performance if i had to choose between it and the Nikon Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm f/4G VR. Since most of my shots in this area are hands-free, I see that the damping of vibrations to be something that is highly recommended and makes a huge difference in image quality. Limited focal length means that no more than 35 mm (35 mm equivalent 52.5) and less than 70 mm (105 and 35 mm equivalent focal length of the next selection) creating an amazing end result for your photos.
Of course, if you can afford to spend the money, for DX 17-55mm lens above or better still get theNikon Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom-Nikkor and Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G EDcould be better options.
This choice is actually an easy one.Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR IIhas been totally redesigned from its predecessor, brothers. This professional telezoom is the ultimate in its class. The key feature of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR IIwould be the new and improved optical formula that has been redesigned to provide the sharpetst of images quality from the center of the image all the way into the corners of the frame. This quality can even be acheved on FX camera formats and uses no less than 7 ED elements. This helps to minimize aberrations and fight against flare. One other thing to note is that it is slightly heavier but is shorter than the similar older model but packs new sealing technology that protects it from moisture and dust more efficiently.
This is the lens most people use most of the time with their Nikon D7000. Not to mention this lens will work/fit almost every Nikon D model out there. Seriously. This is the best and one of the more expensive but, it will be your go-to lens for most occasions/ daily use. (cost is around $1,200 but worth every penny and can be found at that link for around $800) No other third-party lenses can compare or outperform this one.The targeted audience for this lens is anyone who has a Nikon DX format camera who is either a professional or amateur Nikon D-SLR user. Main advantages include ultra-wide angle focal range while maintaining a high optical performance. The lens offers a good wide angle 18-36mm wide and 35 mm focal length equivalent, if not the greatest overall, it is certainly best for the job. The alternative is the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, but the image quality would be lower.
To be honest, if money were no object, I would certainly choose the Nikkor AF-S VR 200-400mm ED II F4G, but because of the high cost of the lens, it should be considered as a luxury option, unless you use very specialized and do not mind the weight of this beauty. But mortals like me will most likely be more than satisfied the Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED..
The best Nikon Macro lens for close-ups is obviously the Nikon Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor Close-up Lens. Don’t get me wrong, the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 85 mm f/3.5G ED VR Microis a good option for the body. However the 105 mm DX, just offer more in terms of short-term performance and long-term opportunities (eg if you want to turn the FX body in the future as well). This lens marries the benefits of VR (vibration reduction) and high-optical performance/resolution. And lets face it when shooting close ups, it’s important to have Nikon’s second gen, vibration reduction system. This will not only stabilize the image but will allow for hand-held flexibility and faster shutter speeds.
In short, you can’t go wrong with any of the lenses mentioned here. If you have questions or would like further details on a specific lens not mentioned, leave me a comment!