There are so many lenses available for your Nikon D7000 DSLR camera. It’s critically important to choose the absolute best lens for it. One general pointer is that if what you’re trying to achieve lowest distortion, fastest speed and best quality, steer clear of large zoom ranges. Large zoom-ranges lenses tend to distort images etc. as you will read in this article. A great super-zoom choice is Nikon’s 18-200mm lens. However keep in mind you will lose softness in the photos have taken with the P&S comprised in order to acquire a larger zoom range.
Nikon’s 18-105VR lens is incredible and lacks little overall. When taking photos of architecture you’ll be better off if you choose a lens that has low linear distortion. (the distortion gets worse with increase zoom range length.) The Nikon lenses that are focused more towards the professionals typically have below a three to one zoom-range ratio. (You’ll want no more than the 3:1) Most professional level lenses maintain maximum apertures that are traditionally around f4 or below. However these can range below f5.6. Nikon makes the “trinity” which are 70-200mm f/2.8G Zoom Lens as well as 12-24mm f/4G ED IF Autofocus Zoom Lens ,and 24-70mm f/2.8G Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lenslenses but they are pretty bulky and are expensive. (All compatible with the D7000.)
Depending on your preferred shooting style, you’ll notice they can take more photos in the low 100mm range or below rather than above that. Nikon offers a wonderful duo, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Zoom Lens and 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G Wide-Angle Telephoto Zoom Lens. These two are still good quality but cost a lot less.
70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G Zoom Lens and 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G Wide-Angle Telephoto Zoom Lens16-85 lens is it can decrease to 16mm, which is helpful when taking interior shots and more. Also the 16mm is equivalent to a 24mm FX. One of Nikons top lenses is the 70-300VRII. (universally agreed upon) Not to mention it’s reasonably priced at $550 and is FF capable. I think you would also agree that 16-85DX lens is pretty over priced, at $700, for what it actually delivers within a focal-length-range similar to other less expensive lenses. A good match in terms of IQ would be a 18-105 lens.
If what your looking for is increased wide-angle range a nice option, because it’s range crosses into the normal wide-angle range (less often switching lenses), would be the 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G Wide-Angle Zoom Lens. The only issue with the 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G Wide-Angle Lens would be it’s speed though. The 10-24DX apertures maximum-range-focal length is f5.6. Sometimes you can hit the f4-ish range but not very typical overall. So this demands the use VR or increased ISOs in lighting that is moderately low. Another perk to the Nikon 10-24DX is it’s portability and overall compactness. If you were to get a slightly faster speed DX lens it would be much bigger and heavier like an FF lens. (Not ideal for anyone who travels with their cameras, just another big bulky piece of equipment.) Which would explain why the fast Nikon Lenses tend to be, for the most part, FX lenses. You should however consider including a single fast prime in your lens collection. (At least one) A commonly popular one is a 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lenswhich can cost up to a five hundred dollars but can be found at that link for just under $200. A high cost I know but it opens you up to a whole plethora of action shooting in low light, zooms simply can’t do.
In short, for a primary lens a 18-105VR lens is a great choice. Also, I would say a 16-85 lens is pretty versatile relative to most of the shots you take. One should also consider (highly consider) a secondary lens however you should learn what subject style you like best as well as which focal length and ranges you have a preference on before you choose. This will help you choose which lenses will work best for your style and overall needs.