Best Lens For Nature Photography Nikon

Best Lens For Nature Photography Nikon

Hi Nasim,I own the Nikon D300s and have the following Nikon lenses; Nikon prime 50mm, Nikon 70-300mm VR, Nikon 16-85mm VR. I looked at the price of Nikon’s wide angle lens, it was too expensive for me. I did a lot of reseach and chose Tokina 11-16mm. It’s a fantastic lens, and I am able to use my 77mm circular polarizing filter.Test results by an independant lens review site showed that the Tokina out performed opticaly the Nikon lens. The Nikon lens was also “twice” the price of the Tokina.I enjoy your web site, and look forward to the next posting.Merry Christmas from the UK James
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Best Lens For Nature Photography Nikon

The next step-up from the 70-300mm lens is the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR II, a superb lens not only for portraiture, but also for wildlife photography. While its rather short on the long side, it is one of the few Nikon lenses that works with all current Nikon teleconverters. The Nikon TC-14E II makes it a 100-280mm f/4 lens (1.4x focal length multiplication), the Nikon TC-17E II makes it a 120-340mm f/4.8 lens (1.7x) and the latest Nikon TC-20E III doubles the focal length to 140-400mm (2.0x) at f/5.6. A truly versatile lens indeed. The latter combination needs good light for reliable AF and should be stopped down to f/8 for best results (there is some sharpness degradation at f/5.6).
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Best Lens For Nature Photography Nikon

The next big jump (in terms of size, weight and cost) gets us to the Nikon 300mm f/2.8G VR II – a phenomenal lens, one of Nikon’s best lenses to date. It is a workhorse tool used by professionals for sports, wildlife and portrait photography. I used the Nikon 300mm f/2.8G VR II for several months and I was very impressed by its performance, especially when coupled with teleconverters. In fact, Nikon specifically released the TC-20E III together with this lens, which makes this lens almost like a “reference” lens for use with teleconverters (with the TC-20E III, the lens becomes a 600mm f/5.6 lens). It is loaded with Nikon’s latest technologies like VR II and its optics are simply outstanding. AF performance is top notch, with super fast and accurate autofocus acquisition, even in low-light situations.
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Best Lens For Nature Photography Nikon

I want to thank you for this article on best Nikon lenses for wildlife photography. My particular interest is photographing birds and as my skills have improved I became frustrated with the Nikon 70-300 kit lens I bought with my D7000 as it was very soft at 300mm. I then purchased a Sigma 120-400mm lens and it was better, but much heavier and also very soft at 400mm. I sold those and then tried a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 with a 2x TC and it’s actually very good, much sharper throughout the focal range, even with the TC, than the Sigma 120-400. Without the TC it’s very sharp. My one complaint is that the photos always seemed a bit on the dark side, and it’s heavy.Then I found your review, and thought I’d give the Nikon 300mm f/4 with a TC 14E-II a try and am astounded at how much sharper, brighter and more colorful my photos are. I don’t know if it’s prime vs. zoom, Nikon vs. third party lens, or all of the above, but it is fantastic! It’s also lighter and economical. (You can probably tell I’m on a budget). Perhaps in the future I’ll move up to a longer heavier lens, but I’ll always keep this lens because it is absolutely fantastic. The one drawback is no VR, but I find, as you say, that if I keep my shutter speeds up I have no problem with camera shake. Anyway, thank you for your review; it was extremely helpful and helped me find just the right lens for this application.One question–someday I may move to a body with a full frame sensor, and I’m wondering about the pros and cons of doing that with wildlife photography? Do you have a review along those lines? I’ve also thought about getting a D7100 because of the 24.1 mp sensor and it’s glowing reviews, though at the moment enjoy my D7000. Many thanks!
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Best Lens For Nature Photography Nikon

Dear Mr. Nasim, I’ve just finished reading your essay/review of which Nikon lenses you recommend for shooting wildlife and I am happy to report that unknowningly you got me “hooked,” on the Nikon 300mm AF-S ED D F/4 lens! I am also going to purchase the Nikon TC-14E II which makes for a “killer” combo as you stated. I guess this particular lens and tele converter should do wonders when used with an F5 or F6! Your unbiased essay speaks for itself,goes in great details from someone who’s actually using/testing these lenses as opposed to anyone else who just write without having been in the field. Of course, if I had the funds I will go for the 300mm AF-S D VR II F/2:8 but that’s another story. I did locate one in a very reputable camera store in NYC ( advertized as an 9++ condition) but we are still talking about a $3,500.00 lens here. According to the sale representative which attended my inquiry Nikon made only few of such lenses in a “gray-like” finish as opposed to the most commonly encountered black finish! It is still a lot of money for a person like who cannot afford to spend so much money,just contemplating the lens and admire its beauty,workmanship and incredible results one will get from such a fantastic optic. I would like to thank you very much for your input since I am going to go for the 300mm F/4 lens ( Nikon should send you a thank you card-since you were directly responsible for my purchase in chosing this particular lens ). My sinceres and profound thanks to you Sir. Dominique
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Best Lens For Nature Photography Nikon

The next best wildlife lens is Nikon’s heavyweight super telephoto bazooka, the Nikon 400mm f/2.8G VR. This is the lens that will get you to 800mm at f/5.6 with a 2x teleconverter! Weighing a whopping 4.6 kilos, it is almost as heavy as Nikon’s longest 600mm f/4 lens (more on the 600mm below) and almost twice as heavy as the Nikon 300mm f/2.8G VR II. It is a massive lens for a reason – its large aperture of f/2.8 requires huge glass elements to transmit so much light into the camera. Similar to the Nikon 300mm f/2.8G VR II, it also works exceptionally well with all teleconverters, including the Nikon TC-20E III.
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Best Lens For Nature Photography Nikon

Hi Nasim,I have a Nikon D7100. What lens would you recommend for landscape photography? Cost isn’t really a big issue. Looking for a lens that gives the best performance. Looking primarily for 1 lens that works great in most situations.Also figured I’d ask this question since I was already writing: I currently have the newer Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR that I got for wildlife photography, birds predominantly, but have read some not so great reviews about it recently. I read your wildlife lens review and your review on the 80-400 mm lens (unfortunately after I already purchased it). Do you think that this is a good lens for bird photography or would you recommend something else? Looking for whatever is going to give me the best sharpness/AF/performance.Thank you! -Boe
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Best Lens For Nature Photography Nikon

Impressive Performing Lens. A long-reaching telephoto optimized for sports, wildlife, and nature shooting, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens features an advanced optical design that both lessens the overall weight of the lens as well as contributes to improved image quality. This lens uses the latest Nikon lens technologies to enhance autofocus (AF) tracking and optical performance, while benefitting photographers with a significant reduction in weight. A new magnesium alloy lens barrel design and the incorporation of fluorite elements makes it nearly 3 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The NIKKOR 600mm f/4 lens was developed to give photographers the advantage on the sidelines or in the field, with a lens that can keep up with the action and get the decisive shot. Users will sincerely appreciate the weight reduction of these lenses which allow for extended shooting, even into overtime.
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I want to start out with a lens that I have a love and hate relationship with. On one side, the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G is one of the sharpest lenses ever produced by Nikon. It has phenomenal optics (center to corner, throughout the frame and aperture range), beautiful colors, super fast autofocus and an extremely useful focal range for wide-angle photography. On the other hand, it is a heavy, bulky and expensive lens that cannot accommodate filters. Sadly, not just circular filters and filter holders but pretty much any kind of hand-holdable filter. Its round front element shape and the built-in lens hood just make it impossible to use filters. Sure, you can buy a filter holder system from Lee and other manufacturers for this lens to accommodate filters, but it is not cheap and you would have to purchase a set of large 150mm filters, so forget about using your existing filters. I really wish Nikon allowed us to use small replaceable filters close to the lens mount, just like on telephoto lenses and this lens would have been irreplaceable.