Nikon D750 Recommended Lenses

What lens is best for the Nikon D750? The D750 can use variety of Nikon F-mount lenses. For best performance a FX (full-frame) format lens is recommended. While the D750 can use DX (APS-C or crop frame) lenses, it will only produce smaller 10.5MP images using the central part of the lens, and the effective focal length would be 1.5X the focal length of the lens.

Nikon has produced tens of millions of F-mount lenses since 1959. Almost all of these will work on the D750. However, the best performance will be experienced with the more recent AF-S lenses with the autofocus motor (silent wave) built into the lens. Recent lenses also have advanced coatings to reduce ghosting and flares and improve contrast. Further features which are beneficial include vibration reduction (VR) for all focal lengths but especially longer telephoto lenses as well as Extra-low Dispersion glass (ED) which reduces chromatic aberration.

To find the best lens for your D750, first decide which focal length or lengths would suit your preferred style of photography. While fixed focal length (or prime) lenses may provide the absolute best technical image quality, they lack the flexibility of a zoom lens. Budget and size/weight preferences further define which lens may preferred. Below is a list of lenses from budget to specialty lenses along with advice about why one may be preferred over another.

Budget lenses for the Nikon D750

While the best advice may be to invest in lenses and not camera bodies, the fact is you probably have (or are considering buying) a Nikon D750. With that accomplished, you may have a limited budget, at least initially, for a good lens or two. These lenses will allow your wallet more flexibility, while still providing excellent image quality.

Budget Zoom Lenses for the Nikon D750

Nikon 24-85mm VR lensNikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens – ($596) While often bundled as the kit lens with entry-level FX cameras, this lens is very capable. It offers VR to help stabilize hand-held images you may find for many purposes that it eliminates the need for a tripod. This lens uses the latest technology: three aspherical elements, one ED element, Nikon Super Integrated Coating and internal focusing. The truth is this lens is sharp, relatively lightweight (465 grams), flexiable 3.5X zoom range from wide angle to telephoto and focuses as close as 1.25 feet. The best value of current FX lenses.

Nikon 18-35mm LensNikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens – ($746) This lens was released in 2013. It provides the focal range from ultra wide angle to normal and renders extremely sharp images. In includes aspherical and ED glass elements for outstanding image quality. At only 385 grams it is relatively light and also compact at 3.7-inches in length. For those seeking wide angle for landscapes, interiors or dramatic effect, this is the go-to lens. It would be right at home on your new Nikon D750.

Nikon 70-300mm VRNikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens ($586) For a telephoto lens, no other Nikon lens comes close to offering the combination of range, size, weight and price of this lens. Although it does not offer the fastest aperture, the VR helps stabilize images. If telephoto is not your primary range, this lens will open a world of new possibilities. For the traveler it deserves a place in your bag. While there are more expensive options that may have slightly better technical image quality, they cost at least twice as much and weigh much more.

Nikon 28-300mm VR lensNikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR ($1046) This ultra zoom is the do-it-all and the only lens you may need. It is very capable of producing sharp images and has more zoom range (10X) and close focusing abilities (18 inches) that might otherwise require a whole bag of lenses. Perhaps an ideal travel lens for those who don’t want to bother changing lenses but don’t mind the 1.75 lb (800 gram) weight. It also features the latest VR, two ED glass elements, three aspherical elements, and Nikon SIC lens coatings. If you want only one lens for your new D750, make it this one.

Budget Prime Lenses for the D750

Nikon 28mm 1.8GNikon 28mm f/1.8G Lens ($696) Wide angle with fast aperture. This lens will provide a dramatic angle and capture objects along with their environment. Although not ideal for traditional portraits it will capture a lot of background. For landscape, travel and interiors it is a very versatile focal length. Great for low-light, night photography and fast focusing.

Nikon 35mm 1.8GNikon 35mm f/1.8G ED FX Lens ($596) Some consider a 35mm lens to be ideal. It is not too wide and yet not quite “normal” such as a 50mm. If you are moving up from DX to FX for the first time with the D750 and shot at 24mm on the DX camera, this 35mm on FX would give a similar angle of view. This could be a good choice for many types of photography if you just want to carry one lens. It is lightweight, sharp, compact and perfect for general family and travel shots. (Note: this is the FX version of the lens, a similar DX version is available but does not cover the entire frame of a full-frame camera.)

Nikon 50mm 1.8GNikon 50mm f/1.8G Lens ($216) One of the least expensive yet most sharp FX lenes available, the 50mm is the first prime lens many photographers choose. Its fast f/1.8 aperture is perfect for low-light and night photography, while its focal length is just long enough to provide pleasant background blur for isolating subjects and making them pop. Often called a “normal” lens for its ability to capture a perspective that looks normal to the human eye. Given its affordable price, consider the 50mm a required lens with the Nikon D750 (unless you opt for the more expensive f/1.4 version).

Nikon 85mm 1.8GNikon 85mm f/1.8G Lens ($496) The 85mm 1.8G is an outstanding portrait lens and rivals lenses costing at least twice as much. The lens is sharp, low distortion and provides pleasant background blur qualities (bokeh). There is no better value in a portrait lens in the Nikon lineup. If you need a portrait lens for your new Nikon D750, this is should be on your list.

General advice for Nikon D750 photographers on a budget: Decide which focal length(s) you want and don’t limit yourself by overlapping too many focal lengths. Unless you specialize in wide angle, one zoom or prime that covers that range will do. For longer telephoto you will generally be using zooms if on a budget. One or two prime lenses spread out in focal length are more useful than a pair of lenses that are close (28mm and 35mm are very similar, while 35mm and 85mm are sufficiently different). A big advantage of prime lenses is a fast aperture, which budget zoom lenses lack especially toward longer focal lengths. Adding a fast 50mm or 85mm prime will provide a whole new range of photographic possibilities which would be missing with a zoom lens that is f/5.6 aperture at 50mm or 85mm).

Mid-Range Lenses for the D750

Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR lensNikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II Lens ($1256) There is a lot to like about the 16-35mm f/4 VR. It offers an extreme wide angle and yet can take normal shots at 35mm. It has a constant aperture throughout the range and VR which makes it great for video. It is extremely sharp. It doesn’t cost anywhere near as much as the 14-24mm ultra wide zoom, and is much lighter and can take filters. It does have some extreme distortion at the widest focal length and it is “only” f/4. Even with those shortcomings, this lens hits the “sweet spot” for many, especially on the Nikon D750.

Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VRNikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Nikkor Zoom Lens ($1396) If you shoot wildlife or sports you may wish for a specialized lens that offers better image quality than the consumer zooms (28-300mm or 70-300mm). The 70-200mm f/2.8 professional-grade alternative may be out of the budget for many, but this lens is hardly a compromise. It focuses nearly as fast and is half the weight of the f/2.8 lens. The f/4 version is extremely sharp, has advanced VR to eliminate blur when shooting handheld and offers a constant aperture throughout the zoom range for recording video. Given the high-ISO performance of the D750, this f/4 version offers enough speed for almost any photographic purpose.

Professional Lenses for the D750

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens ($1996) The landscape photographer’s best companion. This lens offers the image quality of a prime lens and a wide angle of view to capture breathtaking scenes. Its fast f/2.8 aperture enables low-light photography. It is a specialty lens: big, heavy and will not take traditional filters (there are third party options). Yet it is considered one of the best wide angle lenses available, of all camera systems. It would be right at home on the Nikon D750.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens ($1886) The professional’s everyday lens choice. Fast, sharp, outstanding contrast and close-focusing down to 15 inches. For many working professionals this lens has replaced a bag of prime lenses. It is the cornerstone of the &quto;Holy Trinity” which also includes the 14-24mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8. As a standard zoom lens it will provide the best image quality for the new Nikon D750. Many find this is their favorite and most-used lens.

Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR IINikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens ($2396) The sports photographer’s first choice and the wildlife photographer’s go-to lens. This lens delivers fast-focusing, low-light telephoto capabilities with advanced vibration reduction VR-II. It has near optical perfection and excellent close-focusing capabilities. This would be an excellent choice to match with the new Nikon D750 for capturing all-out extreme action. No pro should be without this lens in their bag (on on their camera at all times!).

Nikon 85mm f/1.4Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR ($1699) This is the modern version of the classic 85mm portrait lens. It delivers creamy, smooth out-of-focus areas and extreme sharpness from f/1.4 produces statement images. It should be the first choice in a portrait lens for the Nikon D750. All the latest technology is incorporated to provude vivid color, high contrast and excellent flare resistance. Its flattering focal length will please your subjects.

Nikon 105mm f2.8 VR MacroNikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR Macro Lens ($899) For capturing fine detail in the smallest subjects, the 105mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor is the preferred choice. Its 105mm focal length provides ample working distance for many subjects, and it is capable of 1:1 magnification. The focal length also allows it to take portraits and telephoto shots where VR adds versatility. Flowers, insects, jewelry and more will come to life using this lens on your Nikon D750.

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      1. The 24-120mm f/4 is a fine lens. It would be considered among the mid-range lenses. Other lenses to compare to include the 24-85mm (much lighter/cheaper but nearly as sharp) and 28-300mm (longer reach). As such, if you want a lens that starts from 24mm wide end, it offers a constant f/4 aperture and a decent amount of reach to 120mm. Constant aperture would be a benefit for video or if you shoot manual and don’t want to change exposure when zooming. A typical travel lens recommendation is the 28-300mm, but the 24-120mm f/4 has a lot to offer as well.

      2. I have recently bought a D750 (but not sold my D7000, around which my lens system was built). I bought a Nikkor 24-120 VR second hand (now in for repairs!)
        For a long time I used a Nikkor 18-200 VR 3.5-5.6 “do-everything” lens, as I travel a lot, but became dissatisfied with the sharpness. I also have an AF-S Nikkor 70-300 VR, 4.5-5.6 which is disappointing between 200 and 300 regarding sharpness. In fact, over the past few years, I have become much more disappointed with sharpness of my lenses, and tend to compare everything (unfavourably!) with my Nikkor 200 F4 Macro.
        My dilemma now is to expand my lens range for the D750 within a budget, while taking care of an increasing obsession with sharpness. I work with wild African scenery, (Namibia where I live), with some architecture, wildlife and birds. I often need the 200 to 300 range, and occasionally need up to 400 with a sharpness which will accept cropping.
        My options seem to be:
        1) Get a 70-200 VR 11 F2.8 (well thought-of FX lens) plus 2x converter. Or
        2) Get rid of the 70-300 VR that I have (poor performer compared to my wife’s Canon 70-300 IS 4-5.6 ) and perhaps upgrade if there is a newer FX-designed model which will perform better, plus a 1.4 teleconverter for birds. Is there a Nikkon 70-300 made specifically for FX cameras with a good sharpness at the long end?
        3) Look for a second hand Sigma 150-600, or Nikon 200-400 or even 80-400, and continue to use the 70-300 but only up to +/- 200mm. Am I correct to be suspicious of telephoto lenses with a huge reach like these above?
        Please could you give your opinion on the above, as I really cant afford to make a mistake-purchase and then curse the soft pictures again.
        Incidentally, I have performed my own little trials comparing these lenses, and the results are quite unequivocal. 70-300 performs very well but only up to 200mm, and the Macro 200 really does earn its reputation as the sharpest lens in the world. 18 to 200 is OK but quite disappointing in circumstances where distant structures/trees/rocks/mountains are important, and I can see the softness if I print at A3+.

        1. Hi Robert,
          It sounds like you have done the research. I would go option 3. There isn’t a direct alternative to the 70-300mm, except the 28-300mm and that isn’t optimized for the long range either and I don’t think will satisfy you. The 70-200 VR II and TC-20E III is a good combo but will need to stop down to around f/8 for best quality and then that is a bit slow for wildlife.

          1. I sold this combo and bought N 200-500/5.6VR.
            Much better sharpness and contrast on my D4 or D750.
            However 70-200II is wonderful lens, but not for wildlife or bird photography.

        2. I’ve recently acquired the new Nikon 200-500 f5.6, and love it. It is not comparable to a 400 f2.8.

          But the range is great, obviously with a 5.6, isn’t amazing with lower light but I am pleasantly surprised. Also it works great with a 1.4 TC. Which brings it to I believe 720mm

        3. Become a member of the Nikonians and look at their forums and other advice as well as their websites and gallery.
          I am a ex South African now living in New Zealand and bought a new D750 and 24-70mm 2.8 in November. I love the combo, but am considering going for a few prime lenses.
          Some of the top wildlife Nikonian photographers use 200mm-500mm prime lenses with outstanding results and sharpness.
          You live in a photographer’s paradise and if you are wanting to sell your images you need the sharpness get the customers.

          1. Hi again,
            If you have good images already have a look at selling through Fine Art America. They print, frame, print on metal and a host of other products and best of all they dispatch, no hassles.

        4. I bought the Nikkor 200-500mm Ultratelephoto when they first came out, and I am delighted with it. It is a f5.6 lens and has 4 1/2 stops of vibration reduction. It is big, heavy (about 5 pounds of glass!), but worth every penny of the ridiculously low price I paid for it. ($1700 in Canada.)

        5. Hi there! I have the D750 (Kit) which I bought it last year with a 24-120mm (new lens). Recently, I had a christening photo shooting inside of a church with bright light and I’m not quite sure if my lens (24-120mm) worked properly that day… I had a think with the focusing and unfortunately most of my pictures were a little bit ”out of focus”…. Sometimes, I have this feeling that the sensor has a problem or maybe because I have the ISO a little bit high (between 4000 – 12.800 max). Do you have any experience of that? Is your camera making any problems on focusing?

          1. Hello Harry,
            Is it possible that you share an example photo? If possible please use a file sharing service that will retain the original EXIF data in the file. That will show the camera settings used to take the photo.

        6. I can attest to the Sigma 150-600mm – just got it for Christmas and am extremely pleased so far with the results. Very sharp even at 600mm.

        7. I have FX n DX bodies. If 24-120mm is fixed on DX body, I have d5300, I get constant f/4 aperture and sharpness too. Basically this lens gets converted into 36/180mm being used on DX body. I think try once. It will satisfy your expectations of sharpness too.

    1. 24-120 f 8 one of the most versatile lens with good range I have used so far. It gives you flexibility of wide as well as zoom. The constant f4 allows you to shoot fast at comparatively lower light. I use it on my d750.
      Very good for shooting events, stage performances etc.

    2. It is a good lens – i got it as kit lens with my D750 ….. also good for use with DX bodies – i use mine with D7000 …… recommneded

  1. Nikon 35mm f/1.8G ED FX Lens
    ” If you are moving up from DX to FX for the first time with the D750 and had a 50mm on the DX camera, this 35mm on FX will give a similar angle of view. ”

    I don’t think this statement is correct.

  2. I will buy this camera to take professional pictures for furniture companies. I will have to take pictures indoor and mostly inside a studio room. I will have 10 to 15 feet distance from the products. Which lens would be the best choice?

    1. Hi Senol. Apologies for the late reply. 10 to 15 feet from furniture is not a lot of room. I would think you would be around 50mm or wider focal length depending on the size of the furniture. I think this would necessitate a zoom for versatility since it sounds like the space could be a challenge (24-85mm, 24-70mm, 24-120mm). The down side here is distortion: lens distortion which can be corrected automatically in camera or in your software. Perspective distortion is what happens when you are too close to your subject. This is going to become a problem with photographing larger pieces. You want a long focal length at a distance to show the item without much perspective distortion.
      For studio work don’t worry about lens speed (maximum aperture) or VR as you will be using a tripod. You might prefer a zoom lens with constant aperture (24-70mm f2.8 or 24-120mm f/4) because you can put it into manual mode and not worry about changing exposure as you zoom. To show the detail of the overall item you stop down aperture which means long exposures and tripod. However, if you want to take creative photos sometimes shallow depth of field a prime lens would be beneficial (perhaps a 50mm or 85mm 1.4 or 1.8 prime).

  3. Thanks for the info. I’m looking forward to buying the D750 soon, and am planning on the 24-85 and 50mm f/1.8G to start out. I’ve seen the 24-120 and it seems too bulky for a walkaround lens to me, and the 24-70, which I haven’t seen in person, is even bigger. Trying to balance quality, with value and comfort.

  4. Hi,

    I am looking to buy d750 + Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens. Which will leave me with limited budget for a prime lense and I am not sure what to buy as my budget would be up to $600. Any suggestions?

    1. The 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 VR would be a good choice to cover the semi-wide to normal range. Depending on the type of photography you do, maybe just a prime or two could fill out your kit without the need for another zoom. Check out the 35mm f/1.8G ED (not the DX), 28mm f/1.8G and 20mm 1.8G.

    2. I have purchased Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens. I am going to Africa for safari and was wondering what is good lense with bit better zoom to buy without braking the bank ie $2000 range

      1. For a longer lens, I recommend the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. You might consider the TC-20E III Teleconverter on your 70-200mm instead, it provides 2X reach making the lens a 140-400mm f/5.6.

      2. It may be sacrilege to mention on D750 forum, but if you are on a budget, you may want to consider a refurb d7100 for about $500…it would turn that beautiful lens you already own to an effective 105-300 with the APS-C sensor. Big savings and you will have a back up body.

    3. Get the Tamron 70-200 VR and save some money for an additional prime. I have the Nikon 70-200 VRII, 16-35 and am looking seriously at selling and getting the Tamron replacements, they are awesome!

  5. Am upgrading from D90 to 750 and have a these lenses:LENSES
    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-200 mm 1.35-56 DX
    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm ED 1:4.5-5.6
    Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85 mm ED 1:3.5-4.5 G
    Nikon N AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8 G ED
    What do I need now?
    And which of these are compatible with 750?

    1. All your lenses will work on the D750. The 18-200mm DX lens will only cover the DX area so the D750 will go into DX crop mode when that lens is mounted. The rest of your lenses will work fine and cover the full frame sensor.

    2. you have a very good spread. If it were me, initially I would sell the DX lens and get a wide zoom (maybe 18-35mm) and perhaps a 50mm prime if budget permits.

  6. What about old AI-S mounts ?

    Can I mount an AiS Nikkor 35 mm f1.4 Manual Focus on my D750 ?


    1. Yes, the AI-S lenses work fine on the D750 in manual focus. The camera will provide the focus confirmation green light and arrows to aid in focusing (or you could use Live View to focus). The camera will meter with them also and work in M and A modes. If you program the lens data (focal length) into the camera it will also be able to read the aperture value, but you will need to use the aperture ring on the lens to control the aperture.

  7. Presently, I have been using D5100 and the lenses with it are:
    Nikon – 18-55mm
    Nikon – 55-300mm
    Nikon – 35 mm 1.8
    Nikon – 300mm f/4
    Tokina – 11-16 mm f/2.8 (APS-C)

    Since I am doing a lot of bird photography, I am getting good results with 300mm. Now, I want to move on with d750. Will this be a good idea to use primarily for birding and landscape and will Tokina 11-16mm work with D750. Or should I go with D7100/D7200 (but not sure whether I will get details). Please suggest.

    1. The DX (APS-C) camera sensor is giving you a 1.5X advantage with telephoto lenses, for your 300mm lens the effective focal length is 450mm. Switching to a D750 you won’t have that extra reach, but you can do the same thing (or more) by adding a teleconverter (1.5X, 1.7X or 2.0X). Your Tokina 11-16mm will not cover the full sensor on the D750, it will use DX crop mode and provide only a 10MP image. So to get the real benefit of FX you would need a new wide angle lens.

      1. D750 has an option to select the format of its sensor as DX. I think this clears one misconception of yours related to D750. 😊

        1. It is not a misconception. The explanation did state the DX mode. You can limit the D750 sensor to just the DX area and allows you to use the DX lenses, but it does this by only using part of the sensor. The images you take in DX mode on this D750 reduce the resolution to only 10MP. The question was about moving from a D5100 to a D750. The DX lenses in DX mode on the D750 will have lower resolution that the D5100 (10MP vs 16MP). If one is going to use a majority of DX lenses and seek high resolution images and long “reach” with a lens like the 300mm F/4, then a DX camera would be a better choice. The D750 is a great camera, but it is not a good choice for DX lenses. That is why a teleconverter and buying new lenses for the D750 was mentioned.

  8. I have a 24-70mm / 2.8 and want to buy a tele-lense. A natural fit would be the 70-200mm / 2.8 – however as I love wild life fotography I am considering a 80-400mm from Nikon.

    Do you consider this to be a professional lense (in your above category) or does it go more into your mid-range lenses?

    Thank you in advance

    1. The 80-400mm is a specialty lens and qualifies as a mid-range lens. It doesn’t have quite the build or fast aperture of the 70-200mm 2.8. If you need that zoom range from one lens it is a good option. The pro-level option with similar range would be the more expensive and heavier 200-400mm f/4 VR II. You might also consider a 70-200mm 2.8 with a teleconverter for added versatility. However, if you plan to use 400mm a lot the 80-400mm provides great sharpness.

  9. I have moved from the D90 to the D750. I have these lenses:

    Nikon Dx AF-S nikkor 55-300 mm 4.5-5.6
    Sigma DC 18-200 mm 3.5-6.3

    I have $1000 lens budget. Will either of these work with the 750? Which else should I consider…I do mostly scenery and family type shots. I am shooting a wedding but that will be a one off so can rent a lens for that pulse if necessary.

    1. You could use both lenses on the D750, but they are DX lenses and only cover the center part of the D750 sensor and yield 10MP images in crop mode. If you want a do-it-all zoom lens for FX, the 28-300mm would be around your budget. Another option is to use a 24-85mm VR as you main lens and maybe add a prime lens if you do portraits. The prime lenses allow more shallow depth of field effect that you don’t get with the zoom lenses in your budget. Consider a 85mm 1.8G for portraits.

  10. Just upgraded to the Nikon D750 from the D90. I have the following lenses: 50mm/1.8D, 24-70/2.8 FX, 70-300mm/4.5,
    18-105mm DX. I am deciding buy either a wider lens or a prime with macro. Looking for mid-range but good clarity. I do landscape mostly. Is there a benefit of a prime wide angle ?

    1. A wide angle is great for landscape photography. Something wider than your current widest focal length (24mm) can give you an entirely different perspective. (Your 18-105mm is a DX lens and will not cover the whole sensor and provides angle of view like a 27mm.) Some popular wide angle lenses for Nikon are 20mm f/1.8G, 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G, 16-35mm f/4G VR and 14-24mm f/2.8G. Prime lenses will be smaller, lighter and tend to have less distortion than zoom lenses. They also can provide a large aperture (such as f/1.8), but that is generally not required for traditional landscape photography.

      A macro lens is usually going to be toward the longer focal length around 100mm, but the choice depends on your subject. Smaller subjects could require 1:1 magnification (this means a subject could be the same size as your image sensor and fill the image). There is the Nikon Micro 105mm as well as other options from Sigma, Tokina and Tamron. You can get 50mm macro lenses but these may not provide as much magnification, some only get to 1:2 or less and will require you to be closer to your subject which can be an issue with lighting and could scare away live subjects. But for plants and larger flowers a 50mm to 60mm macro might work.

      1. Hi, any suggestion for me. I own a D750 with Tamron 28-300 f/3.5-6.3 DI VC. I want to add another lense as I like street photography. I consider a fast ultra wide angle. And also prime lense for portrait. Which lense do you think the best for me?

        1. Hello. I think you will find the Nikon 20mm f/1.8G to be a good fast ultra-wide lens. For portrait it is hard to beat the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G that is sharp, light and a great value.

  11. Hi,

    I own a D750, and absolutely love it. I just want to add that the newish 20mm f/1.8 is a fantastic lens for landscape and travel photography, at a very reasonable price. The quality is as good as the 14-24mm but it is lightweight and affordable.

    Worth a look.

  12. Hi ,
    i will buy D750 very soon and i wanna choose the best lenses to be matching with my Cam , i will step up to the professional lenses and i wanna know which is best to choose 24-70 f/2.8 or 70-200 f/2.8 ? and if i choose the 24-70 f/2.8 is there any necessary for 85mm f/1.8 or 85mm f/1.4 ??
    and the last question if i wanna choose one lense to work very good with me for zooming distance which is the best choice even from mid range collection .
    thank you

    1. The choice between 24-70mm and 70-200mm will depend on what type of pictures you want to take. The 24-70mm range is more versatile, going from wide angle to slight telephoto. If you shoot people, events, travel or just general photography that is probably going to suit you better. The 70-200mm is in the telephoto range and good for more distant shots. It is best for portraits, sports and wildlife. The 85mm f/1.8 or 85mm f/1.4 prime lenses are traditionally used for portraits of people, but you may not need it if you have a lens that can cover that general range, such as 70mm at f/2.8.

      For mid range zoom the 70-200mm f/4 is a good alternative to the 70-200mm f/2.8. It is lighter and costs less. The f/2.8 is good if you need it (low light, sports) but most of the time f/4 should be enough.

      1. Hi ,
        thx for the clarification and i have the last question plz.
        if i have to choose between these lenses for zooming issue and clear sharp pics , which one i have to choose ?
        70-200 f/4
        80-200 f/2.8
        28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G
        70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G
        55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ??
        thanks a lot

    2. Hi i have 24-70 and 85 1.4g its superb combo you ll never need anything after that except macro but really no need coz u can focus so close with 24-70. or for budget u can go for 85 1.8g its good too but 1.4 is just awesome to use.., i am planning to buy sigma 35 1.4 art now coz loving primes now but will not sell my 24-70 coz its workhorse.

  13. I just got my D750 with 28-300mm. It is great choice and really a do-it-all lens. I was challenging myself what to add on the high end of super-tele but I got afraid of budget. I’ll explore with what I got and see what is missing.

    1. I am considering the D750 and the FX28-300mm lenses that you just bought. How do you like that combination and how has it performed for you? I am interested in your review. Thanks.

      1. I have a D-750 and love it. I also have the FX28-300. It is a great go to combination. I use it almost daily. When ever I just go out shooting the 28-300 is the only lens I take.

  14. Hi ,I have the nikonD750 and currently use 50m f1.4 ,24-120
    2.8 -105 macro and 80-400 ,which all work superbly,do you recommend the Sigma 159-600 sport lens for wildlife as I want more reach ,
    Cheers Mick

    1. Hi Mick,
      The Sigma 150-600mm sounds like a good choice. It is a 6 pound lens which is quite a bit more than your Nikon 80-400mm, but it will give you the extra 1.5X reach. By most accounts the Sigma seems to be a very sharp lens.

  15. Hi
    How do the 2X converters work with D750 and say a zoom 28 to 300 mm. Do they still produce great results.. I am looking to double the tele end here. What effect would it have on the aperture using 2 X and at 300mm ( so 600mm)

    1. The 2x teleconverter will not work with the 28-300mm zoom. When you double the focal length you also double the maximum aperture, so the f/3.5-5.6 will become f/7.1-f11. The camera will not be able to auto focus except near the very widest focal length (28mm) and auto focus would be poor and sharpness would suffer. Teleconverters are typically used with f/2.8 or f/4 lenses. If using the 2X converter on a f/4 lens, the camera would need to be able to auto focus at f/8 to retain auto focus function (the D750 has 11 points that can work at f/8). Most recent Nikon cameras have some auto focus points that can focus at f/8, usually only in the center areas, while the rest are limited to f/5.6.

  16. Hi, this is a very helpful post. I am moving from D3100 to D750. I have the following lenses:
    Nikkor af 50mm f/1.8 – will it autofocus with d750?
    Tamron 70-200 f/2.8
    35mm f/1.8

    since I can’t use my 35mm now with d750, which lens should I go for? They are providint a 24-120mm lenses, is it a good idea? Or should I got for 24-85?

    Also, moving to a prime lens, is there a big difference beween 50mm f 1.4 and f 1.8?

    1. The D750 will support autofocus with all Nikon AF and AF-S lenses, including the 50mm f/1.8 (although you didn’t mention if you have the AF, AF-D, or AF-S “G” lens, they all will work).

      The 50mm on the D750 will provide approximately the same angle of view as the 35mm on the D3100. The difference between f/1.4 and f/1.8 is most apparent if you use the lens wide open, the f/1.4 can give you a little less depth of field and low light performance (2/3 stop). If you are comparing the newest “G” lenses, the f/1.4G is not as sharp at large apertures and the f/1.8G is actually a better performer all around.

      As you already have a telephoto lens (70-200mm), I think the 24-85mm would be a good choice. The 24-120 has a little more reach if you need all that in one lens, it’s going to depend how you shoot and how many lenses you want to carry and change.

  17. i am suprised that the other alternatives are not mentioned i have a D800 and use a Tamron 24-70mm vc lens which is just as sharp as nikons and also has vibration reduction a superb lens. I also have a Sigma 17-35mm and a Tamron 70-300 vc lens also great lenses. I do have a Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens which is great.

    1. Tamron, Sigma and Tokina all make good lenses. The list here focuses on Nikon brand choices, mainly for sake of brevity. That isn’t to say the other lenses aren’t as good (they are sometimes better!). The Tamron 24-70 has a leg up on Nikon since it offers VR. Thanks for your suggestion.

  18. I have the Nikon D750. I am currently looking for a lens for this camera. Would the Sigma – 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Standard Lens for Select Nikon Digital Cameras be a good choice? I did not see it listed above but have heard great things about it. I appreciate your help in advance.

    1. The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens is a good lens. Its performance is excellent. The list here covers Nikon but there are many third party choices. Nikon lenses have an advantage in that they are future-proof. Nikon has been known to have issues (perhaps intentionally) with third party lenses in newer bodies and after firmware updates. So far Sigma has kept on top of this with USB firmware update option and free service upgrades, but it is one thing to keep in mind.

  19. This is a wonderful site, and you are doing a great job. I am interested in buying a D750 and wonder how my old AF lenses (not D or S), below will perform on it?
    AF 20mm/ f2.8
    AF 24mm/ f2.8
    AF 28mm/ f2.8
    AF 35mm/ f2
    AF 60mm /f2.8 Micro
    AF 85mm f1.8
    AF 180mm/ f2.8 IF-ED N
    AF 300mm/ f4 IF-ED
    AF 35-70mm/ f2.8
    AF 80-200mm/ f 2.8

    Many thanks, Ralph

    1. Thanks for your message. That’s quite a collection. I think you will enjoy most of your lenses on the new camera. The auto focus will be driven by the body so AF speed is not as fast as the newest AF-S, but may be adequate depending on what you shoot. Image quality of the Micro and telephoto lenses should be excellent. The wide angle lenses may not live up to your expectations, depending on how critical you are of image quality. The wide angle G series primes really excel over the older AF primes in edge and corner sharpness. But all your lenses are perfectly usable and can take great photographs on the new camera.

  20. hi, im upgrading from the d3000 to the d750. I currently use a 50mm 1.4 af-s. Im really wanting to get a super wide angle lens, i was looking at the sigma 10-20mm as its within my price range but not sure if it will work with the d750. I’m a beginner photog and mainly shoot family and friends for practice but eventually want to start charging for my work. i live in the smoky mountains and want to be able to capture as much of its amazing background as i can.

    1. The 10-20mm Sigma is for DX (crop sensor bodies) and won’t cover the full frame D750. The Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 Auto Focus II DG HSM Lens would be a the one to get, it covers the full frame and is super wide, and even wider than the 14-24mm Nikon. If the $950 price of the Sigma is out of the budget, then there are some alternatives: 14mm f/2.8 Samyang/Rokinon/Bower for a fixed lens, much less cost and weight yet still very wide. You might also look at Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G, it isn’t quite as wide but gives a nice range and is smaller/lighter for travel.

  21. Dear Admin
    I have bought a D750 . Appreciate if you could tell me which lens suits to my photography. Below are my favorite
    Wild life

    Awaits your reply

      1. Thank you for your reply .
        As you have suggested I already bought 28-300mm.
        Now I am looking for a Micro lens which can give me
        good/sharp result on insects etc. which lens you suggest. Please reply

        1. I would highly recommend the Nikon 105mm VR micro lens. If you want to sneak up on live bugs, this focal length (or longer) will allow some distance between you and the subject. Tamron, Tokina and Sigma also make very good macro lenses around the 90-100mm focal length.

  22. Currently I have a D200 with the following lenses, all DX:
    AF 50 f1.4 D
    AF-S 18-200 f3.5-5.6 G ED VR
    AF-S 16-85 f3.5-5.6 G ED VR

    I know these will all work on the D750, and over time I will likely move to FX versions of them. I mostly use the camera for travel but also some landscape pictures, family and studio shows. The DX lenses cover most of what I plan on shooting, although I have at times borrowed a macro lens for some close up shoots.

    I actually have debated the D610 instead to help increase the lens budget, but think I have talked myself out of that. Although body design and interface wise the D810 seems the close match to the D200, might be my projecting though. 😉

    Having a major vacation planned I am looking at making the jump to the D750 soon, but need to figure out where to start with lenses. Likely looking at a lens budget of $1,000-$1,500 would appreciate any recommendations.

    Thanks in advance,

    1. If you haven’t made a decision yet on the camera and lenses, I can offer some advice. Did you prefer the 18-200 or 16-85? Because these are very much like the 28-300mm and 24-120mm f/4 for FX. Both are good travel lenses, the former offers longer reach, but the latter offers wider wide angle. The 28-300 is just over $1000, while the 24-120mm is a little more (but available at a discount with the D750). You can use your 50mm, it will be slightly wider on the FX camera but has the advantage in low light and depth of field. There is a 85mm 1.8 if you do a lot of portrait work, a great lens for the price.

  23. Hi,
    I have a D7100 and was using a 35mm 1.8G DX on it and now I’m going for a D750, just want to know if i’ll be able to use the 35mm on it..

    1. You can use the 35m f/1.8 DX lens on the D750. The camera defaults to crop mode so it would only use the central part of the frame and shoot lower resolution (10MP). You can change the setting to use full frame: Shooting Menu > Image Area > Auto DX crop > OFF. In full frame mode the 35mm 1.8 DX is usable but has some extra vignetting. The corners get darker as you close down the aperture and focus farther away. You could also set to 1.2x mode (17MP) to reduce the dark corners.

  24. Hi, I’m looking at purchasing the D750, but I have no idea what lenses to begin with. Does anyone have any good recommendations on what would be good to start with? So far I’m really just looking at photography for a hobby.


    1. Do you plan to do a particular type of photography? For general photography a good place to start is a zoom 24-85mm, 24-120mm, 28-300mm. If you shoot portraits of people then a prime lens such as the 85mm 1.8G would be nice. If you shoot wildlife then a lens that covers the longer range 200mm and above would be best. If you shoot landscape a lens that can go wider is usually preferred. Ultra wide lenses go as wide as 14mm, 16mm or 18mm, but even 24mm is decently wide for most use.

      1. I have the same question as Tink. I just compared your recommendations above to my shopping cart and they’re all in there, but I’m having trouble choosing. I’m looking mostly to take pictures of scenery on vacations and family photos. If budget is not an issue, which ones would you buy?

        1. Choosing lenses can be difficult and confusing. For scenery and family photos you want a lens that covers the normal zoom range. These start at 24 or 28mm and go up to 70mm or higher.

          The main ones:
          24-85mm VR lowest price (~$600), light weight.
          24-120mm f/4 VR and 28-300mm VR these are larger, heavier and more expensive (~$1000+). The 24mm is wider for landscape type photos the 300mm gives you longer reach for wildlife. These both lend themselves to being an all-in-one lens that you don’t change often.
          24-70mm f/2.8. This is even bigger and heavier and the most expensive ($1900 or $2400 with VR). The constant f/2.8 at the long end can make flattering portraits and f/2.8 is good for low light.
          Based on how much weight you want to carry and the above summaries should steer you toward a primary lens. You can always add another lens or two to supplement your primary lens, such as a 85mm 1.8 for portraits specifically and/or another prime for low light, a wide angle (prime or zoom) if you specialize in landscape. Or a longer telephoto/zoom (70-200mm) for sports and wildlife work.

      2. Hello Admin, I have a D750 body and been shooting portrait with a 50mm 1.4.

        I will like to do more of documentaries (Street, Landscape, Travel). I am thinking of getting a wider angle and been looking at the 24mm 1.4 prime but I see its not listed in your article above and scared probably it isn’t compatible? Could you confirm?
        Secondly, based on my interest listed above, do you recommend any other lens? Thanks for your feedback.

        1. The 24mm f/1.4 is compatible and a very good lens. It is a specialty lens and is expensive and somewhat limited use. It could serve you well in street photography if you prefer the shallow depth of field provided by maximum aperture f/1.4. It is also excellent at low light and night photography. There are other lenses I would recommend before that one for landscape and travel. 14-24mm f/2.8 because it is much wider, 16-35mm f/4 is more versatile. If you prefer prime lens there is also 24mm f/1.8G available that is smaller, lighter and less expensive.

  25. Hi,
    My Camera details:
    Currently I have d7000 (purchased 2010) ( lens Nikor -50mm f1.8 D,nikor -18 -105 VR, Tokina -11-16 f/2.8, sigma -17-50 f/2.8,nikor -55-200 f3.5-5.6 VR11,Nikor -70-300 nor VR) -DX gear

    last week I bought d750 ( lens -nikor 24-70 mm f/2.8)

    I m general type Photography person (street,Landscape,Portraits ,Architecture Any objects i see my eye i will love to shoot etc.,)

    My Question:
    1. Which lens i want keep DX body ( too many my gear).
    2.Which lens my D750 better ( i feel 50mm f1.8 D, cover both Dx,& Fx) -for further for telephoto /wide angle/Portraits.

    Lens investment worth for money upto 10 -15 yrs. camera body can upgrade for every 3- 4 yrs depends.

    I looking valuable suggestions.

    1. Hi Dilip. Apologies for the late reply. As your D750 would be your primary camera with the 24-70mm, I would have something with telephoto on the DX body (FX or DX lens), and keep at least one more normal range DX for backup. This could mean just the 18-105mm VR as your only DX lens. The 70-300mm covers FX also and you didn’t mention any other longer telephoto lenses, but you mentioned yours lacks VR. If you do shoot low light often, you might keep the 17-50mm instead of the 18-105mm. I’d sell off the rest of the DX lenses to put the funds toward more FX glass which you could use on either camera. Don’t forget the DX needs a wider lens if you want to shoot wide angle to normal focal lengths on it, this is why I recommend keeping one DX zoom that covers its normal range.

  26. I bought nikon d750 last week its my first full frame dslr. Due to limited budget i go for 50mm 1.8. And 70-300mm vr. Is it a good choice.
    Now i want to trade off 70-300mm with 24-70mm. Need sugestion.

    1. Hello samiullah. Sorry for the late reply. I think you do need a lens that covers the “normal” range, and the 24-70mm would do that. It is expensive, if it means selling a lens then you might get the 24-85mm instead for now so you can have both.

    1. Hi Ming, sorry for the delay in this reply. Nikon has recently announced a 24-70mm f/2.8 with VR. If it is in your budget then you might consider it. Otherwise the Tamron is a much less expensive alternative if you want VR.

  27. Awesome site and thanks for info!

    I have the Nikon D7000 and looking to upgrade to the D750.

    Here are my lenses I purchased not really knowing crop vs full frame.
    Sigma 10-20mm 2.8 crop sensor
    Sigma 17-50mm 2.8 crop sensor
    Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 full frame

    Now I know that I’m kinda hosed with the crop sensor lenses to use on the D750 so I’m looking to sell those two and buy a lens similar to the 17-50mm 2.8. What would you recommend?

    I use my 70-200 for sports, wildlife, long range things. The wide angle I don’t really use cause it gives obscure pics which is fine but for most part it’s a creative lens for fun. I would use it more but I have to change lens to then shoot a more standard pic. The lens I use most for kids, landscape, travel, just “normal” shooting is the 17-50mm 2.8.

    You have offered several suggestions but with my examples I have given what is your advice. I like having the 2.8 option just FYI. Thanks

    1. Hi Mike. Thanks for your message and I apologize for the late reply. To replace the 17-50mm you would be looking at the 24-70mm f/2.8, there is the non-VR version and a recently announced VR version from Nikon. Since you didn’t shoot the 10-20mm often, but if you still want to play in wide angle, you could add a wide prime such as the 20mm f/1.8 or the 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G. The zoom in particular would let you shoot a somewhat normal photo (35mm) without changing the lens.

  28. Hi,
    I recently picked up photographing again that I stopped for long time. Digital photography is very new to me. I have a FM2 and three AIS lensE’s which are 24mm f2.0, 50mm f1.2 and 35-105mm f3.5-4.5. I bought a D750 so as to make use of all these non-CPU lenses. It ia fun to do manual focus. But, sometimes focusing is struggling in some situations such as doing portraits as people will not be patient to wait for you to focus. I am considering to buy a zoom lens. Long reach is not my concern yet. I mainly do photos for tavel and daily general purposes now. Could you please provide some insights? Please also comment on the lenses I have. That zoom lens appear to make photos quite soft. Thanks.

    1. There are several choices in zoom lenses. I recommend the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens first because it is versatile, sharp and not too expensive, and smaller/lighter. If you want a little more range the 24-120mm f/4 VR is available.

      I think the lenses you have do have their place, and can be a lot of fun with a more relaxed and deliberate pace. And nothing beats the wide apertures! However the manual prime lenses’ strengths are not in taking snapshots of people and events, as auto focus and VR and zoom can make that a lot easier.

  29. I am a wedding photographer, having the Canon 5D M3 with a good range of lenses :
    17-40L, 24-105L, 35 1.4 Sigma Art, 50 f1.4 , 105 Sigma Macro and 70-200L IS II f2.8
    I have decided to buy D750 as my second camera body. Which (one or two) lenses would you suggest to start with?

    1. In Nikon there are similar lenses: 16-35mm f/4G VR, 24-120mm f/4G VR. If you find yourself using those ranges frequently, consider those on Nikon also. If this camera needs to act as a duplicate setup for weddings and you have unlimited budget, then 70-200mm f/2.8 VR and the new 24-70 2.8E VR lens would be a great set (the current 24-70mm f2.8 2.8 does not have VR). However, if this is just going to be in addition to your Canon, maybe you could use fast prime: 24mm 1.4, which can take some amazing photos. 50mm 1.4 and/or 85mm 1.4 (or 1.8). The caution here is that if your main camera fails, shooting only with those primes probably wouldn’t be ideal.

  30. Coming to the 750 from the D90.
    Splurged on the 2.8 28-70 and not regretting it but for a lighter everyday carry around lens thinking the 24-85 would keep me and my neck happy. For all occasions carry the big glass. Am I crazy? Would someday like to complete the Trinity.

    1. Hi Robert. You’re not crazy. The 24-70 f2.8 is glorious, but not the most fun to carry around all day. The 24-85mm is a very good lens, and much smaller and lighter. I think it would be great for those times you want to just have a camera along.

    2. Hi Robert, I am planning to go for the D750 and I already have a 28-70mm f2.8D. Having read around several cases of the 28-70 not focusing / intermittently focusing issues with the D750. Do you have such issue with your 28-70 2.8 with your D750? Thanks beforehand for your reply.

  31. I am upgrading from my Nikon D7100 to the D750 Full frame. I know some of my lenses will not be suitable for the 750. I currently have the following lenses:
    AF 50 mm 1:1.4d
    12-24mm DX
    AF-S 105mm 1:2.8G
    18-200 mm DX
    70-300mm 1.4.5-5.6
    18-200mm DX
    I know the 50mm, 105 and 70-300 will work on the full frame but I want to replace my wide angle. What would you recommend for a mid price replacement for that. I can get the camera as a kit with a 24-120mm or just the body. Also what would you recommend for a good all purpose lens. Currently I use the 18-300mm on my D7100. I greatly appreciate your response.

    1. The all purpose lens for the full frame is the 28-300mm VR. I’d recommend that to duplicate the range the 18-200/18-300mm gave you on the D7100 (only missing a little reach on the long end when going on a full frame).

      The wide angle zoom: Well you said mid range so the 14-24mm f2/8 is probably out (it’s also huge and rather specialized). Realistically you have a couple choices: the 16-35mm f/4 VR is good, if you do video I’d lean that way for the constant aperture and VR. The 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G is smaller/lighter, and sharp. It’s also the same range the 12-24mm DX gave you on the D7100. I usually recommend the 18-35mm for the wide zoom.

      The kit with the 24-120mm is a good bargain the way Nikon has it discounted. If you will use the 24-120mm, it is worth it. There would be quite a lot of overlap if you will also have the 28-300mm (and a wide zoom to cover the wide end).

      As for your current lenses, I don’t think the DX zooms have much use on the D750. They will perform better on the D7100 (higher resolution since the D750 will go into crop mode and only get 10MP images)

  32. Thank you for your response. It was very helpful. I was also considering getting the 85mm Prime lens if you don’t think I have too much overlap!

    1. The 85mm is great for portraits, the focal length works very well on FX (similar to the 50mm on the D7100), plus the wide aperture is something you don’t get with the zooms. I wouldn’t think the overlap an issue since it serves a different purpose.

  33. I was considering purchasing the Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 ED lens to use on a D750 camera. However, I have a medical problem where my left hand shakes and was wondering whether this lens would be appropriate. All of my other lenses have VR as they are for a Canon cropped sensor camera.
    Your advice would be appreciated.

    1. Nikon just recently announced a 24-70mm f/2.8 with VR, due to be released October 2015. I would recommend waiting for that lens rather than the current 24-70 2.8 without VR because the lens stabilization should help you.

  34. I enjoy and greatly appreciate your professional response’. I will soon be trading the use of my D300 use for the purchase of the D750. My main two lenses used on the D300 were the Nikon 18-200 and the sigma 50-500mm. I realize that I need to use something other than the 18-200mm. Your highest advice on what you recommend would be appreciated. thanks so much

    1. Hi Robert. The Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens on the D750 will give you the equivalent range the 18-200mm DX provides on the D300. It is a very popular lens. Your Sigma 50-500mm will work with the D750, the only difference is you will lose a little reach as the sensor is larger and uses more of the lens (the D300’s DX sensor provides 1.5X magnification), but the lens does cover the whole sensor. The D750 rated to provided autofocus to f/8, so it is possible to use a long lens with a teleconverter to get more reach. But that Sigma is not going to work effectively with a teleconverter due to its f/6.3 maximum aperture.

  35. I am a freelance photographer, thinking of buying d750. After going through all these, could’nt decide upon any lens for function photography ( cheap ones ). To my knowledge 24-120 will be the ideal one. Any comments?

  36. Hi admin, also having a D750, I am usually taking architectural photography and mainly focusing on getting a prime lens, my current lens includes

    24-70mm 2.8
    18-105mm dx(for a D90)
    50mm 1.8
    Not sure what would be a great prime lens for a budget below 1K spending with the ones I currently have?

    1. You mentioned architectural photography, for this a perspective control lens would be very desirable. Example: Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens. However this lens is over double your budget. There is the Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt-Shift Lens for Nikon that would be in your budget.

      I also recommend a 20mm f/1.8G, this will give you a wider angle than the 24mm and it also has lower distortion compared with other wide zoom lenses.

      1. Thanks for the reply! Yes I think 20mm would be a great prime lens. I’ll probably have to wait a while longer to decide on getting the Tilt-shift lens. But thank you again!

  37. Dear Admin,

    I’m using currently D300 with 18-200 and 14-24. and I’m not a professional.
    I guess no sense to use the first one with D750, which I consider as my next camera (still hesitating about D610).
    So which lens is the right choice when it comes to universal one.
    I’m taking various pictures, while traveling – landscapes, people, sites, animals sometimes, you name it.
    From my experience, I thing the more zoom, the better, but in the same time looking for quality and lightness when it comes to the lens.

    1. The 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR would give you the most range and is the “one lens” solution. The weight of the lens is 800g or 1.76 lbs. To get something significantly lighter, you would need to give up some of the zoom range. For light weight the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR at 465g or about 1 lb is excellent.

      1. Thanks a lot!

        I can see you constantly recommend 28-300 instead of 24-120 mm . What about the new Tamron 16-300 mm then?

        24-85 is rather too limited, I think.

        1. Hi Alex. In other comments I have mentioned the 24-120mm f/4 and 28-300mm. They provide slightly different benefits. Many people are moving from DX where they formerly used the 18-200mm or 18-300mm and want a similar range all in one lens. To get this you can use the 28-300mm. The 24-120mm serves a slightly different purpose. It can go wider at 24mm which is significantly different than 28mm if you need to shoot wide, and would serve better for landscape work. It also has a constant f/4 aperture which makes it better for video. While the telephoto end at 120mm is decently long for some, if you want to shoot some wildlife then 300mm gives a lot more reach. The two lenses are about the same weight, size and similar in price with the 24-120mm retailing for slightly more (although it is sold with the D750 as a kit at quite a discount). The 24-85mm has a bit less focal length, but it is much lighter and more compact than either of the other two lenses and costs significantly less. There is much overlap between all three, and you need to weigh your preferences to decide which lens would be best for you.

          The Tamron 16-300mm lens is a DX lens. Tamron does make an FX version that is 28-300mm.

          1. Thanks a lot.
            Since the kit lens 24-120 is gone (with nice price), I’m purchasing D750 and separately – 28-300.

            I hope the one that I have 14-24 from 300S will fit as well.

            All the best!

  38. Long time amateur /oft-chosen photographer for my children’s soccer and softball teams.


    Nikkor AF-S 24-120 mm f4.0 ED VR (w/D750)
    Nikkor AF-S DX VR Zoom 18-200 mm f 3.5-5.6G IF-ED (w/D200/D300)
    Nikkor AF 80-200 mm f2.8 D ED AF (push/pull)
    Nikkor AF 20-35 mm f2.8 D
    Nikkor AF 35-70 mm f2.8 D

    Nikon FM
    Nikon N90
    Nikon D200
    Nikon D300
    Nikon D750

    Had hoped to utilize existing 80-200 for sports on D750 but getting very inconsistent/poor focusing results (subject out of focus, background/foreground in focus) using AF-C, AF-Area Mode 9 or 21.

    Is lens too old and slow for D750?
    Is 70-200 f2.8G ED VR II a better choice?
    Which teleconverter, if any, would you recommend for use with 70-200 for this purpose?
    Other recommendations?
    (Although otherwise pleased with picture quality of D750 at high ISO, 80-400 f4.5-5.6 seems much slower, heavier & more costly.)

    Thank you in advance for your response.

    1. Hi Lucy,
      The 70-200 f/2.8G VR II offers better AF performance over the 80-200mm because the newer lens has the built-in servo motor (AF-S). It is possible your 80-200mm could be improved if it needs servicing, but may not be worth the cost given it will never perform as well as the newer AF-S lenses.
      For teleconverter compatibility (if for the older lens refer to this chart): The 70-200mm can use any of the 1.4 1.7 or 2.0X converters. In general the longer the reach the greater it will impact image quality and auto focus accuracy and speed. The 1.4x will have minimal impact on image quality and AF performance, 1.7x is generally a good trade off and still works good with the 70-200mm. The results using the latest version of the 2.0X (TC-20E III) are actually very good image quality wise especially when stopped down but may not be the best to use for sports where AF speed is important. If you can get enough reach with the 70-200mm on your D300, then the 1.4x converter would be close to that on the D750.

      1. Thanks for the quick reply!

        So the 70-200 mm f2.8 with possibly the 1.7x tele on my D750 will yield the best results for sports, in your opinion?

        As it is, there’s lot of cropping when I end up on the wrong side of the action on the soccer field.

        I see that there are other lenses from Nikon (& other vendors) with greater focal length but higher & variable f-stop. I was using the 80-200 mm on the D300 & forgot that I would lose the distance I gained on that DX body.

        Thanks again!

        1. The 70-200mm f/2.8 with the 1.7x should give you good results. It will do 340mm at f/4.8, so a little more reach than compared to the lens alone on DX. Variable aperture zooms will usually start from f/5.6 on the long end.

  39. I am planning to buy a nikon D750 with 2 prime lenses and 1 zoom lense
    1) nikor 35mm f1.8g
    2) nikor 50mm f1.8g
    3) nikor 85mm f1.8gg
    1) nikor24-85mm f3.5

    So, which 3 or 2 lenses u suggest me

    1. The 24-85mm zoom is a great all around lens. Add prime lenses depending on what type of shooting you prefer. The 85mm f/1.8G is going to give you great portrait and flattering people photography options, as well as the most shallow depth of field of all of them. The 35mm f/1.8G (FX version) is a versatile focal length, sort of wide to normal range that you could use all the time especially in low light situations, great for carrying around the city and shooting everything. The 50mm f1.8g is in the middle, can shoot people and places as well. I recommend it if you tend to focus on detail shots. If you get 2 primes, get the 35 and 85. If you don’t know what type of photography you prefer yet, then just get 50mm. It is less expensive than the others and will open up options the zoom doesn’t give you.

  40. Sir,
    I am a Nikon d750 owner with 50mm1.4 d and 70-300mm lens.
    I want to buy a macro and wideangle lens.
    From the followings which wide angle will give good performance within a budget.
    Nikon 14-24mm f2.8
    Nikon 16-35mm f4
    Nikon 17-35mm f2.8
    Nikon 18-35mm f 3.5-4.5
    Tamron 15-30mm f2.8
    Tamron 17-35mm f 2.8
    Sigma 12-24 mm f4.5-5.6

    If any more suggestion available please provide.
    Also give some suggestions about macro lenses.

    1. Since you don’t have any wide angle focal lengths covered now and mentioned a budget I recommend the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S.

      Macro lens choice will depend on your subject. In general, around 100mm focal length for full frame is a good place to start. Some choices: Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G VR, Tokina AT-X 100mm f/2.8 PRO D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG, Tamron 90mm f/2.8.

  41. hi
    I have AF-s Nikkor 50mm 1.8G
    Sigma 17-70mm 2.8-4 DC
    Sigma 10-20mm 4 EX DC HSM
    will they work with Nikon D750 as full fram or as DX
    I am very confused to get D750 or D7200 because of my lenses as I don’t have big budget ??
    Please guide with this

    1. Hi Shahid,
      Of the lenses your currently have, only the 50mm 1.8G is a full frame lens. The other two zooms are DX (APS-C) and when mounted on the D750 would only give 10MP images. If you are limited in budget, the D750 would mean you would sacrifice on lenses and this isn’t the best long term decision. I would recommend waiting on the D750. Either keep your current camera for a while longer or buy another DX camera if it is significantly better than what you have now. The D7200 is a great camera, and you might look at the D7100 also which is available at quite a discount and nearly the same as the D7200.

  42. Thank you for the great information …my question is about the differences from practical point of view among these lenses : 20mm f/1.8 G , 24mm f/1.8 G and 28mm f/1.8 G … I am planning to buy one for my D750 but i was confused by them….would you please tell me if there is a specific use for each of them .. regards

    1. All three are wide angle lenses. The 20mm is the widest, while the 28mm is the least wide, but still considered semi-wide. If you already have a zoom lens that can do 24mm and/or 28mm, then you could get the 20mm as an ultra-wide. However, if you plan to use this lens for general photography it may be too extreme. Wide angle is good for showing a unique perspective such as for landscape. It accentuates foreground objects and makes things farther away in the background look very small. It doesn’t work well for portraits of people because of the distortion it causes. The 28mm would be the most versatile if you use it as a primary lens.

      1. Thank you very much for your prompt reply ….my main targets of using wide angle lens are the landscape and the street photography ….so do 28mm fit both of them …best regards

        1. Of the three lenses 28mm would be my suggestion. Everyone’s style is different so it is possible to make any of the lenses “work.” Typical street photography is in the 35mm to 50mm range. You can use a 28mm also, just be sure to get up close on your subject and pay attention to compose your shots to have a balanced photo. (Careful with people however, if you shoot close ups the wide angle will distort them.) Landscape photography is typically shot wide angle, so you might be tempted to get the 24mm or 20mm if you mainly do landscape. But I would be worried that those focal lengths would be “too wide” for general street photography.

  43. Hi
    I have AF-s Nikkor 50mm 1.8D
    Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8 G ED (all rounder)
    Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G IF ED VR (Tele photos)
    will they work with Nikon D750 as full frame .
    I like best Portrait lens
    for choose best 85mm 1.8 G or 105 mm f2.8G ED IF macro lens

    Please guide with this

    Dilip kumar

    1. Hi Dilip,

      All three lenses you mention are full frame lenses and will work on the D750 at full resolution.

      For portraits I recommend the 85mm 1.8G over the 105mm f/2.8 macro. Both lenses could be used to shoot portraits, but I feel the 85mm has some advantages. There is a big difference in f/1.8 vs f/2.8 is when you want really shallow depth of field. The f1.8 will give you the ability to isolate your subject against a very blurred background which leads to pleasing portraits. The 85mm f/1.8G in particular has good bokeh, which is a way to describe the quality of the out of focus areas. I am unsure whether you have the 50mm AF-D or the AF-S “G” (you mention D and AF-S, if it is AF-S it would mean it is a G), but if you compare the 85mm 1.8G vs the 50mm 1.8 AF-D, the 50mm has not quite as good out of focus quality (50mm is also a bit short for portraits on a full frame camera). The f2.8 will can also give you a somewhat shallow effect, but it can’t go f1.8, f2 or f2.2. When shooting full body shots especially you will want more shallow depth of field. The second reason to choose the 85mm over the 105mm macro is auto focus performance. The macro lens tends to not focus as quickly and can “hunt” for focus which can be annoying and make you miss focus on your shots.
      If you want a macro lens the 105mm f2.8 is very good and could be OK for portaits too, but for portraits only the 85mm 1.8G is a better choice.

  44. hello
    Up until recently i would shoot my weddings with a macro lense for fine details,a 50 mm 1.8 and the 18-200 on a d300.this year i have upgaded to d750 and purchased the 35mm 1.8. I miss the 18-200 range and do most of my wedding with the macro and the 35 mm. i am in need of a longer lense mostly for church and candid shots. Should i go 85 1.8 or 70-200 f4 , the latter mostly due to weight..

    1. Hi Colette. I know wedding photographers say they won’t give up their 2.8 zooms, but the 70-200mm f/4 is a viable choice given the D750’s high ISO capabilities. The main down side is what f/4 gives you in terms of subject isolation, or lack of it toward the wide end. The 85mm f/1.8 is going to give you more creative potential there, but you might be cropping to make up for its lack of reach.

  45. Help me understand please. i;ve bought a D750, and am looking for a good midrange wide/zoom, if you will. I’ve looked at these two lens…
    Nikon AF NIKKOR 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF Lens
    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens

    I like the f/2.8, but noticed the G lens doesn’t come in the f/2.8. I want sharp, shallow depth depth of field. So now I’m stuck on which to purchase… Any guidance is appreciated.

    1. The 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF lens is not known for its sharpness. It lacks in the corner sharpness and is very soft wide open. It also does f/2.8 only at 24mm — you won’t get shallow depth of field at 24mm unless you are very close to your subject.

      The 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR is newer and better optically. It is 2/3 stops slower at the wide end and 1/2 stop at the telephoto end. This is not a big difference, and overall the lens is much better suited to the high resolution D750.

      Shooting f/4 or 4.5 at 85mm will give you some subject isolation, but if you want really shallow depth of field I recommend using a prime lens.

  46. Hi Admin
    First great information. I decide to purchase a new Nikon 750D and thought the 24-120 F/4 lens is ideal for general, trade fair, functions and video of kids etc.

    Main use is for food Photography which is used in packaging, brochures and blogs. I had a Cannon 5D M3 but it disappeared including all the lenses. so would like simple advice on Nikon lenses as feel the 750D is great pricing and prefer the picture

    Nikon 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.8 some say one is better over other and just undecided
    105 Micro Nikon f/2.8

    thanks you much appreciated

    1. Hi Josef,
      The 105mm Micro-Nikkor is a good choice.
      The 50mm f/1.4G vs f/1.8G mainly comes down to if you shoot f/1.4. That’s the main thing it has going for it. It is rather soft wide open, and gets better as you stop down. The f/1.8G is a more recent design, slightly better sharpness, resistance to flare and ghosting.

  47. Hello

    I am going to Iceland in January and currently have a D3200 but looking at upgrading to the D750, please could you tell me which is the best lens for night photography, i also have children and am looking to buy 2 lens’, please could you advise me what is best.

    Thank you

    1. Hello Sophie,
      For night shots of stars and aurora borealis you want something wide and fast. Nikon 24mm f/1.4 would be ideal. You can also consider the 14-24mm f/2.8, or if budget is a concern Samyang 14mm f2.8 and 24mm f/1.4 are good alternatives.
      For your normal lens you probably want a zoom. The 24-85mm VR is my general recommendation, There is also a 24-120mm f/4 28-300mm if you want more zoom range, but those are larger lenses. Another lens you might consider would be something that could do pleasing portraits, the 50mm f1.8G is good and inexpensive. The 85mm f/1.8G is even better for portraits.

  48. Ok. So to clarify, I am buying the d750… Doing mostly portraits for now.. Will the AF-S 85mm f/1.8G lens work on it?? I was told it was a crop sensor lens and wouldn’t work on the full from d750.. After reading comments, it looks like it will. Please help..
    Also, need a good all around lens also for it..

    I have a AF-S DX 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G and a AF-S DX 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G will these fit the d750.

    1. Hi Michelle,
      The 85mm f/1.8 is great for portraits and it is a full frame lens. Your current 18-55mm and 55-200mm are DX (crop sensor) lenses and won’t cover the full frame. You can use them, but the camera will only use the center part of the sensor and give about 10 megapixel images.
      I recommend the 24-85mm VR as a general lens. It’s is a similar range on the full frame that the 18-55mm gives you on DX, and it actually goes a bit wider. If you want a lens to cover telephoto (similar to the range your 55-200mm provided), there is the 70-300mm for FX, or if you want the whole range in one lens, there is a 28-300mm. It depends if you want your standard lens to do it all, but be large and heavy, or if you want just the 24-85mm range in a lighter and smaller lens.

  49. Hello.
    I’m about upgrade my DSLR body from Nikon D7100 to D750.
    I have the following lenses:
    Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8 G
    Nikon DX Af-s Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 G VR
    Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200 1:4-5.6 G ED VR
    Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm 1:2.8G ED VR
    Nikon ED AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 G VR IF
    I am considering selling all three DX lenses, keeping the 105mm for macro photography and replacing the 70-300mm with:
    Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 G VR II Nikkor ED
    which I believe works with all current Nikon teleconvertors, for wildlife photography, then adding a wide angle lens later for landscape photography.
    Does this sound sensible, or should I consider getting the more 28-300mm instead? Would it be more versatile?

    1. Hi Ron,
      The 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II is a great wildlife lens and is compatible with all teleconverters. The consumer zooms are rather slow as you get toward 300mm f/5.6 and don’t have the image quality the 70-200mm f/2.8 can provide, plus you can add a teleconverter to the 70-200 if you need extra reach. The 28-300mm is for when you want everything in one lens, but most landscape photogrpahers want to go wider than 28mm. You might consider a zoom: 14-24mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/4, 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G or if you want to go with prime lens, consider 20mm 1.8G or 24mm f1.8G.

      1. Many thanks for your reply, which seems to me like good advice. From what I’ve read, the best teleconverter for the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II is the AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II. Do you agree?

  50. Could you recommend any good substitutes for Nikon’s holy Trinity for someone who wants the reach, speed, aperture, versatility and quality of all these lenses on a budget? Are there any good substitutes from Tamron, Tokina, or other brands for each of these superb Nikons original lenses? What are the tradeoffs by going with a non-Nikon brand?

    1. There is no direct substitute for the 14-24mm f/2.8. The Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG is about as close as you will get to the same range, but a slower aperture. If you need speed there is the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro.

      For your normal zoom, check the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 Di VC USD or Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG.

      The telephoto zoom alternatives to consider are the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG APO HSM or Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC.

      Third party lenses generally work fine, but there have been a few issues in where new Nikon models and firmware updates caused auto focus issues with some Sigma lenses. In some cases the lens can be updated to work, but not always. Resale value of lenses is also a consideration, Nikon lenses tend to hold their value better.

      1. I have heard about the firmware problems but never experienced anything personally. I have a very modest set but they’re all original Nikons. Nevertheless thank you very much for all your advice. I guess you always get what you pay for.

  51. Great, concise article/ review. I’m switching up to the D750 from D200, have a Tamron 150-600 which is great for wildlife. How does this translate to the D750?

    1. The Tamron 150-600 is a full frame lens so it will cover the entire sensor on the D750. Going from DX to FX you no longer have the extra magnification of the smaller sensor, however a D200 has about the same resolution as the D750 in DX mode. In the viewfinder your lens will look wider, but you have the ability to crop to an equivalent resolution you had on the D200. And the D750 is has newer sensor technology and will provide better dynamic range, color depth and lower noise.

  52. Hello, I scrolled down and read the questions but didnt find my lens there.

    I am going to buy D750 and would like to now if my 85mm 1,8 D will work. I understand the different size of senzor thing, just I need to be sure since I know G lenses are ok to be used on FX body but dont know about D lenses. Mine has the focus part on the lens surface and the ring moves as it focuses. Hope it will be doing the same thing even on D750. Thanks for answer!

    1. Hi Lubie,

      Yes, your 85mm 1.8D will work fine. It uses the focus motor in the camera body, so the ring will move when you use auto focus.

    1. Hi Joe,
      Lens choice is really a personal preference. Some might want a lens that could do everything such as the 28-300mm VR. While others would be perfectly happy with a single prime lens such as a 35mm or 50mm (typical of “street photography”). If I have the camera along while doing other things I would use a lighter weight lens like the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5.

  53. I’m sorry if you already answered this question but I couldn’t find an answer regarding the Nikon 35mm f/1.8g AF-S DX–would this lens be suitable for the nikon d750?

  54. hello,

    I am about to buy the Nikon D750 and I was wondering if the following lenses are fine to use for video and photography as well:

    AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens
    AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens
    AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens

    I can’t go for the professional lenses.

    thank you


    1. Hi Philip,
      Those are three great lenses for both video and photography. The ones you mention do not have VR so you will probably want to use a tripod or other video rig to help stabilize your shots. Enjoy!

      1. Hello,

        thank you so much for your prompt reply.

        I am trying to see if I can afford lenses with vr. Do you have any recommendations?

        thank you!!!

        1. The Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR would be a good choice if budget is a concern. It lacks the shallow depth of field you can get with prime lenses, but you do get VR which will be very beneficial if you want to shoot hand-held video.

  55. Hello,
    I have a Nikkor 50mm, 1.8 and the kit 24-120 VR lens. (I have a little regret about getting the kit). This is a hobby, and my interests are travel, nature. I would like to try night photography, some macro and I’m going to South Africa on a safari in a few months (although I don’t think a really long lens is practical for me). Budget is an issue, but would consider one decent lens over 2 average, and build my lens group over time. Any advice please?

    1. Hi Jodi,
      Difficult question as you really need three different lenses to do what you want well. I think you need a longer lens for your safari. I would recommend Nikon 70-300mm VR since budget is a concern. Or possibly rent a higher-end and/or longer telephoto just for the trip. For macro on a budget I like the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO. Night photography you can use your 50mm 1.8 and also the 24-120mm f/4 (for wide shots). But a faster, wide lens would be ideal to shoot stars and Milky Way. Budget choices are available from Samyang: 24mm f/1.4 and 14mm f/2.8. Note these are all specialized lenses. You really can’t do everything as well in one lens because these are very different types of photography.

        1. I think you still might want a lens that covers that range, either that or the 24-85mm. The 24-120mm in the kit comes at quite a discount.

  56. Hello,
    Can you suggest me how the 24-120 f/4 is good for wedding photography? I have upgraded to FX bodies and now wondering which lenses should I buy for wedding and food photography…Please help me out !!

    1. The 24-120mm can work for wedding photography, but if you have low light then you might want something with more speed such as one of the f/2.8 zooms or perhaps a prime. The f/2.8 or a 1.4 or 1.8 prime would also give more shallow depth of field for food photography.

  57. I am using nikon d3300 with 70-200 f2.8 lens + 18-55 + 70-300.
    Wanted to buy D750 , what are better options for me
    1. 105mm macro/ tamron 90mm f2.8 macro
    2. 50mm 1.8 prime/ 85mm 1.8 prime
    3. nikon 200-500 f5.6 telezoom

    1. 1. If budget is not a concern the Nikkor-Micro 105mm VR is a great lens. Tamron and Tokona and also possible alternatives.
      2. Depends on your use, but for portraits the 85mm 1.8G is going to be the better choice.
      3. I have not had a chance to use this one yet, but from what I have heard it is good and the AF is very responsive.

  58. Dear Admin,
    I am a researcher and I wish to buy a Nikon D 750 for my experimental recordings . My work is mostly below millimeter range and I would like to record every minute detail. Please let me know the suitable lenses and prime lenses (if any needed) that would work great for distances of 2 centimeters to 2 meters.
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Shabina,
      For that type of magnification you will need extension tubes or bellows. See this Nikon knowledgebase answer on the PB-6 Bellows. You will want a lens with an aperture ring (not a G-type lens). A reversed wide angle will provide more magnification (eg. 24mm f/2.8) and you can add the PB-6E for greater magnification. PB-6E Manual has various charts that will help you.

  59. Hi there, I’ve been wading through all the comments but haven’t come across this specific question yet. I have the opportunity to upgrade my work camera, which is a D7000, and get some new lenses at the same time. Right now I have:
    – the kit 18-105
    – 35mm f/1.8 DX
    – 50mm f/1.4 G
    – 85mm f/1.8 D

    So I only plan on using those last two if I get a new D750. My shooting is mixed: company events, portraits, and outdoors work. Half of what I do is video (interviews and docs, not events). I’ve always favored fast primes, but that might be because I don’t have any pro zooms.

    Here’s my question: the 24-120mm f/4 is a great deal (half off) when you buy it with the camera and covers the wide angle that I think I’m now going to be missing. But I was planning on getting the 70-200 f/4 or 2.8 to give me reach at events, but if the other zoom goes to 120, is that a waste of money? I’m also considering one of the wide angle primes or fast zooms.

    1. I just bought a D750 and I love it. I have 2 x D7000 and it was time to upgrade, so happy I did. Now on Lenses I got the 24-120mm f/4 with the D750 and saved $1000.It’s very nice I use it alot. I used a 12-24 f/4, 35mm f/1.8DX, 50mm f/1.8G, 85mm f /1.8G,105mm f/2.8 but my best lense is 70-200m f/2.8 and the new 24-120mm f/4 on the D 750 these work great. Also for portraits I use 70-200mm f/2.8 at 200mm and 85mm F1.8G.

  60. Hi,

    Can I use the 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor, 24-70mm f/2.8G and the 70-200mm f/2.8G on a D5500? I have a D5500 and I’m planning to get the D750 soon. I will like very much to share lenses between the two cameras. Are there any gotchas?


    1. Hello Keni,
      Yes, you can use all those lenses on your D5500. The camera sensor is smaller than a full frame camera like the D750. As a result, this will make the lenses appear to give you 1.5X longer focal length when used on the D5500. This is referred to as the “crop factor.”

  61. I am deciding whether to purchase the d750 or 7200 to primarily take photos at indoor high school basketball gymnasiums. I am new to photography but would like to have the most practical and cost effective equipment for this purpose., while yielding the best results.

    I know I will need a 70-200 mm lens. Is there a benefit in purchasing the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 ED VR II telephoto zoom lens over the Tamron SP 70-200mm f:2.8 Di VC USD telephoto lens for Nikon?

    1. Hello Pam,
      I recommend the D750 for this purpose. Indoor sports require shooting at high ISO and the D750 will provide better quality high ISO images.
      The Nikon 70-200mm VRII vs Tamron 70-200mm Di VC are very similar in use. The Tamron costs significantly less, the Nikon tends to hold its resale value better. If you are limited in budget, I would say the extra money would be better spent toward the D750, rather than the Nikon 70-200mm.

  62. Hi,

    First of all Thanks a lot for such a wonderful information and knowledge base. I have recently purchased D750 with Kit lens 24-120 mm f/4. I am general photographer with Family, Travel & outdoor with few landscape and at times zoom.

    have following questions (combining in on post :))

    1) What should be choice between 14-24 f/2.8 vs 20mm f/1.8 prime lens?
    2) what is the recommendation to cover zoom / long distance object?

    Once again thanks for this knowledge base.

    1. Hi Pravin,
      Glad you enjoy the site. Here are some answers to your questions:
      1) The 14-24mm f/2.8 is a huge, heavy and expensive specialty lens. If you need the ultra-wide 14mm capability there are few lenses that can do what the 14-24mm can do. At the opposite end is the 20mm f/1.8: is lightweight and compact and relatively affordable. You can’t zoom with it, but it is relatively wide. Both lenses can take great images.
      2) If you shoot landscape and travel the 70-200mm f/4 is excellent. I recommend that lens over the 70-200mm if you don’t intend to shoot sports of wildlife.

  63. i am considering a Nikkor 750. I now have a D70 with a Afs 18 to 70 DX ED and an AF VR Nikkor 80 to400mm ED. Will these lenses work well or should I upgrade to latest technology? Will be in Botswana and Mozambique and focus both on landscapes and wildlife especially birds

    1. Hello Robert,
      The 80-400mm ED will work great on the D750. The 18-70mm is a DX lens and won’t be of much use on the D750. I recommend the 24-85mm VR or 24-120mm f/4 lens instead.

  64. Upgrading to d750. I want a good quality lens for sports photography, but I also do lots of portraits. Is it better to invest in 2 separate lenses, or will the 28-300mm do? Quality is of great importance to me.

    1. Hello Lori,
      Normally two lenses will be better than one, but for portraits and sports you can use the 70-200mm f/2.8. It can do both well. The 28-300mm will be rather slow at the long end. This means it does not capture as much light which will require you to shoot high ISO for sports, and it can not provide the same level out-of-focus backgrounds and would limit what you can do for portraits. The 70-200mm f/2.8 is expensive, so you might consider some alternatives. The 85mm f/1.8 is a great lens for portraits. It can do sports too but it doesn’t zoom. Fast telephoto zoom lenses are expensive. You could compromise on the sports lens and use the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G, but it is limited like the 28-300mm lens.

  65. I didn’t see the Nikon 17-35 F/2.8 in the recommended lenses, and thought I’d ask for some ‘critique’ on that particular lens? I’ve been watching for a good used one, but they still hold a hefty price by what I’m seeing, and I like the F2.8 for my D750 in low light situations. I’d prefer the 14-28 F/2.8, but it’s even more expensive, and I doubt I’d be using the 14mm portion of the lens much.

    1. Hi Dale,
      The 17-35mm f/2.8 is a good lens if you need the speed. Typically wide angle shots don’t need large aperture, but if light is an issue (and you want a zoom) the 17-35mm f/2.8 is a good choice. There are some other similar lenses such as the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8. Might be worth a look if budget is an issue.

  66. Hye,

    I just moving from DX to Fx which i used D300s and now I’m using D750. I bought Sigma 50mm 1.4 and attached with it.

    Since I’m still a student, i can’t afford to buy a macro lens for my D750. I’ve try the extension tube but i have to like extremely close to the subject to get a nice shot.

    Any suggestion on what should i attach with my 50mm Sigma to make it macro?

    Thanks !

    1. Hello Mohd,
      Extension tubes increase the magnification and reduce the focal distance. If you use a shorter tube, you will have a longer focal distance, but less magnification. To get both distance and magnification you need a longer telephoto lens with close up filter or a true macro lens.

  67. Does a lense have to be FX to be full frame on the D750 using Nikon lenses? How do I know which letters on the lense will give me full frame? Also, on Tamron lenses what should I look for to use the advantage of full frame. I presently have a D7000 and am not sure what lenses will work to give me the benefit of using a full frame camera. I have the Tamron 18-270 which I love and always carry with the 7000 as a do all lense. Will that one work on the D750?

    1. You can use DX lenses on the D750, but the camera will only provide 10MP images, not full frame. Nikon lenses for DX will have DX on the lens, otherwise it is FX. Tamron DX lenses are Di II. The 18-270mm Tamron is a Di II (DX).

  68. Hi, I have got my D750 last week. Before I was taking photos with D7100 and Sigma 17-70 C lens and 50mm f1.4d . I want to have a similar lens and I came across a Tokina 28-70 f2.8 pro ii version, at a dirt cheap rate. I did some test shots and it’s working fine except AF hunting for a few shots. What is your opinion for shooting professional photos with it? Or should I go for newer generation lenses? Also for wide angle should I consider the Nikon 18-35g or Tokina 17-35 f4 fx?

    1. Hi Renjith,
      I was not familiar with the Tokina 28-70 f2.8 AF Pro II, but after some research it seems to be highly regarded. As an older lens it does not have the modern coatings so it is more prone to flare if shot into bright light. Modern Nikkor lenses offer AF-S for faster, more accurate focusing and are designed for modern, high resolution sensors. If you make a living from your photos and demand the best image quality possible, the more expensive Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 AF-S would be a worthwhile investment. But for the cost, the Tokina is a very good performer.
      I recommend the Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G over the similar Tokina. I think it is an excellent lens and only costs slightly more.

  69. Hi, I’m a retiree who purchased a Nikon 5100 when I retired. I have the 18-55 kit lens, the 70-300 kit lens, and a Nikon 18-140 lens. I have been considering purchasing a D750. I don’t want to spend a fortune on lenses right now, but would like lenses that give me great landscape, travel, closeup flower, and portrait photos. What lenses do you suggest?

    1. Hi MaryBeth,
      The D750 with the 24-120mm f/4 kit would be a good choice. That lens will cover the bases from landscape to travel to portraits well. If you want a dedicated lens for macro use (depending how small the flowers are you may need one), the Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR would be a good choice. It could also serve double-duty for portrait work. If you want a dedicated portrait lens, the 85mm f/1.8 would be the lens, but the two aforementioned lenses can do portraits pretty well. You can use your 70-300mm lens on the D750, it is a full frame lens. Your other lenses are DX only and won’t work well on the D750.

  70. Hi. I have purchased the d750.
    I also bought the sigma 150-500. But i a, very disappointed in it for bird photography.
    I am stuck deciding between the tamron or sigma 150-600. Or the nikon 200-500. Is there a big difference with the auto focus etc. i mainly take photos of birds in flight. Could you help please.

  71. Hello, and what an informative site where people can ask all sorts of questions without embarrassment. I recently bought a D750 and have worried I may need to replace the lenses I ha d on my old D80. These lenses are

    AF NIKKOR 70-300 1:4- 5.6D
    AF NIKKOR 28-70 1:35-4.5D
    If they are suitable for full frame photography on a D750 what might they be best for.
    I also have a Nikon Speedlight SB800. Will that work with the D750
    Many thanks, Stuart

    1. Hi Stuart,
      Both of the lenses are full frame and will work on the D750. They are full frame lenses. The 28-70 would cover the normal range and is a decent lens, compact and lightweight. Both the lenses use the camera body motor-driven AF, which tends to be slower and not quite as accurate as the latest AF-S lenses. They will also give you a slightly wider angle of view on the D750 compared with the D80.

  72. For D750 , confused what to buy , amateur / photography as a hobby / upcoming Calif. road trip with family . Need to see which lens would fulfill all my needs as mentioned above.
    Do not want to change lenses frequently .
    18-300mm F3.5-5.6 G Vs 70-200mm f/2.8G, I know the later is much sharper for Pro photography from the little research that I have done on internet. But for my needs do you think the other one would suffice . Also, wouldn’t want to carry a 1.5 Kg lens all the time I travel! Basically the question is how much of picture quality am I compromising in comparison. Thanks

    1. Hi Thor,
      You should consider the 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G (FX lens). It is plenty sharp and will cover most uses so you won’t need to change lenses. (There is a 18-300mm but it is a DX lens and not a good choice for the D750). The 70-200mm is telephoto only so would not be advisable to have that as your only lens.

    1. Hi Vicki,
      You will want to use an FX lens on the D750. The macro lens choice come down to what you are shooting (subject size, working distance) and your budget.

  73. I am planning to buy the 750 D and I am looking for a standard and/or wide-angle zoom lens with less possible distortion since I am doing a lot of architectural photography. In the future, I assume it would be best to have both, the 14-24 and the 24-70, but my budget at the moment does not allow that. Which one do you recommend to start with? How about the distortion of the 24-70 mm? Thank you very much in advance.

    1. Both lenses have distortion but it is easily corrected. If you want to remove perspective distortion you could use a lens like the 24mm PC-E tilt-shift, which is an ideal architecture lens. Instead of the 24-70mm, the 24-85mm 3.5-5.6G would be fine for architecture.

  74. I recently purchased a Nikon D750 and am fairly new to DSLR photography. I have an upcoming ski trip during which I would like to take photos of the continental divide. What lens do you recommend to get expansive photos?

    In shooting landscapes would an ultra wide or wide angle lens be better overall if you can only purchase one. Which lens would be your overall recommendation for that?


  75. Thanks for all you helpful replies. I like to take macro shots of plants. I am currently using a 60mm 2.8 D micro on my D750. If image quality is my highest priority and working distance is not important, is there a better macro lens for me? I want the best option for image quality. Also I am unclear what the the more subtle differences would be between the focal lengths, such as depth of field, compression. I suppose magnification is exactly the same.

    1. The 60mm f/2.8 is very sharp. You won’t find much better for image quality. A longer focal length will give you a slightly different composition and more working distance. For example a 105mm macro would compress the scene, making the background appear larger and closer.

  76. Hi, I just received a D750 for Christmas from my wonderful girlfriend as a much needed upgrade from my old D2h. All but one of my old lenses work on it.
    My AF-S 80-200 f2.8 D lens will not autofocus on the D750, but it will autofocus on my friend’s D810.
    Is there a compatibility issue?
    I have read on another forum regarding the DC/DC converter on the lens requiring replacement.
    Thank you in advance for your reply.

    1. Hello Fred,
      The Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D should work on the D750. Sounds like it might be the lens issue, but I’m not familiar with that particular fix.

  77. Hi

    I currently have the ais 20 2.8 the ais 85 1.4, the ais 105 2.5, the ais 180 2.8, the 17-55 2.8G , the 18-200 3.5-5.6G VR, and the Tokina 60 Macro.
    Which camera would you recommend?

    1. Hi Nikos,

      All your lenses will work with the Nikon D750. The AI-S lenses are all full frame lenses. The 18-200mm is a DX lens so it will make lower resolution images on Nikon FX cameras. I am not familiar with the Tokina 60mm macro. Did you mean Tamron 60mm f/2 macro? If so, that is also a DX lens.

      1. Thank you for your too fast reply comment. Yes, it is the Tamron 60 f/2 and there is a also a Tokina at-x m100 pro D.
        I just wonder if I have same results with a D7200.

        1. The Tokina 100mm macro is a full frame and would be the one to use on the D750. Compared to the D7200 DX camera, using the full frame lenses on an FX camera like the D750 will give a wider angle of view. Good if you want wide angles, maybe not so good if you do more macro and telephoto. You could replace the 18-200mm with a 28-300mm and it would give the same range on the FX camera.

  78. Hi, I have a Nikon D90. I want the sharpest, most crisp (pro-looking) all round lens that I can find for portraits and landscapes. I borrowed a Nikon 810 last year using the 18-300mm lens and the results were amazing! I already have the lenses 35mm, 50mm 1.8, 85mm 1.8. What other lenses (up to £800) would you suggest adding to my kit? (Just bought a 24-120mm 1.4g but I’m not too sure about it – what are your views?) I intend to upgrade to the 750 next year so the lenses must be compatible.

    1. Hi Nat,
      The 24-120mm is a good lens for a full-frame camera like the D750. It will work on your D90 of course, but it won’t be as wide. On the FX camera it covers a good range from wide angle to telephoto and can do some portraits (especially at the longer end). If you like landscape you should really have a wide lens. The 50mm and 85mm you have cover portraits well. I think you would enjoy the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G it is fairly wide on the DX cameras like the D90 and very wide on the D750. The only thing it lacks is the large aperture. To get that you would need to go with a lens like the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 which is a full frame lens. Both these wide angle lenses won’t be of much use for traditional portraits.

      1. Hi Nat,
        The 24-120mm is a good lens for a full-frame camera like the D750. It will work on a DX camera your D90, but it won’t be as wide. On the FX camera it covers a good range from wide angle to telephoto and can do some portraits (especially at the longer end). If you do landscape you should have a wide lens. The 50mm and 85mm you have cover portraits well. The 35mm only normal on a DX camera, while it is barely considered wide on FX. I think you would enjoy the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G it is fairly wide on the DX cameras like the D90 and very wide on the D750. The only thing it lacks is the large aperture for low light. To get that you would need to go with a lens like the Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 which is a full frame lens. Both these wide angle lenses won’t be of much use for traditional portraits. Use your primes for that. If you insist on one lens to do it all, a 24-70mm f/2.8 would be the one to get. But it’s expensive, big and heavy.

        1. This is great thanks! 🙂
          Quick questions: How does the nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G differ from the kit lens 18-105mm in terms of wideness and sharpness?

          As much as I love specialty lenses (if they’re awesome like the 50mm and 85mm beauties), I do get fed up with changing over lenses (missing a shot in the process!) so what’s a good pro / FX nikon 18-300mm equivalent? The reviews on this lens aren’t all great, but I’m considering a good all rounder with great sharpness and decent bokeh.
          Thanks so much, really appreciate your help on this!

          1. On a DX camera like the D90 they cover the same wide angle range however the DX crop makes the eqivalent range 1.5X what you would get on an FX camera. The 18-105mm also covers 35-105mm range which is normal to telephoto. The big difference is when you mount them on a FX camera like the D750. Then the 18-35mm will be wider because it covers the whole frame. The 18-105mm being a DX lens means it won’t cover the frame, so it will be like having that 1.5X crop again, and you’d also have lower resolution images (~10MP).

            The FX equvalent lens is the 28-300mm VR. It is a good lens, but not professional grade. There is no professional lens that covers the whole range. You would need at least two lenses 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8, and maybe a teleconverter (1.4, 1.7 or 2.0X) if you want more telephoto range.

  79. Hi,
    I have a Nikon D750 and have just got myself a Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR II Lens. I have been trying it out and have found that if I take a photo indoors using the D750’s flash, a dark blob appears at the bottom centre of the image, like a shadow of my head. This happens at the widest 16mm limit of the zoom. At 35mm there is no blob.

    I tried this lens on a Nikon D200 and the same blob at the bottom of the image appears.

    I assume now that taking indoor photos with flash, only works at the lens’s narrowest 35mm limit.

    What is this dark blob please? I’m wondering if the camera and lens are compatible!

    Look forward to your reply.

    1. Hi Bruce,
      The shadow is from the lens blocking the pop-up flash. The built-in flash is not high enough to light the entire subject, especially at wide angles. You will need to use an external flash in these situations.

  80. Phew! Thanks Admin. I don’t intend to take very much flash photography with this lens attached but in exploring my new lens this ‘blob’ appeared and I was a little bit concerned, but not now. Thanks.

  81. Hi
    is 16-35 f4 good enough for video or 20 1.8g? beside i am interested in nature photography . actually i want one of these first to catch both video and picture and after a while i will buy the other one . i want both but which one first??
    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Sajjaad,
      The 16-35mm is going to be more versatile. It gives you a zoom range and also has VR. The VR will be important if you hold the camera with your hands. You would probably want to use with a tripod with the 20mm 1.8.

  82. Hi
    I want to shoot film indoor and take picture of nature. I want to know that is 16-35 f4 good for this or 20mm 1.8g. which one is better for this purpose.
    Thanks in advance

    1. The 20mm 1.8 would be better if you are extremely limited in light (f/1.8 vs f/4), or if you want very shallow depth of field for creative control. Otherwise the 16-35mm would be the better choice for its versatility. See previous reply on this subject.

  83. Hi
    I have recently bought a D750 Body but hasn’t got any Lenses yet. Gonna Travel to New Zealand on March, Current budget Spending on Lens is around $1200-1500.
    What Lens would you recommend?
    I have decided to buy 50mm 1.8G which cost about $250 bulks.

    I also found 24-120 F/4 offer good price of $999 at the moment.
    I also consider Tokina 16-28 F/2.8 + Nikkor 24-85 F3.5-4.5 which a combine price around $1400.
    Which option should I take or it there any better suggestion there. As in New zealand, Wide Angle would be quite necessary.
    Kind Regards

    1. Hi Hugo,
      I would recommend against most f/2.8 zooms for travel/landscape, unless you really need the aperture. The Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 is a great lens, but it is heavy and doesn’t take filters. If you want a wide lens that weighs less and can take filters, the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is worth a look. That plus a standard zoom like the 24-85mm will cover most of what you would need for travel/landscape purposes. The 24-120mm f/4 is a do-everything lens, but it doesn’t go far into the super-wide area. If you want you could use that lens and add a prime to cover super wide, such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8.

  84. Hi, I am planning to have a D750 very shortly. I am interested in birding with my D7100 +NIkon 300mmf4+1.4TC. Now I am in doubt whether 300mm f4 +1.4 TC will work fine(focus fast) with D750. pls. confirm.

    1. You might want to consider the D500 instead. You will lose reach by going full frame and the auto focus will cover a smaller portion of the overall frame. The upcoming D500 offers all the benefits of DX and better auto focus that covers more of the frame.

  85. Hi Admin

    I recently bought a Nikon D750 and the purchase included an AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm 1:3.5-4.5 lens.

    I’m just wondering if there is a more suitable lens that would cover street photography and portrait as this is really cumbersome and heavy. I will also be using the camera for short info films. Thanks

    1. Hi Michelle,
      The Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 is one of the lighter zoom lenses. For a lighter lens that it suited to street and portraits look into fixed focal length lenses such as Nikon 50mm f/1.8 or 85mm 1/8.

  86. Hi,i just wanna know that is the quality of nikon 18-35mm as good as 16-35..? I have no objection or problem with variable apperture,but i want the quality. And if the 18-35 delivers same quality as that,i would be able to buy the 70-300mm lens.
    Thanks.. 🙂

    1. Hi Rohit,
      The Nikon 18-35mm is similar in image quality to the 16-35mm when compared at the same aperture and focal length. Both are extremely sharp lenses.

  87. I am amazed at the time it must take for you to provide the thoughtful answers to all these questions! This site is a huge resource…

    I will be taking photos of race cars with their crews at Bonneville salt flats. Lots of sun. Photos will be almost exclusively full side shots (no quarter angles, etc), and many sand racers are much longer than normal cars. There is often not a lot of room to back up to take the shots due to crowds, other cars, etc. A friend suggested the 24-120 F4 lens that comes in the D750 kit (seems to be heavily discounted now) as cost effective, but warned that at the 24mm end it might have a lot of perspective distortion on the edges. Is this correctable with software (Lightroom, for ex)? Is this an OK choice for in your estimation, particularly as to bang for the buck?

    Thanks again for offering this forum!

    1. Hi Dale,
      Glad to know you found it helpful. The 24-120mm is a good all-around lens and the range will cover both your wide angle and mid-telephoto that you might need on the flats. The combined price in the kit makes it a great deal. If you are photographing the cars racing from a long distance you might want to consider a separate longer telephoto lens. Not to get too technical, but perspective distortion is going to be a factor regardless of the wide angle lens (unless you are using a tilt-shift lens!) and depends on the focal length. The other type of distortion is barrel distortion, which many wide angle lenses and zoom lenses may exhibit at the wide end to varying degrees. The barrel distortion can be automatically corrected in-camera (for JPG) when using Nikon lenses or in your software (Lightroom, Photoshop, etc) that have the lens profile. Perspective distortion can be corrected in software during your post-processing but it is usually a manual process depending on the image. When shooting wide angle try to keep the horizon level and centered in the photo to reduce the perspective distortion. If you are only concerned about the vehicle as your subject you may not need to worry about it. Often perspective distortion is used creatively.

      1. Thanks for the info, I will probably go for the d750 with the kit lens. I need to learn a LOT about photography, and shooting lots of pics with the kit lens (and a 70-300 mm a friend is loaning me), playing around with exposure, aperature, focal length, lighting conditions, etc, seems like a good way to figure out what lenses I will really use, and want to invest some $$ in. Maybe by fall I will be ready to write in again and ask your recommendation on a lens to zoom into (and stop) a 200+ mph salt racer that is a quarter mile away… Thanks again…

  88. Hi, I am one step away from buying the Nikon D750 as a set that comes with the 24-120mm lens. I would prefer to buy just the body but that is not available at the moment in my store and I am in an urge due to my old Nikon (D200) stopped functioning and can’t be repaired. I am doing street photography, travel and architecture, mainly. I was working with the Nikkor 16-85mm DX lens and absolutely loved the range, and the fact that it has very little distortion, but I understand it would not work well with the D750 full frame body, true? I am afraid the 24-120 will not do the same job as lacking the wide-angle range. I also own the Nikon 70-300 ED. Do you have any advice which lens to buy (which would do the job my Nikkor 16-85 did), and if the 24-120 is worth the extra 550 Dollar (set-price)? Or should I rather wait for the body and buy another lens separately? Thank you very much in advance for you help!

    1. Hi Uli,
      The 24-120mm f/4 is a great lens and actually will provide nearly the exact same range that the 16-85mm DX lens did for you on the D200. The D750 is full frame, so you no longer have to deal with the 1.5X crop factor of DX. In full frame terms your 16-85mm gave you 24-127.5mm range on the D200. Whereas the D750 doesn’t have the crop factor. If you use the 16-85mm on the D750 it won’t cover the full frame, and you’d only get the same 24-127.5mm range but a lower resolution of about 10MP since it isn’t using the full sensor. Go for the kit with the 24-120mm.

      1. Thank you very much for your quick response! 🙂 The 70-300 ED is fine with the D750 and won´t add the crop factor?

  89. I currently have the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor
    105mm f/2.8G IF-ED on my D750. I use for micro (macro) shots. How does the 105mm f/2 compare to the AF Micro-Nikkor
    200mm f/4D IF-ED? Not many reviews on YouTube. Is it a big improvement over the 105mm? And is it worth the cost? Thanks

    1. Hi Tien,
      The Nikon Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4 is a fantastic lens. Its main advantage is the additional working distance it provides for small subjects. It is more of a dedicated macro lens and is excellent for the control you would enjoy in a pure macro application: smooth manual focus and an aperture ring. The 105mm is more versatile: it has VR and faster (but still not fast) autofocus and is better suited if you want to also do some hand-held and portrait work. It really depends how you intend to use the lens.

  90. I am presently having D 7100 + 18-105 kit lens+ 70-300 VR+ 50mm f/1.8 D. In near future, I will be buying D 750 & will keep my D 7100 as the second body. I want to buy a FX lens urgently & use it with my D 7100. If I dont bother much for the lost wide range of 18-35 mm( I have 18-105 for that), will the Nikon 24-120 f/4 VR produce better image quality than the 18-105 with the D 7100 ? ( My budget doesn’t support 24-70 f/2.8 & here in India, 24-120 VR is now available at a 60% discount offer). Please guide me.

    1. Hi Ranjan,
      You can use the 24-120mm on the D7100, it will provide better image quality. Since it is a full frame lens it will improve the corner image quality when used on your DX camera. But as mentioned, you will lose the wide angle of your current lens.

  91. Hi,

    I am buying Nikon D750 this month. My need is to take both profile with person standing right before me and also at the long range during the event all for the evening to late night shoots. Please recommend a good lens. I hardly will have time to change lens.
    I also own a Nikon D5200 with 18-105 Nikkor and 18-270 Tamron.

    Kindly advise.

    1. Hi Sailaja,
      The 24-120mm f/4 VR would probably be well suited to your use. It provides nearly the same range as your 18-105mm on the D5200 but just slightly less reach (105mm used on the DX camera givess approximately 158mm) . If you need a longer zoom, the 28-300mm VR would give you that but gives up some wide angle and is variable aperture.

  92. Hi! I am a natural light family photographer. I have the D750 but really need to purchase a new lens. Right now I have the 55mm but it’s not doing the job, any reccomendations?

    1. Hi Danielle,

      How is the 55mm not working for you? In a similar focal length would recommend the 50mm 1.8G or the slightly longer focal length 85mm 1.8G.

  93. Hello. Before the question i wanna say that you are a very generous person to support all these ppl including me hopefully. I have now 7000 and about to change to d750. I mainly used sigma 35mm f1.4 and tamron 17-55mm f.2.8 with d7000. Somehow i have a 85mm 1.8g alreday and I am thinking of buying 35mm 1.8g together with d750. Would it be wise choice to have these two? Or 50mm 1.8g would be also an option? Have no feeling about difference between 50mm and 85mm with full frame. I am taking all kinds pics around me but mainy my baby and wife. Thanks

    1. Hi Pyo,
      I appreciate your comments. If you already have the Sigma 35mm 1.4 then I’m not sure the 35mm f/1.8G would be much different other than weight, it is much lighter! Personally I feel having 35mm and 85mm is a better combination of primes, rather than 50mm and 85mm which are somewhat close. The 85mm 1.8G is the ideal portrait lens, while the 50mm would work better in tight quarters. The 85mm can be hard to get full body or group shots indoors for example. For situations where you need more versatility you do have the 17-55mm (did you mean 17-50mm?). The main benefit of the 50mm f/1.8G would be for its versatility if you want to carry only one prime lens. Otherwise you might use the 35mm or 85mm depending on the situation.

  94. Hi, I’m a beginner and would like to buy the Nikon D750 and wanted your opinion on the camera.
    At the moment I can only buy one lense that I want to take it to a trip to Israel and Italy and would like your opinion on which lense would be best for a city environment taking pictures of buildings, paintings, statutes, people, etc. and some landscape. Thank you very much.

    1. Hello Rodolfo,
      I would recommend either the 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 or the 24-120mm f/4 lens. The first is less expensive (if you are buying a lens separately) and lighter. The second you can get a good discount on when purchased with the camera as a kit, and it offers a little more zoom range on the long end.

  95. Thank you very much!
    As a beginner it has been very very hard to decide and these articles have helped me a lot.

  96. Help! First of all , thank you so very much for your willingness to assist in helping us and even repeating responses over and over. I currently have a D7100 and am wanting to move to the D750 but am not sure if changing my body vs. adding more lenses is the better thing to do. We shoot family, weddings, portraits. I have the Tamron 70-200 and Nikon 50mm1,4 and 1.8 only because my husband uses it on his D300, If your advise is to stick with the body I have, please provide your recommendation on the lens that will be suite us. Thanks again for your time and help!

    1. Hello Bri,
      Moving to a full frame camera will give you the ability to get a more shallow depth of field and improve the low light capabilities (improve image quality at high ISO). Both of these could be helpful for the types of photography you mention. You can also use your existing lenses on the D750. Since the full frame camera will have a wider angle of view, you may wish to add a slightly longer focal length prime, such as the 85mm 1.8G to keep the same framing you were familiar with on your D7100.

  97. Hello. My D750 recently malfunctioned. According to the service center in my country, the aperture control unit of my D750 was “stuck-up” because I used third party lenses (Sigma 35 mm f/1.4 and Tokina 11-16 f/2.8). Because of this, they said that the repair is not covered by the warranty (I’ve been using the unit for less than 2 weeks). I do not agree with their opinion that using a third party lens damaged the aperture control. I use the same lenses on my D90 and it worked fine. Thoughts?

    1. Hello Enzo,
      It is possible that a lens could cause the issue. Have they inspected the lens and camera to observe this? They can’t void your warranty for your use of third party lenses. If the service center won’t satisfy you, contact Nikon corporate. Hope you get your issue resolved!

  98. Recently purchased the Nikon d750 and plan to use for low light events,portraits,and video.The lense I have now are the Nikon 50mm 1.8 prime and 24-120mm 4G VR.Any suggestions for good lenses that would fit these needs?On a budget so the most efficient and cost effective options would be best.

    1. Hi Deke,
      Your current 50mm 1.8 and 24-120mm f/4 are a good combination for the types of photography and video you describe. You might want to get a 85mm f/1.8G for portraits.

  99. After 5 years with D90, I’m upgrading to a full frame. I already have 50 (1.8D) and 70-300 (4.5-5.6) lenses (and a very old manual 28mm Series E). I have two choices, which cost the same where I live:
    1) D610 + a new 20mm (1.8G) and 85mm (1.5G) OR
    2) D750 + the kit 24-120.

    I do this just for fun (kids, a little travelling etc.). Which one do you think would be a better/more flexible choice? Thank you so much for your advice.

    1. Hi Zibi,
      I would recommend the D750. Its improved autofocus will be good for photographing kids. The 24-120mm also makes a good all-around and travel lens. I would forgo the primes for your use (travel and kids).

  100. I am considering a Nikkor 750 for my work with birds. I have AF VR Nikkor 80 to400mm ED. Will these lens work well with the 750 or will it work as a DX lens.
    Thanks for your reply.

  101. Hi, I´ll be traveling to New York next month and first thing i would do is head to B&H Photo to get a D750 but i am not sure which lens is good for my needs.
    I will be mostly doing both architecture and landscaping photography, plus I heard this camera is very nice for videos so I will start diving into the timelapses/hyperlapses world… Also, I do mtn bike and ski photography… what kit of lenses do you recomend? This will be for working not leisure so I will need sharp pictures. Thank you for all your responses, they are very helpful in this matter.

    1. Hi Francisco,
      I would recommend the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. There are two versions, the older one without VR and the new one with VR. Choose the one that fits your budget. That lens is a real workhorse and great for landscape and action photography.

  102. I would like on general lens for wildlife, flowers etc and I was thinking about the Tamron 16 – 300 will it work on my camera? Secondly what is a good lens for night time sky/star shots?

    1. Hello Ray,
      The Tamron 16-300mm is a good all around lens, but it is not the right one for the D750. The 16-300 is a crop lens. It will mount on the camera but won’t use the full sensor so you would have low resolution images. I would recommend the 28-300mm instead. For night shots/stars you should use a fast prime lens, such as 20mm f/1.8 or 24mm f/1.8G.

  103. Dear Admin
    My question is about lens NC filter.
    I ordered 77 and 58 Nikon NC filters for my 16-35 and 20mm 1.8.
    are they good enough for these lenses?

    1. Hi Sajjaad,
      The Nikon NC filters are fine for using for protecting the outside element of the lens. It’s a personal choice whether you want the protection vs the slight possible increased chance of lens flare in certain light conditions.

    1. You can use the lens on the D750 but it is a DX lens and will not cover the entire frame. The camera will default to crop mode and you will only get ~10 megapixel images.

  104. I’m planning to upgrade from my D80, and am leaning towards the D750. Photography is a hobby for me, but I’m willing to invest in higher quality for better images. I shoot mostly travel, family, landscapes, and beach/sunsets/outdoor shots.
    My current lens collection includes:
    Nikon Nikkor 50 mm f 1.4 (manual focus, an oldie but goody)
    Nikon AF-S DX ED 18-55 mm (f/3.5-5.6G)
    Tamron IF LD 28-300 mm (f/3.5-8.3) (model 185D). On the D80, I shot mostly with the 28-300 zoom.

    So I’m wondering what to do going forward – and have considered a couple of options – (1) Nikon 24-120 (kit) and Nikon 70-300 and maybe a wider angle option at some point; (2) Nikon 24-85 plus Nikon 70-300; or (3) Nikon 18-35 plus Nikon 28-300. I imagine that most of my shots will be general travel, people and scenery, and for more “serious” shots I would set up for sunsets, over water shots of landscape/boats, etc. I’d also like to have the option to shoot low light and night time.

    I very much appreciate any guidance you can provide.

    1. Hi Bob,
      I recommend option 1 if your primary use is travel and family. Option 2 would be lighter, whereas option 1 gives more range on the primary zoom lens. You might want to add the 18-35mm zoom later for landscape use. The D750 is much improved over the D80 and you will find these lenses (and especially your 50mm 1.4) to work well for night time and low light use. If you really get into it you could add another fast wide prime such as the 20mm f/1.8G.

      1. Thanks for the prompt and helpful response. Could you help me to understand the tradeoffs between the 70-300 versus 28-300? I know that that 28-300 would overlap the 24-120 kit lens almost completely. Apart from that, is the 70-300 a better lens in its range? Should I be considering a 70-200 (f/4 for my budget) with a teleconverter for longer reach?

  105. You could run the 28-300mm in place of the 24-120mm, however the wide end at 24mm is significantly different from 28mm. That may be a factor if you tend toward landscape and travel. The 70-300mm is slightly sharper than the 28-300mm, mostly in the 70-135mm range. The 70-200 mm f/4 is excellent and significantly sharper than both the aforementioned lenses.

  106. I currently own a Nikon D750 camera and am planning a trip through central Australia later this year and only plan on taking one lens with me. I’ll be doing a lot of sight-seeing and walking so wish to lighten the load. Can you recommend a good all-in-one lens that would be suitable and is reasonably priced?

    1. Hello Monica,
      If you plan to shoot wildlife you want one that covers the telephoto range as well as the normal range. For that I recommend the Nikon 28-300mm VR. If you don’t shoot wildlife and want something lighter and cheaper, the Nikon 24-85mm VR would be the one, but you lose telephoto range.

        1. Hi Bimal,
          The 24-85mm was recommended because Monica asked for a lighter lens. It weighs 16.4 oz (465 g) vs the 24-120mm that weighs 25 oz (710 g). Its retail price is also significantly lower.

  107. Hi, I’m currently looking at trading in a D90 for a D750.

    My current fave lens is a Sigma 18-50 f2.8 EXDC (which obviously won’t be much use on the D750). I can find a ‘deal’ with a Tamron 24-70 f2.8. Question is, is this the best fit for replacing the above combo (not enough $$$ to stretch to Nikon glass)?

    1. Hello Les,
      The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 is a popular alternative to the Nikon version. It is a close equivalent. The Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 on your D90 was approximately 27-75mm.

  108. My favorite camera I have ever owned is the D300S. I shot a lot of sports and wildlife with it besides portraits and weddings. However, it finally quit and I upgraded to the D610 full frame. It was a hard adjustment but many of my lenses were made for it. It seems much slower than the D300S, especially in shooting sports. I now want to upgrade to the D750. These are the lenses I own, 50mm 1.8G, 85mm 1.8G, 105micro 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8, 80-400mm 3.5-5.6mm, 80-200mm 2.8 ED. I am mostly interested now in bird photography and was wondering if I should trade in the 80-400 and the 80-200 (Not VR) for a fixed 300mm 4.0 with a teleconverter or a 70-200mmVR 2.8 with a teleconverter. What are your thoughts?

    1. Hi Karen,
      The 300mm f/4 will beat the 70-200mm f/2.8 in image quality, and with a 1.4X TC it will have you at 420mm. The question is whether the loss of zoom will be an issue for you.

  109. Hi! I have a 750 and want to know wich lens is better to take photos in studio and photos in weddings!
    Now i have 24-120, 70-200 vr2, 50mm 1.4g.

    1. Hi Cristian,
      If you want to upgrade to a faster normal zoom may could consider the 24-70mm f/2.8. One lens you might want to add would be a 85mm prime portrait lens, either the 85mm 1.4G or 85mm 1.8G depending on your budget. If you want another suggestion the 35mm f/1.4G or 35mm f/1.8G (FX) would be an option for a fast wide prime.

  110. Dear Admin
    Is there any different between Nikon 77mm Screw-on Neutral Color Filter and Nikon 77mm NC Neutral Clear Filter?
    Thanks in advance

  111. Hi, I just bought D750 and i have a 35mm DX. i would like to have a better understanding, is 35mm DX and 35mm ED on D750, will both lens give the same image? and i was thinking is there a need to buy a 35mm ED.

  112. I have Nikon D5100 I wanna go for D750 with 24-70mm. I do general photography including (landscapes, people, events, nature, sometimes birds) Would it fit my requirement? And can I get it as a kit lens with Nikon D750?

    1. Hello Hamid,
      The 24-70mm f/2.8 is great for all-around use. You may wish for a longer lens specifically for birds, unless you are photographing very close or large birds, they normally require a much longer reach lens (200 to 400mm typically). Nikon does not package the 24-70mm lens as a kit with the D750, but dealers may offer a discount when purchased together. Nikon frequently offers lens discounts with purchase of a camera body, check with your camera dealer for current promotions.

  113. Hi, I recently bought d750 and want to buy professional macro lens. Thought of buying Nikkor 105 f2.8 VR, now I feel Sigma 150 f2.8 OS HSM will be much better option but only concern is third party. Can you please suggest me good pro lens?

    1. Hello Palani,

      Both the Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR and Sigma 150mm f/2.8 OS HSM are good macro lenses and are very sharp. The Sigma 150mm will give you a little more working distance and has a tripod collar. These could be benefits depending how you use the lens and what subjects you will be shooting. The Sigma is larger and heavier. As a third party lens the Sigma has good manufacturer support and is compatible with Nikon cameras including the D750.

  114. Dears,

    I’d like to thank you for your efforts and for your replies.
    I have a Nikon D750 and a set of lenses as follows: Nikkor 50mm f1.8G, Nikkor 16mm f2.8D, Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8G & Nikkor 24-120mm f2.8G. I’m shooting weddings and I’m interested in travel photography as well, as I travel a lot. I’m confused between having a backup body for events which will probably be a Nikon D610, and buying a nikkor 24-70mm f2.8. I thought of buying a backup body, in order to avoid changing lenses frequently during events, and i don’t know if the Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 will add that much to that set of lenses that I have. I’m confused. What do you think?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Mina,
      You mention you have the 17-55mm f/2.8, but that is a DX (APS-C) lens. It can be used on the D750 and D610, but it will not provide full resolution images; in DX crop mode it only gives about 10MP which limits the image quality on very large prints. Also, the 24-120mm lens by Nikon is f/4. The 24-70mm will be an improvement over the 24-120mm in the aperture department with f/2.8 — however some photographers are able to use the 24-120mm perfectly fine for weddings. The f/2.8 can help in low light and also give you more shallow depth of field for creative use or subject isolation. Adding that could improve your images depending how you use it. However, having an extra body means two different lenses will always be available to you to capture images at critical moments, or in the case of equipment malfunction. Overall I think two bodies would be a better choice. If you can sell the 17-55mm f/2.8 and 24-120mm and buy both the 24-70mm f/2.8 and another body that would be my recommendation. If it’s one or the other, then I’d lean toward having a backup body.

  115. Hi
    Nice review.
    I am pursuing photography for passion. I bought Nikon d750 with 24-120 kit. I am interested in street photography, Portraits, landscape and wildlife. Can you suggest few budget lens for my Nikon d750. I have Nikon d5200 with 18-55 Nikkor lens, Sigma 10-20 and Tamron 70-300 , i guess all DX .

    1. Hi Sushil,
      Of your current lenses only the Tamron 70-300mm is full frame, so that will cover the wildlife photography on the D750. For street and portraits you can use a 50mm 1.8G or 85mm 1.8G. I would suggest the 50mm 1.8G for budget purposes for this. For landscape you might want wide angle, 20mm, 24mm for example. You could get a prime to cover it, or a zoom lens. Depending on your budget the 24-85mm VR zoom would cover a lot of range (and could be used for street and portraits).

  116. Hi. I am also looking to purchase the D750. Upgrading to full frame from the D5200. I shoot mainly landscape, cityscape and seascape images. I have thought about the 24-85 kit lens, the 16-35 and the 18-35 + the 50mm prime. Wondered what your thoughts / recommendations were?

    1. Hi David,
      I recommend a wide angle for landscape images, and often something wider than 24mm can produce the most dramatic images. For that you should consider the 16-35mm f/4 or 18-35mm. The image quality is similar between them and if the 18mm-35mm allows you to purchase the 50mm 1.8G as well– that would be my choice. You can also experiment using the 50mm to make stitched panorama images.

  117. Is Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Lens is perfect for low-light, night photography, street and portraits??? brought it with D750 & 28-300 as all rounder lens…

    1. Hi Asha,
      The 50mm 1.8G is a great lens for low light, night and street. It can be used for portraits too. The focal length might be a little short depending on the type of portrait. Portrait lenses are typically 85mm to 105mm range which can give more subject isolation (more background blur) and allow you to have more distance from your subject (and increase background compression). For full-body or group shots the 50mm would work well. For head shots you will be close to your subject and capture a little more background.

  118. Hello,

    I have started to take on photography as a hobby (mostly family portraits), some landscape, and I do like a nice zoom lens as well. What lens(s) do you suggest that will also give me very sharp images?

    1. Hi Debra,
      The Nikon 24-120mm f/4G is a good all-around choice. You can get that lens as a kit with the D750 at a good discount. As an alternative you could go with the 24-85mm VR. I would suggest the 85mm f/1.8G for a dedicated portrait lens.

  119. Hello,

    I am currently an hobby photographer that is looking to make the jump to amateur, and eventually a professional.

    What I have:
    – Nikon D7000
    – Two good lenses:
    1) 35mm f/1.8
    2) 50mm f/1.4
    – Three bad (opinion) lenses:
    1) Nikkor 18-55mm
    2) Sigma 24-70mm
    3) Sigma 70-300mm

    What I want:
    – Nikon D750
    – 24-120mm kit lens

    What I shoot:
    – street portraits
    – landscapes
    – studio portraits
    – some abstract work

    If you were me, about to make the jump to an FX camera, specifically a D750, what lens would you buy? Please clarify which lens you’d choose if affordability was a factor, AND if affordability was not a factor!

    Thank you very much in advance. Sincerely,

    James Douglas Dixon

    1. Hi James,
      Assuming the 35mm f/1.8 is the DX version, you can use it on the D750 and turn off auto crop mode. Search comments above for specifics on the limitations. It would be pointless to use that one in crop mode as it duplicates the angle of view of the 50mm and would be limited resolution. The 50mm 1.4 would be great on the D750. You should consider the following:
      85mm 1.8G – great portrait lens and also works for street.
      24-70mm f/2.8 – If you want a normal zoom, this can handle landscape, street and some portrait work at the long end. Expensive option. The kit 24-120mm f/4G would suffice for the budget option here. If you go with the f/4 you’ll probably want that 85mm 1.8G for portrait.
      You could consider a wide angle 20mm or 24mm f/1.8G prime. For landscape and some wide angle street.
      Budget landscape lens 18-35mm – sharp and won’t break the bank.
      Abstract – depends on the type, but one of the above primes or perhaps a macro 105mm f/2.8

  120. Hi,
    I did upgrade from a D70 to
    D750 with 24-120 1:4G ED VR and bought a 50mm 1.8G Prime.

    My old lenses are:
    Sigma 28-80mm D
    AFS DX 18-70mm 1:3.5-4.5G ED
    AF 70-300 1:4-5.6 G
    AFS 55-200 1:4 – 5.6G ED

    Is any of my old lenses worth using with D750?
    Does it make any sense to use D70 as a second camera?
    or is it just waste of space and it is better just use the new D750 and get more Lenses?

    If I like to shoot Macro and Landscape Photography, what would be the next two lenses that I should get for my D750?


    1. Hi George,
      Of your old lenses, only the 70-300mm is going to be worthwhile. The Nikon 24-120mm would cover all of the range the Sigma 28-80mm gave you and more. The other two lenses you mention are DX and won’t be very useful the full frame D750. The D750 is several generations newer than the D70 and I think once you start using the D750 you won’t want to go back.

      For general macro I recommend the Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR. For landscape I would suggest a nice wide angle, depending on budget this might be the 16-35mm f/4, the 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G, or a prime 20mm f/1.8G.

  121. I have a D750 with a 24-120 mm lens and a 70-300 mm lens.
    I am looking for a wide angle lens for landscape. What would be a good lens to go with the ones I already have? 14-24mm, 20mm or one of the other brands?
    Thanks for the help.

    1. Hi Jeff,

      Both of the lenses you mentioned could be candidates. The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G is a great lens, if you can afford it and willing to carry it (weight, size). It’s such a specialty lens it is hard to recommend without knowing if you’ll need it. I usually recommend the 16-35mm f/4, the 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G, or the prime 20mm f/1.8G for landscape. If you want the ultra-wide 14mm, that 14-24mm is the way to go!

  122. Wow, what a fantastic and informative site this is.

    I have a D750 and the following AF-S NIKKOR lenses:
    28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
    24-120mm f/4G ED VR
    50mm f/1.8G

    Its F1 season and I would like to take some good quality (amateur) photographs of cars travelling at speed and at ranges of 50 to 100 mtrs, can you suggest a good lens for my camera. Something that is fast and good at distances with potentially low light?

    1. Hi Martyn,
      You can try your 28-300mm lens. Motorsports shots usually use slow shutter speed and panning to get the wheels and background to blur, so you don’t need an especially fast lens unless shooting in low light (at night). You can use Active VR (mode 2) to allow stabilization while panning. Some shortfalls of the 28-300mm lens might be AF speed and sharpness at the long end 200-300mm. I would suggest trying your lens to see what kind of results you get. There is quite a bit of practice to get the technique down. Perhaps renting something like the 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII (or f/4 VR) before committing to a purchase would be the next step.

      1. Wow, great service. Many thanks for the advice, I will practice using my existing kit and try the 200mm as suggested.

        Many thanks

  123. hello, i’am having nikon d750 & lense sigma 24-70 f 2.8…& now i’m thinking to buy nikon lense 24-120 f4 & to sell my sigma 24-70 f 2.8 .is that true or not ? i need your support plz

    1. Hello Karim,
      The answer depends whether the extra range of 70-120mm is better for you than the extra speed of f/2.8. Do you find yourself limited at telehphoto and wishing for more than 70mm? Or do you shoot a lot at f/2.8? Both are very good lenses and similar in many ways. Take a look at your photos and see how often you shoot wide open vs your shots being at 70mm and still not zoomed enough. Wedding and fashion can tend to use a lot of shallow depth of field (f/2.8), but there are photographers who do fine with f/4.

  124. I have decided to go with D750 but am confused with lenses. As I see the online offer D750 body with Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S Nikkor VR Lens. After your review, Shall I go with Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR ; and Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Lens.
    Am looking for normal use during wedding, get together indoor and of course while traveling to Hill area.

    1. Hi Sachin,
      Weddings and indoor get-together use you could choose either of the zoom lens. I would say the 24-120mm would be the better deal for the price. The main advantage of the 28-300mm is its ability to zoom far for your travel (wildlife or far away shots). If that is your type of shots then maybe go with that lens instead. While the 85mm can take good portraits it may require too much distance to get group shots and requires more coordination between the photographer and the subjects. If you are a wedding photographer then the 85mm lens would be good, but it you are just attending it might not be as useful.

  125. Hi Admin.
    I am planning to buy D750 in a couple of days along with the 24- 120 mm lens. As far as photography for me is concerned, it would be basically wedding shots, fashion shows, cuisines and landscapes.
    Please let me know what are the relevant lenses to be purchase and help me with some handy accessories for better photoes such as trigger or flash or stand amd so on. And please guide me a link how to maintain the camera and to keep safe the lenses feom harm and scratches.

    1. Hello Brunjz,
      The 24-120mm would be a good all-around lens to handle everything you mentioned. If you want an additional lens, a popular lens for many photographers shooting wedding, fashion and food would be the 70-200mm f/2.8. However you could also use a prime lens such as the 85mm f/1.8 to take those types of photographs. Off camera flash will work best, the SB-500, SB-700, SB-5000 and SB-910 allow this.
      For advice on cleaning lenses see here:

  126. Hi Admin,
    I must add, I was wondering if we can select some other lens as kit lens as per our choice at discount alike provided to the 24-120 mm lens . Or is it that only 24-120mm lens is discounted while purchased with the body

  127. Hello, i was thinking of upgrade to D750 or D500 currently D7100.. i have
    AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140MM f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
    AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.3G ED VR
    AF-S DX NIKKOR 35MM f/1.8G
    AF-S NIKKOR 200-500MM f/5.6E ED VR
    AF-S NIKKOR 14-24MM f/2.8G ED
    Question is any lense with DX isnt going to function to fullest with D750 ? ? I photo everything people , cars , landscape, cityscape animals birds etc. senior graduation and so on. Hoping finding ways to make few bucks with photography.. i enjoy it.
    But just seeking opinions between D750 & D500

    1. Hi Bob,
      The DX lenses will not work well on the D750, you will have better use of them on a DX camera like your D7100 or a D500. The 14-24mm is an FX lens and will give you a wider view angle on an FX camera like the D750 whereas the DX camera has a crop factor making all lenses 1.5X the focal length. The other lenses you have will work fine on the D500. Given your current lenses, if you want ultra wide angle landscape the D750 would be a better choice. It will make use of the 14-24mm, however you will probably want an additional FX lens to cover the normal range 24mm and up. You could also keep using your D7100, unless you feel that it is limiting your photography where the D500 might improve (increased continuous shooting frame rate and burst length and better autofocus system are major improvements). For bird photos you are better off with the D7100 or D500.

      1. I will be keeping the d7100 . Just looking for another camera. You say d750 will make thst 14 – 24mm perform better?? Performs well now.
        The d750 combo comes with i believe 24- 120mm . Was thinking wouldn’t be a bad lense?
        Would my 200-500mm still perform on the d750? I appreciate the time and information . I seen the sale d500 with lense around sameish as d750 with lense. But eventually was thinking try make money or extra money with photography.

        1. All lenses will be effectively “wider” on the D750 because it is a full frame camera. The 14-24mm will be wider, which would be considered a benefit for that lens. The 200-500mm will still work, but you lose some “reach,” since your DX camera had the 1.5X magnification factor due to its smaller sensor. The D500 is specialized for sports and wildlife, whereas the D750 will be the better portrait and landscape camera.

  128. I want to buy D750 in near soon. So which lens should I buy. I want to shoot landscape and macro. I also want to buy traveller lens. So please advice me which lens should I buy.

    1. Hello Kyaw,
      I would suggest the 24-120mm as your travel lens. It can also do landscape at the 24mm end at the widest. If you want a wider angle of view there is the 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G. The macro you might consider the Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR that is well-suited toward macro work.

  129. i Brought the Nikon D750 Camera. i could not ask for a better Camera. but what lens do you recomend with it i have 24-85mm plus the there a better Lens?

    1. Hi Denzil,
      The 24-70mm f/2.8 is an excellent lens. If you want something “better” you would need to be more specific in how you use the camera. There are other lenses that are better at wide angle and other lenses that are better at telephoto and macro, but the 24-70mm is just about the best there is in the focal range it covers.

  130. Dear Admin
    This time i have a question about a good mic for my D750.
    Here we have two options:
    Sennheiser MKE 400 and Rode svm stereo condenser
    Which one do you suggest?

    1. Hi Sajjaad,
      I haven’t tested either of them, but from the specs the Sennheiser is a shotgun mic and the Rode is a wide field. The shotgun will capture a narrow band of sound where you point it (front and not sides), and the Rode stereo mic will capture sound from the front and sides.

  131. Hi first I just want to say this is a great informative site and it has really helped me in understanding more about my d750. Thank you so much! Currently I am using a d750 with a sigma art 50mm f1.4. I want to expand my lens collection it don’t know what to add. I currently take full body portraits, product photos, and kids. I want to do more landscape/wide angle photos. But I also want a macro to take more close up photos. I would love to get an14-24mm 2.8 AND the just recently announced Nikon 105mm f/1.4 but I don’t have the budget for those 2 expensice lens. Do you recommend I get a cheaper wide angle lens and the new 105mm or get the 14-24mm and the old 105mm (much cheaper). This is your opinion and expertise so thanks in advance on any insight or help!

    1. Hi Joe,
      You’re asking for three lenses: a wide angle, a macro and a portrait lens. A macro lens can be used for portraits, but a true portrait lens would generally have a larger aperture and focus faster — but it can’t do macro. You mentioned really expensive wide angle and portrait lenses, but rather than sacrifice the majority of your budget on one, you could buy 3 lenses that are individually suited to your 3 purposes. I would recommend for your wide angle: 16-35mm f/4G OR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED. Unless you absolutely need the 14mm, in which case I would suggest a prime 14mm like the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for the budget option. Your macro lens could be the Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR if it fits your budget, or a less expensive alternative Tokina 100mm or Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro which perform nearly as well. Your portrait lens could be your macro if you can live with f/2.8 as the largest aperture and the slower focusing. A better portrait lens would be a prime: 85mm 1.8G or 105mm f/2 DC; and if you can live without AF the 105mm f/1.8 AI-S is also worth considering.

  132. I’ve had my d750 w/ 24-70 f/1.8 for about a year now and love it. A couple months ago I picked up the 50mmG f1.4 and I’m trying to love it. I’m finding a lot of pictures are blurry. I feel like it is very slow to focus and misses the focal point a lot unless everything is really REALLY steady. And in that case the pictures a great! Any insight? I admit it could be operator error but I also have a canon 50mm f/1.8 and have never had these issues or felt this way about a lens. I’m considering selling it and purchasing something different if I don’t see better performance.

    1. Hi Katie,
      There could be something wrong with the lens. You could try sending to Nikon for repair. The lens should provide fast, accurate focusing.

  133. Dear Admin!

    Thank you for this amazing site and so many answers to all those people! Hope u help me out as well.

    I am planning to buy d750 and was thinking to get it with 24-70 2.8 Tamron (as I understood from internet reviews it is not much worse than Nikon version).
    I would use it for:
    – Travel/Walkaround/Some portraits on the go

    1. Would the 2.8 be enough for taking photos in the evening of lighted city streets for example or indoors in a reastaurant? Or which good quality lense I would need for this? I just really want good quality sharp images in low light and in a day time a reasonable boke. And of course i dont want to take with me too many lenses to travel (max 2 i think)

    2. I am also mostly interested in portraits and dog photography so would then later also get 70-200 2.8 Tamron. I like 85mm and its boke, but I think it would not be as suitable for moving subjects… What do u think? Which one is more easier to carry with?

    It will be my first full frame body and I am really confused about the lense.

    If you could suggest something based on the things I want to shoot would be great!

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Anna,
      1. The Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 would be a good companion for the uses you mentioned. The f/2.8 aperture combined with the high ISO capabilities of the D750 should provide excellent results at night and indoors.
      2. I agree that the 70-200mm f/2.8 would be preferred when working with moving subjects. The 85mm would require you to move frequently to frame your photos and you may find you need to do more cropping. At just over 3/4 pound, the 85mm weighs much less than the nearly 3 lb 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.

  134. Hello Admin,

    I am pleased to see that this thread still seems to be alive and well.

    I’ve owned a Nikon D5200 for a while until I purchase the Nikon D750 shortly after it came out. I was happy to find that my Tamron 150-600 appears to be fx but saddened to find out that my Tamron 16-300 was not. I loved that lense and traveled everywhere with it. I still carry my 5200 in my bag just so I can use that lens without the crop.

    That being said, I loved your article and the breakdowns for the lenses. I’m surprised I did not come across it before. The issue that I currently have is that I am looking for a landscape lense (anything from a 10mm -24 or 30mm perhaps) but I’m still fairly new to lenses. I’ve seen a couple out there but want to make sure it’s a lense designed for an fx camera as the D750 is my main camera. Can you recommend 2 -3 possible lenses that have a wide angle and perhaps give a little insight on the lens? I would really appreciate any assistance with this and thank you for reading my post.

    1. Hello Hyden,

      Both Nikon and Tamron make full-frame super zoom lenses, they are 28-300mm and have roughly the same angle of view at the wide end as 18mm on a DX camera.

      Wide angle lenses for FX include Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8, Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 DG II, Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8, Nikon 16-35mm f/4 and Samyang 14mm f/2.8 prime. Of these, the Nikon 16-35mm is the only one to accept filters. The f/2.8 zoom lenses are larger and heavier not to mention very expensive, but are available if you need fast aperture. The Samyang prime is the least expensive and lightest. All of these lenses provide excellent image quality, it’s a matter of what range you want to cover, the size/weight and your budget.

    1. Hello Asis,
      The lens can be used on the D750, but since it is a DX lens it will not cover the whole sensor area of the full-frame (FX) D750. The camera will default to crop mode which results in only about 10MP resolution images. The result will be similar in size and the same angle of view you had on your D90, but the viewfinder appearance will be different because the lens isn’t filling the whole frame. If you want a similar full-frame lens, the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 on the D750 is roughly the equivalent of the 10-24mm lens on your D90.

  135. I shoot product photography – books – in a controlled environment using my D750 on a tripod with a florescent lighting set-up. Shooting in manual, my setting are normally IPO 100, F6.3 at 15. I currently have 3 lenses – AF Nikkor 24-85mm 1:2-8-4D, Nikkor 105mm 1:2.5, and Nikkon DX AF 18-55mm 1:3.5 – 5.6G. The 85mm is very flexible but lacks some sharpness on the edges at the lower settings. The 105mm is very sharp but is fixed at a longer shooting distance. The DX lense works well on a DX but is marginal in manual on a D750. I would appreciate any suggestions for additional lenses that you feel would be worth pursing.

    1. Hi Larry,
      There are a few ways you could go with a lens. First, if you need the flexibility of a zoom, newer lenses such as the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G VR and 24-70 f/2.8 G (VR and non-VR) offer increased sharpness over the older AF zoom. If the 105mm focal length is too long in a fixed lens, there is a 60mm Micro-Nikkor (available in both AF and AF-S) that is superbly sharp. If you don’t need a true macro lens, the 50mm 1.8G and 85mm 1.8G offer excellent sharpness. Finally, you might want to consider a perspective-control lens. This will allow you to tilt the lens relative to the image sensor plane so that a surface not parallel to the sensor can be fully in focus. For example, the Nikon Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D PC-E (or the older PC version with the manual aperture ring). There is a 45mm version of the PC-E lens also.

  136. Hello,

    I have a Nikon d750 and have a VR 28-300 mm along with it. I’m looking for a new lens to complement it. Since landscape and zoom isnt what I’m looking for, was considering a cost effective portrait kind of lens.

    Which of these three is advisable?
    – Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G Prime Lens
    – Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Prime Lens for Nikon DSLR
    – Nikon 50mm Nikkor F/1.8D AF Prime Lens for DSLR Camera

    1. Hi Ruben,
      The first two on your list are the same lens, AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G. The last one AF-D is an older lens. The newer AF-S is the better choice of those you list, mainly because of the way it renders out of focus areas for portraiture. You might also consider the AS-S 85mm f/1.8G if it is within your budget, it is a good focal length for portraits.

  137. My 28-300 is now joining my socks in the drawer.

    In my point of view, this is the perfect combination of fixed lenses: 20 f1.8, 35 f1.8, and 85 1,8 – why?

    1. Field of view
    2. Very fast
    3. Very lightweight
    4. Devolping my as a photographer (my mind and feets)

    The only thing I’am missing is the lenght – could you recomend some telephoto lenses that ads up to my needs?

    Kind regards

    1. Hi Tyronne,
      Going with a primes is a good idea for all the reasons you list. Unfortunately when it comes to telephoto you can’t get both very fast and lightweight due to physics. As the focal length gets longer, the front element must also be larger to maintain the same aperture. For example the Nikon 200mm f/2 VRII measures nearly 5 inch diameter and weighs 6.5 pounds! If you want to go with a prime you might like the 180mm f/2.8 AF-D at 1.7 lbs, but be aware the AF is slow (no AF-S) and without zoom or VR it isn’t as convenient to use as a telephoto zoom. For a zoom it usually comes down to the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR at 3.4 lbs and the 70-200mm f/4 VR at 1.9 lbs. Both are great lenses and you could use either depending what aperture vs weight decision you want to make. (I didn’t mention the 70-300mm VR because it is similar to the 28-300mm you already have.)

  138. Hello, I’m a mom who shoots a lot of HS football. I shoot from on the field/sidelines for the team. My son’s JV games are earlier, so the first part is in daylight, but then it’s in the dark under the lights. The team wants me to fill in and shoot for the varsity for a couple of games, which are later, so the whole game is under lights/in the dark. I have a D5000 (need to upgrade), and a 70-300 vr. This set-up works great in daylight but I crank it to HI ISO,and +5 exposure, but it’s too dark for my lens to focus half the time. I cannot use a flash on the field. (The times it does focus, I have to still lighten in photoshop.) Until I can upgrade for real, I was thinking of renting a 750 to try it out for the couple of games they want me to shoot, and use with my 70-300 lens. A 300 mm 2.8 is not in the budget (to rent or own), nor any other lenses at this time. I LOVE my 70-300, but it just doesn’t work in the dark. Do you think it will work to have the 750’s much higher ISO with the slower 70-300 lens and get some workable shots? Will it focus faster with the higher ISO? Thanks so much for your reply!

    1. Hi Cari,
      If you go with a full frame camera like the D750 you will lose some reach. The crop factor of a DX camera is usually preferred when shooting long distance since is gives 1.5X magnification compared with a full frame camera. To get the same framing on the D750 FX camera as the 300mm on your D5000 DX, you’d need to shoot at 450mm. So in upgrading the camera you might also need to upgrade lenses and end up spending a lot more than you intend.
      I suggest considering the D7200 and D500 if you want a new camera. These both offer much improved high ISO capabilities compared with your D5000. The high frame rate and AF system on the D500 are truly superb for shooting sports. Also be aware that any camera will be limited in AF speed with the 70-300mm lens because it is f/5.6 at the telephoto end. So even though the AF is better for example with the newer cameras, the best results would be experienced with a faster lens. For example a 70-200mm f/2.8 with your current camera would improve your shots because it lets more light in which improves AF and it also allows you to shoot at lower ISO.

  139. I appreciate all the info given in these posts!
    I will be purchasing a Nikon D750 very soon. I am thinking of buying the 24-70 f2.8 for getting great indoor shots, portrait shots of my new grandson, some landscapes while hiking and nature shots, all in one lens. Although I think this lens will be great , I’m concerned about how heavy it will be to lug around. Do you have any other lens suggestions without compromising on quality?

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      The 24-70 f/2.8 would be a good all-around lens and its image quality is hard to beat, but you may want something lighter to use outdoors if you do a lot of hiking or backpacking where weight is a concern. When used outside for landscape shots you won’t need to worry about the fast aperture most of time (since you’ll probably be shooting at f/5.8 to f/8) so you can use a smaller, lighter lens. Two alternatives are the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 and 24-120mm f/4. The 24-85mm wins where weight is an issue, while the 24-120mm has a great range if you shoot more telephoto. Perhaps one of those plus a dedicated portrait lens (such as the 85mm f/1.8G) would fit your needs.

  140. Hi, I have AF performance problem with D750 & AF-S 28~70/2,8 D. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.
    D750 AF function with other lenses works fine, as well as AF-S 28~70/2,8 D with other bodies (D600, D700).

  141. I have a Nikon 70-200 F4 and a 16-35. I am looking for a lens to supplement these.
    Would you recommend a 50 mm vs the Nikon 24-70?

    If you recommend a 50 mm., which one would it be.

    1. Some photographers can’t live without a zoom lens that covers the normal range (24-70mm) but it depends on your subject and shooting style. If you shoot landscape you can get away without it, but if you shoot events then you’d probably want the 24-70mm. A 50mm prime is a good choice to fit the hole your current lenses don’t cover. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8G is the best from a performance/price standpoint.

  142. Thanks

    I am shooting landscapes, cityscapes and some people at that range.
    I use my Nikon 300 f4 for most wildlife.

    Would you go for the Sigma over the Nikon 50 mm.

    1. The Sigma 1.4 ART lens is optically superb and has an edge over the Nikon when shooting wide open (especially in the corners) to about f/5.6, past that it has little noticeable difference. It comes at a cost, in both weight and price, but if you want the technically superior lens the Sigma tops the Nikon offerings.

  143. I also have the new 105 F 1.4.
    I enjoy shooting with a prime over a zoom but when I reviewed my photos, I saw that there was quite a range between 25 -70 that I shoot, when walking about.

  144. HI! My husband just gifted me the D750 for our anniversary, as my D70 stopped working years ago (that lovely “CHA” message that won’t go away – I paid to have it fixed – but it never really as fixed – ahhh!) I have the following lenses:

    AF-S Dx Zoom Nikkor ED 18-70 mm f/3.5-4.5G IF – planning to sell since it’s a Dx – I don’t want to mess with a Dx on a Fx!

    AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 D
    AF Micro Nikkor 105 mm f/2.8 D
    AF Zoom Nikkor ED 70-300mm f/4-5.6D

    Will these three work well on the 750, even though they are older?

    My main subjects and area of focus right now are capturing my two young boys (ages 6 and 2) as they grow, as well as general family travel, kids sports, etc. What am I missing and what will work best? THANK YOU!

    1. Hello Heather,

      The three FX lenses you currently have will work on the D750. The main shortcoming of these AF-D lenses compared with newer AF-S lenses is that your lenses do not have internal focusing motors. They rely on the camera body and linkage to control the lens. This means the autofocus performance may not be as responsive or accurate. You may find newer lenses with VR will also provide shrper images when hand-held. Try the lenses on the camera and if you feel these areas are lacking you can look at upgrading to AF-S and VR lenses.

      If you want to replicate the range of the 18-70mm on the D750, you could consider the AF-S 24mm-120mm f/4G which also makes a good all-around lens. The AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED provides longer telephoto similar to your existing lens but adds VR and internal focus motor, however the effective “reach” of all lenses will be slightly less on the FX body. If you’re looking for a portrait lens similar to the 50mm f/1.4, there is an 85mm f/1.4G as well as an 85mm f/1.8G. Both are great performers with the 85mm f/1.8G standing out for its lower pricepoint.

        1. Hi Heather,
          The 24-70mm f/2.8G VR is an excellent lens if you want one lens to do everything from landscape to portraits. The quality and versatility comes at a price and also size/weight. Can it take better portraits then an 85mm f/1.4G or f/1.8G? Not really, since you can’t get quite the subject isolation with the 24-70 f/2.8. If it’s a matter of one lens vs three, the 24-70mm does not cover telephoto so you might still want a telephoto lens in addition. The main thing the 24-70mm gets you is f/2.8 across the range including wide angle. So I wouldn’t recommend it unless you know you need or want that.

  145. … I should also add to the above that we live in Oregon and do a ton of waterfall hiking, etc., so I love to take nature photos a ton as well. Thanks!

  146. Dear AdmnRrecently I bought a Nikon D750 with 24-120 lens. Which additional lens to get for wide angle and telephoto including portrait in addition to above lens.
    Atul Tayeng

    1. Hello Atul,
      For a wide angle lens a good choice is 16-35mm f/4G VR. A less expensive alternative is 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G that covers nearly a similar range but is not quite as wide, but the image quality is nearly the same.
      For telephoto the most similar choice to your current lens is 70-200mm f/4G VR. The less expensive 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens is also an option but it would not handle portraits very well. If you can afford it the 70-200mm f/2.8G VR would be the best, but it is large and expensive.

  147. Dear Admin
    Thanks for your patience.
    In Nikon 16-35 f4 for videography :
    Is amount of distortion in 16 mm same as that much in imaging ?
    Thanks in advance

    1. Lens distortion correction can be enabled for shooting still photos (JPEG), but it is not available for video. So your video may look more distorted as a result.

    1. If you want the best ultra wide then the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED is the lens — less distortion and wider angle, and a larger maximum aperture. Be aware the lens does not have VR and does not take filters directly (however there are 3rd party filter adapters made for it). Samyang makes a 14mm f/2.8 prime that might also fit your needs (and costs a lot less too)

    1. I think you will be impressed with the image quality of the 20mm f/1.8G. It has fairly low distortion, less than the 16-35mm at 20mm. The f/1.8 will be good for video for subject isolation and low light and night shooting.

  148. I do stock photography(still photos only).
    I recently upgraded to D750 + 85mm 1.8G from point and shoot camera as my images were being rejected for softness and noise.
    I mostly shoot landscape, people, portrait, distant subject and occasional wildlife in a zoo during the day. Kindly suggest lens with large DOF for my shooting needs that produces clean, crisp images with low noise that require little post processing.
    Nikon 24-70 and 70-200 f/2.8G are out of my budget.

    1. Hello Dushyant,
      You mention large depth of field (DOF), however I think you mean shallow DOF. Isolating your subject requires a large aperture. Nikon has 17-55mm f/2.8G ED and 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D that are worth consideration and great values when bought used. You might consider 3rd party lenses to fit budget, Sigma and Tamron both make good 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 alternatives. Another way is to go primes, they don’t have quite the versatility of a zoom, but you can have your choice of 20,24,28,35 or 50mm f/1.8.

  149. Shallow DOF is not my requirement. I’ll be using prime for that. I mostly shoot outdoors during the day.
    A zoom lens or two for versatility.

    1. The 70-200mm f/4 is a great lens for its sharpness. If you don’t need the shallow DOF that would be the best alternative to the 70-200mm f/2.8. If that is still out of budget, consider the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, but the lens sharpness drops off especially between 200-300mm.
      The normal zoom you could use 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G VR. or 24-120mm f/4G VR. When stopped down these lenses are extremely sharp.

  150. Thank you so much for the advice.

    How much is the difference in image quality between:

    1. 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G & 24-120mm f/4G in 24-85 range.


    2. 24-120mm f/4G & 70-200mm f/4 in 70-120 range.

    1. Hello Dushyant,
      1. The two lenses are somewhat similar in that range, but the 24-120mm is slightly sharper overall. In the 70-85mm range both lenses lack sharpness especially in the corners when wide open, but get better when stopped down to f/5.6 to f/8.
      2. The 70-200mm f/4G is extremely sharp across the frame, even wide open. The 24-120mm needs to be stopped down to f/8 for optimal sharpness in this range.

  151. Hi Admin.I am about to buy nikon D 750 Camera..I love to shoot Hills,Birds and landscape.Hence Need Zoom lenses Mostly.Pls Suggest would Nikon 28-300 mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR lense would be a Good Choice?or 70-200 mm f/2.8G ED VR II lense though it’s a lesser Zoom by 100 mm ..Plus Nikon 18-35 mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED lens.
    I am Confused Over the Quality Over Zoom Coverage…Pls Suggest.

    With Thanks…..

    1. Hello Joy, The Nikon 28-300mm is a good all around lens but its sharpness and performance is not as good toward the long end 200-300mm. If you want a lens that gives excellent quality throughout its range, the 70-200mm f/2.8 is the best of the lot. The 70-200mm range could be extened with a teleconverter (1.4X, 1.7X or 2.0X) for even longer reach. However its performance combined with the teleconverter may not be ideal. If you are shooting a lot toward the long end of the range, such as birds, then another lens the Nikon 80-400mm f.4.5-5.6G ED VR would probably be more appealing.

    2. Hi Joy, the Nikon 70-200 Lens is among the Nikon’s trinity – the best three lens it has. The other two of the Trinity are 14 -24 and 24-70 f2.8. But all of these have large price tags. So if that is affordable for you , go for them.

      Else we need to find good alternatives. For Hills and landscapes, you will need to use the wider ranges where as for birds its the tele end.

      If you cannot afford the top three you may consider the next range of lenses:
      16-35mm f/4G ED VR. for landscapes ,
      Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G for tele shoots.

      Hope thi helps.

  152. Hi Admin,
    I have d750 with 28-300 & 50mm 1/8g. I am looking for good low-light/night photography lens. I am stuck between Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens & Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8 G as I can’t afford lenses with higher price tag for low light/night. I dont want over lapping with 50 mm. Thanks.

    1. Hi Asha,
      Between those two and considering the lenses you have, I would recommend the 28mm f/2.8. It is significantly different from the 50mm angle of view and gives you more creative options since it is wider. You might consider the 20mm or 24mm as alternatives too, they will open even more options for wide angle beyond the lenses you already have.

  153. Hi,
    I have recently bought a Nikon D750 as my first full frame camera after going through a lot of reviews.
    Now regarding my lenses, I had a 24 -120mm which I used to shoot with earlier, and I have recently bought a Sigma 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG IF wide angle.

    I love to travel and mostly shoot landscapes .

    I am planning to buy a NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens as a fixed lens , since I am reading it has a sharpness good enough for landscapes and also a decent bouquet for portraits.
    Can you verify if this is a good decision ?

    1. Hi Samit,
      The 50mm focal length is a good choice for landscape, especially for detail shots. It also will work for portraits but there is a slight degree of distortion with it which becomes more pronounced the closer you are to your subject. A typical portrait focal length would be 85mm or longer.

  154. Hi, I am so happy that I found this site from Google as I think from scanning thru that the answers are concise, very helpful and come quickly. I am not a pro but I love photography and now, as I’ve just retired, hope to have a lot more time to devote to improving my knowledge and performance. I had been using a d200 and a d90 for years (waiting for a d400 to come to market). I know there now is a d500 but I decided to go full frame and bought the d750 this summer. The lenses I own are the 70-300mm zoom, the 105mm macro and the 18-200mm zoom, all with VR. As you know the latter is a DX lens and I am always forgetting it’s cropping the photo – and cutting off people’s feet or worse, the top half of their heads. I need to replace it. Will I be happy with the 24-120mm with vibration reduction or will I kick myself for not writing a check for the 28-300mm. The type of photography I enjoy is largely to do with travel and candid shots of people though I do get into macro, particularly in the Spring and I love capturing wildlife. And would you recommend getting a teleconverter to increase my range above 300mm, and if so, which one? And does the VR work when using one? Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me. And I wish you a happy holiday season.

    1. Hello Hellen,
      The choice between 24-120mm and the 28-300mm is going to depend whether you want the extra wide angle of 24mm or the extra reach in the 120-300mm range. Overall the 24-120mm is going to give better results in its range, being slightly sharper and less distortion. It also goes wider which can be helpful when working in a tight space or portraying a vast landscape. Since you already have the 70-300mm lens you would have the range covered if you opt for the 24-120mm. The image quality between the 70-300mm and the 28-300mm is comparable. So it boils down to whether you want just one lens to do it all (but give up a little quality and the widest angle), or two. The 28-300mm range on FX is essentially the same as the 18-200mm on DX cameras.

      The Nikon teleconverters do not work with any of the above lenses, but they do work on supported lenses with VR. If you need a lot of reach there is a 200-500mm f/5.6E VR lens. That is probably the least expensive way to get into that telephoto range while still maintaining good quality images.

  155. Hello,

    Thanks for providing such detailed suggestion for Lens options, however, I still have some doubts /queries and need your help on this. I am more into landscapes and travel photography and going to upgrade my D90 with D750, I am thinking in the following direction

    1. Get D750 + 24-120mm f/4G ED VR Auto Focus-S ( Initial purchase )

    and down the line, I want to add following additional lens ( budget limitation as of now )

    1. Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E VR
    2. Nikon 70-200mm

    Please suggest if I am going in the right direction or need any correction.


    1. Hello Umesh,
      The D750 with the 24-120mm would be excellent for landscape and travel, and when bought together it definitely is friendly on the budget. When funds are available you could upgrade to the 24-70mm f/2.8, although I’m not sure how necessary the f/2.8 is for landscape and travel. If you do low light or portraits it makes more sense. It is a slightly better lens overall, but both will give excellent results for the type of photos you mention. There are two versions of the 70-200mm, the f/2.8 and the f/4. The f/2.8 is going to do portraits, sports, wildlife and just about anything well. The f/4 is is lighter and smaller but lacks the f/2.8 aperture, but still a very sharp lens. It is well suited to travel, landscape and even wildlife photos although the f/2.8 is the ideal wildlife lens.

  156. Hi, I currently own a D750 with lenses 70-200 f/2.8, 50mm 1.8, and a 24-120mm f/4. I am looking to do more wide angle shots and have a lens for group family portraits. Should I spend money going with 14-24 since I already have the 24-120 even though at f/4 or should I go with an 85mm or something of that sort?

    1. Hello Abijah,
      The 70-200mm f/2.8 is a very good portrait lens so the 85mm f/1.8 won’t add much to what you already have. It does offer a little more subject isolation but the zoom can get that too if you use a longer focal length. You could use an ultra wide angle lens to cover the range wider than 24mm that would add more range to your current lenses. If the 14-24mm f/2.8 is in your budget, and you don’t mind the size and weight of the lens, it is a wonderful ultra wide angle. There are also 16-35mm f/4 and 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 lenses to consider that are smaller, lighter and less expensive but not quite as wide. With a wide angle you can’t get much subject isolation (unless you are practially on top of your subject), so the large aperture generally isn’t as important there.

  157. Hi Mr. Expert I currently have a 24 /70. 105 mm back foucs. I am doing wedding. Reportage and portrait

    I need a candiit lens. Which is not to heavy but fast and supper Shärp

    I thoought of the 18-200mm DX lens But as I use the d750 I would get the dx cropping What wound you sugest

    The 28 to 300 sounds good as you have recommended it a lot. But Carrying it around wound get a bit heavy

    Pls. Advice. N write to my e mail Many thanks. Hamzee

    1. Hello Hamzee,
      If you want light, fast and sharp only prime lenses will meet all criteria. The combination of 35mm and 85mm could be used. Both f/1.8G lenses together are lighter than a single zoom. With primes you do give up a lot of versatility. If you give up some speed the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR is an option that weighs significantly less.

    1. Hello Sajjaad,
      The sensor should be fine. When you record long video the sensor may heat up which might lead to an increase in noise, which would be noticed only at high ISO. It depends also on your ambient conditions and the heat caused by the battery.

      If you will be shooting hours of video the battery might be of greater concern. I would recommend an external power source or battery grip if you experience issues with the battery. An external video recorder may also be of benefit to remove the in-camera processing and allow you to shoot longer, uninterrupted video.

  158. Hi Admin,
    I have recently purchased Nikon AF28mm f2.8D lens but could not go for G series as I was on a budget. I tested it on D7100 at the outlet and everything worked well. Now when I am trying it with my D750, first it is not mounting before I rotate the aperture ring till f2.8 and then also it is not fitting properly. Secondly, it is not auto focusing and giving error.
    Company representative is saying that it will work once I move the aperture ring to f22. But due to a lock on D750 body, I can’t rotate the focusing ring.
    Kindly help…

    1. Hello Sangeet,
      When using AF or AF-D lenses the focus ring will be locked when the camera is in AF mode. To turn the lens focus ring you must change the lever to MF mode. This is because the lens has no internal focusing motor and must use the camera motor, which will lock the focus ring in AF mode. The lens must also be set to smallest aperture (largest f/ number), f/22 in the case, if you want to control the aperture with the camera body. If you want to use the lens aperture ring instead you can change the camera setting Custom Setting F5 to “Aperture ring.”

  159. I have a 5100 with two kit lenses 18-55 and 55-300. Because of its cropped sensor, I am not happy with the landscape photos that I have been taking with 18-55. I always feel as if, something is misisng in the pictures.

    Later this year I am going on 2 week trip to Glacier National Park. Where I plan to take tons of landscape, wildlife and portrait photos of my family. So I am considering buying D750 and couple of lenses.

    Whether I buy 750 or not, for telephoto I am leaning towards 70-300. For landscape, I am struggling to pick one. I was leaning towards 14-24. But after reading reviews, I felt 16-35 would make more sense as it is almost as good as 14-24 + half the price + lighter. However, it being f/4 I am not sure if it will be a good choice for night photogrpahy. Late last year, I did Northern Lights with my 18-55 at f3.5. The pictures turned out good but I felt f1.8 or f2.8 would have done better.

    As we will be hiking ALOT in GNP, I plan to mount the telephoto on my 5100 as 1.5x conversion will give me better effective range and landscape on my 750 for landscape and portraits. So can you help me choose wildlife and landscape lenses? Later on I do plan to add 35mm prime as my all purpose lens. I mainly do landscape, wildlife and family portraits.

    1. The 16-35mm f/4 is more versatile than the 14-24mm f/2.8 and makes sense for the trip you describe. The D750 has better low light capabilities compared to your D5100, so the results will be better even at f/4. That said, I recommend a prime lens for your night shots such as 14mm f/2.8 (Samyang is an excellent budget option) or Nikon 20mm f/1.8G. The 70-300mm is a good choice for a portable lens. The down side is you may find its sharpness lacking toward the long end. When you stop the lens down it improves, but that limits the usefulness for wildlife. Landscape is not such a problem.

      1. Between 16-35 and 20, which one would you recommend? Also, alternatives for 70-300? I have ~$2,000 to spend on lenses.

        1. 16-35mm will be more versatile and give you many more options for landscape. You could get away with just that zoom and a telephoto zoom (and maybe an inexpensive 50mm in between). The 20mm is lightweight and would be better for night photos, but if you have no other lens in the wide to normal range you will be limited.

          One alternative to the 70-300mm is the 70-200mm f/4. It shines at landscape and can do some wildlife and is very sharp.

  160. After additional research, instead of buying a new camera what if I buy DX 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 for landscape? I’ll still buy 70-300 for wildlife which can be used when I eventually buy 750.

    1. The D5100 with 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 would be fine for landscape. Compared with the D750, the main shortcoming of the D5100 is high ISO performance, but it is generally not an issue with landscape photography. The 70-300mm is a good choice for the DX body as well.

  161. Hi

    I have many lenses one being the 105 micro 2.8, an older one from Nikon. I’ve taken great portraits with it. Would I see any benefit in getting one of the 85mm to use for portraits.

    1. Hi Ken,
      As you’ve discovered, the Micro-Nikkor 105mm 2.8 can be very good for portraits. The main shortcoming will be focus performance. The Macro is built with a large range in the close-up area and especially when using the older AF version when trying to focus at portrait distance it may be slow and hunt for focus. Also, when manually focusing it can be touchy to focus accurately. The focus performance is the main reason to use a dedicated 85mm portrait lens. Another difference is the 85mm will allow you to be slightly closer to your subject, and use a larger aperture depending on the 85mm you choose.

  162. Have you heard any rumours about Nikon making a 500mm 5.6 prime lens, now that they have a 200-500 mm 5.6 telephoto?



    1. Hello Imysam,
      I have heard no rumors of a 500mm f/5.6 prime. Unless the lens incorporates the Phase Fresnel (PF) element design as the 300mm f/4 it would be practically the same size as the existing 200-500mm zoom.

  163. I will be photographing the AZ slot canyons soon with my D750. My current lenses are the 24-120 F/4 and a 70-300 4.5-5.6. I’m considering picking up a 14-24 F/2.8. Thoughts on this please???
    Thank you!!

    1. The 14-24mm f/2.8 would be excellent for tight spaces like slot canyons. It is truly a Pro lens in build quality and performance, the best you can get in that range. The closest comparable alternative would be the Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art Lens which goes 2mm wider but comes a little short of the Nikon’s sharpness.

  164. Hi I just got upgraded from Nikon D 5200 to Nikon D 750.
    I have nikon 50mm, 1.8, Nikon 24-120 AF S VR 3.5-5.6, and Tokina 11-16 mm, DX f 2.8.
    I feel I have portrait lens as 50mm. mid range is 24-120 but its not that fast and tokina is DX lens.
    what are the suggestions for mid range zoom and telephoto lens within a medium budget.

    1. If the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 is in the budget, that is the zoom to get if you want a fast mid-range zoom lens. The older non-VR (produced from 2007-2015) is available for around $1200 used currently. That is about the same cost as new equivalent 3rd party lenses from Tamron and Tokina. If you are shopping for a telephoto, the Nikon 70-200mm f/4 is worth consideration. It’s hard to make a telephoto recommendation without knowing more about what your needs are or type of photography.

  165. Hi sir,
    I have recently acquired Nikon D750 ( body only ) . Using this cam with 200-500 lens and am happy with the performance at my level. Basically I am on to birding.
    will converter / extension help in increasing the reach??
    If so, which one would you suggest. I Don’t have a big budget at this point in time.

    1. Hello Shri,
      The Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 lens can be used with all the teleconverters, however you will only be able to use auto focus with the 1.4x converter because the lens will begin at f/8 with that combination. If you use the 1.7x or 2.0x converter, the lens will not auto focus because the aperture will be too small with that combination (AF only works to f/8 on the D750).

  166. Hi..I’m thinking about going from a d3300 to a d750.
    I have a 50mm 1.8 and kit lenses (18-55 and 55-200).
    I’ll probably have to gave up the kit lenses and keep only the 50mm.
    What you advise for a general everyday/traveling photography here in the beauty Amsterdam, 24-85 or 24-120?
    Another option is to buy the body only, stay with my 50mm 1.8 and buy a 28mm 1.8 and/or 85mm 1.8.

    1. Hello Tiago,
      The 24-120mm is a very versatile lens and is highly recommended for travel photos for the range it provides in one lens. If you don’t need the extra reach of the 120mm telephoto, the 24-85mm is a good alternative and is smaller and lighter. While the set of primes could suit some, most general photography would be easier with a zoom lens that covers the whole range. If you get into serious night photography or portraiture you could prime lenses for that later, to complement your zoom.

  167. Hi Admin I am going to upgrade to FX from Dx and chose Nikon D750 as the best option within my budget. Can you please suggest any good lenses for low light photography as i shoot small parties and events and lot of them are the low light parties. At the moment i have 2 sigma lenses, the 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS and 50mm 1:1.4 DG HSM which i have been using with my current DX body.
    I have heard a lot of good about 24-70mm f2.8 as an all rounder lens ( Tamron being better value than the others). Is there any other similar option that you would suggest as i will be on a bit of tight budget after buying D750 and also would i be able to use any of my existing lenses as a second option on my FX .

    1. Hello Harry,

      Your Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS lens is designed for DX (APS-C) sensor cameras, so it will have dark corners on a full frame sensor camera like the D750. The 50mm 1:1.4 DG HSM however is a full frame lens, so it will be fine on the D750. For budget and low light a prime would be highly recommended, either a 28mm f/1.8G or 35mm f/1.8G should be a good focal length for indoors and low light.

  168. Hi Admin,
    This site is so helpful. I’ve read thro most of the recommendations, but still feel I need to ask…
    I have the D750+the kit lens 24-120mm. I’m a hobbyist that like to shoot landscapes and portraits. Most of my photography is during travel,hiking, sunsets etc. i aspire to shoot the moon,night sky & milkyway too. I’ve seen you recommend the 16-35 mm as versatile wide angle & 14 mm f/2.8 for night shots. My question is
    1) can a 14 mm + the 24-120mm combo cover my wide angle aspirations or is there a single lens (other than 14-24mm f/2.8) that can help?
    2) since I do not have any prime lens (not able to decide between 50 mm or 85 mm) nor zoom…do you have any recommendations.
    can you suggest some budget alternatives as well?
    Thanks and appreciate your help.

    1. Hi Ammvin,
      1) There are some other choices if you go with a third party lens. The one that fits your needs best would seem to be the Tamron SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD. In addition to the kit lens this will fill in a lot of focal range and it is f/2.8 also for your night shots. And it has wide angle covered pretty well.

      2) The best prime to start with would be a 50mm. If buying new the best value is the Nikon 50mm 1.8G for around $200. It is inexpensive and an extremely good performer for the price. Then you can choose if you like it, and add a wider or longer prime to suit your needs. If you buy used, you can also look at 50mm 1.8D AF, or the non-D version. They are around $100 and also a great way to get started with primes.

  169. best image quality and price lenses for me :

    50mm 1.4 d 150 usd group portraits and indoor and night
    75-150 f/3.5 30 usd Al-S Manual lens for general use and portraits same image quaity as 85mm 1.8g for me.

    300mm f/4d af-s 500 usd for sport and excellent outdoor portratis pro .

    I have 85mm 1.8g my first lens , excellent lens for excellent portraits .
    Expensive 450 usd but pro portraits lens . and night

    20 + 85 +300 mm excellent

    35-70 f/2.8 d pro lens 200-300 usd + 300mm f/4d other pro lens. 500 usd done .

    U can see my photos on eyeem dot com.
    my lenses 85mm 1.8g and 75-150 f.3.5

    Notice if you have only body and need cheap lens
    75-150 f/3.5 Al-s 30 usd .
    50mm 1.8d and 70-210 d excellent lenses .
    with for portraits Andoer ttl hss speed light 60 usd . perfect flash .

  170. I currently own D300 and have 18-200 and 10-24 lenses.
    I have a need for full frame camera. That leaves me with choice of either D610 or D750. Question is can I use my present lenses.
    If Not what will the compatible wide angle and variable zoom lens be. Need to use for professional interior and exterior architecture photography

    1. Hello Narain,
      The D750 is newer and has some added features that you may appreciate. You could use your old lenses, but they are only DX and will not cover the entire full frame sensor. As a result they won’t provide full resolution images (fewer megapixels) and have the same equivalent crop as your old D300. You would ideally have the 14-24mm f/2.8 ultra wide for interior shots, and 24-70mm f/2.8 for exterior. Alternatively, the 24-120mm f/4 could be used for exterior shots.

      1. Admin , would you know for sure if the Sigma 18-250 f3.5-6.3 HSM DC would work as a all in one for the d750 camera? Nead to know badly.

        Thank you so much


        1. Hello Donna,
          The Sigma 18-250 is for DX (APS-C) “crop” format sensors. The Nikon D750 is FX “full frame” so the lens will not cover the entire sensor. It can be mounted on the camera but the images will be lower resolution. If you want an all-range FX zoom lens for the D750 camera, it is the Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR. An alternative is the Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD.

  171. Having stepped from my F801 to the digital world and a D750 I am a little disappointed in the results. (Frankly I had excellent results in the past from my FE but that was unfortunately drowned). I have both AF 35-80 1.4-5.6D and AF 28-100 3.5-5.6G lenses though the former usually sat on the film camera. How would the sharpness of the current generation e.g. 24-70 f2.8E or G lenses compare?
    How would the sharpness of the 28-300 3.5-5.6G ED VR compare at the 35-100 end with my current lenses? Would the 24-70 2.8E ED VR be a significant step up in clarity and performance vs my old lenses?

    1. Hello Roy,
      The newer lenses are optimized for digital use and will perform much better on the D750. They will focus faster and more accurately, have less chromatic aberration and sharpness across the frame will improve The 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR would be a tremendous improvement over your current lenses. Even the 28-300 3.5-5.6G ED VR will outperform your existing lenses in the respective focal range. This isn’t to say your current lenses can’t provide good results, but the technical qualities of those lenses are not a good match for the modern capabilities of the high resolution digital sensor.

  172. I just bought a D750 with a 24-120 as a kit. I also bought a 70-300 AF-P. I am not happy with the weight and bulk of the combo (with the 24-120), and now realize I could do just as well (retain total focal length coverage range) with a 24-70 or 24-85, combined with the 70-300.

    If I were to return the 24-120 (which the dealer allows), with what should replace it? No point in doing so unless I get quality at least close to the 24-120 AND significant reduction in weight.

    1. Hello Ted,
      The Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 is a great lens but it is even heavier than the 24-120mm f/4. The 24-85mm VR lens is much lighter, and it is close to the image quality of the 24-120mm. It would be hard to tell the two apart by looking at the images they take.

  173. Hi-
    I’m buying a D750 and own an old AF Nikkor 75-300 mm 1:4.5-5.6 lens. Will this act like the full frame view it does on my old film camera in all lengths unlike when it’s used on a DX camera like my old D7000?

    Also, i shoot landscape, what is a good midrange lens to use for the D750 without carrying too many lenses? I own a 50mm Prime lens…
    Thanks for any help you can give.

    1. Hi Sandi,

      The 75-300mm AF will work and is a full frame lens so it will have no “crop factor” as on your D7000.

      As for midrange, price or focal length?

      For landscape consider the 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 it goes fairly wide and combine that with your prime and zoom. You’d then cover a good deal of focal range.

      For a midrange price lens that is good for landscape and covers the midrange focal length the 24-120mm f/4 would fit the bill.

  174. Hello,

    I have recently bought a d750, I have the 85mm 1.8, which I love it on my d7200, so it’ll be a keeper for sure, probably will take a budget all around, like the 24-85 vr, but I’ll need a longer tele for portraits, what do you recommend? Maybe a 180mm 2.8 from nikon, can be found with 400$, or maybe a 150mm sigma macro, or the 135 DC, but that’s probably is to expensive right now for me, thank you…

      1. Thanks for your prompt reply, that’s way to big and heavy for my needs, I have found a mint 180mm 2.8D for around 420$ :D, but now I have left only 250$ and in this fit only a SH 24-85mm VR, is this much weaker, than the 24-120 f/4?

        Many thanks!

        1. Hello Zsolt,

          The 24-85mm VR is very close in image quality to the 24-120mm f/4. I think you will be pleased with its performance.

  175. And I’m , very please with it, I found one, in like new condition and I can confirm, that is with almost nothing weaker on my D750, than my former d7200 16-80mm combo, thanks for you advice…

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