Best Lenses for Nikon D5200

Best Lenses for Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200The Nikon D5200 ($596) is a powerhouse DSLR featuring a 24.1-megapixel sensor. The camera is a great value (the new D7100 produces similar image quality and is almost twice as expensive) and one of Nikon's lightest weight DSLRs at 17.8 ounces. Below are the best lenses for the Nikon D5200—Nikon FX (full-frame) lenses are compatible with Nikon DX cameras but their full optical capability and value will not be realized. To offest distortion, the Nikon D5200 has an automatic distortion control mode built into the camera.
 

 

Nikon D5200 Kit Lenses

Many kit lenses are cheaply constructed and with marginal optics, but the Nikon 18-55mm is an exception. The lens does have a plastic mount but captures sharp images, has vibration reduction, and is a terrific value ($100 with the kit). Overall, it's Nikon's best kit lens. Even if you're going to buy an all-in-one lens or combination of other lenses, it's not a bad idea to get the 18-55mm for its portability and ease of use. 
Weight: 9.4 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5 
Pros: Low cost, lightweight
Cons: Plastic mount, some distortion at the wide end
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Nikon 18-105mm lensNikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR ($947 for the kit)
The Nikon D5200 is sold with the Nikon 18-105mm lens for $947 total ($300 with the kit). Unfortunately, the Nikon 18-105mm is an average lens—it can be soft in the corners, has a plastic mount, and the focal length range isn’t particularly useful. The Nikon 18-55mm kit lens above is sharper, cheaper, and lighter.
Weight: 14.8 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Versatility
Cons: Softness in the corners, plastic mount
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All-In-One Lenses

The Nikon 18-200mm is an excellent all-purpose lens for everything from wide-angle shots to close-ups—many people use it as their only lens. The Nikon 18-200mm captures sharp images throughout its range, has vibration reduction, and a sturdy build. It's also lighter than the Nikon 18-300mm below. 
Weight: 19.8 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Versatility
Cons: Some distortion at the wide end
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Similar to the Nikon 18-200mm above, the Nikon 18-300mm is an exceptionally versatile lens that can serve as the only lens in your bag. Aside from being heavy, the optical performance of the Nikon 18-300mm is solid throughout its zoom range. This is the longest-range zoom available for any interchangeable-lens camera system.
Weight: 29.3 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5 
Pros: Versatility
Cons: Weight, some distortion and softness at the ends
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Wide-Angle Lenses

The Nikon 10-24mm is Nikon’s best DX format wide-angle lens. It’s wider and sharper than any other comparable lens and excellent for landscape photography and wide-angle architecture and city shots. As is the case with virtually all wide-angle lenses, there is some distortion at the wide end (10mm).
Weight: 16.2 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Nikon’s best DX wide-angle lens
Cons: Some distortion at the wide end
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Professsionals photographers favor prime lenses, but it’s hard to knock a top-flight zoom like the Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6. This is a high quality and versatile zoom lens covering focal lengths from wide-angle to close-up portraits. The lens is sharp, has fast autofocus, less distortion than the 18-55mm kit lens or all-in-one lenses above, and vibration reduction. The only thing not to like about Nikon the 16-85mm is the price (you will need add a telephoto zoom for a complete set-up). 
Weight: 17.1 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Excellent optical performance
Cons: Cost
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Everyday and Portrait Lenses

Nikon 35mm lens
There aren’t any negative things to write about the Nikon 35mm f/1.8. It’s cheap, captures sharp images, has a durable metal mount, and shoots extremely well in low light. You won’t find a better prime lens for travel, portraits, and everyday life. 
Weight: 7.1 oz.
Max Aperture: f/1.8
Pros: Low cost, lightweight, excels in low light
Cons: None
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Similar to the Nikon 35mm above, the popular Nikon 50mm f/1.8 is a great prime lens at a low price. The lens is sharp, performs well in low light, has a fast and accurate autofocus, and weighs only 6.6 ounces. The 50mm f/1.8 is an FX lens but is fully compatible with DX cameras like the Nikon D5200 with an effective focal length of 75mm.
Weight: 6.6 oz.
Max Aperture: f/1.8
Pros: Low cost, lightweight, excels in low light
Cons: None
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Telephoto Zoom Lenses

NIkon 55-200mm VR lensNikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR ($247)
The Nikon 55-200mm lens is similar in optical quality to the Nikon 50-300mm below but has a plastic mount, is lighter, and cheaper. Of course, it also has a shorter maximum focal length at 200m.
Weight: 11.8 oz.
Max Aperture: f/4
Pros: Low cost, lightweight
Cons: Plastic mount
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 Nikon 55-300mm lensNikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR ($397)
The Nikon 55-300mm is the top telephoto zoom for DX cameras. The lens captures sharp images, good colors, and features vibration reduction (camera shake can be an issue with long zoom lenses). We like the extra 100mm of zoom range, which can make the difference for wildlife and other close-ups.
Weight: 18.7 oz. 
Max Aperture: f/4.5
Pros: Versatility
Cons: Autofocus can be slow
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