Best Lenses for Nikon D5300

Best Lenses for Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300The new Nikon 5300 ($797), which will be one of the top DSLRs heading into the new year, has been released and is set to begin shipping on November 14, 2013. Compared to the Nikon D5200, the 24.2-megapixel sensor on the Nikon D5300 does not have an anti-aliasing filter, which should allow for more detail, and the camera shoots 1080/60p HD video. Below are our picks for the best lenses to pair with the Nikon D5300, from the kit lens to telephoto zooms.

 

Nikon D5300 Kit Lenses

Many photographers prefer the ease of carrying one walk-around zoom lens instead of multiple prime lenses, and this class of lenses has improved in quality. The new Nikon 18-140mm performs well and has a considerably longer zoom range than the 18-55mm or 18-105mm kit lenses offered with other Nikon DSLRs. It also comes with vibration reduction. The downsides of the 18-140mm lens are weight and distortion (the Nikon D5300 does have an automatic distortion correction mode).
Weight: 17.3 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Versatility
Cons: Distortion
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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 lens captures sharp images throughout its range, has vibration reduction, and a sturdy build. It's also lighter than the Nikon 18-300mm all-in-one lens below.
Weight: 19.8 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Versatility
Cons: Distortion, particularly at the wide end
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For those who want to cover virtually the entire spectrum of focal lengths without changing lenses, the Nikon 18-300mm is the choice for you. The Nikon 18-300mm is exceptionally versatile with the longest zoom range of any interchangeable-lens camera lens. Aside from being heavy at almost 30 ounces, the len's optical performance is solid throughout and it has vibration reduction for hand-held photos.
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, architecture, and wide-angle city shots. As is the case with virtually all wide-angle lenses, there is some distortion at the wide end.
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 other zoom lenses, and vibration reduction. The only thing not to like about Nikon the 16-85mm is the price.
Weight: 17.1 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5
Pros: Excellent optical performance
Cons: Cost
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Everyday and Portrait Lenses

If you're in the market for an economical lens to pair with the Nikon D5300, the Nikon 18-55mm is a great value at under $200 (because of its weight, we prefer this lens with one of the telephoto zooms below over the 18-140mm kit lens). The 18-55mm lens does have a plastic mount but captures sharp images, has vibration reduction, and distortion can be corrected in-camera. 
Weight: 9.4 oz.
Max Aperture: f/3.5 
Pros: Cost, weight
Cons: Plastic mount, some distortion at the wide end
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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 D5300 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 of 200m.
Weight: 11.8 oz.
Max Aperture: f/4
Pros: Low cost, lightweight
Cons: Plastic mount
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The Nikon 55-300mm is the top telephoto zoom for DX-format cameras. The lens captures sharp images, good colors, and has 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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