There is an impressive collection of Nikon DX-format cameras on the market—the latest generation includes the entry-level D3300, mid-range D5500, and prosumer D7200. Regardless of your photography experience or style, below are 10 great Nikon DX lenses covering the spectrum from wide-angle to telephoto. Most new Nikon camera models have a built-in distortion correction mode, making it easier to fix the distortion that is common among cheaper zoom lenses. Due to the strength of Nikon’s DX line-up, only one non-Nikon lens made this list. We will continue to update this page as new DX lenses become available, and you can see our detailed below the picks.
Nikon DX lenses are generally smaller and lighter than Nikon FX lenses because less glass and a smaller lens barrel is required to produce an equivalent field of view for a lens that goes on an DX camera, like the Nikon D5300 and D3200 lines, when compared to a full frame camera. Additionally, as mentioned above, the DX line of lenses are generally more affordable.
Choosing the focal length(s) of your lens is central to the buying process. Below is a general breakdown of the focal length ranges you’ll encounter when shopping for Nikon DX lenses (make sure to read the section below on crop factor):
It’s the first Nikon DX lens that comes with Nano Crystal Coating for reducing ghosting and flaring. It’s also the first DX lens to pack an Electromagnetic Diaphragm, which electronically adjusts the lens aperture for consistent exposures during high speed shooting.