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Best lenses for Nikon D5600


The Best lenses for Nikon D5600 is selected by our experts. These lenses are perfect and 100% compatible with your camera, the third party lenses mentioned below are also are more affordable and excellent alternatives of expensive Nikon Lenses.
Nikon D5600 camera features excellent core specification and it’s a perfect choice for anyone who wants more controls, power and robustness then entry level DSLRs or some Mid-range DSLRs of current generation. The Nikon D5600 is a perfect balance of resolution and low-light performance. The advance AF system of the camera can track and shoot moving subjects in no-time when paired with perfect lenses.

Best Standard Zoom Lens

Nikon 18-140mm Lens Image

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In general you get two lens options with Nikon D5600 DSLR, 18-55mm and 18-135mm but believe me the 18-140 MM lens is top notch performer and  significantly better than the 18-135mm lens in terms of sharpness and image stabilization. The lens does a blazing fast AF and features internal focusing mechanism makes minimal amount of noise that isn’t noticeable while recording the video. The VR system is also very effective but the lens doesn’t features active VR mode as found in some of the expensive Nikon lenses. we highly recommend You get this lens if you want a perfect solution for your DSLR it’s a all rounder sharp lens under affordable price tag that will satisfy your 99% of daily shooting needs.

Best Standard Prime Lens

Nikon 35mm F1.8 Lens image

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The next the next lens we recommend is Nikon 35mm F1.8. It is one of the best standard Prime lens that Nikon ever made for a DX format DSLR. The 35mm lens is very affordable and its shows excellent sharpness at all aperture range with perfect color and contrast output. The Nikon 35 mm F1.8 lens distortion and chromatic aberration is negligible. The 35 mm F1.8 lens focus is very fast and accurate. The lens performs very well at maximum aperture and produces a very detailed images with excellent colour and contrast in low light levels.

You can also get Sigma 18-35mm Lens if you want to get Prime lens capability in a zoom lens. Sigma 18-35mm lens features 3 prime lenses inside. The 18mm F1.8, 24mm F1.8 and 35mm F1.8. 18-35mm lens image quality is out-standing and it’s look like someone added Zoom ring to a prime lens. We highly recommend you to get this lens, if you are prime lens lover.

Best all-in one Solution

Best Travel Lens

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Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR – Nikon 18 to 300 mm will meet your needs if you want a all in one solution that will going to Virtually cover the entire spectrum of focal length that you will ever need.

Nikon 18-300mm lens image

Image shot using an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR lens

The lens is extremely versatile and it completely switch off the need of changing lens or carrying any other lenses with you. It is actually a full frame format lens so it will going to act as 27-450 mm lens in your DX format DSLR. We highly recommend you to get this lens if you are a travel photographer. The lens cover excellent lens focal length and we haven’t find any major issues with this.

The good: Best ALL-IN-ONE Lens, highly recommended for travel shooters
The Bad: Heavy

The Best portrait lens


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The Nikon 50mm f 1.8G lens it is one of the best standard Prime lens for your DX or FX format DSLR it will going to be the best purchase you ever made for your DSLR. It is amazingly versatile and produces exceptionally sharp images even at Wide aperture. It is the best portrait lens you can get at an affordable price tag. we highly recommend you to get this lens without having any second thought in your mind.

Best Event Shooting / Wedding Lens

nikon 17-55mm lens

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The next lens we recommend is a professional grade DX lens and its name is 17-55 mm f/ 2.8 lens. The lens features SWM focus motor and hence auto focusing of the lens is very fast as well as silent tailored for video and still purpose.

Nikon 17-55mm lens image

Image Captured from Nikon 17-55mm Lens – Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8, one light – sb600 – white umbrella — Sam (Samat) Ayapov

The Lens performance shows you what you get when you spend money on a premium quality of optics. The Nikon 17-55mm lens gives you a top-notch performance across the entire focal length. Even at wide and aperture the lens performance is fantabulous and it is worth to mention that the Nikon 17-55 mm lens is one of the best event shooting lens made by Nikon for DX format DSLRs. The lens sharpness is very good and produces creamy background Blur. Chromatic aberration and distortion is almost negligible in this lens. The performance of the lens is just excellent, the build quality is very high and the output is matchless. But it’s a bit expensive lens for entry level or amateur users, however if you can get… it it is the best event shooting lens till date.

The Good: Super Sharp, Excellent color and contrast output, best lens for general purpose use.
The Bad: Price


Best Macro Lens


Best macro lens image

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Nikon 40mm F2.8 AF-S DX  – The best macro lens for D5600 is 40mm of 2.8 macro lens. The lens is very sharp compact and lightweight it is very easy to handle. 40mm F2.8 is specifically optimized for macro work. And the lens distortion and chromatic aberration is very well controlled and negligible. We can called this lens a economical as well as excellent performer. A perfect balance of price and features. we highly recommend you to get this lens for your New DX DSLR.

The Good: Sharp images, affordable
The Bad: None

Alternative Macro Lens for More Range

If you have a habit of shooting macro subject from a compact camera than 40 MM lens is sufficient for you but if you need a lens that will allow you to work from more distance from your subject that will make subject and you more comfortable is Nikon 85 mm have 3.5 DX lens.

Best Macro Lens #2


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Nikon AF-S DX Macro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED – The Nikon85 mm is very light and compact, the lens also features excellent optical image stabilization and  (SWM) silent wave motor for silent and fast AF operations. We have noticed that VR work very effectively while shooting macro subjects with this lens and you must know that VR becomes your requirement when you are shooting life-size micro images. The 85MM lens can we also used as for portrait work, the lens captures excellent images even at Wide aperture and produces creamy background. We highly recommend you to get this lens.

Best Zoom Lens



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Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens – Best zoom lens for Nikon D5600 camera is Nikon 55-300mm F4.5-5.6 VR.  The lens features SWM motor for silent and fast auto focusing purpose the lens comes with VR II image stabilization system that work very effectively for handheld shooting. The 55-300 mm lens very good choice if you are looking for a affordable and a perfect zoom lens.

Best Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens

Nikon 10-24mm lens image

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Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens – Best ultra wide zoom lens for Nikon DX DSLR is 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens. The lens producers very sharp images throughout the focal length even at wide aperture and lens distortion and chromatic Abbreviation is very well controlled and almost negligible in the JPG images produced by the DSLR. The lens features internal focusing mechanism and hence the front end of the lines Remains static,  the focusing mechanism of ultra-wide lens is perfect for using a polarizer & ND filters

Best Third Party Lens

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Lens

Now we will going to start taking names of best third party lenses available for your Nikon D5600 DSLR right now.


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The best and affordable kit alternative for your DX format DSLR is Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 lens. The Sigma lens produces outstanding images at an affordable price tag.

 Nikon D80 17.0-70.0 mm f/2.8-4.5 --- By Viviana Isca

Nikon D80 17.0-70.0 mm f/2.8-4.5 — By Viviana Isca

This lens is very sharp throughout the entire focal length and produces lovely bokeh while shooting at any aperture. It is an excellent alternative of your standard kit lens and in bonus you will also get a superb macro performance from it. We highly recommend you to get this and replace your traditional 18-55 MM lens if possible.

The good: Best third party kit lens
The Bad: None

Best All-in one Sigma Lens


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The next third party lens we recommend is Sigma 18-250 mm 3.5-6.3 DC macro lens. The perfect and a affordable replacement of your kit lens. We don’t claim that the Sigma lens is the fastest or the sharpest lens but due to its small size, built in optical image stabilization, ability to cover the entire situation with vast focal length and very balanced performance make it a perfect choice for those who are looking for a perfect travel lens under budget budget.

Best Ultra Wide Zoom from Tokina


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If you don’t want to spend $900 on Ultra Wide Angle lens made by Nikon than Tokina T-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens is the best lens for you.


Nikon D7000 11.0-16.0 mm f/2.8 — Eggy Sayoga

The lens features bit less focal length compared to Nikon Ultra Wide Angle lens but u have to pay only half price, the lens is noticeably sharp and features contant F2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range . Nikon’s ultra wide is bit more sharp but it’s visible in only in test conditions, otherwise the Tokina is a perfect solution and believe me it does have the ability to capture stunning shot’s. Good value and worth buying if you want a good but not overpriced lens.


Best Lens Quick Guide

Category Lens Name Price
Best Standard Zoom Lens NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED $496
 Best Standard Prime Lens  Nikon DX 35mm F1.8 Lens  $196
 Best all-in one Solution  Nikon 18-300mm lens  $696
The Best portrait lens  Nikon 50mm f 1.8 G  $216
 Best Event Shooting / Weeding Lens  Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8  $1496
 Best Macro Lens  Nikon 40mm F2.8 AF-S DX  $276
 Best Macro Lens (More Working Distance)  Nikon85 mm have 3.5 VR  $526
 Best Zoom Lens  Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens  $396
 Best Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G $896
Best Third Party Lens  Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Lens  $499
Best All-in one Sigma Lens Tokina T-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens $499


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12 comments to Best lenses for Nikon D5600

  • Inasmuch as D5600 (as well as all APSC sensor cameras) have a crop factor relating to the focal length of the lenses mentioned, NEW CAMERA should refer to the usable lens mm, and not go by the full frame focal length. A 35mm lens on a full frame sensor camera is just that–and is the classic format for photojournalists. On an APSc camera, however, it effectively becomes a 52mm lens–hardly a usable normal lens; and certainly not a wide angle. NEW CAMERA should continually express this.

  • John

    Under the heading of best zoom lens, the 55-300mm is wrongly shown as an FX lens which can work on the D5600. It is only a DX lens

  • admin

    @Rowland Scherman
    The 35mm lens we have discussed here is a DX format lens and hence crop factor isn’t a issue with that particular lens.

    The 35mm F1.8 lens will work as a 35mm lens in your DX format camera, the 50mm F1.8 lens we have mentioned is a FX format lens, but due to it’s AF-S designation it will be fully compatiable with the Nikon D5600 DSLR.
    BTW, the 50mm X 1.5 = 75mm lens, due to crop factor the 50mm lens will act as a 75mm lens in your camera, but as I have said earlier the 35mm lens will remain the same.

    Thanks for the alert John we have fixed the issue, thanks for your input.

  • Tayob

    which lens would be great for portrait and travel in the same time?

  • admin


    If you are talking about best (zoom) lens for Nikon D5600 for travel and portrait then we have two option
    1. Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 Lens
    2. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 ART for Nikon

    Both lenses are great, they are fixed aperture based zoom lenses.So, you can grab low-light shots with maximum details as well as you also CREAMY background blur aka Bokeh.

    I personally recommend you to go with Sigma, since No Nikon lens currently offers a F1.8 aperture zoom lens (they are limited to F2.8 only).

    Best Prime Lens for Nikon D5600 for travel and portrait

    If you are looking for a prime lens then you should get 35mm F1.8 lens for portrait + travel, since its will allow you to cover the entire environment as well as subject with beautiful bokeh. the FX50mm lens will give you 75mm focal length that will be too short for street work.

  • Linda

    Will the 18-140mm lense be a good choice for an all around lense for a novice that would prefer to have only one lense? Or would I also need the 18-55 lense that the camerra usually comes with?

  • admin

    Yes, I recommend you to go with 18-140mm lens with Nikon D5600. The Nikon 18-140mm lens is a perfect all-rounder lens, the image quality of the lens is astounding and sharp through-out the entire focal length.

  • Harikrishnan

    Hi, I have a Nikon D5600 with AF-S DX 35mm 1.8G, AF-P DX 18-55 3.5-5.6G VR & AF-P DX 70-300 5.6-6.3 G ED VR lenses. I sometimes feel the 18mm of 18-55 is not enough wide and considering an affordable wide lens. What are your thoughts for AF-P DX 10-20 4.5-5.6 VR from Nikon!? Also please recommend a travel tripod considering affordable price and carrying ability.

  • admin

    Well congrats on having Nikon D5600 camera and set of Lenses you have is also very usable.

    Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR is a excellent lens if you want to go more wide than your kit lens.

  • admin

    You can get Vanguard Aluminium Tripod or Fotopro for travel purpose

  • subrato

    Best Lens for Macro work with Nikon D5600 camera

  • Picman

    Looking at Lenses for longer shots than 300 ..
    Heard many ideas.. But for the $$$… Without eating my wallet
    What is your Best … Thanks

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