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Nikon D5100 Recommended Lenses

The lens that Nikon gives with your camera 18-55mm is a very good and sharp lens, Now the question is How to choose your next Nikkor lens ?: what kind of photos do you want to take? Read our recommended lens article and get your answer,

Recommended Portrait lens for D5100
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens, Best and affordable all purpose prime lens for Nikon D5100 , this lens is prime lens(non-zoom) and more faster and sharp than the basic kit lens. the 35 mm lens gives you a classic 35mm format and you can use this lens for street photography, for shooting a family event or single / group portraits.
The good – Excellent image quality.
35mm price – $199.00(approx) Buy it from Amazon || $199.95(approx) at  B&H

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S
Nikon 50mm is a FX format lens and will act as 75mm lens in your Nikon D5100 DSLR (due to 1.5X crop factor), the lens gives you a very less working area but highly recommended if you want to shoot professional looking portrait with your DX format camera.
Nikon 50mm lens price – $229 Buy it from Amazon | $216 (approx) at B&H



Recommended Zoom Lens for D5100

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR The Best Zoom lens available under $250(street price), the images are sharp and VR (Image Stabilization) works perfectly.
The Good – from Price POV the lens is sharper and a excellent performer, Drawback – Auto Focus is bit slow .
55-200mm Price – Available Under $250, Buy it from Amazon || Price: $224.95 at

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens, Auto focus is faster than 55-200mm VR lens, very low or no Chromatic aberration even at 300mm, This lens is remarkably flare resistant and Bokeh quality excellent at f/8 (aperture).
The good – Very good optics and VR works perfectly, Drawback of this lens are same as other zoom lenses, Images taken at 300mm images are bit soft.
Nikon 70-300mm Price – $549.00, Buy it from Amazon || Price: $519.95 at

Travel Lens – Nikon 18-200mm VR
This lens covers all your requirements from wide to standard zoom lens, the optics is really very good and good for outdoor use.
The Good – Very good optics and covers a very good range. Drawback? In low light you need a good flash, some minor distortions, A bit expensive and heavy.
18-200mm price -Available Under $850 at Amazon || Price: $799.95 at B&H

160 comments to Nikon D5100 Recommended Lenses

  • Di

    Hi Admin,
    I’m looking for an all round lens for my Nikon D5100. Already have an 18-55 & 55-200. Have thought about adding either Tamrom 18-270mm 0r 16-300mm for our next trip away end of March. Your thoughts or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks heaps

  • admin

    I recommend you to get 18-270mm Lens.

  • Sarvan Lal

    I’m planning to buy 70 to 300 mm nikon for D5100. Suggest me.
    I’m into wildlife n portraits.

  • admin

    @ Sarvan Lal
    70-300 mm lens is a versatile and affordable

  • Jackie G

    Need zoom lens for kids sports . mostly outdoor. Suggestions?

  • admin

    Nikon Nikon 55-200mm is perfect lens for your camera and will work effortlessly without an issue.
    The other alternative is Nikon 70-300mm, with 70-300mm you will get more zoom range.

  • Priyabrata Hazra

    Sir, With my D5100 which lens is suitable 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX (Telephoto) or 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX 9(Prime).

  • admin

    Both lens are same – 35mm F1.8G AF-S DX Prime

  • Dee

    I still own the D5100 Nikon. Wondering if I should purchase I sport lens or should I go advance to Nikon. D500. I had D5100 for years now. What shall I do?

  • admin

    Better to get a new camera, if possible get Nikon Z50. Since, new mirror-less camera have Hybrid AF sensors with advance AF system.

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