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Nikon D5200 Recommended Lenses

Nikon D5200 Recommended LensesWe created a list of best and affordable lenses available for D5200 DSLR, take a look at the D5200 Recommended lenses and ask your questions to us.

All lenses listed here are fully compactible with your DX format D5200 DSLR and will do Full time AF in Still and Video mode, we only have one FX format lens in our list – 50mm F1.8 for portrait purpose, Since we have no other option (no 50mm lens available for DX format camera from Nikon). But keep in mind that 50mm F1.8 lens is a AF-S Lens and it will do AF with your D5200 DSLR.

All-rounder / multi-purpose lens for Nikon 5200

Nikon 18-105mm AF-S DX f/3.5-5.6G ED VR – AFFORDABLE

multipurpose lens for nikon d3200

Buy 18-105mm AF-S DX ED VR Lens from Amazon

The Nikon 18-105mm all rounder lens, the is affordable compared to Nikon D18-200mm (Below) and a good all-rounder travel zoom lens. The sharpness is excellent at wide and tele-end and comes with 1 ED and 1 aspherical lens element, the lens features nice bokeh, Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization to helps you to capture sharp images under low-light condition.
The Good: Covers wide range, sharp at wide and tele-end and affordable lens,
The Bad: Minor chromatic aberrations and lens aberration


Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II lens

all rounder lens for Nikon D3200

Buy Nikon 18-200mm ED VRII Lens from Amazon

With Nikon 18-200mm you get more range but you have to pay more money, the features excellent sharpness at tele and wide end, Lens also comes with second generation VRII image stabilization. The bokeh of this lens is nice and smooth and on the core specification side we have 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements, 3 aspherical lens elements to correct chromatic aberrations and lens aberration, Zoom lock switch, Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) to reduced flare. Overall the Nikon 18-200mm is best travel lens for Nikon D5200 DSLR.
The Good: Covers a wide range, sharp at wide end and tele end, at 18mm image quality at corner is bit soft, VRII image stabilization system.
The Bad: Price & bit heavy.


Zoom Lens for Nikon D5200

Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

zoom lens for Nikon D3200

Buy Nikon 55-300mm ED VR AF-S DX Amazon

Nikon 55-300mm lens image quality is excellent and  available at $399, the lens captures sharp images at tele-end and wide-end and features VRII image stabilization, The lens is made up of 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements to minimize to chromatic aberrations, HRI (High Refractive Index) Lens Element, New Tripod Detection Mode to stop optical IS when Tripod is used, Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast, accurate and quiet autofocus and 7-blade rounded diaphragm provides more natural out-of-focus blurred background. Nikon 55-300mm is Excellent Zoom Lens for Nikon D5200 DSLR.
The Good: Excellent Image Quality, 300mm range and Affordable
The Bad: Minor distortion issue at tele-end as other zoom lenses.

Portrait Lens for Nikon D5200

Nikon 50mm AF-S F1.8 FX Lens

portrait lens for Nikon D3200

Buy Nikon 50mm AF-S F1.8 Lens from Amazon

Nikon 50mm AF-S F1.8 FX Lens will work as a (50 X 1.5) 75mm lens in your D3100 DSLR due to sensor crop factor, in-return you get more working distance and creamy background blur in your images. Recommend for anyone who is beginner in photography and interested in first prime lenses for portrait and low light shooting.
The good: excellent image quality, sharp images with smooth background.
The Bad: None

We have one more recommendation here, Nikon 35mm F1.8 covers more range and suitable for friends and family shooting under low light condition, you can also use Nikon 35mm as a portrait lens.

Macro Lens for D5200

Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX
Macro Lens for Nikon D3200

Buy Nikon 40mm F2.8 AF-S DX from Amazon

Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX is Highly recommended lens for your Nikon D3200 DSLR, the 40mm lens gives razor sharp images, excellent background blur (Bokeh) and features Nikon SWM motor for fast and accurate Auto focus. The 40mm lens can be also used for portrait and low-light photography.
The Good: Sharp images, affordable
The Bad: None

Wide angle Lens for Nikon D5200

Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX
wide lens for Nikon D3200
Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX is the best Wide angle Lens for Nikon D3200, the 10-24mm is a DX format lens made for DX format camera like Nikon D3200 and D5100, the lens images are sharp and it captures excellent color and contrast, the lens comes with Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements to fight with chromatic aberration and Three aspherical lens elements to minimize coma and other types of lens aberration.
The 10-24mm lens offers Close focusing to 0.8 feet and Internal Focus (IF) with Nikon SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast and pin-point focusing.
The Good: Solid Build, Image quality and sharpness.
The Bad: Price

42 comments to Nikon D5200 Recommended Lenses

  • Vijay GV

    Can u recommend me one good sensor cleaning kit for nikon Dslr

  • admin

    You can buy Digital Survival KIT – Sensor Swab Type 2 (w/Eclipse) from Amazon.

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  • Vijay GV

    can u recommend me to buy in am Indian site

  • Vijay GV

    Is D5200 really has HDR photography option

  • Patrick Bowman

    I am thinking of buying a 18 – 300 lens for a Nikon d5200.
    Is this a good choice – what are the pitfalls?

  • shreyas mandhare

    Hello admin! I have 18-105mm lense and I’m unable to make heart shaped bokeh. Plz advice me the perfect size to cut out!
    Aperture value 3.5
    I cut out 7mm sized heart bt I can see the cut bt not through it
    Plz help

  • admin

    You need Fast Aperture lenses, Buy 50mm F1.8 for good bokeh.

  • shreyas mandhare

    Thnx for d advice!
    But does dat mean I won’t be able to get heart shaped with 18-105mm lens??

  • Thanks for the post; I’m considering a d5200 and will probably just get the body and get the lens (18-200mm) as per your recommendation.

  • benjamin

    hi i am using a d5200 and i not so good at choosing a lens for a zoom lens i am new to photography, so which one should i choose a 28-300 or 55-300 which one should i go with i am using a 18-55 kit lens and i need a upgrade please help.

  • Satish

    Hi i am using a d5200 and i am new to photography, I Need to buy a Zoom Lens ..please advice me for buying a Zoom lens to get best Macro enabled photos

  • admin

    Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX is a excellent zoom lens,
    Buy if you want Macro Images you have buy a macro lens as mentioned above in the article.

  • Manan

    Thanks for your article but I have one question for zoom lens

    Is Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm F/4D IF ED Lens & Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G IF-ED will support for Nikon D5200.

    I want to buy zoom lens for my D5200 but confused for auto-focus.

  • suresh pandey

    pl recommend shoot for sports cricket which lens can be recommended

  • admin

    @Manan all AF-S lenses will do AF with your D5200 camera.
    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm F/4D IF ED Lens and Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G IF-ED will do AF when mounted on Nikon D5200.

    @suresh pandey
    Budget is the most important for selecting you lens, In affordable range you have Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX
    in high range (and highly recommended) you have AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II

  • Hi,
    I’m Sawan. I’m going to buy Nikon D5200 by next month but bit confused over the lens. 18-55mm lens comes as standard. Can anyone suggest some better lens than standard 18-55? I’m a beginner in photographer and want to take it as profession. I have a budget of 10-12K for lens.

  • admin

    18-55mm is a must have lens for DSLR shooters, after that the most important lens is prime lens for everyday use us Nikon 35mm F1.8

  • Daniel

    Hi Admin, i have a d5200 with 18-300mm lense. its very hevy as a reason planning to buy another all time lense. can you plz suggest me which lense will be better for me. Thanks..

  • saurabh

    i have dsl5200 with 105mm lense but putting into low ISO, i m not getting sharp images. pls suggest .

  • admin

    Low ISO will put camera shutter to a low speed, use tripod if you are using low ISO, or keep shutter speed higher than 1/125

  • mohan

    Hi ,
    I Plan to Buy D5200. I use to Take Home Photos,Group Photos,Natural Photos
    1.Which lens I need to Choose ?(AF-S 18-55 mm VR Lens or AF-S 18-105 mm VR Lens or AF-S 18-200 mm VR Lens)
    2.Did i need to Buy 35mm F1.8 For Regular Photos ?
    Hi Admin Can u please explain each important Lens ,that we will get Clear Idea please ?

  • admin

    The 18-200mm VR could be the only lens you ever need, 18-200mm VR is a all rounder lens and better than AF-S 18-55 mm VR Lens or AF-S 18-105 mm VR Lens.

    You can buy 35mm or 50mm lens (both are portrait lenses) to get portrait images with excellent background blur.

  • Shaji


    I own a Nikon D5200 with an 18-140. Have always wanted a prime lens. Would it make sense to go for an AF lens sans the autofocus motor (I do understand my camera does not have an inbuilt autofocus motor and I’ll have to shoot it in manual).Wanted to figure out if this is a viable option or should I be putting in more dough – opting for an AF-S lense instead? Appreciate your time.

  • Bill

    I have the kit 18-55 lens, I bought the 55-300, which is amazing…is my kit lens worth replacing with the 35 or 50? They are both around 200…are the portrait pics that much better? If they are I will buy one, which one do you recommend?

  • admin

    Please keep in mind both are prime lenses (fixed focal length), Nikon 50mm will give professional quality output but 50mm gives you very limited range (perfect single person portrait) and 35mm F1.8 lens is perfect for friends and family (group) portrait and covers a wide range.

  • Aisha

    It has been suggested to me by a few photographers, one professional, that I should think to buying the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens. It is almost $1900. I hear it blows away the competition. But being knew to dslr photography, I’m not sure about spending that much money on a lens. Do you have another option that will give great pictures as well but won’t break the bank?

  • suren

    Dear admin,
    I’m planning to buy D5200 with 18-55 mm lens kid, I planning to get good zoom lens for wildlife photography. which lens is good 55-300 or VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF ED ? But it’s cost around INR 31000 it’s good worth money? Please advise.
    Thanks in advance.

  • admin

    Both zoom lenses are good but 70-30mm will give you more range, spend on lenses and camera that you need… may be a compact zoom camera will fullfill all your need and cost less, for example Nikon P600 or Canon SX60 HS

  • Navin

    my friends are using 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor lenses are the output is really outstanding but the cost is ranges from 60k to 110k Rs.Please suggest some best lens for my D5200 at affordable price and picture quality close to 24-70 lenses.

  • Navin

    Tamron AF 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD IF Aspherical Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens and nikon 18-200 VR lens (as mentioned in the buying guide) same .Does both these lenses give the same image quality.can i buy the tamron lens ,does it serve the same purpose as nikon lens as the tamron lens is way cheaper.

  • hi admin im new in photography.
    i have to buy a new dslr. pls suggest me which 1 will b better for me
    nikon d5200 or d3300 ????

  • admin

    Nikon D3300 is best for starting photography.

  • Spike Pitchford

    Hay I need your advise I have bought the nikon d5200 and it is amazing I have a few different lens for different purposes but I’m looking to start doing star trail photography so I need a lens with a low F … Aperture what would you recommend because I’m worried the F1.8 won’t be sufficient enough !!!
    Please help

  • jingle

    iam new to photography,i want pictures with purely blured background! please suggest me some lenses which can blur background completely

  • maddy

    im plannning to buy a prime lens, which will be better 50mm or 35mm to get better quality pictures?

  • Angeline

    suggest me a best lens for nikon d5200 for zooming ? & which is best either Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon-f or Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR ??

  • Monti

    Hi….as a professional Photographer Iam using Nikon D5200 with 18-105mm lens since 1 year… now i am planning to have candid photos for wedding,, Pls suggest me good combo lens for candid…

  • Hii admin… I m using Nikon d5200.. Is panning photography available through dis

  • Neha

    Hi Admin,

    I have Nikon D5200 with basic lens of 18-55 lens. However, the images comes out good, and I love them..But recently I have been working on wedding assignments, can you please suggest a lens for that occasion ?

  • admin

    Neha I recommend you to get a constant aperture zoom lens for wedding assignments.

    Affordable – Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C Sensors

    Best – Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon

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