Nikon published an updated list of recommended lenses for the D800E camera


When the D800/E cameras were announced last year, Nikon released a technical guide which contained a list of recommended lenses for the D800E model (page 16). Several new lenses were announced since and recently Nikon published an updated new list of "lenses that offer excellent resolution" for the D800E:

  • AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED ($1,996.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED ($1,886.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II ($2,396.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR ($1,396.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR ($1,256.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR ($596.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR ($1,296.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II ($6,749.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED ($1,999.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G ($696.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G ($1,619.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G ($1,649.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G ($496.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II ($5,819.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II ($5,799.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR ($8,999.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR ($8,399.00)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR ($9,799.00)
  • AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED ($549.00)
  • AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED ($899.00)
  • PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED ($1,999.00)
  • PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED ($1,899.00)
  • PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D ($1,829.00)

The first thing you will notice is that there is not a single 50mm lens on that list. Even the newer 50mm f/1.8G version is not listed. It seems that the gold ring still has a meaning in Nikon's nomenclature. I personally was surprised that the 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G lens that doesn't have a gold ring was also listed. Tomorrow DxOMark will release its test results for that lens and we will be able to compare it with other Nikkor lenses.

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  • daniel

    I wonder why there is no Tamron 24-70 f2.8 😛

    • No longer Pablo Ricasso

      Ha ha ha.
      And to all you whiners out there…
      Did you really think they were going to recommend that you buy lenses that they are no longer producing? Or maybe recommend other brands of equipment?
      * It’s just a list.


    How the hell is the 300mm F4 AF-S not there?

    • Plug

      Too right, it is an excellent lens if it needs updating with VR and prhaps DO.

      • No longer Pablo Ricasso

        You know what they can DO with DO.

      • fjfjjj

        Don’t worry, soon Nikon will be releasing the 400mm f/4E FL G ED-IF AF-S VR N Bellows-Nikkor.

    • gsum

      Yes very strange since it’s a top quality current lens.

    • fjfjjj

      Dear Nikon User,
      Our list of lenses which offer excellent resolution with the Nikon D800 and D800E is not based on resolution alone. Factors include profit margin, current manufacturing production capability, and the existence of a Wikipedia fanpage (article) about the lens. We hope you will consider replacing your older professional constant-aperture AF-S lenses with newer lenses without testing first. The totally opaque and undocumented “perceptual megapixel” (P-MP) measure offered by DxOmark should help you make your decision.
      Nikon Customer Support Mumbai

      • Ha! Excellent.

      • Indeed, DxO’s “results” are arguable to say the least. I prefer to look at slrgear and photozone’s result. They may not be perfect, but average the results from one and another and you’ll know if your new lens will suffer from CA, vignetting, distortion or a lack of resolution or not. Putting lenses like the 24-120 and 24-85 on this Nikon list is just making things very unclear… Does Nikon REALLY cares about the customer getting the most out of his D800?

    • No longer Pablo Ricasso

      They probably didn’t include it because there is a new and much better lens in the pipeline. And the same might be true for the 50’s. I know the 50s are fairly new, but if you look back, they have probably been updated more times than any other lens.

      • Global

        Uh.. maybe they meant “Other than the 50mm, which we KNOW you already own.” Or maybe it has to do with light-fall-off……

  • Guest

    Good to see that Nikon states that the PC-E lenses work with the D800/E.

    • neonspark

      technically the 24 PC-E lens works great except if you rotate it on a certain direction. off course you can rotate it the other direction to achieve the same photo but it feels like they should have thought about that lens when they made the D800 flash extrusion. they were just a little too close to the mount.

      • Mr. Mamiya

        I never found that limiting in practice. You’re working from a tripod anyway. If you don’t like that, the D3/s/x or D4 is for you. 😉

        • neonspark

          the point being, Nikon’s engineers could have designed the D800 so that it can keep the flash, yet support that lens. after all, they knew the lens existed when they designed the D800 so there is no excuse.

          • Mr. Mamiya

            Sure they *could*. But I guess this would mean a bigger housing for 100% of the D800 users, of whom only 1% ever use a 24mm PC-E lens. The 45mm and 85mm just work fine.

            Once I tried to mount the 24mm on my D3100 backup camera because my D700 was for a repair. It doesn’t mount at all because of the flash housing! That was much more severe because I was on an actual job.

            • neonspark

              including the flash already made the housing bigger so they should have no problem finding out a way to clear the 24mm PC-E knob. That or just do away with the mediocre pop up flash.
              I’m ok with the low end cameras not supporting this lens. But IMO all full frame Nikon cameras should. After all, if you shoot architecture, the 45 and 85 are not substitute to the 24. one may even venture to guess that if the 17mm PC-E seen on patents comes to life, the D800 will be hosed yet again.
              if Nikon had another 36MP body to choose from, then I’d agree, go buy it. But as it stands, they tout the camera’s detail for studio, landscape and architecture…and yet you have to put up with silly clearance issues with one of the most popular architecture and landscape lenses.

    • Mr. Mamiya

      They did publish some sample shots made with the 45mm PC-E when they released the D800/E. If it was good enough to show off how fantastic the new cameras were, it should have made it onto that list in the first place.

      They should do a refresh of the PC-E lineup, though. The 24mm becomes quite weak when shifted, and the all could use independent tilt and shift rotation.

  • PaulO

    85 1.8 doesn’t have a gold ring either… the 50mm 1.8 is amazing as well. Of course nikon doesn’t make a load of money on that lens either.

    • Hessephoto

      1.8g is not very sharp on d800. I’ve got both, throw on 24-70 and sharp as can be.

      • Jorge

        I use both the 50 1.8 and th 24-70 F2.8. I just back from Nikon Melville the 24-70 as I shot some comparo shots against the 50mm, both at 50mm, F5.6, tripod, live view, and the 50 1.8 was waaay sharper. The 24-70 NOW is better, but I feel my 50 is sharper still.

  • Paul

    This is just marketing to get people to buy the newest lenses. Plenty of last generation lenses work just fine.

    • Drazen B.

      Some plain good sense, finally someone who’s thinking clearly and car read thru the marketing bull, ignoring the hype.

      Sure the latest and greatest Nikkor glass is something to aspire to but the well made, proven and optically great older generation lenses are still a great match to even the D800/E models.

    • Jorge

      Agreed. Marketing hype. My 50 1.8 is awesome on the D800

  • Plug

    I’m surprised the new 18-35 isn’t on this list, reviews seem very positive. That with a Zeiss 15mm seems to cover most wideangle bases for landscape where low f numbers are not too important, filters are easily used and not too bulky when travelling.

  • is there a similar list for Nikon D5100

    • Deep_Lurker

      What I’d like to see is a similar list (or better yet multiple lists, from multiple sources) for the D3200, D5200, and D7100 – the 24MP DX bodies.

  • Kender41

    Where is new 2700USD priced 80-400?

    • It’s a new lens – they probably have to update the list.

      • danpe

        800 is also missing 🙂

        • Yep, I am sure it’s good enough for the D800E – it’s supposed to be one of the sharpest Nikon lenses ever produced.

  • olidie

    So the AF-S 50mm/1.4 didn’t make it in the list. Probably too cheap.

    • the f/1.8 version is even cheaper and has better sharpness

      • Jorge

        True Dat

  • John

    So, they basically are saying that you should buy our AFS lenses for your D800 even if some of them in reality are, shall we say, less than spectacular in terms of sharpness. Total marketing ploy since it’s not based on reality. Sure many of those lenses listed are sharp at 36MP, but some are not so sharp, especially in the corners . . . .

    • neonspark

      you mean Nikon has a hidden agenda of selling products!!!
      JUST IN!

  • Pat

    I am surprised the new AF-S 80-400 VR isn’t on the list.

    On my D800E, shooting 400mm wide open at f/5.6 the pictures are darn sharp. At distance it resolve as well as any of the constant f/2.8 and f/4 zooms.

    • Because if that was on the list why would they ever sell the 400 again? Sure it’s faster, but I don’t know many people who don’t stop it down anyway, to get more DoF.

  • MrSkelter

    People are being paranoid. Nikon aren’t saying:

    1. Other lenses won’t work.

    2. Other lenses aren’t good.

    They are saying.

    “We’ve tested every lens we have as we’re in the middle of building even higher resolution sensors and have a plan to continue doing so for years to come. With our highly specialised equipment we can see areas of weakness in a number of the lenses we currently sell when used on the D800e and other high-resolution bodies. Though these flaws often aren’t serious, we intend to address them. To prevent people who mange to replicate and spot these flaws we’re offering guidance on lenses that work well with all planned resolutions going forward. We are ensuring professional lenses going forward are compatible with high MP.”

    • fjfjjj

      No, that’s what you hope they’re saying.

      • Ronnie T

        Haha, good reply.

      • MrSkelter

        Oh dear. I don’t own a lens that’s not on their approved list but that’s coincidence. I don’t shoot zooms and own some of the best primes in Nikon’s arsenal.

        There’s a reason expensive lenses are expensive. The best Nikon lens I own is the 200mm f2 VR2. It may not be worth $6K but it’s certainly better than any of the $2K lenses I have.

        If you buy cheaper glass and love it – great. Be happy. Just don’t try to pretend anything you can’t afford is ‘hype’. You sound bitter.

        • fjfjjj

          I own the 28–70 f/2.8 and 17–35 f/2.8. Is that cheaper glass?

          • MrSkelter

            It’s midrange price-wise if you look at the line-up.

            The only point I made is that not all Nikon lenses work equally well on the D800e. Why is that controversial for Nikon – not me – to state? The responses here are insane. “IT’S A CONSPIRACY!”

            Anyone who shoots Nikon knows the 50’s are all dreck. Similarly zoom shooters have different standards for ‘awesome’ than people who shoot the best primes.

            Finally – who said it’s about sharpness? Not Nikon. They have simply made recommendations. It could be about CA or even electronics.

            • fjfjjj

              Nikon would do well to state what this list really means. It’s still vague. Your comment about what they’re really saying shows good imagination, but it’s a wishful overinterpretation. The reality is not so pure.

            • fjfjjj

              Incidentally, those were the most expensive Zoom-Nikkors in their focal length range when I bought them. “Midrange price-wise”? Nah.

            • MrSkelter

              Nikon sells many, many lenses for over $2,000. Zooms aren’t considered the premium lenses in any length except – arguably – the UW you didn’t buy.

              Affordable = $0~$500
              Midrange = $500~$1500
              Expensive = ~$2000+

              $1,500 isn’t that much to spend on a lens. I hate to burst your bubble.

            • fjfjjj

              You haven’t burst my bubble. I own cine lenses that cost over $10k. I still think your interpretation of Nikon’s announcement is a fantasy. Good luck.

            • MrSkelter

              If you own $10K lenses and think $1,500 is midrange for a Nikkor I have no words.

              You clearly think Nikon stands to gain by giving erroneous recommendations about its own products. That’s nuts.

              FYI. I work with – not for – Nikon and every other major camera manufacturer. I happen to know what I’m talking about. Where do you think these rumors come from?

            • fjfjjj

              I never said those lenses were mid-range price-wise. I also never said the information is erroneous. Try reading what I actually write. I still think your interpretation of Nikon’s announcement is a fantasy. Good luck.

            • fjfjjj

              P.S. There are lots of idiots who work with imaging companies. I work with Nikon and Arri. It doesn’t mean shit.

            • MrSkelter

              “P.S. There are lots of idiots who work with imaging companies. I work with Nikon and Arri. It doesn’t mean shit.”

              Thanks for the clue, I think I know who you are.

            • fjfjjj

              I never said that Nikon lies, and I never said their announcement was a fantasy. I said your interpretation was a fantasy. Again, you’re making stuff up and attributing it to me, which makes it pretty obvious who you are also. Once again, I think they’re not being specific enough with this recommendation. I think it’s vague. I think your interpretation of it is overly simplistic. And I think Nikon’s endorsement of DxO’s opaque P-MPix metric through their partnership with that operation is shameful.

            • MrSkelter

              1. I accept your apology.

              2. How is DxO in partnership with Nikon exactly?

              3. What’s simplistic about Dx0’s testing and how is it inaccurate?

              4. What’s simple about saying – “Their list is correct and based on Nikon’s internal testing”. People are reading it as a measure of sharpness – there’s more to it than that.

            • MrSkelter

              You keep saying believing Nikon is being honest about some lenses working better with the D800e than others is fantasy. Why?

              Also why is believing Nikon ‘fantasy’ and believing you wise? I guess you know best right?

              Finally when have Nikon been shown to lie on the record before about their product?

            • MrSkelter

              I don’t need to wish anything. I don’t own any lenses I’m not happy with and all my Nikons are on the list. If they weren’t I wouldn’t care. I don’t see any flaws I can’t handle.

              The only alternative to my interpretation is a conspiracy by Nikon to talk down some of its own glass for weird reasons. Tinfoil hat nonsense.

              Only amateurs think photo-quality and lens-quality are the same thing. My lenses aren’t holding me back.

          • No longer Pablo Ricasso

            They’re not going to recommend you buy a 28-70 because they no longer sell it and they probably have stopped producing the other. The newer zooms are also better. Your stuff was probably on a similar list when it was the latest and greatest. Be happy you aren’t into computers.

    • neonspark

      well, they actually do say that those are just some of the lenses. they never set or said that their list should be taken to mean that if a lens isn’t on the list then it isn’t good enough. clearly they are using the list as a start point for people to look at. they selected their wording carefully but the problem was, people didn’t read the words just below the list.

      • MrSkelter

        Exactly my (2nd) point (in my first response).

  • Merkin

    G is the way to go, D is on it’s return. Where is the 20mm (D), the magnificent 105 DC and best ever 135 DC? It seems this list is a measure of popularity amongst professionals…? What do they say? These lenses are fine, the others suck?

    • neonspark

      they are saying

      “Some lenses that offer excellent resolution are listed below.”
      I don’t know but when I hear somebody start a sentence with “some”, it’s like they are trying to tell me something….

      • Pablo Pixasso

        When I hear somebody start a sentence it’s like they’re trying to tell somebody something.

  • simba

    The 105mm 2.8G works fine for me, but it is not in the list

  • Joseph_KN_SK

    and the 28-300????

  • I’m interested in results of the 24-85 (both on the list) I like it better than the 24-120.

    • The DxOMark test results are coming tomorrow.

      • TR_T-Rex

        Admin, how do you know?

        • I have a copy of their release schedule. The Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lens test results is coming in few days as well.

          • TR_T-Rex

            Do you know if DxOMark will be reviewing 105 DC and/or 135 DC lenses?

            • I don’t think so – they are mainly reviewing newly released lenses.

  • alx

    The 85mm 1.8G has no gold ring but it’s in the list.

  • I just got sigma’s 35mm & 85 1.4…. They are blowing my mind with sharpness….

  • twoomy

    Well, folks, take the list with a grain of salt. If you have a lens that’s not on this list and you’re happy with the results, then don’t get sad. I love the 70-300G on my D800 even if many would call it a crappy consumer lens and it didn’t make the list.

    • neonspark

      what are you talking about. photographers validate their stance based on what others think of their choices, in particular, their camera maker. such crowd, it’s sad because it is so true 🙂

    • Jorge

      HA! Me too! I use it on my D800 all the time. Motor sports, whale watching, whenever I need a long lens I use this on my D800, and my 70-200VR 2.8 on my D700! Love that cheap little 70-300 and it’s tack sharp

  • Bernhard Sperling

    Hmmm, in the Lensrental test the 50 1.8 had excellent results on D800 it was even in the top 5

  • Discontinued

    IMO the 16-35 does not belong on such a list. It is one of the three weakest lenses I own. It’s not an entirely bad lens, just a bad choice if you want as much IQ from your D800E as possible.

    • jake

      I agree and I actually prefer the cheap 18-35GED lens over the 16-35mmf4GVR lens.

      • Larry Williams

        Reading your comments in this thread one cannot but think how little and bitter person you are. Dude, get out a little, meet a girl, enjoy life.

        • chicca milens

          LOL, you’re not far off the mark, Larry. 😉

      • Gr8ShootR

        I have 14-24 but want the 16-35 VR. The 14-24 is too big and heavy – not to mention too conspicuous.

    • Pablo Ricasso

      I beg to differ. You may want to check if you got a dodgy copy.
      I own both the 14-24 f/2.8 and 16-35 f/4. While there’s a little less corner sharpness and slightly more distortion exhibited by the 16-35, terms of IQ they’re pretty much identical.

      You should get it checked.

      • babola

        I tend to agree with you.

      • Zivko Radovanovic

        Yup, also own both… the 16-35 isn’t a 14-24 nor will ever be as the 12-24 is still being held as a super-wide zoom optical marvel, but their IQ as you say are pretty much indistinguishable.

      • Discontinued

        Funny how many people always pop up defending this or that lens, claiming they “own both”.

        I guess most of them don’t. They just feel offended if their one and only “treasure” of this or that focal length or range gets criticized …

        Funny too, how many bad copies are out there …

        I guess tests are as much misleading as my personal copy?

        And the funniest thing of all, only the guys who “own both” always get outstanding copies, of what is otherwise known and widely recognized as a mediocre lens.

        Anyway, if you think D800E and 16-35 make a good combo, you really do not appreciate what that camera is capable of. You haven’t got a clue.

        • Dave

          “Anyway, if you think D800E and 16-35 make a good combo, you really do
          not appreciate what that camera is capable of. You haven’t got a clue.”

          You must own both……..

        • Roland Green

          Envy won’t get you anywhere…
          There’s far more of us who own both 14-24 and 16-35 that you might think.

        • Pablo Ricasso

          Not really, Mr Discontinued. It’s you who ‘haven’t got a clue’ if you believe 16-35 on a D800E will impair your end image quality.

          • JakeB

            Well stated Pablo, so many of characters like this guy who think reading reviews produced by pixel-peeping brigade would give them real-life knowledge.

          • Discontinued

            LOL, now you even say the 16-35 is THE ONE lens that makes “unimpaired” use of a D800E sensor’s capabilities?

            I guess I must have hit a nerve with what I’ve said earlier. Full of owners pride, huh? Is the 16-35 your little baby? Did it take long to save up for it?

            I never said I was not perfectly happy with that cheap lens and its limitations. It has a purpose in my camera bag. Ultimate resolving power clearly is not one of them. Get over it and get a clue.

            • Rade Zivkovich

              Discontinued…that’s not what Pablo said. It appears it’s you who got hit in the ‘nerve’ not Pablo.

            • Pablo Ricasso

              “LOL, now you even say the 16-35 is THE ONE lens that makes “unimpaired” use of a D800E sensor’s capabilities?”
              I never said that – you should learn how to read first, before you crap over other people’s comment to your blatant and incorect drivel.

              So I’ll be a nice guy and repeat what I said, just for you – “It’s you who ‘haven’t got a clue’ if you believe 16-35 on a D800E will impair your end image quality.”

            • NiLo Gonzales

              Any wannabe like this ‘Discontinued’ guy who states that 16-35 f/4 doesn’t belong to D800/800E recommended lens list is more of a technology masturbator and pixel-peeper than a photographer. There is a place people like you congregate on, it’s called Goodbye and good riddance.

        • umeshrw

          I don’t own both. I own only 16-35 and have used a couple of times a 12-24 which belongs to a friend. I do not like the distortion levels of 16-35 but the IQ is actually at par with 12-24.

    • neonspark

      I will agree that the 16-35 is essentially useless a the wide end due to the horrible distortion. but it does have the required resolution stopped down, as they suggest you do if you read their article.

  • Definitely Nikon want to sell more expensive glass to gear addicted customers… I’m very happy how my old 105/2.5 P AI’d (Sonnar version) delivers on D800… as well as the little 45/2.8 AI-P… Also my old 180mm f/2.8 AF-D delivers nothing but great results…

    • neonspark

      yeah they also want to sell digital camera. my film still works. ur point?

      • san

        He did state his point early in the post.

        Anyway, if the 50mm AFS lenses (both of them) were $500+ they’d make it to the list, since at about f/4 ~ f/5.6 they should be among the sharpest.

        The DC lenses, however, are also more expensive and still current, so the list also favors the new.

        • neonspark

          Nikon clearly said the list is not an all inclusive list. The way to read it is that if a lens is there, they give it the blessing, but the lack of a mention doesn’t mean the lens isn’t good enough for the D800.

          • san

            Oh no, we’re not talking about that at all. Of course we know what a list of “some lenses” means. But it’s just a matter of opinion on what could easily be added to the list.

  • AlphaTed

    What? I only got two of my lenses in there. Fortunately, I don’t have a D800E. 🙂

    Looks like if there’s an equivalent faster lens, it doesn’t list the slower one, except for the 85mm. Alas, no 50mm f/1.4.

    • Pablo Ricasso

      Rest assured you as the majority of others don’t need an 800E variant.

  • Hidef10080

    My 50mm 1.8 G is super sharp on my D600…

    Photozone shows it as being sharper than the 85mm 1.8 G.

    • jake

      the 50f1.8G is one of these worst primes Nikon ever made and it is a junk.
      the 50f1.4G is a much better lens ,especially from f2.8 , the 50f1.4G is about a stop better than the 50f1.8G.

      as for the 85f1.8G vs the 50f1.8G , there is no contest , the 85mmf1.8G is one of these best primes nikon ever made and it is much sharper lens with better bokeh than the 50f1.8G.

      • Bob

        The 50mm 1.4G I had was horrific wide open; completely unusable. At f1.8 I did a side by side test with the 1.8G and the 1.8G blew it away in terms of contrast and CAs. I sold the 1.4G on eBay and wouldn’t touch it with a shi**y stick.

      • genotypewriter

        I think you need to check your findings again, this time a little more carefully. The 50 f/1.8G has been tested and compared to an older faster f/1.4G version to death, and pretty much all of the findings and test results point to the fact that the f/1.8G is better overall lens.

      • Samuel G

        “the 50f1.8G is one of these worst primes Nikon ever made and it is a junk.”

        Dude, you either ended up with a bad copy or need your eyes checked…sorry.

      • Rick

        If the 50mm f/1.8G is the worse primes Nikon ever made then you are an utter rubbish who knows nothing about lenses. You probably dont own any of them. The 28mm f/2.8 D and lots of other primes can easily be worse than the 50mm f/1.8G, while costing a lot more.

      • John Baxter

        WTF you idiots buying f1.4 f1.8 lenses so that you can use them at f4 and f5.6?

        • san

          Flexibility, not idiocy.

          These lenses happen to give very decent renditions wide open while also are extremely sharp stopped down for when you need more, um, sharpness, duh… e.g. in studio shots.

          The question is on those who always shoot wide open no matter what the situation is.

        • JakeB

          What an idiot…

    • Drazen B

      50mm f/1.8 is one of those lenses manufacturers wouldn’t like you to know about. Especially not after the tests have proven it’ seven better overall than their 50 f/1.4G version.

      But it’s too late, the cat is out of the bag.

    • I think you’re reading a different Photozone review than I am. Photozone rates the 85 as 4.5 stars (that’s about as high a rating as I’ve seen on Photozone) and raves about its sharpness. DxOMark rates the 85 as pretty much the sharpest lens in Nikon’s current lineup (not surprising — I believe telephotos are the easiest lenses to design).

      • Thierry

        Nikon publicizes a diagram showing the elements in each of its lens. The 50 mm f1.8 ‘s are – by far – the simplest and easiest lens to design. It has always been that way.

        • If you look at short telephoto primes in the 85-135 range you’ll find they’re similarly simple (e.g. 9 elements for the 85mm f1.8G vs. 7 elements for the 50mm f1.8G), but offer far better performance. They’re more expensive because the elements are bigger and cost a lot more to grind, volumes are lower, and because the market will bear the price. And the performance of equivalently simple telephotos is FAR better than 50s.

          If you look at the best performing lenses within a given focal range category, the telephotos come out on top and wide angles are at the bottom. The 50 is in between.

          Here’s a relevant link.

    • cpm5280

      And my old 50/1.4D.

  • Peter

    I’m missing the 800 lens for the 800 body 🙂

  • jake

    it is so silly that the 105mmf2.8GEDVR Micro Nikkor is in this list, it is not a good enough for D800 series cameras.

    if the 105VR is good enough then why the DC 105AFS is not in the lest ,which is a bit sharper lens, with lesser amount of CA?

    the 50f1.8G is a crappy lens , it has terrible color rendition with extremely bad light transmission level.

    the 85f1.8G is actually a tad sharper than the expensive 85f1.4G,which I just sold a week ago, so the 85f1.8G should be in the list.

    the 28f1.8G has terrible corner quality from f1.8 to f4 range, its bokeh quality is quite good , though.

    and the finally the 35f1.4G is an overpriced just lousy lens , the Zeiss and Sigma are much better optically and IMHO, all f1.4G series Nikon primes are overpriced and optically not as good as similar Zeiss or Sigma primes.

    aboth the 85mm and 35mm f1.4G primes are weaker offerings than the Zeiss and Sigma equivalents.

    • CatSplat

      The 85/1.8G is on the list, actually – as it well deserves to be.

    • neonspark

      you’re rambling like a hysterical woman, and like all hysterical women, you’re also drifting off topic. so you prefer Zeiss and Sigma? ok, fine, this isn’t about that as Nikon isn’t about to recommend either. so get off your high horse right there.

      second, I’m sure the 200 f/2 VR I and other AF-S telephotos prior to VR are sufficiently good. Nikon didn’t mention this was a list of every possible lens you could mount, they are simply listing an incomplete list. How do we know? well it just so happens that they tell you about it via this sentence

      “Some lenses that offer excellent resolution are listed below.”

      now let’s review our basic English skills. SOME, means,

      some: a little: used to indicate an unspecified number, quantity, or proportion of a total.

      I hope you learned something today.

    • Ronnie Patterson

      Jake said – “…it is so silly that the 105mmf2.8GEDVR Micro Nikkor is in this list, it is not a good enough for D800 series cameras…”

      You bozo, what dodgy weed have you been smoking?

      • Rick

        No…my 85mm f/1.8G is not sharper than my 85mm f/1.4G. I let my wife has the f/1.8G since it’s lighter but it’s in no way sharper.

  • neonspark

    wow if only Nikon had qualified the list with a hint that these may not be all their recommended lenses. oh wait…they did

    “Some lenses that offer excellent resolution are listed below.”
    phew, good thing every moron that would flip otherwise thinking this was their final list will read the source and decide it isn’t worth getting all worked up about. After all, the internet if full of people that read the source link…..or is it :p

    • AlphaTed

      What link/s? The comments section is all you’ll ever need! 🙂

  • Hi Kids

    How about producing a D800af that autofocuses without having to send it back to Nikon Los Angeles 5 times each for $35 UPS to not have the autofocus fixed again ?

    • lorenzo

      Most of NR D800/E owners keep saying that this issue has been fixed long time ago. You are discouraging me from buying one. How old is your camera?
      Were you serious or was it a sort of troll-joke?

  • AM

    What??? My $17,900 800mm f/5.6 is not recommended for my D800E???

    • Your $17900 800mm f/5.6 is (you know this is going to be bad news so hold on) becomes diffraction limited on the D800/D800E before it can reach the necessary resolution of 200 lines per millimeter.

      So yeah… Nikon is most likely right.

  • Spy Black

    None of these lenses, however, will work on a D400…

    • Spy Black

      They will work on a D7100 tho…

  • David Silvernail

    Huh… why in the heck is the PC-E 24mm f/3.5D ED on this list? It physically will not rotate properly once on the body, it hits the overhang of the Pentaprism! Shown here:

  • CarstenLP

    The new 800mm f/5.6 is not on the list either. Must be a crappy lens then 🙂

  • I have both the 24-85 and the 85/1.8G for my D800E, and and both are quite excellent. I also have a 50/1.8D, not on the list, which has taken some incredibly sharp photos.

  • Carlos

    Nikon is interested to sell the more expensive ones. There is no reason to not include the 50mm 1.8 and/or 1.4, on the other hand, include the 24-85mm(!!) and 24-120mm make no sense, both not many sharp lenses.

  • englishfil

    OMG! My new AFS 80-400 is not on the list – I’d better sell it fast! Oh, stand down, I ONLY have a D800.

  • RDD

    When I sent this D800 Technical Guide to Nikon Rumors last night I was more concerned about the fact Nikon admits that with the D800/D800E the high resolution causes a greater problem with blurring and that you “will notice that photos seem to have less depth of field than pictures shot with other cameras under the same conditions, and that focus consequently requires more attention.”

    As to the list of preferred lenses, I am curious about the PC-Es I thought that they did not properly fit the D800 and their full use was restricted. I have been considering obtaining a tilt and shift for use on my D800 for landscapes, architecture, and interiors but thought there might be a problem with the Nikon product.

    • What problem? There is no problem. What you’re saying is like speed kills so buy a slow vehicle.

    • CapturedByFlo

      Shoot a D800 and a D700 using the exact same lens, settings and technique. You’ll see the D800 pic would be at worse of the same quality as the D700 one when viewed at the same resolution. What the D800 gives you is more ability providing you are careful with your technique. Never will it give worse quality than a lower MP body. It gives you the ability to capture more details. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Fred Flintstone

    “Deer kustomer, pleeze bi our msot xpencive lenzez, k thx bye, luv Nikon”

  • Joseph

    Blah blah blah.

    Here’s some lenses that clearly out-resolve my D800E:

    50mm f/1.2 AIS
    105mm f/2.5 pre-AI
    35mm f/2.8 Nikkor-S (!)

    80-200mm f/4.5 AI
    55mm f/2.8 Micro AF

    I could go on. Most of these cost under $100 dollars.

    • Martin

      The 50mm f/1.2 AIS out-resolves your D800E…?

      Really…? Interesting. I love that lens (and own one), but didn’t really think it would be up to THAT level of resolution, especially not wide open.

      • Joseph

        I didn’t say wide-open. At about f/2.8 it’s about as sharp as it gets though.

        • No longer Pablo Ricasso

          Can I have yours for under a hundred dollars?

          • san

            unless that’s a joke — you should check out its value, both new and used.

            • san

              oh i see — “most of these” he said … oh well, carry on, no need for me to be a neon spark here.

  • Thierry

    I was thinking of shelling out a good chunk of money on the new 80-400 f4.5-5.6 when Nikon told me that that lens ain’t for the D800e I own.
    Thank you, Nikon ! You saved me some change.

  • Chuck

    I have a good number of these top dollar lenses,the sad thing is most of them focus correctly on my d300 But not on my d800.

  • edlin

    How about the new 80-400mm?

  • Mtakeda

    I am confused after reading Nikon comments on the diffraction. They said it is not issue with D800E then they say we should be careful with the aperture.

  • tech

    how about the new 80-400

  • patto01

    I may be wrong (and usually am) but it seems to me the intended audience for this list is individuals wanting to purchase lenses for their camera. If you already own a particular lens, they’re assuming you can figure out, for yourself, if it works well with the D800e, or any other camera. As such, they would only include lenses currently in production. Of course you can buy an older lens, used, but it would be very difficult to produce such a list. And, lastly, nobody, not even Nikon, thinks anyone will use it as a shopping list.

  • Davide Casamento

    at the first place is the 24mm f1,4… is a scary movie for other lens!

  • Micah Goldstein

    …well the 50/1.4G is bloody sharp on the D800. So is the 85/1.8D.

    Not that I don’t hope Nikon is working on something good, but I’ll defend that current fast fifty as solid gear.

  • MRPhotoau

    I think they definitely missed a few. 24-70 may be an ok and a usable focal length zoom for standard situations but is no where even close to the 135mm DC or even the older 85mm 1.4D which are both seriously sharp on the D800e and my main 2 studio lenses. I have not shot my 50mm on the D800e so can’t comment on that but I think that this list is just a tad biased. 🙂

  • Zen-tao

    Third parts are doing a good job working in new desings. It’s likely we can buy a very good Sigma o Tamron lens in a new future but now a day Nikon lens manufacturing is very superior. Perhaps they are not the most sharpness, bookeh, vigneting and more other spiels but materials; Metal barrel and glass engraving ensures a long therm life for the lens. I have Nikkor lens from 60’s an are still flawless. Zeiss hardly superates Nikon quality and It’s suposed that in the dawn of 4k DSLR we’ll see new brands offering hig precission lenses for Fx mounts. But today, nope.

  • Z

    Strange. Nikon does not have any 50mm that is good enough. And the new 80-400 is not good either.

    • tec

      Strange, the 80-400 is the most recent !!!!!!!!

  • CapturedByFlo

    I own the 50 f/1.8G as well as the 24-120 f/4 and let me tell you: the 50mm is extremely sharp and deserve much more to be on this list than the 24-120! This list is arbitrary and crap. Any lens will benefit from the sensor of the D800, even something like the “lowly” 28-105 which I own and is excellent too.

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