Best lenses for the Nikon D5 DSLR camera

The best lenses for the Nikon D5 DSLR camera according to the latest DxOMark tests are:

Best ultra wide-angle prime - Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art ($899):

Best value option - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC ($379):

Best wide-angle prime lens - Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ($746.95):

Best value option - Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC ($499):

Best 35mm prime lens - Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG Art ($899):

Best standard prime lens - Carl Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 ($3,990):

Best value option - Nikon 50mm f/1.4D ($334):

Best portrait prime - Carl Zeiss Apo Planar T* Otus 85mm f/1.4 ($4,490):


Best value option - Nikon 85mm f/1.8G ($476.95):

Best telephoto prime lens - Nikon 200mm f/2G ED VR ($5,696.95):

Best macro prime lens - Carl Zeiss Makro Planar T 100mm f/2 ($909):


Best ultra-wide-angle zoom - Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ($1,696.95):


Best wide-angle zoom - Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art ($899):


Best value wide-angle zoom - Tokina 17-35mm f/4 PRO ($449):


Best standard zoom - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC ($1,299):


Best value standard zoom - Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX ($749):

Best 70-200mm telephoto zoom - Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC ($1,499):


Best long telephoto zoom - Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM ($3,399):


Via DxOMark (zoom lenses | prime lenses)

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  • Mauro Schramm

    Ok, but DXO, where are the new long telephoto zoom (200-500/150-600) from Nikon, Sigma and Tamron?

    • Fly Moon

      I am interested in those as well!

    • Rick Johnson

      Given the use-case for those long zooms, I’d be more interested in them on a D500.

    • Photobug

      Great question. Guess they can’t test everything.

  • Rick Johnson

    I’m surprised that they’d take a flagship D5 body and make value glass recommendations. Why spend so much on the body (instead of a D750 or D810) and then short-change the glass? If I had a limited budget, I’d focus my investment on the lenses.

    • TheInconvenientRuth

      You can’t apply logic to GAS… I’ve seen a D4s with an 18-55/3.5-4.5 kit lens on it… “Because of weight issues”.

      • IanMak

        Well you can debate about premium gas. Premium gas is marginally better. Still I fill with premium and get ripped off because the manual told me to.

        Honestly if I care about “weight” then I would use a lighter camera with a lighter lens, then you are actually saving weight in a way that makes sense.

  • Best optics regardless of AF …

  • Bipul

    So pity that Nikon’s own excessively overpriced FL series lens didn’t make the list at all. I’ve been wondering why did Nikon price those lens out of reach for most photographers?

    • peter w

      Agree, but these have to compete with other lenses which are priced out of reach for most photographers.
      Sigma has a 500 F4 out, just recently. Decent lens, I understand.

    • AnotherView

      They’re not overpriced…they represent the latest, best lenses that Nikon can design and manufacture and reflect current costs. Of course they’re going to be more expensive than the previous versions that were designed a decade ago and include parts that were likely manufactured years ago at lower prices. The latest, best lenses, whether they’re from Nikon, Canon or Zeiss always push the pricing envelope. Wait 10 years and they’ll look like bargains.

      • Bipul

        Prices are always adjusted to inflation, manufacturing cost, and demands. Nikon did not keep it fixed for any of it’s products to it’s first release time price tag. If you check, they have increased considerably.
        The Electronic diaphragm with FL are great invention. But a great invention also need great marketing strategy to make it success. Manufacturing cost comes down heavily when volume increases. But pricing it 2 times higher than the current version will not increase volume. When smart companies releases new products with technology improvement, they first discount the current one to empty the stock and prices the new product strategically so that customers get an urge to upgrade. For now, I don’t see people are grabbing FL lenses and abandoning their G /ED lenses. If fact, the demands are so low that you can find some of those lenses at heavy discount, almost priced near at G lenses on eBay.
        Worst, the picture quality is no breakthrough. You see, they don’t figure in this list i.e. ‘Best lens for D5’.

  • AKH

    Best for what? The Dxo numbers may be fine for technical stuff like sharpness etc. but they do not take into account how the lens renders. Also, will these lenses (Sigma, Tamron etc.) work on Nikon cameras in the future? Read a story about older Sigma lenses that do not work on the latest cameras.

    • AYWY

      Well suckers are born everyday…. :p It’s their choice to trust DxO…

      DxO does not measure flare, ghosts and coma…. stuff that actually ruins a picture more than lack of sharpness.

      IMO CA measurements are also not given enough weight… though that’s a personal thing I really dislike.

      • Thom Hogan

        It’s also unclear what they test at. Flat charts at short distances produce different results than we normally see in the field, for instance, especially as we get away from the middle focal range (35-85mm).

    • M09

      also construction quality ( if a lens get broken after 3 years, free repair, again, free repair, again, buy new one ) you end up spending 2-3 times but you started that you wanted to save ? idem, these nature-birding lenses without weather proofing, all the electronics (Af speed and construction)

    • IanMak

      DXO is not a good base of measurement. The numbers are kinda arbitrary and weighted even more arbitrarily. The final score usually makes no sense.

      Its like your school teacher telling you to write a short biography….. but not with words…. but one single number. Ummm im 36. That perfectly describes all my characteristics. Yup, no problem there.

  • Matt

    I have some issues with this – you can’t just take DXO charts and go, okay, this one at the top is the best lens for this camera. There’s so much more to a lens performance than whatever DXO tests it at. Does anyone really think the Tamron 70-200 VC is the best 70-200 out there? Yeah, because it’s not.

  • bertbopper

    No testing of it at DXO yet, but I’m pretty sure that the 85mm PCE is the best portrait prime for a FX Nikon. I tested it thoroughly against the 1.4, and it outclasses it in every area. Not to speak of it’s tilt shift possibilities that come with it.

  • Thom Hogan

    His tests are not far from my current observation. Will be doing more testing this weekend in real shooting situations.

  • Ngoc Nguyen

    So, Nikon 24-70 F2.8G better than E same as 400 F2.8 G better than E?

  • Peter

    hey what about the nikon 16-80mm f2. 8-4? Is it worse than sigma 17-50mm f2.8?

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