This is the real “Nikon official D850 lens recommendation list”


Several websites, including dpreview, published a "Nikon official D850 lens recommendation list" which has nothing to do with Nikon's official recommendation. It seems that the list was made up based on nothing but thin air.

I have already covered here on the blog Thom Hogan's recommended list of lenses for the D850 and the actual lenses mentioned by Nikon in the D850 brochure but those lists are far from a "Nikon official D850 lens recommendation list".

After some digging and with the help of a few [NR] readers, I actually found an official list of 40 recommended lenses for the D850 (click for lens price and availability):

Prime Nikkor lenses recommended for the Nikon D850

Zoom Nikkor lenses recommended for the Nikon D850

Micro/PC Nikkor lenses recommended for the Nikon D850

The above list was created on August 24th.


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  • Carleton Foxx
    • Allan

      Too funny!

  • Which would be my….iPhone.

  • Paul Digney

    I see the 500 mm G is on the list with the 500 E but the 600 G is not. Can anyone suggest why that is?

  • jstevez

    Who ever thinks the 50mm’s lenses are worthy of the D850 tells me that you bought it based on hype. Rent the 58mm and call me in the morning.

    • Color Crush

      I just the the 50 1.8 as my first lens just to have something. It takes decent pics but renders flat. The Zeiss 50 1.4 Classic and Milvus is above and beyond better.

      • Michiel953

        Yes. Flat rendering was my problem with the 50/1.4G as well. Zeiss 50’s were way better, so is the Nikkor 58, which has AF to boot.

        • Color Crush

          Do you think the 58mm has comparable 3D rendering to the Zeiss? I think it would make a great faux 85mm for my D500 (until I can get a D850 of course).

          • Michiel953

            I’m a big fan of the 58, so yes, in all respects.

          • KnightPhoto

            58mm on my D500 is killer…

      • Captain Megaton

        I have both the 50/1.8 and the Zeiss 50/1,4 ZF. What you call flat I’d call featureless. Zeiss is much splashier, bokeh you can’t ignore (I love it!). But, the 50/1.8 is a very very good, very neutral and clean lens.

    • jstevez

      I’m not saying they are bad lenses, they shine on DX cameras and good results with the 24MPx full frames; also if your maximum print is 19×13 they are more than OK.

      • Captain Megaton

        If they shine on 24 MP ASPC they’ll be even better on 48 MP DX. Yeah, I know, border softness can’t be ignored, but rule of thumb go with pixel density. FX is in general much more forgiving of soft lenses.

  • Z Three

    I must admit. The 200-500mm Nikon really shines on the D850!

    • Good to know because I have been considering this lens.

  • Rick Jansen

    I’ll never regret selling all the zoom lenses I had and buying all primes. Yeah I know zoom lenses have their advantages but the sharpness of the primes I now have really show the quality of the D850 sensor. This thing is amazing when equipped with the right glass.

    • Aldo

      I’m with you there 99 percent… problem for me is the lack of VR in a lot of prime lenses.

      • Rick Jansen

        Absolutely true. In my case I almost never need to shoot at low shutter speeds so the lack of VR is not really an issue for me, but I realise it can be quite a drawback. Well, we should have something left to wish for, right 🙂

  • MB

    Seems to me that this list was made by MTF10 results in the center of frame, and the limit of 40 lens 2/3 of which must be primes …
    50g lenses didn’t make it because they start to shine at f/4…
    It really doesn’t mean much as far as usability or picture quality one could achieve and you really do not have to throw away what you have just to make it to the list…

    • Captain Megaton

      Neither of the 50mm though seems a bit screwy, are they really worse than the 24/1.8 for example?

      • MB

        24/1.8 is one of the sharpest Nikon lenses so no contest there really …
        28/1.8 on the other hand could certainly be challenged by 50mm in my opinion, but Nikon would much prefer for you to buy more expensive lens so …

        • decisivemoment

          The 50/1.8G is definitely close to the 28–if centered correctly, which mine wasn’t until the THIRD repair attempt. Not quite as contrasty as the 28 though, and there’s if anything more of a “wave” to the plane of focus on the 50 than the already quirky 28. But my now properly adjusted 50 focuses more reliably than the 28, so there you are.

  • Mike

    300 PF is on the list.

  • Mike

    50 1.8G is not a gold ring. They seemed to have only listed gold ring lenses. 🙂

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