We selected the best lenses for Nikon D7200, an absolute beast of a camera that’s ready to shoot in almost any situation, so it only makes so sense to invest in lenses that will allow you to fully use the D7200’s
The main factors for selecting the lenses were image quality, overall usability (whether the lens can be used for many situations), price and whether all of that gives you the best value for your money. They’re all great for many different photography situations, from portraits and streets, to sports, landscape and much more.
All lenses on the list:
- Nikon 35mm f/1.8G
- Nikon 50mm f/1.8G
- Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
- Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro
- Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di SP
- Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II
- Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DG HSM
- Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
- Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
- Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.G ED VR II
- Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G IF EF AF-S VR II
- Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Best Wideangle Lenses for Nikon D7200
Nikon 35mm f/1.8G DX – This is Nikon’s best selling lens, simply because it’s affordable and has great image quality. It’s a small, lightweight prime with a maximum aperture of f/1.8, perfect for both low light photography and blurring the background on your images. This is the best way to make your shots look more professional, and can only be done by using a bigger aperture. The 35mm length is great for almost all types of photography so you shouldn’t worry if you’re used to zoom lenses, as the quality is unmatchable on the 35mm! You can see reviews here.
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II – Much better option than Nikon’s pricier competitor, and it also comes with 2 stops bigger maximum aperture at both ends of its range! Because of that it’s aimed at landscape, architecture, group, wedding and night photographers, as you can use it in low light as well. You can see more reviews here.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DG HSM – If even f/2.8 is not enough for you, then Sigma’s revolutionary f/1.8 is even more amazing. It is a bit more expensive, but believe me it’s worth every dollar because it’s like owning 3 separate great prime lenses with f/1.8! There’s an increase in weight for sure, but it’s nothing unbearable either. Excellent quality, zoom range good for street, landscape, general photography and much more, and a Hyper Sonic Motor for super fast focusing. You can see reviews here.
Best Standard Lenses for Nikon D7200
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G – Similar to the 35mm above, but slightly longer, meaning you can expect even shallower depth of field (more blur) and have it easier when shooting subjects that are further away. The 50mm range is also perfect for a ton of different photography styles, such as street photography, weddings, casual/daily stuff, food and so on. You can see reviews here.
Nikon 85mm f/1.8 – You won’t find anything better for portraits, weddings, concerts and low light photography at this price! Your images will look sharp with rich colors, and the lens focuses quickly and accurately (thanks to SWM, Silent Wave Motor). Whatever it is that you’re shooting with this lens you can count on getting some stunning results. You can see reviews here.
Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR – If you haven’t bought the D7200 with the 18-140mm but are looking for an all-around lens that’ll take care of most situations, you’re missing out. You can see reviews here.
Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR – More expensive than the lens above but still worth it since you get an extra 160mm reach on the far end! The difference between 140 and 300mm is enormous and the 18.-300m is far more appropriate for sports, traveling and wildlife because of that. It might be a little soft at 300mm but it’s still perfectly usable up to about 250mm, and if you don’t plan on printing big even 300mm will be fine. If you truly don’t want to carry more than a single lens, I recommend it to you. You can see reviews here.
Best Telephoto Lenses for Nikon D7200
Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II – The most affordable telephoto lens with good image quality. It’s a great choice if you want to get your feet wet in sports and animal photography but don’t want to spend too much. It also features Vibration Reduction that will help you when shooting with slower shutter speeds. You can see reviews here.
Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G IF EF AF-S VR II – Want something better and are willing to pay more than for the 55-200mm above? With an extra 100mm reach, improved quality, colors and contrast and faster auto focusing, the 70-300mm is much better for wildlife and subjects that are really far away. You can see reviews here.
Sigma 150-600 f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM – If wildlife excites you and you see yourself out in the nature just waiting for that perfect shot, but you don’t want to spend too much money nor sacrifice image quality for something cheap, the new Sigma 150-600mm is for you. Why? Years ago long zooms weren’t that good, but companies have caught up and we now get optically great zoom lenses even at 600mm! As expected, there’s HSM for fast focusing and OS for helping you at getting crisp shots. Unfortunately its aperture isn’t appropriate for indoor use. You can see reviews here.
Best Macro Lenses for Nikon D7200
Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro – For macro photography on a budget, it doesn’t get any better than this. Cheap, delivers great results, focuses quickly and has a closest focusing distance of 0.4″. It’s a perfect choice for product photography, details and also smaller bugs (but you do have to get a lot closer than with the 90mm above, so keep that in mind). You can see reviews here.
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di SP – Brilliant if you find macro photography interesting and would like to photograph moving subjects, or products, portraits and other details. It’s cheaper than Canon’s non-L version and is just as good. The closest focusing distance is 11.4 inches and it takes 55mm sized filters. You can see reviews here.