Take a look at our 8 best lenses for Nikon D3400, an amazing entry-level DSLR with great image quality.
We looked at all lenses from Nikon and other companies and selected the best choices based on good price, usefulness and high image quality.
All lenses we recommend for the D3400 are excellent for both complete amateurs and highly advanced photographers, especially the prime lenses we recommend as they’ll really allow you to get that professional look thanks to their large aperture.
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Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX
The Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX is small, optically great and also the most affordable Nikon lens out there.
Because of its large f/1.8 aperture, the lens gathers a lot of light and is perfect for low light situations (parties, clubs, night photography etc.). This means less blurred shots and more high quality images when shooting in dark places. It’s designed specifically for DX cameras like Nikon D3400, meaning auto focus works flawlessly.
Another reason why f/1.8 is so good is because it allows you to completely blur the background, making your subject stand out (called shallow depth of field). It’s the easiest and quickest way to make your shots look professional.
Who is this lens good for? Wedding, portrait, casual, low light, indoor photographers. The focal length is actually perfect for almost everything except for wildlife, and combined with the f/1.8 the quality of your shots will look absolutely stunning.
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S
Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S replaces the old, but best selling 50mm f/1.8D that couldn’t auto focus on bodies like the D3400 that have no AF motor. This new version however, works perfectly and will also auto focus on it without any issues.
Quality wise, it’s just like the 35mm above, and also features the same aperture size. Due to a slightly longer focal length, its bokeh (background blur) looks more pleasing and makes it more appropriate if you’re really into portraits or like having a shallow depth of field on your images.
It’s slightly heavier and bigger, takes 58mm filters but is still extremely compact! Perfect for those who travel and want 1, high quality prime lens.
Who is this lens good for? Everyone, from extreme low light, clubs, street photography, to portraits and weddings, sports, animals, products etc. Think of it as a slightly longer brother of the 35mm.
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S
The Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S is perfect for weddings, portraits, street and concert photography.
With superb image quality, beautiful colors and bokeh, this is one of the best lenses Nikon has ever made. The focal length makes it perfect for situations where you can’t or don’t want to get in front of your subject (typical for concerts and weddings). 85mm is also a great length for photographing faces as wider angles tend to distort faces, while longer lengths do work but often force you to get too far from your subject.
Like both prime lenses above, this one also features a large f/1.8 opening, so low light photography won’t be an issue at all.
Who is this lens for? Wedding, portrait, concert and street photographers. However, it can also be used for sports and many other types, don’t let the millimeters limit your creativity!
Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX Micro
Since the introduction of Nikon 40mm f/2.8G AF-S Micro, macro photography got a lot cheaper (Nikon calls their macro lenses ‘micro’).
The 40mm focal length is great for product, bug, portrait and even casual photography. True macro lenses have a 1:1 ratio (also known as 1x magnification), meaning they don’t really zoom in your subject, it’s the glass elements inside that actually make the subject appear as big as it is in real life.
It’s designed for DX cameras which the D3400 is, so AF and image quality are top notch. Focusing is quick and precise, which is a must if you’re photographing moving subjects, and the lens has a closest focusing distance of 6.4 inches.
Who is this lens for? Anyone who wants an affordable, high quality macro lens.
Best Zoom Lenses for Nikon D3400
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II
Tokina may not be the most famous third-party lens company, but their Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 Pro DX II is cheaper than anything around this focal length (let alone such a big aperture) and offers same, or even better image quality than competition!
Like the rest of their lenses, this one is built like a tank and feels solid in hand. Aperture f/2.8 makes it easy to photograph in low light, clubs/indoors without raising your ISO too high.
Nikon doesn’t have a wideangle lens at this price, let alone an f/2.8 wideangle zoom. The Tokina 11-16mm also focuses and works perfectly on the Nikon D3400.
Who is this lens for? Landscape, sky/night, indoor, club photographers. Get it only if you know you need the f/2.8 aperture for low light, since you’re mostly paying for that.
Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S
The all-around Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a much more versatile and higher quality lens than the 18-55mm kit lens.
Almost 100mm more zoom means you’re not only ready for wide and standard photography, but also for telephoto, making this lens perfect for general photography and traveling as well.
Image quality, colors and contrast are all great and improved compared to the 18-300mm (more zoom usually results in worse quality), but you are missing 160mm on the telephoto end. If that’s important to you, and you’re willing to pay $200 more, check out the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR AF-S here.
Who is this lens for? Like using one lens for everything but feel like the 18-55mm doesn’t cover enough? You’ll love the advantages of the 18-140mm.
Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR
The Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S is your best choice if you want to photograph animals or sports on a tight budget. Paired with the 18-55mm kit lens, you’re covered on wide, standard and telephoto ranges, so there’s almost nothing you won’t be able to capture.
It’s light and compact, has a plastic mount (like all low priced lenses) and feels solid but not like more expensive lenses. For $150 though, this is all expected and the image quality is really good, along with AF speed and overall performance.
Who is this lens for? Anyone who wants a lot more zoom than what the 18-55mm offers. Outdoor activities, sports, animals, planes, as long as you’re not indoor (where raising the ISO speed is a must).
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR
If your budget is around $500 and want something better than the lens above, then get the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR, as it comes with improved image quality and much faster auto focus, especially in tougher focusing conditions (but this also depends on your camera).
Nikon has a 55-300mm lens that sort of sits between these two, but we seriously recommend you to either get the 55-200mm or the 70-300mm, as they give you the best value for the money (the 55-300mm gets quite soft after 200mm, you’d be better of cropping a bit and saving a lot of money).
Who is this lens for? If you want better quality than what the 55-200mm offers but aren’t willing to spend too much, you’ll love the 70-300mm for all outdoor activities.
4 More Recommended Lenses for Nikon D3400
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM – It’s like 3 wide angle lenses in one. Sharp, big f/1.8 aperture and less than $1,000, perfect for low light, street and general photography.
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM – The most affordable super telephoto zoom with great quality, AF speed and image stabilization up to 4 stops.
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM – Razor sharp and simply one of the best lenses out there from any company.
Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S – Same image quality and sharpness as the f/1.8 above, but slightly bigger aperture, so get the f/1.4 if you often shoot in low light conditions and don’t like using high ISO speeds.