The 18–200mm ƒ/3.5–5.6 has long been the go-to superzoom for the company’s dedicated DX shooters. Its focal range, extending from a 24 to a 400-mm equivalent, allows you to shoot all day in any environment without ever needing to swap glass.
18-300mm DX ƒ/3.5–5.6G
The 18-300mm DX ƒ/3.5–5.6G is one of the company’s most powerful all-in-one zooms. It has a 16.7x focal range, which is useful in a wide variety of situations, but it isn’t sharp enough at any point for it to be considered professional quality.
Anyone venturing on a wildlife safari who doesn’t want to get too up-close and personal with a lion or a rhino would do well to consider the 200–500mm ƒ/5.6 . Its extreme telephoto reach also comes in handy at sporting events.
28mm ƒ/1.4E ED
If you find that a 35mm is just a little too tight for your most common applications, then the 28mm ƒ/1.4E ED would make an ideal selection. Its field of view and impressive sharpness are particularly well-suited to landscape photography.
Nikkor 14–24mm ƒ/2.8
The Nikkor 14–24mm ƒ/2.8 is the widest member in the so-called “holy trinity” of top-tier zooms. The other two models in the trio have been updated since their initial release over a decade ago, and this one is due for a reboot, despite its undisputed excellence.
Nikkor 70–200mm ƒ/2.8E
The Nikkor 70–200mm ƒ/2.8E is easily the company’s most highly regarded telephoto zoom. Its focal range makes it ideal for sports and action photography, and its new, nonstick fluorine coating actively resists dirt, smudges, and fingerprints.
For photographers who prefer a single prime, there is nothing more well-balanced than the 35mm ƒ/1.4 . It is one of the fastest, sharpest options in the company’s diverse lineup, and its aspherical element makes coma and other aberrations disappear.
Nikkor Z 24-70 f/2.8
If you went out and invested in the company’s new mirrorless system after it came out, you’re going to want to get your hands on the Nikkor Z 24-70 f/2.8 . It focuses with incredible speed while barely making a sound, thanks to a pair of drive units.
105mm ƒ/1.4E ED
The 105mm ƒ/1.4E ED trades in the macro capabilities of the company’s other popular option at this focal length for an uptick in aperture speed that can make a tremendous amount of difference to shooters working in suboptimal lighting conditions.
For the vast majority of photographers, most of whom shoot a variety of subjects in a slew of changing environments, the 24–70mm ƒ/2.8E will be the most useful lens they could possibly purchase. Its constant, lightning fast aperture works like a charm in low light.