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Now let’s see what is the best lens for Nikon D3300, one of the most beautiful cameras in my opinion.
Best Prime Lenses for Nikon D3300
Nikon 85mm f/1.8G
- Fast aperture medium telephoto lens
- Internal Focus, Focal Length: 85 mm, Minimum Focus Range: 0.80 m
- Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
- M/A focus mode switch
- Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Light and compact lens, ideal for portrait photography, provides excellently sharp images. It is well built with durable plastic components, metal lens mount and rubber gasket shrouds that protect the lens from dust and moisture. When it comes to chromatic aberration the lens is highly resistant across all apertures, but there is some marginal corner shading at ƒ/1.8. With AF-S designation that this lens uses, autofocus is pretty fast. The lens has a minimum close-focusing distance of 80 cm and the magnification ratio of just 0.12 x, but it is still a great lens for the price.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
- 50mm focal length, Lens not zoomable
- 75mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 80mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
- F1.4 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
- Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
- 77mm filters. 77mm filters. 0.4m/15.7" minimum focus. Please use a USB dock for calibrating the focus
Unusually large lens for this type, Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art, with impressive optics might be the sharpest lens we have yet seen. With three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements that are added to the lens design, it corrects the chromatic aberration across the entire focusing range. It also minimizes vignetting throughout the aperture range, gaining great clarity and details across the frame range. It realizes quick and quiet autofocusing with the integrated Hyper Sonic Motor and with an optimized AF algorithm it produces a smoother focusing performance. The Sigma 50mm Art has proved it’s self worth the price.
Best Wide Angle Lens for Nikon D3300
Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
- Ideal for landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, architecture and more.
- Focal Length : 10- 24 mm, Close focusing to 0.8 feet
- Renders a picture angle of 109 degrees through 61 degrees, equivalent to focal lengths of 15-36mm.
- SWM enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus operation., For superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration.
- Aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of lens aberration, even when used at the widest aperture.
The ultra-wide-angle coverage of this practical DX-format zoom lens is perfect for exploring of the extremes of photography. This lens was built to capture dramatic scenes of the world around you; it is perfect for shooting landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, architecture and more. It offers an incredible FOW (Field Of View) range with a large depth of field. The image quality is exceptional. The Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED has an IF (internal focusing) system with two available focus modes – Manual-Priority Autofocus (M/A) and Manual focus (M). Talking about autofocus, the lens also has the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that ensures fast and quiet AF. The depth of field is sheer and endless while the out of focus areas are smooth with nice creamy bokeh. The lens has some problems with distortion in RAW files, but jpg files don’t have that problem.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
- 18-35mm focal length, 27-52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras
- F1.8 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
- Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing,72mm filter size
- Minimum Focusing Distance 28 cm/ 11.0 in
- Available in Canon EF (EF-S), Sony Alpha (DT), Nikon F (DX) mounts
This is the first zoom lens in history with such a wide/fast aperture. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM is an optically superb lens, but it is unusually big and heavy. However, the built quality is excellent. Sharpness, it’s remarkably good and colors are vivid and beautiful. Thanks to the fast hypersonic motor, the AF is accurate, fast and silent, even in low light. The bokeh performance is quite good too, especially towards the longer focal lengths. Chromatic aberrations are generally not a problem with Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM and can be easily fixed in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF Pro DX II
- The Nikon mount AT-X 124 PRO DX II has a built-in AF motor drive
- With the built-in motor, the lens can be used in AF mode with the Nikon D60 and D40 and other silent wave bodies
- The new multi-coating helps reduce reflections that can cause flare and ghosting
- The AT-X 124 PRO DX II features the one-touch focus clutch mechanism.
- Digital single-lens reflex DX lens_ dedicated to digital SLR cameras with APS-C sized sensors
A wide-angle zoom lens offers good value and performance in a well-built body. This lens is quite lightweight for its size but it still feels solid in hand. It produces images of excellent clarity across the frame from maximum aperture. The sharpness is excellent but there are some serious problems with the chromatic aberration. Autofocusing with this lens is speedy and quiet and switching between auto and manual focus is really easy.
Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
- AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens
- Focal Length Range : 16 -85 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 1.3 ft. ( 0.38 m)
- Designed for use with Nikon DX digital SLR cameras, including the D40, D60, D80, D90, and D300
- Vibration reduction allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to four shutter speeds slower), Ideal for wide-angle shots and portraiture
This lens is a typical size for Nikon’s mid-range lens with large zoom range and it is ideal for a wide range of shooting situations. It is well built with high-quality plastics and wide rubberised zoom ring. The AF is internal so the front filter does not rotate and with the Silent Wave Motor built into the lens, it performs quickly and quietly. With the Super Integrated Coating, it provides superior color performance. You can take hand held sharp shots at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would normally be recommended because this lens features the Vibration Reduction II system. It controls chromatic aberrations very well, but distortion is often an issue. The lens has two Extra-low Dispersion glass elements that provide superior sharpness and color correction.
Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
- Goes from wide-angle (18mm) to telephoto (140mm) for great snapshots and videos in just about any situation
- Nikon Silent Wave Motor (AFS) enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus, Focus Range - 0.45 m, Focal Length : 18-140 mm
- VR image stabilization for sharper handheld photos and videos in low-light situations and at telephoto distances
- Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass minimizes chromatic aberration, and aspherical lens element virtually eliminates coma
- Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare
The multi-purpose zoom lens, Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 VR, capable of wide-angle and telephoto imaging and with the combination of high-quality optics and a broad zoom range this is just perfect lens for travel. Thanks to the mostly plastic construction it is really lightweight but it still feels solid in hand. It features a silent wave motor that powers the autofocus. The manual focusing action can be easily applied at any time and it is really smooth. With the Vibration Reduction system, it allows quite sharp hand-held shooting at shutter speeds slower than the usual rule of thumb. Sharpness is outstanding in the center of the frame at maximum aperture and chromatic aberrations are very well controlled, but it has some problems with distortion.
AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
- Maximum magnification of 0.32x
- Focal Length Range : 18 -300 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 1.6 ft.( 0.48 m)
- Aperture range from f/3.5 to f/22
- Angle of view from 76 to 520'
Surprisingly compact and lightweight, AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR is a highly versatile lens. It’s well built with the mix of metal and polycarbonate. It is capable of capturing beautiful landscapes, interiors, portraits, wildlife or anything else you can imagine. Autofocus and speeds are reasonable with a Silent Wave Motor. Image quality is great! Sharpness and colors are impressive but there are some problems with chromatic aberrations. When shooting hand-held, a little camera shake can ruin your photo, but luckily this lens features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction technology that allows you to take extremely sharp crisp, clear photos and steady videos even if your hands are a bit unsteady. This is also a big advantage when shooting in low light situations.
Best Telephoto Lenses
Nikon AF Nikkor 105mm f2D DC
- Lens not zoomable
- Portrait lens with Nikon's exclusive Defocus Control
- Change the appearance of out of focus elements so that they appear softer or coarser
- Rear focusing for fast AF operation
- Fast, medium telephoto lens featuring Defocus-image Control
With an excellent image quality, 105mm angle-of-view, fast f/2 maximum aperture and exclusive Defocus Image Control feature, the Nikon AF Nikkor 105mm f2D DC is just the perfect telephoto lens for portrait photographers. It is very sharp at any aperture. This lens has no visible distortion and the vignetting and chromatic aberration are very well controlled as well. The built quality is excellent. It is made out of metal and plastic parts with crinkle finish. With the RF (Rear Focusing System) in which only the rear lens group moves during focusing the lens is able to focus really fast. It features an independent ring that allows you to switch between AF and manual focusing. Its fast maximum aperture delivers beautiful bokeh, and it is also useful when shooting in low light situations. It also features something called Defocus Image Control (DC) that allows you to control the degree of soft focus in the forefront of the background in your composition.
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon F (FX)
This beautiful short telephoto prime lens with a bright f/1.4 maximum aperture is perfect for isolating your subject from the background providing a shallow depth of field. It features very fast and virtually silent Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) AF and a Super Multi-Layer Coating that reduces flare and ghosting but it lacks a built-in Vibration Reduction. However, fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 helps to make up for that. This is very large and heavy lens, well built out of plastic with a mixture of metallic parts and Thermally Stable Composite (TSC) material, while the optical elements are made of high-grade glass. The image quality is amazing. It produces beautifully contrasted images with dark shadows and true skin tones, which makes it perfect for portrait photography. It has a soft transition due to its wide aperture developing a beautiful bokeh out of focus background. Chromatic aberration and barrel distortion are excellently controlled.
Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG HSM Nikon F (FX)
This attractive large aperture telephoto lens features a new super multi-layer coating, a fast maximum aperture, two ELD glass elements that reduce chromatic aberration and ensure sharp, quality images with high contrast and a high-speed Hyper Sonic Motor.
Now, although it has HMS that should provide silent autofocusing, you can still hear adjustment going on whilst autofocusing, but the focusing itself is quick and accurate. The lens allows you to focus manually too, via really nice and smooth manual focus ring. Minimum aperture on this lens is f/4.5 which provides a nice depth of field and background compression but it doesn’t have that beautiful creamy bokeh. The lens itself is put together extremely well and it feels solid. It is really easy to use right out of the box.
Best Macro Lenses
Nikon 105mm f/2.8G
- Designed for close-up and macro photography; versatile enough for virtually any photographic situation
- Features new VR II vibration reduction technology, Focal Length : 105 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 1.0 ft.( 0.314 m)
- Nano-Crystal coat and ED glass elements that enhance overall image quality by further reducing flare and chromatic aberrations
- Includes an internal focus, which provides fast and quiet auto-focusing without changing the length of the lens
- Weighs 27.9 ounces, and measures 3.3 x 4.5 inches; Made In China ;5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
Beautifully designed, Nikon 105mm f/2.8 G provides exceptional image quality. The Vibration Reduction image stabilization provides dramatically sharp images and 3.0 stops of blur free handheld shooting. It improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. The images are crisp yet natural in any genre of photography. The lens features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor for fast, accurate and quiet AF. And it really is fast and secure, at normal focus distances at least, but when it comes to macro distances, it can be a little jumpy. However, that isn’t that big of a deal since you probably use a secure platform and focus manually for macro. Chromatic aberrations, distortion, and falloff of illumination towards the corners of the frame are well controlled. On the outside, this lens is a little bulky for its short length and slightly heavier than expected thanks to its metal casing and bayonet, but that cannot be considered as a drawback. It has three switches to the left for the manual focusing, the range of autofocus work and for switching on and off the stabilization.
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD
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This is a redesigned version of Tamron’s classic 90mm macro lens with an excellent built quality, despite Tamron traditionally offering lenses at the cheaper end of the market. The outer barrel and the filter thread appear to be made from plastic, but it still feels solid in hand. With an Ultrasonic Silent Drive, it allows near-silent auto-focusing and instant manual override even when the focus mode switch is in the AF position. Focusing is fully internal and indeed quiet and fast. Chromatic aberration is impressively well controlled. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for falloff of illumination. With the lens wide open at f/2.8, you can see a noticeable light fall-off in the corners of an image. Anyhow, the image quality is amazing. The sharpness is outstanding both in the center and in the corners of the frame. The lens provides excellent results even wide open at ƒ/2.8 in low light situations. Since we are talking about a macro lens, we must mention its minimum close-focusing distance of 30cm. The magnification at this distance is 1:1, but the effective aperture at this ratio is significantly reduced from ƒ/2.8.
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro
- Designed for use with full frame digital SLR cameras. May also be used with smaller APS-c size sensors with a corresponding effective increase in focal length to about 150mm with most cameras
- Focuses down to 1:1 magnification ratio at its closest working distance of 12.3 inches
- A hood adapter, lens hood, front & rear lens caps are included with the lens
- Filter size 62mm
This is one very modern and streamlined lens made primarily of a very hard specialized plastic but it feels really solid. On the outside, it looks amazing, but that isn’t where this lens shines the brightest. The image quality that it produces is outstanding. It develops beautiful, sharp photos even wide open (but for maximum sharpness you will probably want to stop down, especially for macro photography). Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro can focus down to a reproduction ratio of 1:1 which means that the subject on the sensor is exactly the same size as it is in reality. It features Special Low Dispersion lens and high refractive index SLD lens which jointly correct aberration and distortion issues really well. It also features Super Multi-Layer Coating that reduces flare and ghosting.
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G
- One-lens solution adept in a wide variety of situations
- Focal Length Range:18 -200 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 1.6 ft.
- Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements; three aspherical lens elements
- Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM), Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
- Focus to 20 inches for extended versatility,Filter Thread: 72 mm
This is the lens that can cover so many shooting opportunities from great group shots and landscapes to portraits. It brings the action close with its powerful 11x zoom. The lens is built very well, it feels solid and it is ideally balanced on the camera. It features Nikon’s compact silent-wave motor for AF which performs very well, Vibration Reduction image stabilization (that assures dramatically sharp, blur free handheld images), Extra-low Dispersion glass elements ( that maximize optical performance and minimize chromatic aberration) and Super Integrated Coating (that increases light transmission and provides color consistency). This might be an ideal one-lens solution.
Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G
- Maximum magnification of 0.32x
- Focal Length Range : 18 -300 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 1.6 ft.( 0.48 m)
- Aperture range from f/3.5 to f/22
- Angle of view from 76 to 520'
This is a small, light and relatively cheap lens, but not inferior at all. It is capable of capturing wide-angle scenic landscapes and group photos, portraits with softly blurred backgrounds, super-telephoto close-ups and even more than that, which shows you how versatile this lens is. It features Vibration Reduction image stabilization technology that assures sharp and blur free handheld images, even if your hands are a bit shaky. Chromatic aberrations are surprisingly well controlled on this lens, but unfortunately, we can’t say the same thing when it comes to distortion or light fall-off. Anyhow, this lens delivers stunning image quality vibrant color, sharp detail, and minimal distortion.
Nikon D3300 Lens Comparison Table
|Lens||Type||Focal length||Aperture||Filter Size||Weight||VR|
|Nikon 85mm f/1.8G||Prime lens||85 mm||f/1.8 – f/16||67 mm||12.4 oz||No|
|Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art||Prime lens||50 mm||f/1.4 – f/16||77 mm||28.7 oz||No|
|Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED||Wide Angle||10 – 24 mm||f/3.5 – f/22||77 mm||16.2 oz||No|
|Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM||Wide Angle||18 – 35 mm||f/1.8 – f/16||72 mm||28.6 oz||No|
|Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF Pro DX II||Wide Angle||12 – 24 mm||f/4 – f/22||77 mm||20.1 oz||No|
|Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR||Zoom Lens||16 – 85 mm||f/3.5 – f/22||67 mm||17.1 oz||Yes|
|Nikon 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 VR||Zoom Lens||18 – 140 mm||f/3.5 – f/22||67 mm||17.2 oz||Yes|
|AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR||Zoom Lens||18 – 300 mm||f/3.5 – f/22||67 mm||19.4 oz||Yes|
|Nikon AF Nikkor 105mm f2D DC||Telephoto Lens||105 mm||f/2 – f/16||72 mm||22.6 oz||No|
|Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon F (FX)||Telephoto Lens||85 mm||f/1.4 – f/16||77 mm||25.5 oz||No|
|Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG HSM Nikon F (FX)||Telephoto Lens||500 mm||f/4.5 – f/32||46 mm||106.1 oz||No|
|Nikon 105mm f/2.8G||Macro Lens||105 mm||f/2.8 – f/32||62 mm||27.9 oz||Yes|
|Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD||Macro Lens||90 mm||f/2.8 – f/32||32 mm||21.1 oz||Yes|
|Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro||Macro Lens||105 mm||f/2.8 – f/22||58 mm||25.6 oz||Yes|
|Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G||All-in-One||18 – 200 mm||f/3.5 – f/22||72 mm||19.8 oz||Yes|
|Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G||All-in-One||18 – 300 mm||f/3.5 – f/22||37 mm||19.4 oz||Yes|
After careful research, we found the perfect lenses for your Nikon D3300. Whatever lens you want, just look at our table and you will surely find one that really suits you. However, if you aren’t sure exactly what you want, I suggest you opt for one of All-in-One lens because with that you can’t go wrong.
Enjoy your new lenses!