Best lenses for Nikon D610: Wide angle and telephoto primes and zoom models

By Kevin Carter - Friday November 22 2013

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Introduction | Best telephoto prime lenses for the Nikon D610 | Best telephoto zoom lenses for the Nikon D610 | Best wide-angle lenses for the Nikon D610 | Best Ultra-wide prime lenses for the Nikon D610 | Best ultra-wide zoom lenses for the Nikon D610

New ultra wide prime designs fare less common today than they were in the film era, and Nikon has had little need to do so since the introduction of the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f2.8G ED but there have been a couple of notable exceptions from third-party makers.

Zeiss introduced a Distagon T* 2,8/15 model for Nikon (and Canon) DSLRs and at $2,950 comes as little surprise to see it head this category. On the Nikon D610 the Zeiss even performs marginally better than on the Nikon D600

Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15 ZF.2 Nikon29502616
Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF Nikon6292516
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 21mm f/2.8 ZF2 Nikon17322415
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon4092419
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D5702415
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 18mm f/3.5 ZF2 Nikon13952113
Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8D ED18002013
Sigma 14mm F2.8 EX Aspherical HSM Nikon7491810
 

Samyang’s 14mm f2.8 IF ED UMC is another excellent performer, and even its manual focus design doesn’t detract at this focal length. It has phenomenal central sharpness at full-aperture but it has stronger, more noticeable field curvature than the Zeiss though the performance across the field improves when stopped. Chromatic aberration is also rather high but at $409 the Samyang is a bargain.

The Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 never fails to impress but at a third of the price, at $629, the Sigma 20mm f1.8 EX DG ASP RF is notable for its large aperture design and high image quality and excellent sharpness. It also has very low chromatic aberration, which is very unusual in high-speed wide-angle design like this.

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical Nikon vs Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15 ZF.2 Nikon vs Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF Nikon: