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

By Kevin Carter - Friday, November 22, 2013

Lens Recommendations
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

Sigma’s 35mm f1.4 DG HSM A model is the best performing wide-angle lens on the D610 and with a DxOMark score of 38 points and a representative 20P-Mpix Sharpness rating it’s a slight improvement over the earlier D600.

No other 35mm lens model can challenge the Sigma especially at wider apertures but the Zeiss and Nikon equivalents come close in terms of peak sharpness. However, both those come with a hefty price premium. Best value has to be the Samyang 35mm f1.4 AS UMC at $599, it’s a third of the price of the Zeiss or Nikon. It a very good optical performer but it can’t quite match the Zeiss or Nikon at the initial aperture but it is comparable when stopped down one stop. It also has a bit more distortion but control of CA is impressive.

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Nikon8993820
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF.2 Nikon17003420
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED22003317
Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Nikon5993315
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon18433317
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon10053218
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G17973216
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G6993220
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon12832818
Sigma 28mm F1.8 EX DG ASP Macro Nikon4492716
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D2802515
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D3652516
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2.8 ZF2 Nikon10052115
 

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Nikon vs Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF.2 Nikon vs Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED:

Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Nikon: Value Option