Best lenses for the Nikon D5200By Kevin Carter - Thursday October 24 2013 Lens Recommendations
Traditionally lenses with 85-100mm focal lengths are ideal for portraits and sporting events but as the equivalents of 135mm models they may be just a little too long or too narrow for use indoors.
Of course outdoors, it’s a different matter. The best performer optically on the D5200 is the recently revamped high-end AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.4G, but the newer, cheaper f1.8G model is almost as good and can match it sharpness. It’s still quite a large lens even if it’s a little lighter.
As the equivalent to a 75mm, Sigma’s full-frame 50mm f1.4 EX HSM is the best performing model at this focal length but at $499 the old Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f1.4D and its replacement the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.4G are both cheaper.
But bear in mind, like all AF-D models, the D5200 lacks support for AF, that’s if it can still be found new on dealer’s shelves. There are no such concerns with the ultrasonic motor found on the AF-S models, but the focal length comes up a little ‘short’ on APS-C bodies for portraits.
Intriguingly, as the equivalent to a 90mm, Nikon’s new full-frame AF-S Nikkor 58mm f1.4G model doubles up as an effective portrait lens on DX cameras. We haven’t seen one to test it, but it will be added to the database as soon as we can.