Best lenses for the Nikon D5300: Part 1 - concise overview of primes and zooms

By Kevin Carter - Thursday January 16 2014

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Nikon D5300 and kit lens option – How good is it? | Comparing the Nikon D5300 with the earlier D5200 | Comparing the Nikon D5300 with D7100 | Best prime lenses for the Nikon D5300 | Best zoom lenses for the Nikon D5300

In North America and Europe, the Nikon D5300 is available with the new recently upgraded 18-140mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR, a zoom with a decent range if rather modest variable aperture. However, it’s stabilized and a pretty good performer – with slightly better performance on the D5300 at the longer end of the zoom range than the equivalent Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.5 IS STM on the 20-Mpix Canon EOS 70D.

The Nikon D5300 and Nikkor lens combination also achieves higher peak sharpness score of 11P-Mpix versus 9P-Mpix than the Canon pairing, though it’s impossible to say with any certainty if the Canon lens would be able to achieve similar sharpness with a yet to be released higher resolution camera, though it may well do.

Nikon 18-140mm

Performance falls throughout the zoom range of both the Nikon 18-140mm and Canon 18-135mm zoom lenses, though the Nikon combination is sharper at the longer end of the zoom range and has the higher peak sharpness overall.