Best lenses for the Nikon D5200

By Kevin Carter - Thursday October 24 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Nikon D5200 results: Increased Sharpness levels from 24-Mpix sensor | Best prime lenses | Best Wide Angle Lens (Prime & Zoom) | Best Standard Lens | Best Portrait Lens | Best Zoom models

On a full-camera the 35mm is a moderate wide-angle lens but if you’re new to digital photography it’s worth noting that the 35mm lenses have an equivalent field of view as a 50mm on a DX format body like the D5200.

Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A Nikon8993013
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G1952410
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A Nikon4992412
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon10052311
Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Nikon599239
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZF2 Nikon18432311
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G17972311
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZF2 Nikon12832212
Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM Nikon440218
Sigma 28mm F1.8 EX DG ASP Macro Nikon4492112
Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G2802012
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G6992010
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D3651911
Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX AF 35mm f/2.8 Macro Nikon5991811
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D280189

As we noted earlier, the Sigma 35mm f1.4 HSM A is the best performer overall with a convincing DxOMark score of 30 points, and the highest Sharpness score of 13P-Mpix. The $1,797 Nikon AF-S 35mm f1.4G, while very good, isn’t as sharp overall. And, don’t forget on a DX format body all of the full frame 35mm f1.4 lenses are big and heavy (as they project a larger image circle to cover the FX sensor).

Sigma’s revamped DX format 30mm f/1.4 HSM A is a very good performer but Nikon’s DX 35mm f/1.8 is cheaper and lighter, even if it’s not quite as sharp. At $195, it’s accessibly priced and the best value overall.