AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f1.8G

AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

Price: £149

This is a very useful general-purpose focal length when used with Nikon APS-C DSLRs, and although this lens is a few years old now, it remains a good buy. There was some colour fringing visible in our tests, and this was echoed to a very slight degree in real-world photographs, but not enough to undermine overall image quality.

AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR

AF-S DX Nikkor 16- 85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Price: £659

This lens is a considerable step up from the kit zooms supplied with Nikon’s DSLRs. It features a 24-128mm equivalent angle of view, along with a Vibration Reduction (VR II) system that provides 3.5 stops of stabilisation. Overall it’s a versatile performer, with a minimum focus distance of 38cm.

AF-S Nikkor 50mm f1.8G

AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

Price: £209

While this ‘nifty fifty’ is showing its age, for portraits and street work it doesn’t really put a foot wrong. The 50mm f/1.8G includes some very useful features such as a Silent Wave Motor, curved aperture blades and reduced chromatic aberrations. It makes a great companion for APS-C DSLRs, equivalent to 75mm.

AF-S Nikkor 85mm f1.4G

AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G

Price: £1,549

This fast, short telephoto portrait lens has become something of a classic since it appeared in 2011. Optically it’s superb, giving a well-judged balance of high sharpness and attractive bokeh. AF is nothing short of top-class: it’s reliable, quick and truly silent. There is a small hint of chromatic aberration wide open.