What lenses can be adapted to Nikon?

Buying a lens for your camera isn’t a very easy task to accomplish. You need to ensure that you choose the right lens that will work with your camera. The easiest way to know what lenses can be adapted to Nikon is to check the indicators on lens mount at the front of your camera.

Nikon lenses are known for their dependability, excellent quality, and durability, but they come with a steep price tag so you might consider using a cheaper lens from another company to use on the front of your SLR camera. Such lenses are readily available and you can install them directly on a Nikon body without using an adapter ring. You can interchange different Nikon lenses, but a particular lens may not be necessarily compatible with the rest of the Nikon bodies.

Different kinds of lenses that can adapt to Nikon

The new Nikon lens may be too expensive if you’re just beginning, but you can get some more affordable Nikon lenses that you can choose from. These lenses are under a few categories which can help you to choose the kind lens you need.

Macro lens

These lenses bring objects very much closer to you and have a better optical focus that gives you crystal clear close-ups. Regular lenses focus quite close, but not enough to fill the frame. Some lenses claim to have a macro lens that only have a maximum magnification ratio of 0.2x-0.5x which isn’t good for this type of lens. A macro lens should give you 1.0x magnification which means he object will practically fill up your entire camera frame. You can use an FX macro lens with a DX format body since the 1.5x crop factor will not be a problem so you will have a lens that can work with a full-frame camera when you decide to upgrade.

Kit lenses

They’re better quality lenses with a longer zoom range or a wider constant aperture. They’re a good all-round lens designed to be affordable and compact. When you pair these kit lens with the FX and DX format DSLR bodies, you get pretty good image quality, performance, and you save a lot when you buy the camera with a compatible lens as a package. However, these lens has limitations in maximum aperture, zoom range, and overall quality, and since you’re going to be using this lens almost every day for your photography, it would be a good idea to get a better one.

Other standard zooms may have a constant and faster aperture of f/2.8 for faster shutter speeds even in poor light and better background separation. You can also opt for a standard zoom that has a longer focal range that will be able to handle different shooting situations. You should get a lens that matches your camera’s sensor size, so if you have a DX format or the full-frame Nikon, you should get a DX or an FX standard zooms respectively. However, don’t use a FX standard full-frame zoom on a DX format Nikon because the lens focal length will be longer and your angle of view won’t be wide enough.

Telephoto zoom

These are an obvious choice for most people who are interested in taking wildlife and sports photography or when you can’t get close enough to your object. If you have a kit lens and a Nikon DSLR, you can add a telephoto zoom which is the best Nikon lens if you’re just a beginner. To get quality telephotos, it’s best to have a full-frame lens even if your camera is a Nikon DSLR with a smaller DX format. This is because the crop factor in the smaller sensor can increase the focal length of the lens which is what gives a telephoto its quality. You can also opt to upgrade to a full-frame Nikon if you want to continue using the telephoto lens.

Portrait lens

They give you great portrait shots that give you a flattering feature with an undistorted perspective and a soft background blur. If you use a regular zoom lens, you can get the right perspective, but this lens has a wide maximum aperture that can give you distinctly blurred backgrounds. A portrait aims to make the people in it stand out from the background and their surroundings and make them the center of attention.

Having a detailed background can be a nuisance, but a lens with a long focal length and a fast aperture of about f/1.4 to f/1.8 can resolve this issue. This will draw out the person in the photograph and remove the background from the focus. The long focal length of this lens also makes the faces look more natural and you can be close enough to give directions to the portrait sitter and engage without invading their space.

Wide-angle zoom

These are the best when you want to fit in more into your frame. A lens with a wide-angle zoom is very useful if you’re interested in travel photography and capturing cramped interiors like narrow city streets. If you’re taking photographs of tall buildings, sweeping landscapes, or interior shots, you’ll need this kind of zoom lens with a focal length of 10mm for DX format lenses or 14mm for full-frame FX lenses. A wider view angle allows you to capture more objects or subjects into your frame. However, you need the right wide-angle zooms that will be compatible with your camera’s sensor size.

Depending on the sensor, a camera with an APS-C sized sensor can increase the magnification or your lens’s crop factor from 1.2 to 1.6. This means if the focal length of your lens is 28mm, you will be having a very effective 42mm lens on an APS-C sensor camera. Wide-angle lenses normally have a focal length of between 10-24mm, so this will be good for telephoto but not for capturing wide angles.


The lens that comes with your camera offers decent image quality, but they’re slow so you need to upgrade your ISO in low light if you’re going to be holding your camera with your hands. The different Nikon lens categories will help you find the one that’s compatible with your Nikon camera.