What lens to get for your Nikon D750?
Released in September 2014, the Nikon D750 (see on Amazon.com) is a full-format SLR that succeeds the Nikon D700 with some improvements. It’s intended for semi-pro and amateurs who want to start with a first full-format camera.
Technically, it has a 24×36 full-format 24×36 sensor, a new high-performance autofocus system, integrated wifi, a 6.5 fps burst mode, a removable screen and excellent battery life. It offers superb image quality in a bulky but very robustly manufactured case. As for its video mode, it’s basic, with Full HD at 60 frames per second.
Even if it’s a little dated, on the whole it’s a very good camera if you want to start taking full-format photos at a relatively affordable price.
Here is a selection of the best lenses compatible with the Nikon D750 to help you make a good arsenal useful in all situations, whether for travel, portrait or landscape photography.
Please leave a comment if you have any suggestions or ideas to improve this list!
Note: Product links in this article lead to Amazon.com
- Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
- Nikon AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G
- Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM
- Nikon 16-35mm f/4G VR
- Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2
- Comparative Table
- Useful accessories
A real Swiss army knife like this Nikon 28-300mm, thanks to its extremely versatile focal length that allows you to switch from a wide angle to a telephoto lens. It’s the perfect tool for those who want to travel with their Nikon D750 and only one lens in their bag. Its minimum focusing distance is also convenient for proxy photography. Focusing is fast, accurate and silent. In good lighting conditions, its vibration reduction system provides excellent image quality. As for its manufacturing quality, it’s a robust lens with a very careful finish. It can be locked to prevent the lens from stretching during transport.
For the negative points, it’s rather heavy, and there is a little vignetting and distortion at the end of the race. Too bad also that its focal length does not start at 24mm, which would also allow you to enjoy a practical focal length in landscape photography. Finally, you can’t have everything, and it allows you to do without several lenses.
“Magnificent”, “breathtaking”, a “jewel”, these are some of the terms used by many users regarding this 85mm f/1.4, considered as a reference for portrait photography, and this all brands combined.
Its optical quality is impeccable, with superb image sharpness, colour rendering and sublime contrast. It’s also known for its exceptional bokeh that allows you to isolate the subject with an impression of a 3D effect thanks to its 1.4 opening.
Note that there is no integrated optical stabilization (damage), and it’s tropicalized.
At the price at which it’s sold, its construction quality is of course excellent. Its price reserves it for professionals or amateurs who really want to enjoy themselves but at this price it’s one of the best portrait lenses available on the market, which will offer superb results mounted on a Nikon D750.
Among the many existing macro lenses, the Sigma 105mm f2.8 is a very good choice, with a practical focal length to avoid having to stick to the subject. The delivered images have an extra sharpness and offer beautiful bokeh, the autofocus is efficient and fast, and not to spoil anything it’s sold at a correct price and provided with a protective cover. It also has an integrated OS stabilizer that is effective for freehand photography!
A few downsides though: it’s quite heavy and the stabilizer makes a slight noise….
In short, overall it’s a very good investment for those who want to get into the macro or even do a portrait with their Nikon D750.
Among the various wide-angle lenses compatible with the Nikon D750, the Nikon 16-35mm stands out from the crowd due to its weight, optical qualities, versatile focal range and price. It has a constant f/4 aperture and the sharpness is very good at all focal lengths (one of the best at wide-angle at this level).
Its manufacturing quality is good, filters can be screwed in (which is not the case for all wide angles), the autofocus does the job and it’s equipped with the VR vibration reduction system useful in some cases. There’s some distortion but it’s easy to retouch, in short there’s not much to blame it for.
Certainly the best value for money for those looking for a versatile zoom with constant aperture at a reasonable price, this Tamron 70-200mm has nothing to be ashamed of when compared to the best lenses in its class.
It offers several improvements over the previous version: a more modern and elegant all-black aluminum design; a reinforced tropicalization, a minimal focus that increases from 1.3 m to 95 cm, a more responsive and accurate USD autofocus, and an improved VC image stabilizer (especially in performance mode). In terms of image quality, it offers excellent overall performance.
A separately sold USB dock, the Tap-In console, allows you to connect the lens to your PC via USB to update the lens firmware and calibrate the autofocus, stabilization system, and customize different settings if the factory settings do not suit you.
For the weak points of this Tamron: vignetting at f/2.8, with particularly dark corners, a slightly soft dive at f/2.8; its weight of almost 1.5Kg, and a slightly hard and poorly positioned zoom ring.
All of the Nikon D750 compatible lenses mentioned above are included in this comparison chart to help you choose the right equipment. You will be able to compare them according to their price, the weight and the utility of each one to choose which will suit your budget and your style of photo.
|Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR||$$$||796 g||f/3.5-5.6||all-in-one|
|Nikon AF-S 85 mm f/1.4G||$$$||595 g||f/1.4||portrait|
|Sigma 105 mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM||$$$||725 g||f/2.8||macro|
|Nikon 16-35mm f/4G VR||$$$||680 g||f/4||wide angle (architecture, landscape)|
|Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2||$$$||1485 g||f/2.8||zoom|