Recommended lens for Nikon D3000, Nikon D3100, Nikon D60, Nikon D40

by Enche Tjin on September 12, 2009

So you’ve just get Nikon beginner digital SLR camera. After having fun shooting, you feel the limitation of the kit lens and want some other lens to complement it. Looking for lenses for Nikon beginner cameras are  a bit tricky because it does not have built-in AF motor. The solution is to look for Nikon lens that has AF-S (built-in lens motor) in it.

You might also want lens that doesn’t broke the bank and not too heavy. Here are some suggestions for your beloved camera:

nikon-55-200mm-vrNikon 55-200mm AF-S f/4-5.6G DX VR – Price:  $250

This is telephoto lens that complement well with your kit lens 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR. You can use this for shooting far away subjects such as birds, architectural details or sports. It is great for portraits too. It is equipped with VR (Vibration Reduction) which is effective to prevent blur due to the camera shake.

nikon-18-200mm-vr-lensNikon 18-200mm AF-S f/3.5-5.6 DX VR II Price: $780

This multipurpose lens is great for any circumstances, you can shoot wide or shoot telephoto for far away subjects. The problem is the weight (565 g) and the high price tag. But if you only one to carry one lens, then this is the one.

nikon-35mm-afs-dxNikon 35mm AF-S f/1.8 DX Price: $200

This is great for low light or to create a shallow depth of field (blur / soften background). The focal length is equivalent to 52.5mm, so it is very close to our eyes viewpoint. The lens is very small and light.  The original price (MSRP) is $200, but this lens is very popular and Nikon can’t keep up with market demand. As a result, the price is a bit higher than MSRP.

nikon-60mm-micro-afsNikon AF-S 60mm f/2.8 Micro Price: $550

If you like to shoot small subjects like insects, then this macro lens is for you. It is quite expensive, but you will have  a lot of fun with it. The other application for this lens is portrait. Although it might be too sharp for girls portrait.

Nikon-50mm-f14-g-afsNikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G Price: $450

This lens is great as a portrait lens, candids, or low light events. The focal length is equivalent to 75mm in 35mm camera, it is not wide, but not very long. The size is almost similar to Nikon 35mm f/1.8 lens discussed above.

That’s all folks. You can get your lenses from Amazon, they have a very competitive price and great service. I hope this can help you and have fun making pictures with the lenses!

Looking for other alternative? Check out Sigma lenses or Tamron lenses for Nikon D5000, D3000

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Muhayudin May 23, 2011 at 12:14 am

Hi! I’m from Malaysia. I’m just bought Nikon D3100 with 18-55 lens. Now i want to buy lens AF-S 55-200 DX VR. It is good and compatible? I’m to buy speedlight too and it’s brand Nissin Di-622 Mark II. It is good and compatible too? tq:)

Enche Tjin May 23, 2011 at 3:12 am

yes it is good and compatible too. :)

Gizmos Online August 16, 2011 at 11:54 am

Thanks for this guide. It really helped me a lot in choosing lens for my D3000.

KOMOLAFE OLASUNKANNMI August 18, 2011 at 8:00 pm

To me personally I don’t think D3000 &5000 should be made the production is not up to my taste. Kudos to Nikon for D80,90 and 40/40x,60 which production is nice and price still make some SENSES.

Wellington March 6, 2012 at 11:03 pm

I am looking for a lense, 1000 to 2000 mm, for a Nikon D3000 camera

Marilyn June 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

I have a Nikon D3000 camera that I’m wanting to get a 10-24 lens for. I have an opportunity to purchase a non-manufacture lens. Will it work on my 3000 & still be auto-focus?

Enche Tjin June 12, 2012 at 1:21 am

@Marilyn if it has motor such as HSM it will work. Just ask the shop

Elect Jimawo October 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Am a photographer, I only go for weddings, parties and burial coverage, I confused on which I should purchase among Nikon D 90 and Nikon D200. Taks

Enche Tjin October 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

@Elect I suggest Nikon D90

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