Recommended lenses for Nikon D200, D300, D300s

by Enche Tjin on September 20, 2009

Nikon D200, D300 and D300s are Nikon advanced DSLR camera that designed for sports photography and photojournalism in mind. Their body are made by magnesium alloy and weather sealed. Compared to Nikon entry level DSLR, these cameras are significantly bigger. Here are some of the best lenses for the cameras.

Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Price: $1350

This lens is very versatile as a general purpose lens. It is wide enough for tall architecture and long enough for portrait. The f/2.8 constant aperture allows you has shallow depth of field. At 764 g, it is quite heavy, but it balances well with Nikon D300 body.

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Price: $1900

This telephoto lens are very sharp edge to edge. The auto focus speed are very fast. It also has VR to combat camera shake. This lens is very popular choice for working professional and serious amateurs. But it comes with a rather heavy price.

Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX Price: $800

This is the newest Nikon ultra wide angle zoom lens. It is great for landscape photography. It is quite small (830 mm / 460 g) and lightweight. It fits D90 very well.

Nikon 18-200mm AF-S f/3.5-5.6 DX VR Price: $750

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 85mm AF f/1.4D Price: $1200


Nikon recently updated D300 body and superzoom 18-200mm vr.

Although it is an old lens (13 years old) but this is a superb head and shoulder portrait, candids or night scene lens. It is very sharp in the center even wide open, and the bokeh (out of focus blur) is very smooth and creamy. It might be a bit expensive and slow but most important of all, unlike Nikon entry level camera, it auto focus in Nikon D90 and the size fits very well.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR Micro Price: $900

Excellent macro lens for photographing flowers, insects or other close-up include some portraits.

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Karen Chang February 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm

What is the best lens for shooting indoor volleyball games for the Nikon D300 I have the Nikkor 18-200mm already. I need the ability to take fast pics. Thanks.

Enche Tjin February 11, 2010 at 7:07 pm

I like to shoot volleyball picture quite tight [check out my gallery]. I use 85mm f/1.8, but if you want to get wider, then 50mm f/1.4D will be great.

Joe Cottone sr September 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm

I have the D300s and would like to know what you think of the 35mm F1.8 AF lens??
I have been using it for a few months now for low light pictures with mixed results.
Also I read in another column of yours about the new sensors being so good that a 100mm lens would behave like a 150mm or 160mm lens, how is this possible??
I am new to digital photography. I used my old Nikon FE for 30 odd years, with some great pics, I am not a pro by any stretch of the imagination, so I need you to clarify the Full Frame/DX Frame differences for me, I would certainly appreciate any advise you can offer.
Thank you
Joe Cottone sr

Ron Jackson February 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Why doesn’t any address lens shadow??? The Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX is a great lens unless you take a pic with the flash at less than 28mm. What would be an alternative to this lens where I don’t have to worry about lens shadow? And please don’t suggest an external flash; the camera and lens are heavy enough.

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