Nikon D7100 is a 24MP mid-range, enthusiast-focused APS-C DSLR. The D7100 promises high resolution by making do without an optical low-pass filter in front of its 24MP CMOS sensor. It gains a more sophisticated 51-point autofocus system and a 7fps 1.3x cropped shooting mode that provides a 2x crop compared to a 35mm system.
Today, we are going to showing you some of recommended lenses for the new Nikon D7100.
50mm Portrait/Standard Prime | 85mm, 90mm, 105mm, 135mm Portrait Prime | 24-70mm, 18-105mm Standard Zoom | Wide-angle Prime | Wide-angle Zoom | 200mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm Telephoto Prime | 70-200mm, 70-300mm Telephoto Zoom | Macro
Best 50mm Portrait / Standard Prime lenses for D7100
The 50mm portrait standard lenses are very popular. Of course, the best one tested on Nikon D7100 is Zeiss Otus 1.4/55, but the price is still too expensive for most D7100 users, luckly, you may consider the new announced Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens. Beside this lens, the three best lenses for Nikon D7100 are from Nikon and Sigma – the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM, Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D and Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G.
Lens | DxOMark | Check Price at |
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art | – | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 | 35 | B&H/Adorama |
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM | 24 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 D | 24 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G | 23 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G | 23 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G | 22 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZF2 | 22 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D | 20 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZF2 | 20 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Best 85mm, 105mm, 135mm Portrait Prime lenses for D7100
Most lenses in this range are usually called Portrait lenses. The best portrait lens for Nikon D7100 is the Zeiss Otus 1.4/85mm lens, AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G, but very expensive, so you may try AF-S NIKKOR 85m f/1.8G version.
Lens | DxOMark | Check Price at |
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T* | 32 | B&H/Adorama/eBay/Rent |
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G | 30 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G | 30 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 | 27 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM | 27 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF | 26 | Amazon/B&H/ebay |
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 D IF | 25 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 | 25 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD | 24 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D | 24 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G | 23 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO | 22 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro | 22 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Best Standard Zoom lenses for D7100
If you are choosing a standard zoom lens, the best one according to DxOMark is Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD lens. This lens is one point better than AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens. If you are looking for a cheap lens, the AF-S DX 16-85mm and AF-S 24-85mm lenses are good ones.
Lens | DxOMark | Check Price at |
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD | 21 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED | 20 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM | 18 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED | 17 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR | 16 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR | 16 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR | – | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] | – | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Best Wide-angle Prime lenses for D7100
Within the wide-angle prime lenses, the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A lens is the best. And the DX model 35mm f/1.8G is cheap, but very good lens. Carl Zeiss wide-angle lenses are manual model with no AF. The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED is another good wide-angle prime lens except the price.
Lens | DxOMark | Check Price at |
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A | 32 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF2 | 27 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G | 26 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC | 26 | Amazon/B&H/ebay |
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G | 25 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZF2 | 25 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 | 25 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED | 24 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZF2 | 24 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF | 22 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G | 21 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical | 21 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Best Wide-angle Zoom lenses for D7100
From the list, the best choice is newly announced Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens. The new released AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens has the same test score with AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G. And both the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 PRO FX Nikon and 11-16mm f/2.8 lenses are sharpness lenses.
Lens | DxOMark | Check Price at |
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM | 28 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED | 20 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED | 20 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S DX NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF | 19 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX | 18 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX | 18 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tokina 12-24mm f/4 AT-X 124 AF Pro DX II | 18 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM | 17 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED | 16 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR | 16 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II | 15 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED | 13 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM II | 12 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Best Telephoto Prime lenses for D7100
For the Telephoto Prime lenses, there are several great choice for Nikon D7100, see the list below.
Lens | DxOMark | Check Price at |
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II | 29 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR | 26 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II | 24 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR | 17 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR II | 16 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF | – | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Best Telephoto Zoom lenses for D7100
The telephoto lenses are also very popular for Nikon D7100. This focal range covers a lot of requirements and is used regularly by photographers in most genres. The best lens should be the NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G II. And the latest released Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is a good lense for Nikon D7100.
Lens | DxOMark | Check Price at |
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II | 23 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD | 23 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD | – | B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM | 21 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR | 21 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM | 20 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO | 17 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR | 16 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED | 15 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS | 15 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR | 15 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II | 13 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD | – | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Best Macro lenses for D7100
Here are the recommended macro lenses for Nikon D7100.
Lens | DxOMark | Check Price at |
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 | 27 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD | 24 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G | 23 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS Macro | 22 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED | 21 | Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay |
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