Best Lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S

Nikon D7000 D300S Recommended lenses

Nikon D7000/D300S are best selling APS-C DSLRs from Nikon. D7000 is replaced by Nikon D7100 in 2013, and D300S will be replaced by Nikon D400. Here are several recommended lenses for the Nikon D7000/D300S.

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DxOMark labs have tested 100+ different lenses measured on the Nikon D7000 and Nikon D300S, the best lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S are listed below:

50mm Standard Prime Portrait | 85mm, 90mm, 105mm Portrait | 24-70mm Standard Zoom | 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom | 70-300mm Telephoto Zoom | 200mm, 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm Super Telephoto Prime | Super Telephoto Zoom | 14mm, 15mm, 20mm Ultra-Wide | 24mm, 25mm, 28mm, 35mm Wide-Angle Prime | Wide-Angle Zoom | Macro

Best 50mm Standard Prime (Portrait) lenses for D7000/D300S

50mm lenses are the most popular lenses for every DSLRs. Here are best rated 50mm lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S. The best lens is AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 D, and AF-S 50mm f/1.4G and Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lenses are also great choice. If you want a Zeiss lens for D7000/D300S, you may try Zeiss 50mm f/2 Macro lens. You may also consider the new announced Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM art lens.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Amazon/B&H/Adorama/ebay
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 D 20 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G 20 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM 20 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G 19 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZF2 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D 17 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Planar T 50mm f/1.4 ZF2 17 Amazon/B&H/Adorama

Best 85mm -105mm prime lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S

At 85-105mm lenses, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G are your best choices with the highest DxOMark score in this list. If the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G doesn’t fit your budget, then take a long look at the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF. It lacks any autofocus ability, but consider on such a low price, this is one of the best choice for D7000 and D300S. Th Sigma 85mm f/1.4 is also a great lens for D7000/D300S.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T* 26 B&H/Adorama/eBay/Rent
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G 25 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G 25 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM 22 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 22 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF 21 Amazon/B&H
Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 21 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 D IF 20 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D 20 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro 19 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G 19 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD 19 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama

Best 24-70mm Standard Zoom Lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S

If you are choosing a cheap standard zoom lens, the new released Tamron 24-70mm lens is the best with highest score. For other Nikon Lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 is another great choice.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD 17 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED 17 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM 15 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tamron SP AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical [IF] 15 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED 14 Amazon/B&H/Adorama

Best 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S

For 70-200mm zoom lens. The best lens tested on Nikon D7000/D300S is the Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens. And the well known AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II takes the second place. The latest released Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is also a great lens compared to the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G II, with a score of 17. This lens costs  only $1399 – a good value for money option – as much as a lens costing over $1000 can be considered value for money.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 17 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR 17 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO 16 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II 16

Best 70-300mm Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S

The best 70-300mm kit would be AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 13 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED 13
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS 11 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD 11 Amazon/B&H/Adorama

Best Telephoto Prime lenses for D7000/D300S

For the Super Telephoto Prime lenses, the best one is AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II lens.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II 23 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR 21 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II 19 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR 14 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR II 14 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Amazon/B&H/Adorama

Best Super Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S

According to the DxOMark score, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is the best. For a lower price, the AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens is another good choice.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD B&H/Adorama/ebay
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR 12 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR 12 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM 11 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF Zoom Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED 11
AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 17 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tamron 28-300 F3.5-6.3 XR I A 16 Amazon/B&H/Adorama

Best Ultra-Wide Lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S

Here are recommended Ultra-Wide lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S. This time the best lens is Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG ASP RF lens.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical 17 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D 16 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Distagon T 21mm f/2.8 ZF2 16 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15 ZF.2 15 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Distagon T 18mm f/3.5 ZF2 14 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 14mm F2.8 EX Aspherical HSM 11

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S

Within the wide-angle prime lenses, the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A lens is the best. And the DX lens AF-S 35mm f/1.8G is another good lens for D7000/D300S.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A 26 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G 22 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF2 22 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC 21 Amazon/B&H
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM 21 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZF2 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZF2 17 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G 15 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D 14 Amazon/B&H/Adorama

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S

The best Wide-angle zoom lens for Nikon D7000/D300S is Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED 14 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM 14 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] 13 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED 13 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X 116 Pro DX 13 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX 12 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR 11 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED 9 Amazon/B&H/Adorama

Best Macro Lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S

Here are recommended Macro Lenses for Nikon D7000/D300S. Macro lens for Zeiss has the highest score. And AF-S 105mm VR is one of the best Macro lens from Nikon.

Lens DxOMark Score Check Price at
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 22 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G 19 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZF2 19 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD 19 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro 19 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama
Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro 18 Amazon/B&H/Adorama