Our article for today is going to be based around what we feel the best lens for night photography for a Nikon d5300 camera on the market right now is. With night photography becoming more and more popular and the d5300 being a very popular camera we have noticed a number of people reaching out for guidance on what lens they should use.
Rather than focusing on one single lens, we have decided to feature two. One based around landscape nighttime photography and one based around portrait nighttime photography. Both are excellent lenses that will make a great addition to your camera accessories and they are both budget-friendly meaning they will be within the budget of most, if not all our readers.
The Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC
First up, we will be going over what we feel is the best lens for night photography for a Nikon d5300 camera for landscape photography, the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Since its release, it has managed to become a very popular lens that is very versatile and can be used efficiently in a large number of different popular photography niches.
Due to the lens being so popular, a number of people have posted their own reviews (click here to read some of them) based on the nighttime performance of the lens and how they have used it for night photography. Reading some of those independent reviews can offer you a great insight into how well the lens performs as well as what you can expect from it for your Nikon d5300.
As this Rokinon lens is a prime lens based around the 14mm focal length it allows you to capture some absolutely beautiful landscape photographs while its fast f/2.8 aperture allows it to hold its own for low light and night photography as shown in the images above and below. This makes the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 perfect for you and your Nikon d5300 if you are looking to capture photographs of the night sky, the milky way, of for long exposure photographs in low light or night time conditions.
The build quality of the lens is also excellent considering how much it costs and beats that of the majority competing lenses at this price point. It will mount directly to your d5300 too making it easy to quickly mount or unmount the lens as you need on the off chance you have to hot-swap between different lenses for whatever lens.
If you are looking to pick up a great little lens with excellent nighttime and low light performance for your d5300 then the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC is the lens for you. Its low price tag means that most of our readers should be able to pick it up and its performance is excellent.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Rokinon 14mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product. We would just like to say that the lens in the video is under the Samyang brand as regional branding for Rokinon/Samyang changes depending on your location but it is the exact same lens.
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED
As it is another prime lens, this time with a fixed focal length of 35mm, you can use it in a number of portrait photography situations as well as a number of different photography niches. The lens offers a great depth of field in low light allowing you to also capture the night sky or milky way behind your subject but its focal length is poor for picking up the features of the background landscape.
Although we think that the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC covered first in the article is a much better lens overall we know that some people choose to focus on the portrait side of photography and that’s where the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED comes in. If you are focusing on the portrait side of things then we feel you should consider picking it up for your Nikon d5300.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon 35mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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Fernando Garcia – Waiting – https://flic.kr/p/DTYdPp
Michael Seeley – We’re made of star stuff – https://flic.kr/p/WwiSDS
Tiomax80 – Nîmes – https://flic.kr/p/j4pqmo