We have seen a fair few people reaching out over the last month and asking for advice on what the best Nikon d3400 lenses for portraits are. As the d3400 is a classed as somewhat of an entry-level camera, we have focused on featuring low budget lenses that offer excellent performance and have proven very popular with the Nikon camera owning community.
Considering their price points, both of these portrait lenses have the proven ability to outperform the competing lenses on the market due to their superior performance and either lens will make a great addition to your photography kit and be able to help improve your photography performance over the standard kit lenses or lenses designed for other photography niches.
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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
If you have a few minutes spare, we would highly recommend that you read some of those reviews above as they offer a great independent opinion of the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens and how it performs. As the lens is a fixed 50mm prime lens, its focal length is ideal for portrait photography for can be used to produce photographs with a very high image quality in a number of different portrait situations without issue.
The lens comes with Nikon’s silent wave motor technology that provides a very quick and sharp autofocus on the lenses that it is on without needing to break the bank and hike costs up. Although this article is mainly focusing on portrait photography, if you are wanting to use it for other niches like street photography, the autofocus makes it ideal as a nice little run and gun lens due to how quickly and accurately it can focus. On top of this, if you are planning to use the lens for any video recording then the silent wave motor system is very quiet and should not have much of an impact on your audio track if you are using your on-camera microphone.
As you may have guessed from our article and the third-party reviews we linked above this is a great lens that is perfect for most peoples portrait needs and comes with a nice and cheap price tag too. There is no doubt in our mind that if you pick the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens up for your d3400 it will help you quickly improve with your portrait photography.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Nikon AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8G Lens
Again, we would highly recommend that you take the time to read at least some of the reviews linked above as the offer a great third-party, independent perspective on the lens that can be very helpful. As this is the little brother of the first lens that we covered in the article they have pretty much the exact same functionality including the silent wave motor autofocus system.
In addition to the great autofocus system on the lens, it also has a really good manual focus system too. The focus ring on the lens is very easy to operate and is smooth enough to turn to allow you to easily tweak the focus levels of your portrait images before choosing to actually capture the photography to ensure that you get the perfect photo each time.
If you are looking for a solid portrait photography lens for your d3400 that is cheap, easy to use, and reliable but based around the 35mm focal point rather than the 50mm focal point then this is the lens for you.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8G to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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Rajarshi MITRA – away in silence! – https://flic.kr/p/dLwgHR
Boudewijn Berends – Mila at the beach – https://flic.kr/p/8ekxJX