In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best portrait lenses for Nikon d5200 cameras currently available on the market right now. Due to the success of our article on recommended zoom lenses for d5200 cameras, we decided to publish this one dedicated to our recommended portrait lenses for your d5200.
As you probably know, you need a totally different type of lens for portrait photography to maximize your image quality and keep your clients happy. We had a few portrait lenses shortlisted for this article but narrowed it down to these two that we feel will serve our readers best. They are both budget-friendly, will natively fit your d5200 lens mount, and have an excellent reputation within the community as well as a number of people already using them as portrait lenses.
The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
As it is a prime lens, it comes with a fixed focal length but the 50mm lenses tend to be some of the best when it comes to portrait photography offering you both excellent image quality and depth of field. On top of portrait photography, the lens is also good for street photography, some architectural photography as well as general everyday use.
The f/1.8 aperture on the lens is fast while also offering decent low light performance making it an ideal choice if you are going to be out and about while traveling light. No matter the weather, you will be able to keep capturing portraits with the Nikon AF-S 50mm as the weather and lighting conditions change throughout the day.
The lens is also lightweight enough for you to be able to carry it with you mounted on your Nikon D5200 without even noticing it or feeling any discomfort. The Nikon Silent Wave Motor technology in the lens is very quick at autofocusing your image while also being relatively quiet for the price of the lens. This can make the Nikon AF-S 50mm a decent run and gun lens allowing you to quickly and easily move through a location capturing photographs as the autofocus keeps your pace.
We know that many of our readers like to further customize the performance and image quality of their lenses by adding various types of lens filters. The Nikon AF-S 50mm comes with a 58mm lens filter thread and we would highly recommend that you at least check out the Gobe 58mm filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) if you are wanting to pick some filters up for your lens collection.
All in all, we feel that the Nikon AF-S 50mm really is a great lens. It is very budget friendly when you take into its current price, its functionality, the build quality of the lens, and the level of performance it provides. It has also managed to grow and maintain a solid reputation over the years that has helped it become very popular and readily available.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm lens to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Nikon AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8G Lens
Again, the Nikon AF-S DX 35mm is another prime lens with a fixed focal lens that comes with a fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus that makes it ideal in a number of photography niches. If you are a perfectionist and like to tweak the focus of your lens before capturing your image then the manual focus override is very fast with the manual focus ring on the lens being responsive and easy to turn.
The f/1.8 aperture on the Nikon AF-S DX 35mm allows you to control the depth of field of your image enabling you to quickly and easily focus in and isolate your subject while creating a beautifully blurred background to offer some unique portrait photography.
The lens comes with a 52mm lens thread and as we mentioned earlier, if you are wanting to customize the performance of the lens then we would recommend that you check out the Gobe 52mm filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for some high-quality, budget-friendly lens filters.
All in all, we highly recommend any of our readers who own a Nikon D5200 and is in the market for a portrait lens check out the Nikon AF-S DX 35mm. It is a solid lens that will natively fit your camera and offer some great portrait photography opportunities.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8G Lens to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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