Today’s article is going to be focusing on what we feel are the two best portrait lenses for Nikon d5300 cameras currently available on the market right now. We decided to publish this article to help as many of our readers as possible as we have lost count of the number of photographers we see reaching out for advice on portrait lenses for their cameras.
Although we did initially have a number of lenses on our short list for this article, we put a little bit of time in trying to narrow it down to ensure we are featuring the best possible lenses for our readers. Both of the lenses we settled on have proven to be very popular within the photography community for portraits due to their focal length, build quality, functionality, and performance ensuring they are top quality but budget-friendly lenses.
The Nikon AF-S DX 35mm F/1.8G Lens
This prime lens from Nikon comes with a solid build quality that has the proven ability to take tons of punishment during use and while in your photography bag without having any effect on the performance of the lens. The lens is able to offer you some excellent image quality that you are able to use with your Nikon d5300 in a number of photography niches in addition to capturing portraits.
The Silent Wave Motor technology in the lens offers a very fast and clean way for you to autofocus the lens quietly with minimal effort. This can help you use it for a run and gun style of photography capturing a number of different photographs from different subjects at different focal lengths quickly. That said, the manual focus ring on the lens works perfectly too allowing you to quickly tweak the level of focus your lens is providing to get the exact photograph that you want.
The F/1.8G aperture on the lens is also fast while offering some great low light performance at the same time. Although the majority of types of portrait photography will be done in a location that had good or at least decent lighting, a small number of portraits will be taken in low light. For example, if you are looking to do some work in nightclubs capturing photographs of revelers to put the photographs on social media, this lens will be a good choice due to the low light and variable light conditions you are likely to be working in.
We really do feel that the Nikon 35mm lens will make a great little addition to your camera accessories that will improve your portrait photography performance while also being very budget friendly. If you own a Nikon d5300 and are looking to pick up a decent little portrait lens this the Nikon 35mm should definitely be considered.
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.
The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
Both of the lenses are very similar as they are both prime lenses with great build quality, decent functionality, excellent performance, and a handy little autofocus motor. Depending on your portrait photography niche, the 50mm focal length may serve you better than the 35mm covered above but only you know your needs.
Although we touched on it above, the Nikon 50mm lens comes with the Silent Wave Motor autofocus technology as standard to provide a nice snappy autofocus capability that will seamlessly work with a bunch of Nikon cameras right out the box. Again, the manual focus ring on the lens works perfectly and is very easy to locate without needing to look away from your viewfinder too.
The 50mm comes with the exact same f/1.8G aperture setting as the 35mm variant of the lens offering a quick aperture with great low light performance again. As we mentioned earlier though, the practical use of this feature in your particular photography niche is going to depend on what type of portrait photography you are doing.
If you are wanting to pick up a 50mm portrait lens for your Nikon d5300 then the Nikon 50mm lens will make a great budget-friendly addition to your collection of camera accessories. It will definitely help to improve your portrait photography performance with minimal effort required on your part so is worth considering.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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