Today’s article is going to based around us going over what we feel are the two strongest lenses on the market right now for the title of the best zoom lenses for Nikon d5300 cameras. We have been meaning to get this article out for a few weeks now due to so many people reaching out for advice but we finally had some free time and decided to get this published.
Although we initially had a pretty long list of suitable lenses that we were planning on featuring, we decided to cut it down to only two. The first one is a higher price tag lens with the second one being a very budget friendly lens. Both of the lenses offer plenty of functionality and performance for their relative price points and either will make a great addition to your photography kit depending on your budget.
The Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED
Coming from Nikon it comes with an excellent build quality that has proven its ability to stand the test of time and be able to take a ton of punishment without showing it. The telephoto zoom lens focal range offers some excellent functionality with great image quality throughout the zoom levels. It offers a more portrait style photograph at the lower zoom range moving up to macro and wildlife photograph zoom levels at the higher zoom range.
Both the autofocus and vibration reduction technology in the lens are on point and do their jobs perfectly allowing you to quickly and easily focus in on the subject of your photograph with minimal effort. When working in the higher zoom ranges of the lens the vibration reduction tech becomes a godsend and helps to improve your overall image quality.
The texturized manual zoom and manual focus rings on the camera are also easy to locate due to them having a different texture to the rest of the lens. This allows you to quickly and easily tweak both the zoom and focus levels of the lens to perfection without having to look away from your camera’s viewfinder.
Overall, the Nikon 55-300mm really is a great lens that we would highly recommend you consider picking up if you own a D5300 and are looking for a zoom lens to supplement your photography kit.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG
In our opinion, the best budget zoom lens for Nikon d5300 cameras on the market right now is definitely the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG (Click here to check for product prices and availability). It is dirt cheap and provides more functionality with better overall performance than the vast majority of other lenses at this price point. Nikon d5300 owners who also own the Sigma 70-300mm have also posted independent reviews (click to read) of their experiences with this lens and camera combo that you may want to read.
Again, the Sigma 70-300mm will fit directly onto your d5300 camera body without the need to purchase any third-party adaptors or converters for the lens. On top of this, it also offers great image quality for its price all the way up through its zoom range.
Even though this is a very budget friendly lens, it has a very robust build quality and both its manual focus and manual zoom rings work perfectly even when only trying to marginally tweak your image. Although the manual zoom ring is easy to reach during use, the manual focus ring can be a little bit of a pain when the lens is at maximum zoom levels but for its price tag, we can overlook this.
Although the lens performs very well in all other areas, its low light performance does leave lots to be desired due to it having such a large aperture. Again though, for the price tag of the Sigma 70-300mm some concessions have to be given and we doubt many people will be trying to take telephoto zoom range photographs with this lens in low light anyway.
As you may have guessed, for the price tag, we feel the Sigma 70-300mm really is a great lens that will suit your d5300 well if you are on a tight budget but still in the market for a decent zoom or telephoto zoom lens. It is definitely worth considering and we would highly recommend that you check it out.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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