In this article, we will be taking a look at a number of compatible lenses for Nikon d5000 cameras that we fell can help any of our readers who are looking to increase their lens collection for their camera set up.
We have made this list of compatible lenses for Nikon d5000 cameras with our usual readers budget in mind. We know that you are able to spend thousands on lenses but this is massively out of budget for most of our readers so we have decided to focus on lower price lenses that are jam-packed with functionality and have an existing good reputation within the photography community.
If you do have a higher budget available then you can click here to see a full list of D5000 compatible lenses including the higher end price tag items too.
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Our Recommended Nikon d5000 Compatible Wide Angle Lens
The Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 has an excellent build quality to it that offers a very effective yet highly robust lens. That said, by the latest generation of lenses standards it is a little heavy and slightly big but we feel this is a fair trade-off for the functionality and price of the lens. It also offers very high-quality, crisp, sharp images with plenty of vibrant colors in its photographs too.
The zoom range on the lens offers you both wide-angle and ultra wide-angle functionality all in one package. At the 10mm zoom, it offers the ultra wide capability that offers some very wide photographs and is ideal for any landscape or tight space photography that you need. Scaling up towards the 20mm range you have more of a traditional wide-angle lens for regular wide-angle photographs.
Another positive of the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 is that f/3.5 lets in a good amount of light, especially for a wide-angle lens. This can help you with any on the fly video work or photography sessions in low light conditions or locations. f/3.5 can also offer some decent out of focus backgrounds of your subject but it can take a little time to get used to where you should position your camera for the photograph.
In our opinion, the main drawback of the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 is its lack of built-in image stabilization. We feel this should not be a problem for the majority of our readers, especially when it comes to wide-angle photography but we just wanted to make our readers aware of it.
We mentioned earlier that the lens has a high build quality. It is mainly made from high-quality plastics and metal to help offer a solid and robust lens that is still lightweight. The lens mount on the lens is metal with metal threads to help prevent any cross threading on the lens mount of your camera.
Both the manual zoom ring and the manual focus ring on the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 are smooth and responsive allowing you to tweak your image before pressing the capture button. One thing that we do want to point out and something that can be a little niggy when first using the lens is that the lens uses the same texture on the manual zoom ring as the lens grip. This can make it a little confusing at first until your muscle memory kicks in and you become used to the position of the manual zoom ring.
The lens also comes with a solid autofocus motor that is surprisingly quick, accurate and quiet. That said, if you are planning to use your Nikon d5000 for videography and use the on-camera mice for the audio when you may be able to hear the clicks from the autofocus motor on the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 correcting. Two easy workaround for this is to either use the manual focus for videography or use an external video microphone.
The Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 comes with an 82mm filter thread for any lens filters that you want to attach to it. Not only can the 82mm filter thread be a pain to source lenses for but they also tend to be pretty expensive for what you get. If you are wanting to use a lens filter with your Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 then we would recommend that you check out the Gobe 82mm filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Not only are they high-quality lens filters but they are also budget friendly.
Our Recommended Nikon d5000 Compatible Prime Lens
In our opinion, one of the best features of the Nikon 35mm is its f/1.8 aperture that offers amazing for low light performance for the price and can beat the performance of some lenses that are double its price. It allows plenty of light to reach your Nikon d5000 sensor allowing you to capture some excellent low light photographs with as little effort required from you as possible.
Although the autofocus motor is marketed as “silent” it does actually make a fair bit of noise. If you are using your d5000 for videography while using the onboard microphone then you will definitely be able to hear the clicks of the autofocus motor correcting. As we mentioned earlier though, simply use an off-camera microphone or use manual focus when recording video if possible.
The manual focus ring on the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 is decent, especially for the price of the lens but it has no stopping points so you are able to just keep on turning it around and around without knowing you have reached max or minimum focus. This usually doesn’t matter to people but we find it a little annoying as it doesn’t take much to add a stopping point to the lens.
As it is a prime lens, the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 has a fixed focal length with no zoom capabilities. This coupled with its quick and accurate auto-focus as well as its f/1.8 aperture can make it an ideal run and gun lens if you are planning on needing to take a bunch of photographs or videos in quick succession while walking down a street doing the whole tourist thing.
The Nikon 35mm f/1.8 comes with a 52 mm filter thread and although the 52mm size is readily available, we would still recommend that our readers check out the Gobe 52mm filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) to get high-quality filters at budget-friendly prices.
Our Recommended Nikon d5000 Compatible Fisheye Lens
The Rokinon 8mm is one of the key lenses in fisheye photography history. Its low price made it very cheap considering the price of the majority of other fisheye lenses on the market at the time and opened up fisheye photography to the masses.
The build quality of the lens is actually fantastic and matches that of lenses at a much higher price point. It is made from a mixture of high-quality plastics as well as various metals. This helps to ensure the lens is robust and light for general use. From what we were able to see Rokinon have taken the time to plan everything out for the lens to ensure it works seamlessly and easily.
One thing that many people fear about the lens is that it is a fully manual lens and has absolutely zero communication with your camera body. In our opinion, this is nothing to worry about as the nature of the fisheye lens with its huge depth of field makes it easy to manually control even when manually adjusting the aperture and focus rings yourself.
Speaking of the aperture ring, it is very easy to use and adjust. Its click lock mechanism makes it very easy to set the aperture that you want with clicks also activating every half turn to make the process even easier. The focus ring on the Rokinon 8mm is very smooth and easy to use as the depth of field of the lens makes it very easy to manually adjust and keep things in focus.
A lens cap and lens hood are both included with the lens as standard helping to save you a little cash. They are both very easy to both attach and detach from the lens as and when required without wasting time during your photography session. Due to the nature of a fisheye lens, it does not have any lens filters available that we could find but the included lens hood can replace a standard UV filter for the most part anyway.
One thing that we would like to point out is that the Rokinon 8mm is available with various lens mounts for different camera brands. Always ensure you are getting one of the Nikon lenses mounted lenses and not one designed for use with Canon, Pentax, Sony or Panasonic. We have heard some nightmare stories of people purchasing lenses from second-hand stores where the clerk does not understand photography and then does everything they can to avoid giving a refund.
That concludes our article on our recomended three lenses for Nikon d5000 cameras. We hope that you have found it helpful and found something that you can add to your lens collection. As we mentioned earlier in the article, we tried to keep within the budget of our readers and suggest lenses with a range of different uses.
All of the lenses suggested have managed to earn their self an excellent reputation within the photography community as well as be used by a number of existing Nikon d5000 photographers to ensure that the lens is suitable and compatibal with the camera.
We are toying with the idea of adding in a mid-range and high range lens alternative for each of the lens types in the future but will wait for feedback from our readers before carrying out all of the research required for lenses that you guys may not even be able to consider due to budget constraints.
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