Do you think photography should be affordable to everyone, in terms of equipment? If you just nodded your head while reading this, you will agree with what I’m about to say:
It is possible to reach a middle ground, and Nikon D100 did it!
With a 6.1 megapixel sensor and 3D Digital Matrix Image Control, it is a great, affordable camera for photo enthusiasts and more advanced users. The body comes with built-in Speedlight with D-TTL flash and provides high-speed image processing, with a top shutter speed of 1/4,000. The Flash sync achieves speed up to 1/180 seconds.
All of these values can be upgraded if you arm your D100 with some powerful lenses. And what are the best lenses for this particular Nikon I shared in the article?
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Best Prime Lens for Portraits
It is no coincidence that Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art DG HSM came in to be my first choice as a prime lens for D100. A large f/1.4 aperture showed out to be a professional performer for shooting everything, including portraits and studio photography.
With the focal length of 50 mm, paired with a hypersonic motor that ensures quiet and precise autofocus, it is an excellent lens for modern DSLRs.
During the testing, I found out that the minimum focus distance is about 40 cm, which I consider excellent for a prime. It also showed no signs of vignetting noticeable to bare eyes. What my human eye did notice, however, is a crazy sharp, bokeh effect.
I also tried out Sigma manual for tuning in each range of the lens, and I was pleased with the results. In terms of building, it is a high-quality lens with super multi-layer coating and lots of glass used as a material.
- Excellent color transmission
- Professional build quality
- Excellent lens cap
- Amazing picture quality overall
- Storage dock-cap is loose
- It is large and heavy
Best Wide-Angle Lens for Landscapes
For wide lens photography, I have paired D100 with Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II, and it turned out to be the winning combination. It is a superb lens optically speaking, with low distortion and low vignetting. It is hard to outmatch in terms of photo quality since it is excellent in the whole spectrum from 11 to 16 mm.
The aperture of f/2.8 provides lots of light so that it will be the right choice for blue hour photography and foggy weather.
Speaking of the lens’s physical capabilities, I feel a need to point out that it’s a robust lens, and it can withstand some beating. A minor drawback is a pull-push process of changing from autofocus to manual focus, but it is something you get used to quickly.
I did notice some of the flares during photo shooting in bright light. It wasn’t so much of an issue, since it didn’t wash out any contrast or black-light, and it can typically be seen with other lenses as well.
- Sharp from 12mm to 16mm
- Effective manual/auto slip ring
- It feels very well built
- Excellent value
- Slight vignetting at 11mm
- Short focal range compared to others
Best All-Around lens for everyday photography
The lens that photographers use as an all-around lens is of utter importance since they are a piece of optical beauty they spend most of their time with. That is why my heart goes to Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED as my number one all-around choice. It packs VR II image stabilization and offers sharp and excellent color rendition.
Using a focal length of 120 mm allowed me to experiment with shooting, and I was quite satisfied. Pictures were sharp and colors for realistic, with no noticeable focus issues. The lens is heavy, but it pays off.
The f/4 is a bit of compromise for the everyday lens, but it compensates with added flexibility in terms of focal length. I find this lens to be an excellent choice for event photography and even portraits.
VR option is significant because, at the maximum aperture of f/4, the lens will struggle for light, especially at the telephoto end. But the VR option enabled me to keep the ISO setting down for maximum picture quality, which I find to be an astounding result.
The extra zoom of 120 mm is excellent for the money, with unique and accurate autofocus, and exceptional sharpness.
- Vibration reduction works well
- Comes with lens hood
- Pro level color and contrast
- Center sharpness is very good
- Color fringing
- Sharpness fade on the edges
Best Telephoto Lens for Wildlife Photography
The Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 VC G2 is a sharp lens and a lens with the ability to focus quickly in low-light environments. I must praise the design and the lens material because it looks and feels professionally made.
It comes with a footplate-tripod ring which is very stable, yet easily removable. Since the lens is heavy, I often used a monopod while shooting, especially for prolonged periods (e.g., astronomy, sports events).
However, I didn’t have more significant issues using the lens with a camera in my hands. The autofocus is amazing, and it goes well with the sharpness of images this lens provides. It has excellent resolution, and colors it renders are magnificent, and I genuinely adore the integration of compatible tripod mounting plate.
During the shooting, I went out in the forest and took photos of some hummingbirds. I was quite surprised, yet delighted with the number of details I was able to capture—all of that with fast autofocus and no more prominent traces of chromatic aberrations or barrel distortions.
- This lens is built like a tank
- The blur is noticeably smooth
- Excellent autofocus
- Amazing value
- Focus breathing at 200mm
- Zoom ring turns opposite direction
Best Macro Lens for Macro Photography
At the end of the testing, as my macro winner, I present you Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM. It is a lens designed to use with full-frame DSLRs. It can focus down to a 1:1 magnification ratio at the closest distance of 12.3 inches.
It is a lens that stands out for indoor conditions, at f/2.8. Autofocus is extremely fast, as long you’re not focusing from the front to the back of its range, the autofocus will give impressive results. It is also silent, and I see it as a win-win situation.
The lens doesn’t extend, and in my opinion, an extending lens often distracts models and unbalances the camera body, so this is a plus. When shooting macro, I usually don’t carry a tripod around, so for me, it is essential to have a lens that will not cause issues when used handheld.
This Sigma proved to be great for handheld shooting in low-light environments. Also, this focal length is excellent for me because I love to shoot small objects (flowers, caterpillars, etc.), so it was easy for me to frame my subjects with this lens and completely blur out the background. In the end, I must add that colors are rendered quite realistically and are exceptionally rich.
- Great manual focus feel
- Macro feature works like a charm
- Lens is lightweight
- f/2.8 is great for general photography
- Auto-focus performance in low-light
- You must get close to subject for 1:1
Best lenses for Nikon D100 – Wrapping Up
I’m glad that Nikon offered a solution in making a compromise between expensive high-end gears and more affordable cameras.
Nikon D100 is an excellent choice for those who want to have the best of both worlds. The lenses I picked out the most reasonable options to pair with this particular Nikon.
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