Do you love mirrorless cameras? Do you think they can offer as much as DSLR counterparts or even more? If you feel this way, you will smile upon seeing the camera I used for testing lenses.
Nikon Z6 is fantastic 2018. full-frame mirrorless camera with a 24 MPx sensor.
It is similar to its bigger brother, Z7, but it comes with 493 phase-detect autofocus points, rugged design, and control system already seen with Z7. This mirrorless beast offers UHD 4K 30p recording and up to 12 FPS burst shooting.
This particular camera’s performance can be upgraded with the right set of lenses. Which of them do I find to work the best with Z6? Continue reading to find out!
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50 mm f/1.4G is a superb prime with fantastic picture quality. It is very affordable in terms of prime lenses, but it will not disappoint you with the performance. It comes with an f/1.4 aperture, so the lens is a perfect choice for conditions with poor lighting.
The image quality is on point, with sharp edges and lots of details. Of course, the bokeh effect is excellent and allows a smooth transition from the subject to the background.
The lens has all the recommendations for those who value a good depth of field.
The overall design of the lens is modern and stylish, with metal and plastic elements. It comes with weather-sealed protectant and can be used in the rain.
I particularly appreciate the fact that the lens comes with hood and bag for storage when you are not using it. Also, a pro tip I have is to use the polarized lens cover to shade sunlight and glares you might pick up even with the lens hood.
- Excellent balance of contrast
- You can open it up to f1.4
- Fast, bright and sharp
- Great low-light performance
- No aperture ring
- Color fringing is noticeable
Best Wide-Angle Lens for Landscapes
There is a special place for all wide-lenses in my arsenal. Tamron AFA012N700 SP 15-30 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is a keeper. I love shooting in low light conditions, so it feels good to have an f/2.8 aperture.
This lens allowed me to shoot excellent handheld photos without having to mount a tripod. The success rate was satisfactory, with no blur, all with low ISO while achieving maximum sharpness possible.
Tamron comes with an ultra-silent motor which enables silent and fast focusing. Its nine-blade aperture is perfect for the bokeh effect. The lens itself is of robust and smooth built. It is meant to be used in harsh weather.
I did notice some issues with chromatic aberrations and lens vignetting at 30 mm. Fortunately, it is an easy fix in Photoshop camera raw. Other than that, the lens proved to be a reasonable choice for shooting landscapes and low-light conditions usage.
- Great value for the money
- Good control over vignetting
- Minimal chromatic aberrations
- Excellent central sharpness
- Barrel distortion at 15 mm
- Big and heavy
Best All-Around lens for everyday photography
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-120 mm f/4G ED is a charming pick in all-around section. It is a compact and versatile standard zoom lens with an f/4 aperture. With this lens, I shot both indoor and outdoor, both in natural and artificial light. It is an excellent choice for those who want wide, sharp, and fast images.
It can handle unique lighting situations well and for a reasonable price as well! I love shooting groups of people, so the lens opens wide enough to frame the whole family or a bunch of friends without having to move around a lot or to seclude anyone. The autofocus is not very loud and is entirely accurate. The focus rings are smooth and work well.
The design is on point and quite stylish for my taste. It is a great all-around lens for shooting even moving objects and situations when you don’t want to miss a thing. The only con I found is the size and weight.
It is a massive, big lens that may deter users who wish to travel and take an all-around lens with them. However, it is bearable, and you will get used to it. After all, it is the only compromise you have to make for the right quality lens.
- 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
Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD comes with a minimum focus distance of 55 inches and maximum magnification 1:8, with the focal length changing the angle of view in an image. Practically, it means the longer the focal length, the smaller the angle of view, and the higher the magnification.
It is a huge telephoto lens with a wide aperture. It is equipped with Sigma’s original optical image stabilization covering the whole range of focal length and a constant aperture of f/2.8.
This optical stabilization offers the use of shutter speed at four stops slower than usual, and it is an excellent lens for sports and wilderness. It provides two low dispersion glass elements for superior correction of color aberrations.
This lens also uses a coating for flare reduction. Autofocus is reliable, fast, and accurate. The manual focus is also perfect. All in all, it is a beautiful lens, stylish design, and excellent specifications aimed at seasoned hobbyists and professional users.
There is a small issue in low light, which can cause the focus to hunt a bit, but it is a minor thing that is not possible to notice in daylight conditions, and you can avoid it with a manual focus ring.
- Useable Focal Length
- Long zoom and good colors
- Metal mount gives a sturdy feel
- Performs well with proper lighting
- Mediocre low-light performance
Best Macro Lens for Macro Photography
Last, but definitely not least comes to Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40 mm f/2.8G. The lens offers sharp images from infinity to life-size and autofocus and 64 inches, designed and optimized for Nikon cameras.
If you love shooting insects and raindrops, you will enjoy the dust and waterproof sealing mount. Technically speaking, the lens comes with a high optical performance and ED glass elements.
The silent motor does a great job with ultra-fast and quiet autofocus. Of course, you can switch to manual easily, and it does even a better job. The lens is very light. It would be even hard to notice it on camera.
Also, the design is on point, with modern style, quality materials, and good in the hand. f/2.8 provides a good shooting range for low-light situations, and images it produces are sharp.
- 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 Z6 – Wrapping Up
So, there you have it. Nikon Z6 is a superb camera, even on its own. It offers great performance and robust, rugged design. Z6 also comes with high-tech options and great photographic performance.
However, if you pair it with any of the lenses I pointed out, your Z6 will genuinely become a beast, and you will be proud of this Nikon camera.