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Best lenses for your Nikon D600 camera

Updated on May 15, 2013

Top rated Nikon d600 lenses

Here we have the best Nikon 6600 lenses compared and reviewed. The Nikon d600 camera is an awesome digital slr camera that is capable of capturing stunning professional looking photographs you can either save on a hard disk, print and display or sell. The kit lens supplied with the Nikon d600 body is adequate to get you started, however there will be a time when you outgrow it and need better Nikon d600 lenses to take your skills and photographs to the next level.

Buying the first upgrade lens is a big decision and can be daunting. Good lenses aren't cheap therefore you need to be cautious to ensure you don't waste your hard earned cash. Sure, there is a second hand market for lenses but you will never recoup all your money so it is best to buy the right lens for you in the first instance.

For the best Nikon D600 lenses for your Nikon d600 camera take a look at the following camera lenses, all of which are superb and will take your photography skills to the next level.

Nikon 24mm - 70mm f2.8G ED Lens

The Nikon 24 -70 is considered to be a medium zoom lens and is another very popular range of focal length, and it is one of the must have Nikon d600 lenses if you shoot a Nikon d600 camera. Many people don't want to go as wide as 17mm but they want to go longer than 55mm and the Nikon 24 - 70 f2.8G ED AF-S fits the bill perfectly, especially with its maximum aperture of 2.8 throughout the entire range of focal lengths.

The first thing you will notice about this lens is its size, especially compared to tele lenses like the Nikon 17 55mm. This lens is large and heavy and when you stick the lens hood on it gets even bigger. "Big is beautiful" however, and this lens is a beauty to use.

Out of all the Nikon d600 lenses the Nikon 24 - 70 has to be one of the sharpest and best lenses built. The colours are bright, there is good contrast and images are awesome. To full appreciate what this lens can do you have to experience it for yourself.

The Nikon 24 - 70mm is one of Nikon's most popular Nion d600 camera lenses and it is easy to see why, especially once you have had a chance to use one. Despite trying, I have yet to find a bad review about this lens which is a testament to how good this lens is.

Overall the Nikon 24 - 70 is an excellent lens and one you really must own if you use a Nikon d600 camera.

Nikon 50mm f1.4 Lens

A 50mm prime lens is a lens that all photographers should have in their kit bag, and if you own the Nikon d600 camera the 50mm f1.4 is the best model to go for. 50mm primes are small and light, have excellent optics and are capable of capturing stunning images.

The 50mm f1.4 is sharp when used wide open, and super sharp if stopped down a little. The colours are bright and punchy but not oversaturated and distortions are well controlled. The 50mm f1.4 is a versatile lens that is great for portraits, still life and as a general walk about lens.

The Nikon 50mm f1.4 is the middle of the range 50mm lens and is the model to buy. This lens is fast, the image quality is almost as good as the top end 50mm lens but it is affordable which makes it excellent value for money.

Nikon AF-S 14 - 24mm f2.8G ED Lens

Super wide angle lenses are excellent for capturing stormy seascapes, sweeping landscapes and grand architectures so if you have a passion for any of these subjects a wide angle lens is an essential lens for your Nikon d600 camera, and many photographers consider the Nikon AF-S 14 - 24mm f2.8G ED the best super wide angle lens available.

This lens is well built and durable, sharp, controls distortions and is simply awesome. You really have to see some example photographs to fully appreciate how good this lens is.

The maximum aperture of 2.8 is too wide for landscapes and seascapes, after all you want as much of the image as sharp as possible which means small apertures, but it is ideal for taking hand held interior shots.

The Nikon AF-S 14 - 24mm lens isn't cheap but it is worth every cent and trust me, you won't be disappointed with it.

Books to improve your landscape photography

Capturing stunning landscape images not only requires the right Nikon d600 lens, oh no it requires more than that. To capture awesome landscapes you need to visualise the type of image you want and then apply the tricks and techniques to achieve that image. The best place to get some ideas, inspiration and the tips and tricks you need is a good landscape photography book. Below are some of my top rated landscape photography books available to order.

Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams
Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams

One of the best landscape photography books I have read is this one by Michael Frye. It is jam packed full of tips, advice and hints that will take your landscape photography to the next level.

 
The Digital SLR Expert Landscapes
The Digital SLR Expert Landscapes

Another top landscape photography book is this one. Many heads are better than one right? Well this book brings together the thoughts and ideas of several top photographers in one single place. A truly excellent resource.

 
Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques
Creative Landscapes: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques

Harold Davis is a top landscape photographer, and with this book you can start capturing some stunning landscape images.

 

Nikon 105mm f2.8G ED VR Macro Lens

If you have a passion for close up and macro photography the Nikon 105mm f2.8G macro lens is perfect for your Nikon d600 camera. The 105mm macro lens is the top end Nikon macro lens and it is pricey but it is worth every cent, and some.

Many photographers claim the 105mm macro the sharpest Nikon lens and when you see what this lens can do it is easy to see why. It isn't just sharp it is super sharp. Colours are punchy and vibrant, distortion is not a problem and vignetting doesn't even come in to the equation.

The working distance of the Nikon 105mm is the longest out of all the Nikon macro lenses, which males it perfect for taking photos of insects and mini beasts. This lens can also be used for flower photography and still lives, so it is the best all round macro lens out there.

Nikon 70 - 200mm f2.8 VR Lens

The 70 - 200mm zoom lens is another essential lens that you need in your lens bag if you shoot a Nikon d600 camera. A lens of this focal length is great for landscapes, photo journalism, wildlife and sports photography so it is easy to see what a great lens this is for your Nikon d600 camera.

The Nikon 70 -200mm has a maximum aperture of f2.8 throughout the entire focal range, so it is a fast lens that will help keep shutter speeds up to allow you to freeze the action. In addition, this lens have vibration reduction (image stabilisation) which helps prevent camera shake at slower shutter speeds. The 2.8 aperture is impressive for a telephoto lens but it also makes it quite pricey. This lens is tough, durable and built to last. In fact, you could say it is bullet proof and will provide years of trouble free service. You should see this lens as an investment and then you will see you get a lot of bang for your buck.

The image quality of the 70 - 200mm f2.8 is awesome and it is capable of capturing some stunning photographs. Overall, the Nikon 70 - 200mm zoom lens is an excellent purchase and will work very well with your Nikon d600 camera. Out of all the Nikon d600 lenses in the 70mm - 200mm focal length range this is the model to buy and it does not disappoint.

Nikon 17mm - 55mm f2.8G ED Lens

The Nikon 17 55mm f2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX zoom lens is an awesome lens, period. The 17 55mm is considered a wide zoom and it gives the range of focal lengths that are perfect for capturing landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes and general everyday scenes. The 17 55mm zoom lens is also small, compact and light, which makes it a great walk around lens and ideal if you shoot a Nikon d600 camera.

The kit lens supplied with most digital SLR cameras are 17mm to 55mm so the chances are you probably already own one, so the question has to be Why would you want another lens with exactly the same range? Well, the Nikon 17 55mm f2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX zoom lens is an exceptional lens. With a maximum aperture of 2.8 throughout the entire zoom range this is one fast lens that is great for low light conditions. The image quality of this lens is something else and far better than any kit lens. The build quality is very good and it is a tough and durable lens that can withstand a lot of abuse, but you need to bear in mind this is a heavy lens.

This lens is not cheap but you are buying a quality piece of glass that is capable of capturing images that are colourful and punchy without being over saturated and with great contrast. This lens is worth every cent and if you will not be disappointed with it.

Nikon 80mm - 400mm f4.5 - 5.6D ED autofocus VR zoom lens

If you have a passion for outdoor sports and wildlife photography the best value Nikon d600 lens you can buy is the Nikon 80mm - 400mm f4.5 - 5.6D ED autofocus VR zoom lens. With a maximum aperture of 4.5 at the short end to 5.6 at the long end this lens isn't particularly fast but then considering you will be using it outside it doesn't really need to be. If you want a lens for indoor work this is not the lens for you. If you think the speed of this lens is going to cause problems with camera shake I should point out there is VR technology to keep the camera shake at bay.

The build quality of this lens is second to none, but then this is to be expected given Nikon's reputation for building quality photography lenses. This lens is strong and durable and well capable of dealing with the elements and everything Mother Nature can throw at it.

The image quality of this lens is superb. Images are bright and vivid but not oversaturated and there is good sharpness from the centre to the edges of the frame.

This lens isn't particularly cheap but then once you start getting tele lenses with focal lengths greater than 200mm the price starts rocketing. If you compare this Nikon branded lens to other long reach tele lenses you will soon see this lens gives a lot of bang for the buck and is top value for money.

So if you want one of the best value Nikon d600 lenses and are in to your outdoor sports and/or wildlife photography the Nikon 80mm - 400mm is the perfect lens for you.

Nikon 85mm f3.5G AF-S Macro lens

One of the most versatile lenses I have found for the Nikon d600 is the Nikon 85mm f3.5G AF-S ED VR micro lens, which is an awesome Nikon d600 lens. First off this lens is a true macro lens, i.e. gives 1:1 reproduction, which means it is ideal for all types of macro and close up photography.

With a focal length of 85mm this lens even gives enough working distance to capture macro images of insects, which is pretty cool. Even though this lens is labelled a “macro” lens it can also be used for other types of photography, and with an 85mm focal length it is ideal for portraits and group shots. This lens also makes a good walkabout lens.

Like all Nikon branded lenses this 85mm prime is tough, sturdy and built to last. If you look after this lens it will provide years of trouble free service and awesome photos that will impress family, friends and peers.

With a 3.5 maximum aperture this lens isn’t the fastest macro lens available but it is plenty fast enough for taking macro photos handheld when the need arises. Besides the vibration reduction technology will ensure camera shake is kept at bay and blurry photographs will be a thing of the past. The 3.5 maximum aperture is also more than enough to capture portrait photos where the subject is tack sharp and the background is nicely blurred out.

When it comes to sharp lenses this is one of them. Use this lens wide open and it is sharp, but stop it down a bit and it is ultra sharp. The image quality is great and pin cushioning, fringing and distortions are not an issue. If you buy this lens I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed with the image quality.

This is a mid-priced lens but it gives a lot of bang for the buck and is great value for money. If you want a sharp prime for your Nikon d600 I highly recommend you take a look at the Nikon 85mm f3.5G AF-S.

Full line up of Nikon lenses

If you want to view the entire range of Nikon lenses please click here.

Protecting your Nikon D600 lens

The best way to protect your expensive lenses is to keep a screw in UV filter on the lens at all times. The manufacturers of UV lenses claim the filter reduces haze, although I have never seen any difference in haziness between a photograph shot with a UV filter and one shot without a UV filter. The only reason I use UV filter on all my lenses is to protect the front element of the lens from knocks, bangs and scrapes.

Some photographers believe a UV filter degrades the optical quality although I don't agree with this. Again, I have snapped photographs with and without a UV lens (to test this theory) and I can't tell the difference. Even when pixel peeping with photo editing software I still can't tell the difference so don't let a "loss in image quality" put you off using UV filters.

UV filters are cheap and I have one permanently attached to every single lens I own and I highly recommend you do the same. A UV filter could end up saving you an awful lot of money in the long run.

UV Filters

A UV filter is available in all diameters right through from the small 25mm to the large 82mm sizes.

How to keep your Nikon D600 lenses clean

A smudge or fingerprint on the lens can ruin a photograph and no amount of processing with photo editing software will get rid of it. Because of this it is crucial you keep all lenses and filters spotlessly clean. For a video tutorial on how to clean a lens take a look at the following footage, courtesy of Youtube.

Essential accessories to keep your Nikon D600 lenses clean

You've seen the best way to clean your Nikon lenses, now you need the tools for the job right? For the best lens cleaning products check out below.......

Nikon 7072 Lens Pen Cleaning System
Nikon 7072 Lens Pen Cleaning System

A lens pen is essential when you're out and about.

 
MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 6 PACK
MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths, 6 PACK

Micro fibre cloths are lint free and will help remove greasy finger prints and smudges.

 
Carl Zeiss Optical Inc Lens Spray Cleaner (2-ounce Bottle)
Carl Zeiss Optical Inc Lens Spray Cleaner (2-ounce Bottle)

Liquid lens cleaner will remove those stubborn marks.

 

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