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Best DX Lenses 2015 - Nikon DSLR Cameras

Updated on January 14, 2015

Nikon DX vs. FX 2015

For Digital Cameras Nikon makes two formats, DX and FX in order to work with different camera sensor sizes. DX is the smaller at around 24x16mm with FX measuring in at around 36x24mm. In this post I'll review some of the latest DX lenses giving you my personal opinion of each.

Best DX Lenses
Best DX Lenses

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens

A Quality Budget Entry-Level Lens

If you want to learn more about FX and DX lenses be sure to check out Nikon's page on the subject.

The Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens is probably the highest rated DX lens that you can find. It comes with a ring type SWM that gives very quiet AF operations. It makes a great lens for snapshots and landscape shooting with an angle that equals that of the human eye.

It has a rounded seven blade diaphragm opening that allows out of focus subjects to appear more natural. You get two focus modes - manual override focus and manual focus. To keep moisture ingression around the mount to a minimum, the lens features a rubber seal.

If there's one negative thing about this lens it's that some owners have found that the lens has focusing problems. In my use with it I have not found this to be the case. One feature I really like is the quality of low light pictures.


Overall you'll love this compact, light, and durable lens. The autofocus is very quiet, fast and accurate. If you like close up shots, you will find that this lens gives you great pictures up to 1 foot of distance from your subject. The color is great with high contrast images.

DX Wide Angle Lens Comparison

Nikon 55-300mm DX Lens
Nikon 55-300mm DX Lens

Nikon 55-300mm DX Lens

This lens is ideal for a wide range of picture taking. It can capture distant subjects such as people at athletic events, sunsets, group pictures, and more. This lens has a 5.5x telephoto zoom capacity.

The vibration reduction gives you handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than you have with other lenses on the market, and this means that your images are much sharper.

As far as vibration on the tripod, the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens incorporates technology that reduces the vibration that happens when the shutter releases. People who use this lens say that the VR system works very, very well.

At maximum apertures, the High Refractive Index element gives you great contrast and it has 2 really low dispersion elements that eliminate chromatic aberrations. Users support the manufacturers claim that the lens has a very quiet autofocus but that the speed is pretty average. Buyers should be aware that the focus ring is very sensitive and it can be hard to get it just where you need it.


Overall the type of lens you get for the money here is actually quite good. It really allows you to get amazing sharpness and the VR, again, is really great.

Nikon 55-200mm DX Lens
Nikon 55-200mm DX Lens

Nikon 55-200mm DX Lens

As another highly rated lens on the market, this Nikon 55-200mm DX lens is very lightweight at only 9 ounces, and it is very compact. Users have expressed how nice it is in regards to size and durability.

Like the others, it features a Silent Wave Motor so you get quiet and smooth auto focus. Two ED glass elements give you high resolution and contrast while reducing chromatic aberration and other distortions.

Some owners have claimed that the switch is hard to move when you go from manual to automatic - but I've had few problems with it. There is no vibration reduction incorporated into this lens so buyers should be aware of that before purchasing; sometimes it makes all the difference.

Picture quality is on the higher end of average but users say that the autofocus is indeed fast and noiseless which is a great feature for a cheaper camera. Focus time is pretty slow but if you aren't a professional and don't mind the extra time it takes, then this lens should work really well for you.

AF 10-17mm DX Lens
AF 10-17mm DX Lens

AF 10-17mm DX Lens

For Canon digital SLR cameras, the AF 10-17mm DX Lens is a full-frame fish eye lens that can capture an entire view that is wider than the human eye can see. For people who do not want the fish eye effect you can adjust it to a wide angle with no distortion.

The glass has a new waterproof optical coating for more protection and easier cleaning than standard multi-coating. The rear optical group of the lens has 1 super-low dispersion element that makes the lens more compact and lighter in weight with faster focusing.

It incorporates a rotary zooming system with a maximum outer diameter of 2.75. The focus is insanely fast and will satisfy any amateur or professional. A drawback that some have claimed is that the lens cap is hard to remove and put on; but at least it stays put.

A few reviews have shown that pictures end up having a high level of fringe. For the price though, you get a very well built lens with very sharp pictures. Compared to other lenses in its class, this one is a better value for the price.

Tokina Pro DX Digital Zoom Lens
Tokina Pro DX Digital Zoom Lens

Tokina 11-16mm DX Lens

Here you get an ultra-wide angle lens that has a fast aperture of f/2.8 so you get better shots in low light. This lens has just a wee bit shorter zoom range to give you the best optical quality while you are shooting at wide apertures.

With just one touch you can switch between AF and MF by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and backward for MF.

The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 lens comes with a Hoya ultraviolet UV filter that has many uses; it is a fine-weather filter for better pictures. These filters give you better clarity and color balance as well as providing more protection for your lens.

The lens cap can be attached to your camera so you never have to hunt for it and this lens comes with a 6 piece cleaning kit that contains a hurricane air blower, lens cleaning tissues, lens cloth, cleaning liquid, brush and cotton swabs. One drawback to this piece of equipment is that it has been found to be on the heavier side.

Buyers should be aware that this lens was not made to work with full frame cameras. But users of this lens find that the price range is good for the kind of lens you get and that it is very sturdy.

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