3 Best Nikon Lenses for D3300 – Updated 2018

The D3300 remains one of Nikon’s most popular cameras – even several years after its release. For an entry-level camera, it’s very capable. 24.2 megapixels and 5 frames per second shooting make it an outstanding value with a price tag under $400.

The Nikon D3300 comes with an 18-55 kit lens with vibration reduction (or, you can bundle in the 55-200mm lens, #3 on our list), but many users find they want even better-looking results with their cameras. Because so much of a final image has to do with lens selection and lighting, owners are smart to look at upgrading lenses before upgrading cameras.

Want better zoom capability for sports or wildlife? Want a blurred background (bokeh) in your portraits? Here are the three best Nikon Lenses for D3300:

1. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens (4.7 Rating)


This the most common lens purchase after the initial purchase of a Nikon DSLR like the D3300. It’s inexpensive (as lenses go), and produces incredible results. Top benefits include:

  • Autofocuses on the Nikon D3300
  • Inexpensive
  • f/1.8 creates buttery smooth backgrounds in the day and makes lower-light photography possible.
  • 35mm focal length is great for DX/Crop Sensor cameras since it mimics a 50mm lens. (the classic “nifty fifty”)
  • Use it for:
    • General all-purpose
    • People/Groups
    • Parties
    • Travel
    • Low-light photography

2. Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens (4.8 Rating)

 

This lens is very similar in benefits to the 35mm, but with a slightly higher zoom. With the DX/crop factor of the D3300, it makes this 50mm lens act like it’s a 70mm lens, which starts getting into a good range for portraits. Top benefits include:

  • Autofocuses on the Nikon D3300
  • Inexpensive (see sale price)
  • f/1.8 creates buttery smooth backgrounds in the day and makes lower-light photography possible.
  • 50mm focal length provides extra ‘zoom’ over the 35mm, and is in the desired focal range for portraits.
  • Use it for:
    • General all-purpose
    • Portraits
    • Event or Concert Photography
    • Low-light photography

3. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II(4.7 Rating)

 

If you want a bit more reach with your camera, this lens has it – and it’s inexpensive. The 55-200 is great for wildlife, sports, or anything outdoors with plenty of light. Top benefits include:

  • Crazy Zoom – on a DX camera, at 200mm, this lens acts like a 300mm lens!
  • Inexpensive for capabilities
  • A good complement to included D3300 lens (18mm-55mm)
  • Autofocuses on the Nikon D3300
  • Considerations:
    • Works best in well-lit situations
    • Cheapest if bought as a bundle with the camera

 

Still think a camera upgrade may be in order?  Check out our list of the top Nikons DSLRs.