Best Nikon lenses for portraits

Let’s find out some of the best Nikon lenses you should keep in your arsenal to get the best portrait results. By the way, Nikon have bunch of lenses but a few of them are just astounding and gives marvelous imaging results while shooting portraits.

For instance, Nikon users mainly the portrait shooters are very familiar with the Champion and all time favorite to many professional photographers, Nikon AF-S 85mm F1.4G. On the other hand, you can’t ignore the sharp performance of Nikon 50mm F1.8 lens at the same time.

Well, I think better if we go in details.

Best Nikon (DX) lens for portraits

Nikon 50mm F1.8 G


Though Nikon 50mm is a fullframe lens but when you use it with a APS-C sensor camera it will give you excellent range of 75mm – a perfect focal length for shooting pro-portraits.

This is highly popular and inexpensive lens for Nikon DSLRs with APS-C sensor camera. Its performance is really mind blowing with a fast f/1.8 aperture allows you to capture stunning images with a shallow depth-of-field, letting your subjects get shot with creamy and beautiful backgrounds. Honestly saying, you will like the lens performance mostly while shooting indoor, means in lowlight conditions. A very handy lens for those kind of shooting situations and most probably you also will praise it for autofocusing results this is extremely quiet. Also, the lens can produce images with background blur. Other than the lens is light, cheaper and so many things that let you to like it immediately.

Best Nikon (FX) Lens Portraits

Best portrait lens for Nikon Fullframe camera

Nikon AF-S 85mm F1.4G

Though it’s costly, but it gives you perfect focal length that you might ever need.

Nikon AF-S 85mm F1.4G lens has been optimized for today’s D-SLR and HD-SLR cameras. Its ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture with a rounded nine-blade diaphragm to create beautiful background blur and enables dramatic shooting in low-light situations. Nikon incorporates the exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides ultra-fast and quiet autofocus operation with seamless manual focus override. To ensure you uniform color balance and contrast, Super Integrated Coating (SIC) and Nano Crystal Coat (N) inside the core of this lens work together to significantly eliminate ghosting and lens flare. Then A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing.

Shooting portraits in an event

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens

The best all-rounder lens for your Nikon fullframe camera. The Lens is made with excellent optics and 90% of the time this lens is over top of Nikon D810 camera.


The f/2.8 maximum aperture is effective in low light and creates a shallow depth of field with better and impressive blurry background. This 2.9x normal zoom lens with a focal length range of 24-70mm is an exquisite tool in a professional’s arsenal, offering a an stunning experience of shooting in a staggering range of scenarios. It produces very sharp images even at 2.8 aperture for stunning bokeh, remarkable details, and superior sharp images.. This is definitely one of the fastest, sharpest, widest and most accurate zoom. It comes with better result in normal and low light conditions. It also produces very nice bokeh .It is extremely sharp, at all focal lengths. There is some very slight vignetting and Chromatic Aberration wide open (f/2.8), which totally disappears by about f/5.6.

Its large aperture and fast focus is suitable for those areas which has low and variable lighting, hence its fast focus is required for rapidly changing composition. It is suitable for landscape photography.

Best Nikon Portrait lens for Nikon D810

The big problem with Nikon D810 is that it has no Nikon made lens that can undisputedly match the resolving power offered by Nikon D810 (36MP). And when you want pixel to pixel details in your image then you have only one option “Sigma 85mm F1.4 ART” lens. Honestly, Nikon have no lenses that matches the quality of Sigma 85mm F1.4 ART lenses, which has been designed for High resolution sensors. Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art lens is highly capable of offering edge to edge exceptional resolution even at maximum aperture. With its ultra-fast f/1.4 maximum aperture and rounded nine-blade diaphragm deliver smoother bokeh and increased depth-of-field etc.

Best Nikon Full Body Portrait Lens

Nikon AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II

Everything infront and behind your subject will melt way when you shoot with this optically superb, Nikon 200mm F2 VR II and you will get dreamy Bokeh. The AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II guarantees you razor sharp images at any kind of demanding situation and its ultra-fast f/2 maximum aperture renders shallow depth-of-field with beautiful background blur (bokeh), plus the lens is virtually outstanding even at lowlight conditions. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture

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