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Sig­ma cre­ates per­haps the best ana­logues of native lens­es for all major cam­era brands. And Nikon is no excep­tion in this case: Sig­ma offers a whole range of mod­els that are not far behind Nikon glass­es in the pic­ture, but at the same time they are much cheap­er. Today we will talk about the best Sig­ma lens­es for Nikon cam­eras.

Sigma lenses for Nikon DSLRs and mirrorless cameras

Sig­ma has a huge vari­ety of mod­els that are com­pat­i­ble with Nikon crop (DX) and full-frame (FX) SLR cam­eras. Full-frame mod­els have the let­ters DG in the name, and crop mod­els have DC.

Note that any full frame DG lens­es are com­pat­i­ble with Nikon crop cam­eras as well, while APS‑C crop lens­es with the DC des­ig­na­tion will cre­ate pow­er­ful vignetting on full frame cam­eras (although you can shoot on a full frame cam­era in APS‑C for­mat, then the vignetting will not be notice­able) .

As for Nikon’s Z‑mount mir­ror­less cam­eras, Sig­ma does not yet have lens­es specif­i­cal­ly designed for this sys­tem. How­ev­er, all Sig­ma DSLR lens­es are com­pat­i­ble with Nikon Z cam­eras using the Nikon FTZ adapter.

The best standard zoom / whale replacement

Sigma 24–70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art

The Sig­ma 24–70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art is a cult lens and right­ful­ly con­sid­ered one of the best zooms ever. Pho­to sigma-foto.by

If you’re look­ing for a pro­fes­sion­al-grade all-in-one zoom that’s more afford­able than native Nikon mod­els, check out the Sig­ma 24–70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art.

The Sig­ma 24–70mm f/2.8 cap­tures a tasty range of focal lengths, wide enough for land­scapes and long enough for por­traits. And yet, the Sig­ma lens can main­tain its max­i­mum aper­ture through­out its range, which will help when you’re shoot­ing hand­held in poor light, or want to “blur” the back­ground dur­ing a por­trait shoot.

The case is pro­tect­ed from adverse weath­er con­di­tions, which adds points to the ver­sa­til­i­ty of this glass. Aut­o­fo­cus and image sharp­ness are also good, although the cor­ners come out a bit soft at wide aper­ture. Well, it should be not­ed that this is a large and heavy lens — you have to pay for aper­ture and a wide range not only in mon­ey.

If spend­ing 92k on whale glass replace­ment is not in your plans, you can choose the more bud­getary Sig­ma 24–105mm f/4 DG OS HSM Art. He is not so fast, but “sees” much fur­ther. At the same time, like the more expen­sive mod­el, this uni­ver­sal zoom is equipped with an opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tem.

Users of DX for­mat cam­eras may also want to check out the Sig­ma 17–70mm F2.8–4 DC Macro OS HSM. Despite the “macro” in the name, the lens is suit­able for a vari­ety of sit­u­a­tions.

The best all-around prime lens

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

The Sig­ma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art will sit bal­anced not only on full-frame cam­eras, but also on Nikon crop cam­eras. Pho­to: petapixel.com

We con­tin­ue our top with anoth­er not the most “anti-cri­sis” offer — Sig­ma 35mm f / 1.4 DG HSM Art. Yes, this is not a very cheap fix, but it “draws” an excel­lent pic­ture at any aper­ture, and in this it can com­pete with more expen­sive native glass­es.

This lens is suit­able for a wide range of appli­ca­tions, from archi­tec­ture and land­scapes to envi­ron­men­tal por­traits and street pho­tog­ra­phy. High aper­ture is espe­cial­ly good for the last two cas­es — night street pho­tog­ra­phy and a blur­ry back­ground are pro­vid­ed to you. And nine round­ed aper­ture blades help cre­ate beau­ti­ful bokeh.

At the same time, the Sig­ma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM demon­strates excel­lent edge-to-edge sharp­ness, even wide open. And the ultra­son­ic aut­o­fo­cus dri­ve works quick­ly and almost silent­ly.

If you want a wider field of view, the Sig­ma has a nice wide-angle prime, the Sig­ma 20mm f/1.4 Art DG HSM. And if, on the con­trary, you need some­thing more authen­tic — there is a very com­pact aper­ture fifty dol­lars Sig­ma 50mm f / 1.4 DG HSM Art. For users of Nikon crop cam­eras, there is also an inter­est­ing option, close to the “nor­mal” field of view (sim­i­lar to the human eye) — Sig­ma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art pro­vides an equiv­a­lent focal length of 45 mm. The lens has high aper­ture and sharp­ness.

The best portrait

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Large lens — large focus ring. Pho­to fotoblog365.com

And if there are more than enough options for cool fix­es from wide-angle to nor­mal, then Sig­ma has per­haps only one good por­trait lens for Nikon cam­eras. But what! The Sig­ma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art is big and heavy, but with a super sharp pic­ture and great bokeh.

Spe­cial coat­ings and ele­ments min­i­mize aber­ra­tions, flare and flare, and the ultra­son­ic motor focus­es accu­rate­ly and quick­ly (though not as fast as Nikon’s native 85mm f/1.4G). On the large body there is a cor­re­spond­ing­ly large ring for man­u­al focus­ing.

The lens is pro­tect­ed from bad weath­er and tem­per­a­ture extremes, and indeed, with its whole appear­ance, it seems to say that this is a “sol­id por­trait lens for rep­utable pho­tog­ra­phers”. If you are not afraid of the weight of more than a kilo and the high price, this is one of the most inter­est­ing por­trait lens­es for Nikon cam­eras.

The best wide-angle zoom

Sigma 10–20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM

This wide angle is very com­pact even for APS‑C lens­es. Pho­to: contrastly.com

Sig­ma does­n’t have a huge selec­tion of wide-angle zooms for Nikon cam­eras, but there’s some inter­est­ing glass here too. The Sig­ma 10–20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM is designed for crop DX cam­eras, so its equiv­a­lent focal length range is 15–30mm full frame. This is a great option for inte­ri­or and archi­tec­tur­al pho­tog­ra­phy, as well as for land­scape and street pho­tog­ra­phy. Of course, it can’t boast of super fast aper­ture, so for shoot­ing in low light it would be bet­ter to use a tri­pod. Although its native ana­logue Nikon 10–20mm f / 4.5–5.6G VR, as the name implies, is even dark­er.

There are no ques­tions about the pic­ture, and for its mon­ey (around 36 thou­sand), the lens gives excel­lent sharp­ness with a min­i­mum of dis­tor­tion.

Best telezoom

Sigma 120–300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports

But a pow­er­ful tele­zoom does not need com­pact­ness! Pho­to: petapixel.com

With tele­zooms, things are more fun at Sig­ma, and there are some cool offers here at once. The Sig­ma 120–300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports already hints at what this lens is for by its name (in fact, this is the name of a whole line). In addi­tion to sports shoot­ing, this tele­pho­to glass is suit­able for wildlife, bird pho­tog­ra­phy, and for pho­tograph­ing any objects from a long dis­tance.

Nat­u­ral­ly, as it should be for a high-qual­i­ty tele­zoom, it has a super-effi­cient opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion sys­tem on board, as well as fast and qui­et aut­o­fo­cus.

If you need to stretch even fur­ther, the Sig­ma 150–600mm f/5–6.3 DG OS HSM Con­tem­po­rary offers super-tele­pho­to dis­tances, but at a much weak­er aper­ture (if the aper­ture was the same as the pre­vi­ous mod­el, the lens would be with a rock­et). Like its more expen­sive “sporty” coun­ter­part, this mod­el is pro­tect­ed from dust and mois­ture, and is also equipped with an opti­cal stub and qui­et aut­o­fo­cus.

Best Macro Lens

Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

This macro glass is also great for por­traits. Pho­to: fstoppers.com

Sig­ma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro is an inter­est­ing option for shoot­ing insects and small ani­mals, because its focal length and a decent work­ing dis­tance allow you to work at a respect­ful dis­tance from the sub­ject. At the same time, it focus­es at a dis­tance of up to 31 cm, which is also quite good.

For hand­held shoot­ing, there is opti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion, although in not too good light­ing it is still bet­ter to use a tri­pod.

In addi­tion to shoot­ing small objects, this glass is well suit­ed for close-up por­traits: it has a sharp pic­ture, and if you want, you can get cool bokeh. The main dis­ad­van­tage is that the lens is quite weighty (725 grams), but for a high-qual­i­ty macro lens this is quite nor­mal.

If 105mm seems “too tele­pho­to” to you, and you would like to drop the weight a bit, the Sig­ma 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro Art also offers true 1:1 macro repro­duc­tion (the object on the sen­sor is repro­duced in real size).

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