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