Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses for Nikon DSLRs

A wide-angle prime lens is a fixed focal length lens which is ideal for use in architectural, interior and landscape photography. Looking for best wide-angle prime lenses for Nikon DSLR cameras?

Here are some recommendations according to DxOMark ratings and to our suggestions.  You can see two tables seperated below, listing the best wide-angle prime lenses for both full frame (Fx) and APS-C (DX) Nikon DSLRs.

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses for Nikon DSLRs

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses for Nikon

Wide-angle Prime Lenses for Nikon Full Frame Fx-format DSLRs

According to DxOMark and web reviews, the Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A lens is the best for wide-angle prime choice. And for a cheaper solution AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G fits very well with the Nikon full frame DSLRs.

The Carl Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 is a manual model and comes with no AF. The manual focus Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens is also a good and cheaper alternative lens to consider. The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED is another good wide-angle prime lens but with an expensive price.

The Carl Zeiss Distagon 15mm f/2.8 lens is the best ultra-wide angle lens for Nikon FX-format full frame DSLRs. This lens provides the best image quality, and highest sharpness levels. We have to underline that this lens doesn’toffer any AF and it is a manual lens. If you are looking for a cheaper solution then the Sigma 20mm f/1.8 EX DG ASP will be a good choice.

Lens Price DxOMark Score Buy Now
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A $899 39 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED $1,899 34 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF2 $1,699 34 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC $484 34 Amazon / ebay
Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZF2 $1,843 34 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G $597 33 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 $1,117 33 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G $1,619 33 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZF2 $1,283 29 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D $269 26 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
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Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15 ZF.2 $2,950 27 Amazon / Adorama
Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF $629 26 Amazon / Adorama
Zeiss Distagon T 21mm f/2.8 ZF2 $1,843 25 Amazon / Adorama
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical $419 25 Amazon / Adorama
AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D $557 25 Amazon / Adorama
Zeiss Distagon T 18mm f/3.5 ZF2 $1,395 22 Amazon / Adorama

Wide-angle Prime Lenses for Nikon APS-C sensor DX-format DSLRs

The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A lens is again the best wide-angle prime lens for Nikon DX-format APS-C sensor cameras. And for a cheaper solution AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G fits very well with all the Nikon DX cameras and a very popular lens.

Lens Price DxOMark Score Buy Now
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM A $899 32 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF2 $1,699 27 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G $197 26 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC $484 26 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G $1,797 25 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/1.4 ZF2 $1,843 25 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Zeiss Distagon T 35mm f/2 ZF2 $1,117 25 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED $1,899 24 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Zeiss Distagon T 28mm f/2 ZF2 $1,283 24 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASP RF $629 22 Amazon / Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G $597 21 Amazon / Adorama / ebay
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical $419 21 Amazon / Adorama