Best Portrait Lenses for Nikon DSLR Cameras

Best portrait lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras published by DxOMark. The best portrait lenses listed below are tested by using the high-end Nikon D800 camera.

The AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G lens scored 40 and is the best portrait / prime lens for Nikon, which is currently has expensive price for $1,649. With the same focal length AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G lens also scored 40 and priced for $497 from DxOMark test results.

AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II is a telephoto prime lens and give superb results for portrait shoots. This lens has an expensive price but also called “sharpest lens ever” by DxOMark and became the new king of portrait lenses.

Portrait lenses are fixed focal length prime lenses and have higher prices. If you own a Nikon DSLR camera in DX format than the best choice will be AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G with a price for only $277.


Best Portrait Lenses for Nikon DSLR Cameras

Here you can find the best portrait / prime lenses for Nikon DSLR cameras. The cameras you can use to mount these lenses are Nikon D4, D800, D700, D600, D300S, D300, D7100, D7000, D5200, D5100, D3200.

Lens Price DxOMark Score Buy Now
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G $1,649 40 Amazon/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G $497 40 Amazon/Adorama
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II $5,819 39 Amazon/Adorama
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 $1,843 36 Amazon/Adorama
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF $329 36 Amazon
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM $894 35 Amazon/Adorama
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 D IF $1,199 33 Amazon/Adorama
Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM $449 32 Amazon/Adorama
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G $899 32 Amazon/Adorama
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 D $334 32 Amazon/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 G $469 32 Amazon/Adorama
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD $649 32 Amazon/Adorama
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 50mm f/2 ZF2 $1,283 31 Amazon/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G $216 31 Amazon/Adorama
Sigma 70mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro $449 30 Amazon/Adorama
Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 $1,283 29 Amazon/Adorama
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO $499 29 Amazon/Adorama
Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro $769 28 Amazon/Adorama
AF Micro Nikkor 200mm f/4.0D ED-IF $1,649 27 Amazon/Adorama
AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G $277 18 Amazon/Adorama
Tamron SP 60mm f/2 Di II 1:1 AF Macro $524 17 Amazon/Adorama
Tokina 35mm f/2.8 AT-X PRO DX Macro $500 17 Amazon
AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR $527 15 Amazon/Adorama

  • Giovanni Altamore

    Why would I want a long (200 mm) lense that is ultrasharp? I’d go for a shorter lense (50-85mm on DX, 85-105 on FF) that has a nice bokeh. Ultrasharp lenses are not very flattering for portrait photography and you will need a lot of post processing to get decent results.

    I’d take the 85mm 1.8G if you’re on a budget and the 1.4G if you can afford it.

  • Costi

    What about NIKON AF-D 105mm f/2 DC and NIKON AF-D 135mm f/2 DC ?!