When it was released in 2016, the Nikon D750 was a bit of a game-changer. Rather surprisingly, it outperformed many of Nikon’s other full-frame DSLRs when it came to low-light shooting. It was, and still is, an affordable way into the FX full-frame DSLR line-up and brings with it compatibility with a whole host of FX lenses.
Much cheaper than the Nikon D810, which was the preferred model of pros at the time, the D750 offers great value for money. It has great high ISO image noise handling, which it produces minimally and uniformly across the frame making it ideal for weddings, real estate and astrophotography.
While you can use DX crop-sensor lenses with this camera, users should instead opt for the optically superior FX glass on offer. After all, that’s why anyone would purchase the D750 because there are, now, better performing full-frame DSLRs from Nikon such as the current D850. That, plus the smaller form factor and the fact it’s lighter than most other full-frame models, makes this a portable FX DSLR perfect for a range of photographer types.
We’ll be walking you through our round-up of the best lenses for the Nikon D750, covering a range of options for all kinds of photographers. Whether you need a macro lens that also shoots portraits, an ultra-wide lens for astro, or a general purpose zoom, we’ve got you covered. However, if you’re itching for something that doesn’t appear on our list, check out our best nikon lenses guide. For something with a bit of extra reach, be sure to see our guide to the best 150-600mm lenses.
Best lenses for the Nikon D750
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Arguably the best ultra-wide DSLR zoom lens you can get for the Nikon D750, the AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED has extra-low dispersion glass and nano crystal coating to reduce color fringing and ghosting.
This super sharp lens is fantastic across the entire frame and is only thwarted by the fact that the protruding front element means filters require a specialist mount and need to be huge. It’s also a little bulky and heavy, but nothing that DSLR owners won’t be used to. Overall, this is an incredible lens. See our full Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED review (opens in new tab).
This 70-300mm telephoto zoom is, for the money, the best performing telezoom available for the Nikon D750, with a whopping 4.5 stops of Vibration Reduction. That means when shooting at the longer end of the focal length range, although the aperture stops down to f/5.6, things stay steady and sharp.
The lens internally focuses which keeps water and dust ingress to a minimum and is ultimately an affordable telephoto zoom with great optical performance. Even though there’s some slight color fringing around the most contrasted of subjects, it’s bright and sharp throughout the frame. See our full Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR review (opens in new tab).(opens in new tab)
This macro lens offers a good balance between close-up focusing and a compact size. Able to be used as a genuine macro lens due to the 1:1 reproduction ratio, this means a subject appears the same size in real life as it does on the image sensor. Not only this, but the lens focuses to infinity which, thanks to the longer 105mm focal length, makes it perfect for portraiture.
It does a massive four-stop Vibration Reduction built-in, but this drops down to three stops when the reproduction ratio reaches 1:2 and two stops when shooting at 1:1. This means that when you really need it for macro work, it’s a little less helpful, but it only makes a difference when shooting small subjects at slower shutter speeds. See our full AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED review (opens in new tab).(opens in new tab)
Known for their supreme ability to shoot great portraits, 85mm lenses are sought after for their flattering perspective compression and wide maximum apertures, with this lens being no exception.
The Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G, while not as fast as the 85mm f/1.4G, offers much better value for money considering its maximum aperture is only marginally narrower. Fast autofocusing and optical characteristics like soft vignetting and gorgeous bokeh make this a favored lens among portrait photographers and more. See our full Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G review (opens in new tab).(opens in new tab)
If you’re looking for a super-telephoto lens with a handy zoom range, then Sigma’s 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S is our pick of the bunch, (and there’s quite a few). A step up from their contemporary version of the same focal length, this lens is comparatively larger and contains two FLD (ultra-low dispersion) elements to keep chromatic aberration at bay.
This lens benefits wildlife photographers, or those into aviation or motorsports, or indeed sports of any kind, but due to its size and weight photographers will likely want to pair it with a monopod to take the load off. Check out our full Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports review (opens in new tab).(opens in new tab)
This list wouldn’t be complete without including the legendary Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR. A real workhorse, it’s fully weather-sealed and feels pretty bulletproof. Supremely sharp through the focal length range and across the frame, it has minimal color fringing thanks to the fluorine coating, which actively repels water, dirt and more.
The fast aperture, when paired with four stops of Vibration Reduction, is a beast in low light and makes it helpful for weddings, indoor events, or even astrophotography. There’s a reason this is one of Nikon’s holy trinity of DSLR lenses.
See the full Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR review (opens in new tab).
Sold as the Rokinon SP 14mm f/2.4 in North America, this is a great super-wide lens for shooting the Milky Way, thanks to its ability to capture a big stretch of the night sky and its wide maximum aperture.
In our review, we were hugely impressed by how well this lens maintained its image quality when wide open, which is hugely important for astrophotography. It's markedly better than the Irix 15mm f/2.4 Blackstone (opens in new tab) lens or a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art (opens in new tab). Sharpness is both very good and extremely consistent across the image frame. Chromatic aberrations are negligible, while coma and astigmatism are very minimal. Barrel distortion can be visible at close focus distances, but that's not an issue for astrophotography.
Maintaining excellent image quality in a lens' widest aperture for astrophotography is a real challenge in an ultra-wide-angle optic, but this Samyang does exactly that – an admirable achievement.(opens in new tab)
A 70-200mm f/2.8 is a must-have lens for most pros - as it is used by wedding, sports, wildlife and documentary photographers Top-flight Nikon professional photographers may still stay loyal to own-brand Nikon glass and choose the Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR (opens in new tab), but this Sigma Sports alternative matches the Nikon in almost every aspect of handling, performance and image quality. That’s no mean feat considering that the Sigma is a little over half the price. The optical stabilizer has switchable static and panning modes, the latter working in landscape, portrait, and even diagonally. As we’ve seen in a number of other Sigma lenses, dual ‘Custom’ modes can be switched on. Sharpness and contrast are fabulous throughout the entire zoom range, even when shooting wide open at f/2.8. Autofocus is rapid and accurate, and while it’s big and heavy, it goes extra-large on performance. Read our full Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport review (opens in new tab).
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