The Nikon D7100 is a successor to the D7000 and predecessor to the D7200. Like its counterparts, it is a mid-range DSLR and performs very well. It boasts a 24.1 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor powered by the Expeed 4 image processor. It has a total of 51 focus points and the ISO settings are 100 – 6400 and could be boosted to 25600. The continuous drive of 6 frames per second is also a part of the D7100. The video is covered by the Full-HD 1080p resolution at 60, 50, 25 and 24 fps with stereo recording.

The measurements of this DSLR are 5.35 x 4.21 x 2.99 inches and the weight is a little over 760 grams. The viewfinder of the D7100 is an optical one with a magnification of 0.94x and a scene coverage of 100%. The LCD is bigger than average at 3.2 inches. It is fixed and is not touch-enabled either. It has 1,228,800 dots on it for better display. For wireless connectivity, it only has Wi-Fi and nothing else. The Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 battery is capable of 950 shots on a single charge.

The following are some of the best lenses that could be attached to the Nikon D7100 to explore different kinds of photography.

Best All-in-one Zoom Lenses for Nikon D7100

1. Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED...
  • Maximum magnification of 032x
  • Angle of view from 76 degree to 5 degree 20'. Focal length range: 18 300 millimeter, minimum focus distance: 16 feet...
  • Aperture range from f/35 to f/22
  • Angle of view from 76 to 520'

Low on budget and want to do every kind of photography with just one lens? Well, this is the best option for you. You can do every type of photography with this masterpiece such as stills, portraits, wildlife, seascapes, close-up shots of your favorite singer in concert and you can also catch your favorite athlete’s stunning performance with this lens in a close-up view. It is very lightweight as compared to its peers in the market, so you can carry it anywhere you want. Its marvelous Vibration Reduction makes it able to shoot photos and videos sharp, steady and perfectly clear and its noise reduction capabilities are also appreciating because of its Autofocus system which can focus on your desired objects in no time. You can also do some beautiful scenic shots with this lens. it features a zoom range of 16.7x and it’s the best as an all-rounder telephoto zoom lens for your Nikon D7100.

2. Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II

AF-S DX Nkr 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
  • One-lens solution adept in a wide variety of situations
  • Focal length range: 18 -200 mm, minimum focus Distance: 1.6 ft.
  • Two extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements; three aspherical lens elements
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM), Nikon VR II (vibration reduction) image stabilization

This lens has a wide zoom range such as 18mm for landscapes and 200mm for sports. This lens serves all-purpose of photography like wildlife, portraits, concerts, weddings, etc. It is compatible with all DX-format DSLR cameras and it gives the perfect sharpness to your photos. The only major drawback it has that it is not suitable to capture some kinds of telephotos. But certainly, it is the best choice for travel purposes and indoor events.

Best Portrait Lenses for Nikon D7100

3. Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens with Auto...
  • F1.4 maximum aperture; F16 minimum
  • Ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing, 58mm filters
  • Minimum focus Distance : 0.45m/17.72 Inches. Lens Hood: HB-47
  • Nikon F mount for FX and DX DSLRs. Unparalleled autofocus performance.Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet

This lens features a high-speed f/1.4 maximum aperture and the best optical formula of its kind which makes this lens an ideal choice for portrait lovers. It is compatible with Nikon DX-format DSLR cameras. This lens can perform well in all types of photography like environment, indoor events and many more. And if you want to capture some awesome portrait shots, just go for this one.

4. Nikon 85mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Fixed Lens with Auto...
  • Fast aperture medium telephoto lens
  • Internal focus, focal length: 85 millimeter, minimum focus range: 0.80 meter
  • Silent wave motor (SWM). Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
  • M/a focus mode switch. Filter-attachment size is 67 millimeter (p=0.75 millimeter)

This is compatible with FX and DX-format cameras and it is the lens that comes with an ability to provide perfectly sharp and clear pictures with high image quality. it has an internal focus system that is efficient, fast, and reliable throughout the whole aperture range to produce clear, sharp and beautiful pictures with a perfect bokeh effect in your photos. This lens can capture still and D-Movie HD videos in all situations irrespective of light conditions. So you can just rely on this lens for your low light conditions photography. You can also shoot your family functions, weddings, head and shoulder portraitures, concerts and so many more.

Best Standard Prime Lenses for Nikon D7100

5. Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma 35mm F1.4 Art DG HSM Lens for Nikon, Black,...
  • 35mm focal length, 52.5mm equivalent focal length on APS-C cameras, 56mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F1.4 maximum aperture; F16 minimum, This model is compatible with all current Nikon cameras (both DX and FX)
  • Ring-type ultrasonic-type AF motor with full-time manual focusing
  • 67mm filters,0.30m/11.81" minimum focus. Maximum Magnifications-1:5.2. Angle of View-63.4º

This lens features an excellent powerful focusing system that performs very well. This lens is recommended for every camera bag. Its high lightening features which make it highly competitive is its strong build, compact design, its wonderful performance, its brilliant autofocus system, and its lower price makes it the perfect choice for your passion for photography. So, if you want to explore your passion for photography, you just can’t proceed without having this in your bag pack.

6. Nikon 35mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens with Auto...
  • F mount lens/DX format. Picture angle with Nikon DX format 44 degree
  • 52.5 millimeter (35-millimeter equivalent). Rear focusing; Manual focus override
  • Aperture range: F/1.8 to 22; Dimensions(approx.) 70 x 52.5 millimeter
  • Silent wave motor AF system. Accepts filter type is screw on. Lens construction: 8 elements in 6 groups

This lens has an aspherical element which makes it capable to reduce all kinds of distortions, aberrations, and errors in photos. With an affordable price, this lens comes with some high yield capabilities to produce beautiful pictures and high-quality videos. This lens can be used in low light conditions and is the perfect choice in a low price range to do different kinds of photography such as travel, portraits, environment, landscapes, weddings, concerts, and many more indoor events.

Best Standard Zoom Lenses for Nikon D7100

7. Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM

Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM FLD Large...
  • Large aperture, stabilized, standard zoom lens
  • FLD glass with performance equal to fluorite
  • Carrying case, lens hood, front & rear caps. Lens Construction : 17 Elements in 13 Groups
  • OS is not available in Pentax and Sony mounts.

This lens covers a zoom range of 17-50mm focal length which is equivalent to 26-75mm and its aperture is so big that it can cover up to the entire zoom range. Its anti-shake feature is also a reason which makes this highly suggestive for all camera owners because this feature enables this lens to use the shutter speed of at least 4 stops slower than normal. Its Autofocus system focus objects of your desire in no time perfectly. Many other features make it more competitive in the market like its first-class Multi-layer coating for the reduction of ghosting and flare in photos, its ability to provide peripheral brightness, its ability to produce razor-sharp pictures having the perfect contrast, its strong build, and its compact design. So, summarizing it here, this lens is very necessary for every photographer to do different types of shots like weddings, concerts, sports, portraits, press and many more. However, its specialty lies in portraitures and landscape shots.

8. Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR DI-II VC LD Aspherical (IF)

Tamron SP Auto Focus 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II LD SP...
  • Built in motor for use on the new Nikon Cameras
  • Includes lens hood, 67mm filter size
  • 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.2 inches long
  • Wide Angle To Standard Zoom

This lens has Vibration Compensation image stabilization technology which makes it able to control the effects of the camera if it shakes anywhere in three planes. Also, this technology provides the slow shutter speed to its users to make photos clear and sharp even in low light conditions. Providing its user’s freedom of photography, this lens features a focal length of 17-50mm which makes this lens highly flexible and versatile among its competitors. This lens has some more advancing features like Aesthetic image control, wide-ranged aperture, ability to produce ultra-level sharpness and contrast in photos and with all these striking features, this lens can preserve your beautiful smiles forever in memories. Its maximum aperture is f/2.8 is equipped with a narrow depth of field which gives smooth, clear and beautiful transitions while zooming in and out. It also gives a remarkable performance in low light conditions as stated above. So, summarizing all our discussion here, this lens is really a masterpiece which is highly recommended for every passionate photographer.

9. Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 Contemporary DC Macro OS HSM...
  • 17-70mm focal length
  • F2.8-4 maximum aperture; F22-22 minimum. Image stabilization
  • 72mm filters. 0.22m/8.66" minimum focus
  • Compatible with APS-C format DSLRs. Compatible with Sigma's USB Dock

With a focal length of 17-70mm and maximum aperture f/2.8-4, this lens also features Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) and Optical Stabilizer (OS) which provides you the best images with high quality. It is a user-friendly lens that you can carry all around the globe with you to capture beautiful memories. Its Hyper Sonic Motor provides the best Autofocus in no time and its Optical image stabilization features reduce all the shakiness of your hand while holding your camera and make the perfect and clear focus on objects you want to capture. It’s the best choice for all travelers because it is lighter in weight and its compact design makes it able to win the battle here to stick with you all the time during your every tour and fulfill all your wishes related to photography.

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses for Nikon D7100

10. Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art DC HSM Lens for Nikon
  • Designed specifically for APS-C sized sensors
  • Internal focusing and zooming allows for more usability and functionality
  • The 18-35mm is ideal for landscapes, portraits, still life, snap shots, casual, and close-ups
  • Angle of view (SD1):76.5º-44.2º

This is the first-ever lens to feature an aperture of f/1.8 which is sufficiently large. It is the best choice if you want to capture landscapes, seascapes, portraits, casuals, snapshots and close-ups shots of your favorite player in the field or your favorite singer in concert. It also has Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) provides a fast, clear, accurate and perfectly clear Autofocus system that creates the most beautiful pictures and HD videos. This lens is the standard point of reference for all lenses in the market and highly suggestive for all camera lovers.

11. Nikon 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Zoom...
  • Ideal for landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, architecture and more.
  • Focal Length : 10- 24 mm, Close focusing to 0.8 feet
  • Renders a picture angle of 109 degrees through 61 degrees, equivalent to focal lengths of 15-36mm.
  • SWM enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus operation., For superior sharpness and color correction by effectively...

Its zoom range is equivalent to 15-36mm on 35mm camera and it gives coverage throughout all the ranges of focal length from normal view up to widest angle view. It provides focusing up to 0.8 feet and with its Internal focus and Silent Wave Motor systems, you can just make your focus highly precise and pinpoint to where ever you want. It is compatible with DX-format DSLR cameras and it can give high-quality sharpness and contrast to the photos which makes it an ideal choice for almost all types of photography especially in architecture and landscape photography.

12. Tokina 14-20mm f/2.0 AT-X Pro DX

Tokina ATXAF140DXN 14-20mm f/2 Pro DX Lens for...
  • Nikon F Mount Lens/DX Format. 21-30mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22. One Plastic-Molded Aspherical Element
  • Two Glass-Molded Aspherical SD Elements. Two Super Low Dispersion Elements
  • Multi-Layer Anti-Reflection Coating. Internal Focus; One-Touch Focus Clutch

Fastest, sharpest and with maximum aperture f.2.0, this lens provides zooming capabilities that are equivalent up to 21-30mm. This lens is lighter in weight and size which makes it owners easy to carry it with themselves everywhere around and capture beautiful pictures with high-level brightness and contrast. This lens is also capable to do photography even in low light conditions without giving any flaw in photos and videos.

13. Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 ATX Pro DX II

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X116 Pro DX II Digital...
  • USA Version. 3 Year Tokina Warranty included. Intended for sale within the USA.
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22 Designed for Cameras with APS-C Sensors
  • Two Aspheric Lens Elements Two Super-Low Dispersion Lens Elements
  • Multi-Layer Coating 77mm Filter Thread

The best thing about this one is its angle of view which ranges from 104-84° and it can focus up to 11.8”. It is really great addition in the lens market. With its fast, wide-angled and constant bright aperture makes it able to do Autofocus and produce clear and beautiful images even in low light conditions and solves all your problems regarding sharpness and clarity. Its additional feature is Internal Silent Focus system which makes it capable to Autofocus in those Nikon cameras which do not contain AF drive gear and motor. An awesome choice for your photography passion.

Best Telephoto Zoom lenses for Nikon D7100

14. Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF VR

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor...
  • 70 300mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4.5 5.6 maximum aperture for Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • Internal Focus (IF) system provides fast and quiet autofocusing; 4.9 feet Minimum focus range, Focal Length Range : 70...
  • Vibration Reduction (VRII) minimizes effects of camera shake to produce sharper images
  • 2 Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements delivers super contrast and resolution performance

It features the focal length of 70-300mm and 35mm equivalency of 105-450mm if you use it on DX-format DSLR cameras. Offering 2.5 shutter speed stops, this lens can capture every type of photos like sports, weddings, concerts, travel and many more in normal conditions or even in low light and in extended zoom lengths. It is a highly versatile choice and it is also lighter in weight so carrying it with you all the time is certainly not a problem.

15. Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

NIKON AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II...
  • Compact telephoto zoom that's great for action, people and travel. Metering - Full aperture
  • Focal Length Range : 55 -200 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 3.7 ft. ( 1.1 m). Maximum angle of view (DX-format): 28°50',...
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC) delivers superior color quality while reducing ghosting and lens flare
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass nearly eliminates optical distortion, while a rounded seven-blade diaphragm makes out of...

It can zoom in ranges from 55-200mm which is ideal for portraits, group shots, sports fields, school events, indoor events and many more. It is the wonderful masterpiece and highly versatile compact telephoto zoom lens at an affordable price range. It can provide super sharpness at different settings and it’s perfect to capture portraitures, wildlife, well-lit sports and for everyday use.

16. Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

Tamron SP 70-200MM F/2.8 DI VC USD Telephoto Zoom...
  • The most compact lens in its class
  • Minimum focus distance: 51.2 in (1.3m); Maximum magnification ratio: 1: 8 (at f=200mm: MFD 51.2), Focal Length 70-200...
  • Fast F/2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range, Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent moisture from penetrating...
  • New VC anti-shake mechanism with 4-stop advantage.

This lens is recommended for all Pro level photographers. It has multiple features like Vibration Compensation image stabilization and Ultrasonic Silent Drive motor system for precise and pinpoint focusing, it’s fast and accurate maximum aperture f/2.8 which can cover throughout the entire zoom range, its compact design, its strong build, its ability to produce beautiful bokeh effect in photos, its durability are some of its remarkable features which makes it highly recommended for all those photographers who want to level up their photography skills. An excellent lens that can easily cultivate your emerging skills and make you a master in photography.

17. Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon...
  • VC (Vibration Compensation) , Angle of View diagonal 16゜25' - 4゜8' for full-frame format 10゜38' - 2゜40' for...
  • Minimum Focus Distance of 2.7m (106.3in), Focal Length : 150-600mm
  • USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), New eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating
  • Moisture-resistant construction

This lens provides the focal length ranges from 233-930mm on an APC-C sensor camera and its zooming capabilities range from 150-600mm. So, you can do almost all types of photography with this lens, but it can perform marvelously if you use it for sports, wildlife and landscapes photography and it can give you breadth taking results due to its appreciable features like fast and accurate image stabilization, fast Autofocus and lens coating to provide sharpness and contrast to photos. It also has a built-in tripod mount to use it on tripods and monopods.

Best Macro Lenses for Nikon D7100

18. Nikon 40mm f/2.8G Micro

Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Close-up...
  • Compact and lightweight DX-format close-up lens. Lens Construction (Elements/Groups) - 9 elements in 7 groups
  • Maximum reproduction ratio is 1.0x. Focal length is 40 mm
  • Sharp images from infinity to life-size (1x), autofocus to 64 inches
  • Close-range correction system (CRC). Silent wave motor (SWM)

This lens is compatible with all DX-format DSLR cameras and it very much lighter in weight and small enough, so you can carry it anywhere you want. This lens performs well in terms of providing high resolution, super brightness and contrast to photos from life-size (1x) to infinity size because this lens equips with technology which makes it capable to provide true (1:1) image magnification for extreme close-up shots.

19. Nikon 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR Micro

Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens
  • Designed for close-up and macro photography; versatile enough for virtually any photographic situation
  • Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 23°20'.Features new VR II vibration reduction technology, Focal Length : 105 mm,...
  • Nano-Crystal coat and ED glass elements that enhance overall image quality by further reducing flare and chromatic...
  • Includes an internal focus, which provides fast and quiet auto-focusing without changing the length of the lens. Maximum...

This lens is the first macro lens in the market to feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor system and Vibration Reduction technology which makes it possible to do macro photo shoots and to capture close-up shots in different light conditions, a versatility which no lens can offer. This lens can Autofocus from infinity to life-size (1:1) and the ideal choice for portraits and close-up photography. This lens can also amplify camera movements under this range of magnification and thus provide its owners with the best image stabilization. This lens offers a focal length equivalent to 157.7mm if used with an APS-C size sensor camera. It has a VR system that offers the use of slow shutter speeds due to its three stops shutter speed equivalency without compromising on image’s sharpness. It can also give you well-lit performance even in low light conditions.


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