Although a brand new Nikon D3300 comes with a 24.2-megapixel zoom lens (which has great imagery), you may need a different lens if your photography needs have evolved.
Before you begin browsing for a new one, here are a few terminologies that will help you know if the lens you want to purchase will be compatible with your D3300.
- FX – this is the lens’ mount. All mounts that have this FX label are compatible with your Nikon D3300
- DX – this is a lighter and cheaper mount that works well with your D3300
- VR – this means vibration reduction, great when you need to shoot at a slow shutter
- AF-S – lenses with this tag have built-in autofocus
- G – the lens does not have the aperture ring we see in most old lenses
- ED – means the lens has glass elements which aid with color fringing.
- IF – the lens’ front element. Lenses with this tag have no rotation when autofocusing
Micro – Nikon definition for micro means macro (1:1 ratio), ergo can take up close photographs without necessarily being close.
You’ll notice most lenses come with these labels. Here are two lenses for Nikon D3300.
1. Nikon 40mm f/2.8 G AF-S DX Micro
- This is a Prime lens. The autofocus of the lens is 6.4 inches.
- It is DX, so it’s lightweight and it’s an affordable means of getting a high-quality lens.
- It’s also micro so it can focus on details from afar.
- Suitable for taking casual as well as portrait photographs
2. Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR
- Zoom lens
- Although this is light because it has a plastic mount, it feels quite sturdy when held.
- Good for photographing outdoor activities particularly animals.
Lastly, note that using the label descriptions above will easily help you identify the labels on most Nikon D3300 lenses. Consider buying a Nikon D3300 camera bag to keep your expensive lenses and other camera gear secure.