We spent 25 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. When you want to get up close and personal with your subjects, or you want to capture scenes like nighttime skies and large events in all their glorious detail, there’s no substitute for a high-quality wide-angle lens. These models are specifically made for Nikon cameras and will all mount comfortably on any of the company’s DSLRs to provide the sharpest images you could ask for. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work.
8. Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG
Don’t let the brand name fool you; the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG can easily render professional images when mounted on a high-quality camera body, and its build quality is outstanding, so it should remain a part of your shooting kit for years to come.
If you want to capture as much of the action in front of you as possible, you’ll want to get your hands on the Nikkor Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E. It’ll certainly warp the corners of your frame with its fisheye perspective, but your images will be very sharp.
The Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.4E is a tighter option, to be sure, and if you’re shooting with an APS-C sensor it’ll probably be too tight, but on a full-frame body it’s a great length for capturing a room full of people with excellent detail.
The silent wave motor on the Nikkor AF-S 20mm f/1.8 ED allows it to autofocus quickly and accurately while making next to no noise, which is ideal if you’re shooting in a private or somber setting and you want to remain unobtrusive.
If you practice astrophotography, there is no better option on the market for you than the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 ED. Its combination of focal length and aperture speed is ideal for capturing stars and other celestial objects in motion.
Sometimes shooting at these focal lengths can create distortions in your image that you’d rather avoid, and the Nikkor PC 19mm f/4E is designed specifically to help you work around them by shifting the angle of the front elements.
One of the finest third party options to hit the market in recent years, the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art DG is designed to fit on full-frame camera bodies, and it renders skin tones with a color and smoothness that rival models twice its price.
The widest member of the company’s sought-after holy trinity of glass, the Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G boasts a fast, constant aperture all the way through its zoom range, and its built-in lens hood does a great job of preventing flares.