The D5500 is a handy entry-level DSLR. Though it’s now out of production, you can still get a mint new copy on major e-commerce stores for a discount. If you’re looking for one or already have one with you, you might be interested in the best lenses that go with the lens. Here are a collection of the best lenses for your Nikon D5500.
Best standard prime lens – Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
The 35mm is versatile and offers a fast aperture of f/1.8 that crushes bad light. In good light, the lens is a joy to work with. It can blur out the background, though you must keep your subject toward the center of the frame.
Best all-purpose zoom lens – Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5 – 5.6G ED VR
This all-purpose lens is designed specifically for the crop sensor cameras like the D5500. This is a sharp lens and produces excellent results in good light. The only issue with this lens is that the maximum aperture drops to f/5.6. In bad light, that can affect the images. That said, the built-in VR ensures that the lens can compensate for any hand movements by four stops.
Best macro lens – Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED
This is one of the business’s best macro lenses (Nikon calls them micro). It offers a 1:1 magnification ratio allowing you to shoot small subjects at a minimum focusing distance of 0.5 meters and capture a life-seized image on the sensor.
Best super-telephoto zoom lens – Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Regarding super telephoto lenses for the D5500, a few OEM options fit all the checkboxes. This lens is inexpensive, considering that it’s a super-telephoto focal length. It comes with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. The lens is compatible with the 1.4x teleconverter, extending the effective focal length. Also, because the D5500 is a crop camera, the effective focal length is 300-750mm. Additionally, the constant f/5.6 aperture ensures that the exposure remains the same across the focal length. Overall, image quality is excellent, and out-of-focus effects are good.
Best portrait lens – Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
If you’re looking for a portrait lens, very few lenses are better than the 85mm f/1.8G. You can always go for the f/1.8G lens, but it’s prohibitively pricey. The 85mm f/1.8G offers many benefits of a fast prime lens. It captures a lot of light and produces sharp, crisp images in all kinds of lighting. The quality of the bokeh is beautiful. The lens’s effective focal length becomes 127.5mm when you’ve mounted it on the D5500.