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Best Nikon Lens for Bokeh [2021 Review]

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Published: 15/06/2021

Many photos can be instantly enhanced by the presence of soft, creamy bokeh, which contrasts brilliantly with the clarity of the subject in the foreground. If you've been attempting to capture those dreamy, out-of-focus orbs in your shots, you'll need to invest in the best Nikon lens for Bokeh.

Our Top Nikon Bokeh Lens Reviews

When it comes to getting the perfect blurred-out image, a good bokeh lens is a must. In this article, we’ll go over our choices for the best Nikon Bokeh lens and see how they perform, compared to each other.

Brand
Best Overall
Nikkor 24mm f/1.4
Best for the Money
Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G
Best Cheap Pick
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Product
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED Wide-Angle...
Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Fixed Focal Length...
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Wide Angle
Standard
Item Weight
1.37 pounds
1.32 pounds
6.53 ounces
Rating
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Best Overall
Brand
Nikkor 24mm f/1.4
Product
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED Wide-Angle...
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Item Weight
1.37 pounds
Rating
-
Price
Best for the Money
Brand
Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G
Product
Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Fixed Focal Length...
Lens Type
Wide Angle
Item Weight
1.32 pounds
Rating
-
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Product
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
Lens Type
Standard
Item Weight
6.53 ounces
Rating
-
Price

Here's a quick recap of our top recommended Nikon Bokeh lens listed in this article. In this table, we've also included an overview of their top features.

ProductFocal LengthMaximum ApertureItem Weight (Pounds)
Nikkor 24mm f/1.424mmf/1.41.37
Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G35mmf/1.41.32
Nikkor 105mm f/2.8105mmf/2.81.74
Nikkor 50mm f/1.850mmf/1.80.40
NIKON 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G 24-85mmf/3.5-4.51.07
Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.510-24mmf/3.5-4.50.97

Best Overall Bokeh Lens for Nikon: Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 

Although the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 is a wide-angle lens, the tiny depth of field of f/1.4 produces a pleasing bokeh. Although the bokeh quality isn't as outstanding as other Nikon portrait lenses like the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G, it's still great for real estate photography.

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED Wide-Angle...

Nikon understands that photographers who use this lens anticipate high dimensional quality, which means that the subject and background appear to be separated. The 24mm f/1.4 has proved to produce great bokeh, which is the factor that gives photographers this favored effect. 

At any aperture, the 9 rounded aperture blades aid in keeping the contour of the background highlights round, full, and without outlining. 

Pros

  • Great, crisp image quality
  • There’s coverage of the entire frame

Cons

  • At a wide aperture, the corners are too dim unlike the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G
  • There is some barrel distortion visible 
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED Wide-Angle...
  • Compelling wide-angle perspective combined with an ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture serves the needs of...
  • Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even...
  • Aspherical lens elements virtually eliminate coma and other types of aberration, even when shooting...

Best Nikon Bokeh Lens for the Money: Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G

The NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G is a great wide-angle lens that is ideal for real estate photography. Its fast f/1.4 maximum aperture is perfect in poor ambient light and allows you more flexibility of depth of field when subjects are separated.

Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Fixed Focal Length...

When it comes to bokeh, the Nikon 35mm produces an excellent result. Bokeh isn't as attractive when the lens is wide open, with some harsher highlights, but slowing down to f/2.0, it considerably enhances bokeh. 

Likewise, the backdrop highlights appear extremely clean and smooth at f/2.8 and beyond. However; the lens is significantly larger and heavier than other options in our list hence difficult to carry around.

Pros

  • An excellent crispness in the center
  • A large aperture collects a large amount of light as opposed to the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 which is worse in low light conditions

Cons

  • At larger apertures, there is some edge softening
  • Different from the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8, there is a slight barrel distortion 
Sale
Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Fixed Focal Length...
  • FX-format, ultra-fast classic wide-angle lens
  • Focal Length: 35 mm, Minimum Focus Distance - 1.0 ft
  • Nano Crystal Coat, Optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both FX and DX-format D-SLRs

Best Cheap Bokeh Lens for Nikon: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8

The Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 is a basic standard prime with a brilliant maximum aperture and light construction. The 50mm focal length, which corresponds to the natural field of vision, is ideal to create the perfect bokeh.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens

The AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G is a lens that will take your breath away. With a 50mm focal length and a fast f/1.8 aperture, you can create spectacular photographs with a narrow depth-of-field, allowing your subjects to stand out against their surroundings.

The only thing to keep in mind is that the lens suffers from focus shift, unlike the Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 which has no spherical aberration.

Pros

  • Backlight insensitivity is reasonable
  • It is lightweight weighing 6.5 ounces hence easily portable

Cons

  • There is no aperture ring or vibration reduction like in the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
  • At full aperture and f/2.8, there is a lot of vignetting and distortion on the high side
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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
  • Fast, upgraded f/1.8, compact FX format prime lens. The picture angle with 35 millimeter (135)...
  • Focal length 50 millimeter, minimum focus distance 1.48 feet (0.45 meter)
  • Newly developed optical system with aspherical lens element, exclusive Nikon silent wave motor (SWM)

Best Nikon Macro Bokeh Lens: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8

The Nikon 105mm f/2.8 is one of the best macro lenses for bokeh. Its 9 rounded aperture blades make it very smooth, and it's a very strong and well-built lens.

Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED Lens

It generates a stunning artistic background blur, or bokeh when shot wide open at f/2.8—gentle, soft, and circular with no obvious boundaries and no "onion rings" or spirals. 

The only possible disadvantage until now has been that this lens is much larger and heavier hence difficult to carry it around.

Pros

  • Blurred shots are avoided thanks to image stabilization.
  • The extra-low dispersion lens element reduces lens faults and improves image quality
  • In comparison to Nikkor 50mm f/1.8, it reduces vibration better

Cons

  • The lens is somewhat heavier than other models like the NIKON 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G making it a challenge to carry it around
  • The short working distance for 1:1 photography
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...
  • Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 23°20'.Features new VR II vibration reduction technology, Focal...
  • Nano-Crystal coat and ED glass elements that enhance overall image quality by further reducing flare...

Best Auto Focus Bokeh Lens for Nikon: NIKON 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G 

With a plastic casing and a metal mount, the Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G boasts a sturdy build. It is lighter than the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 at 16 ounces. Because of its lightweight structure and tiny size, it works well with all Nikon DSLRs.

NIKON 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Lens -...

The Nikon 24-85 mm has seven rounded blades in its aperture, resulting in a subtle out-of-focus effect. Despite the seven rounded aperture blades, the bokeh of this lens is great. The bokeh is smooth only at 85 mm focal length and full aperture.

The disadvantage of this lens is that it has obvious vignetting when used wide open at 24 mm and some distortion that may be seen when capturing photos.

Pros

  • Has a very quick auto-focus hence takes sharper images than the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
  • The lens is very light hence you can carry it around

Cons

  • There is vignetting at 24mm and when wide open
  • The focus ring and zoom are reversed
NIKON 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED VR AF-S Nikkor Lens -...
  • Engineered for Nikon FX-format DSLRs
  • Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 61°, Minimum Angle of View (DX format): 18°50’, Maximum Angle...
  • Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization

Best Wide-Angle Bokeh Lens for Nikon: Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5

The Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 has an autofocus technology that is very precise and fast. A rounded seven-blade diaphragm helps with the lens’s excellent bokeh quality. When shooting at higher shutter speed rates, an electromagnetic diaphragm is used for more accurate and realistic exposure control.

Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II VC HLD Wide Angle...

When you are shooting wide open in low light conditions, the lens has a slight slowdown in sharpness. When also shooting at wide apertures, there is also some distortion and vignetting.

Pros

  • Image stabilization, as opposed to the Nikon AF S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G, which lacks image stabilization
  • Sharpness in the center
  • The lens is protected against dust, filth, and smearing due to the dust and moisture resistant construction

Cons

  • When working with large apertures, the edges deteriorate
  • Barrel distortion from a wide angle
  • Dark corners, as opposed to the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G, which has a lot of light at wide apertures
Tamron 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di-II VC HLD Wide Angle...
  • VC (Vibration Compensation)
  • HLD (High/Low torque-modulated Drive)
  • Moisture-resistant construction

Conclusion

A Nikon bokeh lens is a great method to give your photos a dreamy vibe. It creates a well-balanced background while allowing the topic to shine out more. We hope that reading the descriptions of our favorite lenses will be useful in deciding which one is right for you.

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