Top 5 Best Nikon D3500 Lenses for Portrait Photography

The Nikon D3500 is a highly versatile beginner-level camera. Sporting a 24-megapixel sensor, 5.0 fps continuous shooting speed and ISO that goes as low as 100, it has all the base specification a good camera should have.

Nikon D3500 lens guide

For portrait photography with the D3500, the kit lens isn’t the best tool. The lens’ f/5.6 aperture doesn’t allow the photographer to get the tight depth needed to bring out the subject in detail in portrait photography. So which lenses are best for the job? Let’s look at the top 5 in terms of price and specifications.

1. Nikkor AF S 85mm f/1.8 G

It’s compact and lightweight frame is ideal for all skill levels and the image sharpness is of high quality. It gives crisp definition on the bokeh effect and allows the photographer to shoot from a comfortable distance without invading the subjects’ space. The AF-S focus is quick due to the f/1.8 aperture which is great for capturing portraiture in movement.

2. Nikkor AF S 85mm f/1.4 G

This is the sister of the f/1.8 version but gives an even sharper image resolution that captures details and contrasts. Its quality of color definition and resolution are excellent and the bokeh effect is more defined than the f/1.8, bringing out the subject right out of the background.

3. Nikkor AF S 50mm f/1.4

For photographers who want to zoom into the subjects’ details, this is a fantastic option for that. The fast f/1.4 aperture allows capturing images in a shallow depth of field. The shorter focal is great for selective focus and sharper definition of the subjects. The image quality is exceptional.

4. Nikkor AF S 35mm f/1.8 G

The 35 mm focal length is a highlight for this camera, ideal to capture the “natural” angle of view. The aperture is great for getting a crisp and sharp focus on the subject even in low light. Combined, they give a lovely natural bokeh effect with seamlessly blurred backgrounds.

5. AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G

If you want to get closer than close, this here is your partner in success. Whether it’s capturing intricate details of a newborn’s face or a couple’s engagement ring, the camera’s specs are perfect for that. Not only can you get close, but you also get sharp image quality and detailed contrast.

There you have it! These lenses have been lauded by photographers at all levels, speaking to their quality and ease of use. Added to your collection, one of these could become your partner to level up your image quality.

Nikon D3500 lenses

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