Nikkor Optics + Specialized

Nikkor optics are the finest in the world for wildlife photography. There are some exceptions, of course, but for the most part this is a true statement. Across the board, the Nikkor super-telephoto lenses have the highest scores in the industry, and when matched with Nikon bodies this creates a satisfying combination.

Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

The Most Versatile Tool I Own

This lens is a fantastic instrument. As you can see, it leads the class although the Canon is great too. LenScore shows the same edge to Nikon. What makes this lens so great is, with my 2 bodies (and a 2x extender), I have the option of shooting at 300mm, 450mm, 600mm, or 900mm, depending on which body I choose (the D810 or D500) and depending on whether or not I want to add the 2x TC III. The sharpness, color, and bokeh transference is uplifting to witness. Photography Life wrote a great review on this lens.

See @ Nikon: Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 APO-Lanthar Macro

Sublime Macro

This is the only non-Nikkor lens I currently own. It is a collector’s item and a highly-sought-after macro lens by connoisseurs who desire the very best in lens-rendering characteristics (subtle color, zero chromatic aberration, “3D-effect,” etc.). This is a sublime lens with an interesting history behind it, and I highly-recommend it.

Find on Ebay: Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 APO-Lanthar Macro

Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.4 G

The Standard of Portrait Excellence

The Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 is (literally) the standard reference lens for excellence at LenScore, rating 1000 (A) across the board. According to DxO Mark, it is significantly better than its Canon equivalent. This lens is perfect for weddings, portraits, etc.—rendering sharp images, with buttery-smooth backgrounds, to create that “dream effect” …

See @ Nikon: Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.4 G

Nikkor AI-S 50mm f/1.2

Nikon's Jewel