Best Nikon Lenses for Wildlife Photography

Best Nikon Lenses for Wildlife Photography. Searching for the best lenses for wildlife photography with your Nikon cameras? Here are the top recommended Nikon wildlife lenses.

For wildlife photography, two factors are paramount: reach and speed. A lens that gets up close yet allows you to keep your distance, and lenses that focus quickly and transmit enough light to allow for very fast shutter speeds. So you need your lens to be fast and long.

As you know, the cost of going beyond 400mm (with good image quality) is high, but a longer-than-400mm lens is usually desired for wildlife photography. So, in wildlife photography, it is important to invest in nice lenses, especially with telephoto. Lenses hold their value extremely well.

In addition, the lens performance in low light conditions, cold weather (weather-sealed) are also very important for wildlife photography.

I try to include both Ultimate Nikon Wildlife Lenses (high end) and affordable / smaller Nikon wildlife lenses (the most bang for your buck) at a variety of focal lengths. The Ultimate Nikon Wildlife Lenses are the best of the best. If you are a professional shooter, or you really care about the image quality of your wildlife photos, these lenses will meet your needs. If you are full of enthusiasm, but can not afford the cost, you can choose the affordable Nikon wildlife lenses with great image quality.

See all my friendly recommendations below.

The Ultimate Nikon Wildlife Lenses (High End)

1. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED Vibration Reduction Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

3 used from $13,799.00
Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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$16,296.95

2. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED Vibration Reduction Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

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Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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$12,296.95

3. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED Vibration Reduction Front Lens with Auto Focus Cover

4 used from $6,500.00
Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
in stock
$8,845.86

4. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED Vibration Reduction Fixed Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

3 used from $9,698.99
Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
in stock
$10,296.95

5. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR Lens

Nikon 500mm f/4.0G ED VR AF-S SWM Super Telephoto Lens for Nikon FX and DX Format Digital SLR

6 used from $3,850.00
Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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$8,296.95

6. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Lens

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED Vibration Reduction II Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

5 used from $3,700.00
Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
in stock
$3,700.00

7. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED Vibration Reduction Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

3 used from $8,799.00
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Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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$11,196.95

Affordable (Smaller) Nikon Wildlife Lenses

8. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 80-400mm f.4.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

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Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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9. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED Vibration Reduction II Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

10 used from $3,695.00
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Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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$5,499.99 $5,899.95

10. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Lens

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 300MM f/4E PF ED Vibration Reduction Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

13 used from $1,350.00
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Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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$1,996.95

11. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED Lens (No VR)

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR F/4D IF-ED 300mm Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

20 used from $515.00
Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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$1,336.95

12. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens For Nikon Digital SLR Cameras (New, White box)

28 used from $789.01
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Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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13. Nikon 105mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Lens

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

19 used from $559.99
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Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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$806.95 $899.95

14. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Lens

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

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Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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15. Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III (1.4x)

Nikon AF-S FX TC-14E III (1.4x) Teleconverter Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

7 used from $389.00
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Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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16. Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II (1.7x)

Nikon AF-S FX TC-17E II (1.7x) Teleconverter Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

9 used from $175.00
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Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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17. Kenko DG Auto Extension Tube Set

Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set DG 12mm, 20mm, and 36mm Tubes for Nikon AF Digital and Film Cameras - AEXRUBEDGN

Last update was on: May 23, 2020 10:51 am
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