The most ob­vi­ous con­tender for get­ting up­graded is the lens that you use most, for day-to-day shoot­ing

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Whether you’ve bought a DX- or FX-for­mat Nikon D-SLR, you might well have bought it as a ‘kit’, com­plete with stan­dard zoom lens. Nikon kit zooms are pretty good on the whole, rang­ing from the dinky lit­tle 18-55mm VR II and big­ger 18-105mm VR DX-for­mat zooms to the 24-85mm VR FX-for­mat lens that’s of­fered with the D610 and D750. They’re great for get­ting you started.

How­ever, un­less they’re paired with the most in­ex­pen­sive en­try-level bod­ies, you can’t help but feel th­ese kit lenses are com­par­a­tively lack­ing in so­phis­ti­ca­tion and over­all qual­ity. They’re not con­stant-aper­ture de­signs and have dis­ap­point­ingly nar­row max­i­mum aper­tures of around f/5.6 at their long­est zoom set­tings. The DX-for­mat kit lenses don’t even have a fo­cus dis­tance scale. But there is an­other way...

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