Which is the best prime lens for Nikon? You won't find a better prime than the 24mm f/1.4 to bolster your photojournalistic skills. It's not the first prime lens on any shopping list, but for journalism it forces you to get nearer to your subjects, creating more intimate pictures and forging a closer connection. Facial expressions, movement and contextual surroundings all fit in the wide 24mm frame while I was capturing our drainage ditch crossings on patrol in Helmand, Afghanistan.
Best prime lens? The simple answer is a 50mm, as they're cheap, lightweight and super sharp. Very close to the human angle of vision, they represent real life and fitting my Nikon f/1.4 to candidly capture these lovely Glastonbury Festival goers, the cluttered background just melts away. A 50mm is an asset to any photographer's kitbag, forcing your legs to do the work of the zoom and ultimately keeping you fit!
Is the Nikon 85mm f/1.4D any good? Is a bottle of 1995 Chateau Lafite Rothschild any good? Well, they're the same vintage and have both aged very well indeed. It's still as sharp as a sharks tooth, just maybe not as fast. However, it produces pop-out-eyes on portraits like this steampunk I shot from a couple of meters away. For a short-telephoto prime, 85mm is a luxury bit of kit - but it creates luxurious photos.
What is a fisheye lens? This could get very technical and boring, but basically it's a lens that gives a really wide-angled view, somewhere between 100-180 degrees. Straight lines of perspective become 'bulged', just look at the skateboarder jumping over me from a few centimetres away inside Malmesbury Abbey and see how the straight roof becomes 'bowed'. I use this lens five times a year - worth it every time!