The standard equipment for timelapse or animation is always stated as being a Canon camera body with a Nikon lens because many Nikon lenses have a manual aperture ring and they can be fitted to Canon bodies using a simple adapter which does not include an additional lens. The cheap adapters do not allow the Canon body to open up the lens aperture between frames, thus removing the problem of aperture flicker.
Obviously any manufacturer's lens designed to fit a Nikon body will do as long as it has the required manual aperture ring. By chance I have recently discovered that Pentax K mount lenses work just as well. many of these lenses have manual aperture rings and the required adapter is just as simple. The advantage of Pentax mount lenses is that, assuming you do not require the performance of genuine Nikon glass, they are significantly cheaper for the equivalent lens and more abundant second hand on eBay.