"The best lens tested is a Nikon model, but it is not the most expensive model. In Overall scores, the Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR comes out on top, with a score of 28. With a price of $1399 this makes it not only the top choice, but also a good value for money option – as much as a lens costing over $1000 can be considered value for money."
|Lens||Price ($)||DxOMark Score|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II||2699||29|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR||1399||28|
|Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED||1850||26|
|Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Nikon||770||26|
|Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon||1699||25|
|Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Nikon||949||25|
|Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO HSM Nikon||880||23|
"Of the four lenses, the Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED comes out as the top choice for two reasons – firstly, it has the highest sharpness score of the quartet, managing 12P-Mpix and secondly, because it features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system. With such a long focal range, having VR is a real benefit in achieving sharp shots while handholding and so this lens makes the best choice."
|Nikon AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED||669||20|
|Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED||196||20|
|Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS Nikon||359||19|
|Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon||449||19|
Super zooms lenses
Of the four lenses tested by DxOMark, there are two that really stand out. The first is not a true super-zoom in the sense of being an all-in-one lens, but instead offers the longest focal length that will be of interest especially to those shooting sports or wildlife. It is the Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM. With a sharpness score of 12P-Mpix, it beats the other lenses and doesn’t really lose out greatly in any other area, hence why it top scores with a DxOMark Overall score of 19.
|Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Nikon||999||19|
|Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED||300||17|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR||1050||17|
|Tamron 28-300 F3.5-6.3 XR I A Nikon||600||16|