DxOMark: best lenses for the Nikon D800 camera (part 2, telephoto zoom lenses)

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DxOMark published the second part of their Best lenses for the Nikon D800 camera series and this time they are covering telephoto lenses:

70-200mm lenses

"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

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70-300mm lenses

"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."

Lens Price ($) DxOMark
Score
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

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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.

Lens Price ($) DxOMark
Score
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

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