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


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


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
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.

Lens Price ($) DxOMark
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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