Best lenses for the 24-Mpix Nikon D7100: Telephoto primes and zooms

By Kevin Carter - Thursday, October 10, 2013

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Introduction | Best Super Zooms for the D7100 | Best 70-200mm lenses for the D7100 | Best telephoto primes for the D7100 | Best telephoto zooms for the D7100
Best lenses for the 24-Mpix Nikon D7100: Telephoto primes and zooms

This is the third part in the series of our lens recommendations for the Nikon D7100 where we’ve analyzed nearly 46 Nikon and third-party telephoto prime and zoom models to assess their optical quality. Read onto find out which of these lenses are the best performers when paired with Nikon’s ultra-high resolution 24-Mpix APS-C format semi-pro model.

This is the third part of a four part series where we've analyzed the optical performance of nearly 46 telephoto primes and zooms lenses from Nikon and third-party makers. Nikon offer an extensive and highly respected range of models, as do Sigma, Tamron and Tokina. Together with the Nikon D7100 we’ve tested 11 primes telephoto between 100mm and 600mm, a further 32 zoom with a maximum focal between 135mm and 500mm !

Introduced earlier this year as the upgrade to the 16-Mpix D7000, the new Nikon D7100 has a 24-Mpix APS-C format CMOS sensor and is the first standard model for the firm to lack an anti-aliasing filter to further improve resolution.  As we’ve previously revealed in part I, this sensor is capable of very high definition.

In fact, with certain lenses we discovered the Nikon D7100 is capable of achieving an increase of up to 50% percent in sharpness with certain models. However, the sensor is just as capable of extracting definition from lesser lenses though it is dependent on the resolving power of the lens. Some will inevitably be at their resolution limit while other newer, higher grade lenses will likely have more in reserve for as yet unannounced higher resolution bodies.

Best Super Zooms for the D7100

Best 70-200mm lenses for the D7100

Best telephoto primes for the D7100

Best telephoto zooms for the D7100