Best lenses for the 24-Mpix Nikon D7100: Telephoto primes and zoomsBy Kevin Carter - Thursday October 10 2013 Lens Recommendations
With the new Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM Nikon mount version recently added to our database it pushes the previously ranked number one model, the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 into second place. Owners of the Nikon and Tamron models shouldn’t feel dissatisfied though, as it’s very close, with all three lenses achieving a DxOMark score of 23 points. It’s worth noting the Sigma 50-150mm is a DX format lens and therefore isn't directly comparable to the 70-200mm models. However, as the equivalent to 75-225mm f/2.8 on the D7100, it has a similar field of view over the zoom range to those models on a full-frame camera.
It’s also remarkable to see just how well the new Sigma model performs after its revamp. The previous iteration attained a DxOMark score of 18 points, but it was more modestly priced at $469, even if it lacked the stabilisation and IQ of the new model.
As for the full-frame models, Tamron’s new 70-200mm f/2.8 stands out given the optical performance and the high spec. It’s not exactly cheap at just under $1,700 but it has both stabilisation and an ultrasonic type AF motor, and even outperforms the pricier Nikkor in sharpness at 200mm.