Best lenses for the 24M-Pix Nikon D7100: Best standard and portrait primes and zooms
By Kevin Carter -
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
As for the best performing standard prime lenses on the APS-C format Nikon D7100, the full-frame Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM A continues to lead the way with it achieving the best overall image quality score of those tested, followed by the modestly priced AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G (and best value of the group).
In third place is another full-frame f/1.4 lens, though like other models from the South Korea based firm it lacks autofocus. At $599, it’s a $1200 cheaper than the equivalent full-frame autofocus f/1.4 model from Nikon. That said, while the high-end Nikkor lens achieves a lower DxOMark score of 25 points overall, it has higher levels of sharpness at wider apertures.
If choosing a slightly faster f/1.4 model based on price, the new upgraded APS-C format Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM A at $499 is very close in sharpness to its bigger, pricier full-frame sibling.Although it sits in fourth place in our rankings, it’s one of the sharpest models in this range of focal lengths.
Macro lenses are attractive for their versatility and there are nearly always very high performers optically. Nikon offers a wide range of models for both FX and DX format cameras. As the joint second sharpest lens in the group (scoring 15P-Mpix), the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G is both small and light in weight and it‘s accessibly priced at $280.
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October 02, 2013
Hello, I have the D7100 and I want to buy a new prime lens by Sigma.
Sharpness is very important for me , I want a DX crop sensor lens not a full-frame lens.
Is it right that the Sigma 30mm 1.4 art lens performs the best at sharpnes as a DX lens on the D7100 with a sharpness of 15?
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Re: Sigma art
Please have a look to our D7100 lens recommandation, it should be helpfull for you:
The DxOMark team
Lens use on my D7100 for 15k shots
Most to least:
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 VR II Outdoor daytime events 6k
Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical IF Lowlight/indoor events 5k
Nikkor AF-S 85 f/1.8G Landscape/outdoor portraits/low light 2k
Nikkor AF-S DX 35 f/1.8G Street/landscape indoor lowlight 1.4k
Nikkor AF-S 50 f/1.4G .7k
Tamron SP 10-24MM F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical IF Street/architecture 0.029k (usually on D5100 as second body)
(All counts just for D7100)
The 18-200 has been a busy lens this Summer, but the 17-50 will catch up before December, I think. The sharpness of the 17-50 over the 18-200 as well as the low light performance make this likely.
The 85 is my favorite prime for its sharpness, the 50 least because of focus hunting in low light. The 35 also ends up on the D5100 second body as needed. I also have a 20yo Quantaray 70-300 f/3.5-5.6 macro, but it is no longer kept in my bag, and only used if nothing else will do.
Added by Jurcek
October 08, 2013
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon Sharpness 12? (D7100)
Could you explain the result of sharpness for Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon? When I have compared it to Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G, Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF and Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherique IF, Sigma was given the lowest score of 12.
But after I have reviewed all measurements for sharpness that you published I can't find such large differences.
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM even got the same sharpness result as Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Nikon. I own both and the difference is immediately noticeable in favor of Sigma.
d7100 d600 d3x
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G 16 20 19
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF 14 16 15
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherique IF Nikon 14 17 15
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM Nikon 12? 18 16
I assume that there was a typo and that the result is 15...