As we’ve seen with the primes, a number of zoom models have also seen their sharpness levels increase with the D5200 over its predecessor. At the top of the rankings, the upgraded Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO HSM is the best performing zoom model in our database, regardless of focal length.
This is followed closely by the current full-frame AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II and new Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with a DxOMark score of 21 points. Both these models are the equivalent to a 105-300mm on the D5200, so there’s a case to consider those over the DX-format only Sigma 50-150mm, but neither are cheap exactly. As a ‘standard’ zoom, the Sigma 17-50mm (26-77mm) f2.8 EX DC OS HSM stands out for its balance of price versus performance. It may not possess the pro-level build of the Nikon AF-S 17-55mm f2.8G IF-ED, but it’s stabilized, has an ultrasonic-type AF motor and is both sharper and cheaper.
|Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM Nikon||999||22||14|
|Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II||2699||21||12|
|Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon||1699||21||13|
|Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR||1399||20||11|
|Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon||669||19||12|
|Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Nikon||949||19||10|
|Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED||2000||19||11|
|Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon||1299||19||9|
|Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon||3599||19||13|
|Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED||1800||18||10|
|Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM Nikon||419||18||9|
|Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon||1699||18||10|
|Tokina AT-X 11-16 PRO DX Nikon||659||18||9|
|Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical IF Nikon||649||18||11|
|Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C Nikon||499||18||8|
|Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED||750||18||8|
|Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED||1329||17||8|
|Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Nikon||459||17||10|
|Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM Nikon||899||17||11|
|Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX Nikon||849||17||9|
If you have a Nikon D5200 and a favorite lens, we would very much like to hear from you. Please leave a comment below, stating what lens it is and why you like it.