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 Nikon9992214
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II26992112
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon16992113
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR13992011
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon6691912
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Nikon9491910
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED20001911
Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon1299199
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon35991913
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED18001810
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM Nikon419189
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon16991810
Tokina AT-X 11-16 PRO DX Nikon659189
Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical IF Nikon6491811
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C Nikon499188
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED750188
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED1329178
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Nikon4591710
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM Nikon8991711
Tokina AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX Nikon849179

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