Best lenses for the Nikon D5200

By Kevin Carter - Thursday October 24 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Nikon D5200 results: Increased Sharpness levels from 24-Mpix sensor | Best prime lenses | Best Wide Angle Lens (Prime & Zoom) | Best Standard Lens | Best Portrait Lens | Best Zoom models

We compared sharpness data between the Nikon D5200 and the older D7000, which featured a similar Sony 16-MPix sensor with low pass filter to that of the D5100. As expected, there was a substantial increase in sharpness (expressed in our graph as P-MPix), though the amount varies from model-to-model, and depends on the design of the lens. Newer lens models are usually re-computed to achieve higher resolution, and aren’t necessarily all high-grade models, though it’s more likely that modern high-grade lenses will out-perform more modest models. On the best performing lenses in our database, the increase in sharpness was around 10% on average over the discontinued 16-MPix D7000.

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The new 24-MPix sensor in the D5200 offers a dramatic increase in sharpness (measured in P-Mpix) over the older 16-MPix Nikon D7000 with certain high-end lenses

While the D5200 shows a substantial increase in sharpness levels over the D7000 with a wide-range of lenses, we also compared the same data and lenses with the D7100. The removal of the low pass filter accounts for a further increase in sharpness.

And, it’s not insignificant either, averaging around an 18% increase over the D5200 with the better lenses. Little wonder the new Nikon D5300 will ship with same filter-less 24-MPix sensor as the D7100.

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Improvements in sharpness of over 18-percent can be achieved with the D7100 when compared with its predecessor