Announced in 2012, the Nikon D800 is the current undisputed king of DxOMark, with results that eclipse every other camera from all other manufacturers. However, with so much resolution on tap, the question is, which lenses should you use to make the best of what you’ve got? The DxOMark labs have tested 61 different lenses on the D800 to bring you an unparalleled resource of which lenses are best and which should be avoided. To make it easy to follow, we have broken the reviews down into sections so you can concentrate on the lenses that are important to you. This first section will give you an overview of the D800. We will follow this with a review of the standard focal length lenses, then the telephoto lenses and super-zooms and finally there will be a wide-angle review.
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Hi, You might have noticed that we do not propose updates to our reviews, but all the results can be found for the D800 on our rating page. This is where you will find the current best lenses: http://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Ratings
The ranking should be close to the current one of the Nikon D800. But the Nikon D800E should score higher on a lot of lens and some lenses could show their own limitation, but for now we cannot tell which one. The D800E lens recommendation is planned too but we will have to assess a maximum of new cameras before perfoming test on the D800E.
Will the Tamron SP 24-70 f/2.8 for the Nikon D800e be close in scores to the D800? The scores with the D800 body with Tamron SP 24-70 looks to be higher than the Canon 5DM3 with the Tamron SP 24-70. Although, I'm curious also about the Sony A7r with the Tamron SP 24-70 for Sony mount. Any way we can try and test the Tamron SP 24-70 with the D800e and Sony A7r? Thank you!
Very good question,we are currently testing A7 and A7r so the first results should be available within 2 weeks. D800e is now pretty old we will try to do it but the top priorities are the new lenses and the new cameras (and some other old missing lenses).
I see that on the Nikon D700(and on Nikon D3), the best 50mm is the Nikkor 50mm F1.8 G, while on the Nikon D800(and on the Nikon D600) the best 50mm is the Nikkor 50mm F1.4G. What is the reason for these results? Why the 50mm F1.4G, mounted on the Nikon D800, wins against the Nikkor 50mm F1.8G, but not if mounted on the D700 or on the Nikon D3?
Thank you DXO for being a nuetral body and providing qualitative and detail report on primary aspect of Camera peformance. I am planning to upgrade to d800e and wanted to know whether Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D ED Macro is a perfect lense for it? Thank you again.
Whereas the holy trinity lenses rightly garner much attention, there is a significant dichotomy between them and the so-called super-zooms. Sigma, for instance, has a 120-300mm f/2.8 lens that continues to garner largely favorable reviews, yet has been completely marginalized by this site. Most curious indeed!
I've been surfing for a Nikkor 75-150mm f/3.5 Series E but was wondering if these older lenses work on D800 bodies? What are the drawbacks to using "retro" or retired lenses that were once only used for film? Do they even fit and connect?
Hello! Excuse me but I don't understand the scores of Nikon 24-70f2,8 ED. You mention that Sigma "scores a very poor 26µm" in chromatic aberation - what about the 31µm of Nikon 24-70f2,8 ED. How can it have score 28 while the Sigma with with similar or even better numbers scores just 23?
Chromatic aberration is not taken into account for dxomark score, for more information see our documentation: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/About/Lens-scores Except chromatic aberration, these two lenses have close measurement results. See the full comparison here: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lenses/Compare-Camera-Lenses/Compare-lenses/%28lens1%29/885/%28lens2%29/175/%28brand1%29/Tamron/%28camera1%29/834/%28brand2%29/Nikkor/%28camera2%29/834
Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G & Sigma 50-500 OS / pre-OS
It would be nice to see the results for the new Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G, as it is supposed to be an excellent lens.
Also, I'm sure many people are curious about the results for the Sigma 50-500 (new OS & older pre-OS version). If you really want the reach at an affordable price, it is a lens you'd be interested in.
I am interested in questions like, "is the Sigma 50-500 at 500mm worse than the new Nikkor 80-400 at 400mm with cropping for same FOV?" and "is the Sigma 50-500 at 500mm worse than the Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8G with a 2x teleconverter at '400mm' and cropped for the same FOV?"
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Hi, thank you for running your test. I noticed that you didn't include the 'Nikon 14mm f/2.8 D AF ED Lens' in your test, is there a specific reason for this? I noticed that this lense is also not on nikons revised 'lenses to get the highest res from your d800e' list.
Would it be possible to either include it here or run a separate test of the 'Nikon 14mm f/2.8 D AF ED Lens' and the d800.