Best lenses for the 24-MPix Nikon D3200: Concise overviewBy Kevin Carter - Wednesday December 11 2013 Lens Recommendations
If you’re a beginner, there’s no shortage of zooms for APS-C format cameras, and those made specifically for that size of sensor are often relatively compact in size and offer a good balance between convenience, price and image quality. Modestly priced models with the widest zoom range are usually the most compromised in IQ, however there are those that can buck the trend.
Both the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f3.5-5.6G IF-ED and the newer version, the stabilized 18-140mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR are very good performers. Both sit in joint first place of those sampled with a DxOMark score 13 points and a 9P-Mpix peak sharpness score.
In second place is the upgraded 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR, a full frame specialist lens but nevertheless a promising addition for anyone interested in wildlife though in truth better matched with the D7100 or D300s. In third place, at $999, the flexibility of the stabilized Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR can’t be denied and it performs very well overall.