Best lenses for the 24-MPix Nikon D3200: Concise overview

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday December 11 2013

Lens Recommendations
Introduction | Best prime lenses for the Nikon D3200 | Best zoom lenses for the Nikon D3200 | How does sharpness compare between the D3200 and the D5200 and D7100? | Best ‘all-in-one’ zoom lens for the Nikon D3200 | Best fast standard/portrait prime for the D3200

As we’ve seen with the primes, the high pixel count of the D3200 means it’s capable of extracting a lot detail from high-grade lenses and that’s replicated with some of the better quality zooms.

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM A Nikon7992614
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM Nikon9992216
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II26992114
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon16992114
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM S Nikon35992013
Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD Nikon12992010
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Nikon6691912
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED20001911
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED18001910
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II Nikon9491910
Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Nikon24491813
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR13991812
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon16991811
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED18501810
Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC Macro HSM Nikon419189
Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM C Nikon499189
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED1329188
Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM Nikon8991711
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Nikon4591710
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC APO HSM Nikon4691710

Third-party maker Sigma continues to do well with their newer upgraded models. Made for APS-C cameras only, the high-speed 18-35mm f1.8 is in first place followed by the 50-150mm f2.8 EX DC APO OS HSM with an excellent peak sharpness score of 16P-Mpix.

Narrowly missing second place Nikon’s own 70-200mm f2.8 follows in third place with a good overall DxOMark score and a very good peak sharpness score of 14P-Mpix.

Value options include the stabilized, high-speed Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 EX DC OS HSM at $669 with a very high 12P-Mpix peak sharpness. With a more modest 9P-Mpix peak sharpness score, the Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM could be another contender at $499.