Best lenses for the Nikon D5200By Kevin Carter - Thursday October 24 2013 Lens Recommendations
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.
If you have a Nikon D5200 and a favorite lens, we would very much like to hear from you. Please leave a comment below, stating what lens it is and why you like it.