Since most of the DSLR photographers prefer the versatility of zoom rather than the prime lenses, the telephoto lens is known for its ability to capture the best of the action. Since the choices range from the ‘fast’ aperture ratings to a super-telephoto zoom lens and stretch to 50mm for comparatively reach.
There are some of the lenses that feature an electromagnetically controlled diaphragm. When it is compared with the mechanical lever in the archaic Nikon’s F mount lens system, the latest lenses enable greater aperture control. These lenses have a high-speed continuous drive mode, but they aren’t compatible with older Nikon cameras like D3000 or D5000. Here are some of our top picks that you must own for a great telephoto lens. Some of them are value for money, others are known for their stunning image quality, etc.
1. Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2:
- Nikon F Mount
- Full Frame Compatible
- Ultrasonic Autofocus
- Electronic Diaphragm
- 0.95m minimum focus distance
- 77mm Filter Thread
This lens is also incredibly quick and accurate with an autofocus class leading 3-mode stabilizer Pro-grade build and image quality than other 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.
Nikon has the latest and the greatest AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 FL ED VR lens is great to work with, but the Tamron lens is no lesser. It has a fast autofocus system which also has a triple mode optical stabilizer. The third mode is similar to that of Nikon’s ‘VR Sport’ mode which also applies stabilization during exposures.
Tamron’s Vibration Compensation system is more effective than the Nikon’s with the class-leading 5-stop performance. The built is both robust and weather-sealed and stunning image output.
2. Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR:
– Nikon F Mount
– Full-Frame Compatible
– Ultrasonic Autofocus type
– 1.0m Minimum Focus Distance
– 67mm Filter Thread
It has a lightweight constant-aperture design and has a great image quality and highly effective stabilizastion. It costs more than 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. It lacks an electromagnetic diaphragm control. It weighs a little more than half the weight of most of the 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. The Nikon AF-S 70-200 mm f/4G ED VR lightens the weight on your hand while shooting. The tripod collar is also available as an option. Well, the size and weight reduction has led to the zoom and focus mechanisms go into the inside. The VR system has a 4-stop rating and comes with a complete with automatic panning detection and a switchable ‘Active’ setting. It is an ideal for shooting from a vibration platform.
It yields a premium performance with a great value and has a equally good build qulaity. It lacks a little lacking features compared with the latest Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 G2. This Tamron lens also matches with the former Nikon 70-200mm f/4 in many respects but has a slightly longer effectiveness in the effective zoom range on DX-format DSLRs, equivalent to 105-315mm in full-frame terms.
- Full Frame Compatibility
- Nikon F Mount
- Ultrasonic Autofocus Type
- Electromagnetic Diaphragm
- 0.95m Focus Distance
- 67mm Filter Thread
The Tamron’s optical image stabilizer is also effective for static shots and also is less panning. It also lacks a switchable ‘Active’ mode and works well with shooting on-the-go.
4. Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
- Nikon F DX Mount
- Ultrasonic Autofocus type
- 1.1m Minimum Focus Distance
- 52mm Filter Thread
It has a space saving retractable design and a refreshingly lightweight design. Though it isn’t a full-frame compatible lens it has a robust build. Having a retractable, telephoto zoom lens and featured in the Nikon’s 18-55mm ‘standard’ zooms. The autofocus system is based on an ultrasonic motor than a ring-type system. This results in the autofocus speeds, and there’s no full-time manual override.
Having a weight-reduction system in part to the lens having a plastic rather than metal mounting plate – it’s certainly not one of the Nikon’s most robust optics. The autofocus speeds being fairly pedestrian and no full-time manual override. Even so, it’s a smart buy as a compact telephoto zoom with DX-format DSLRs.
Here are some of the other Telephoto lenses in our collection that you might want to have a look at: