In this article, we are going to be taking a look at what we feel are the three best zoom lenses for Nikon d5200 cameras currently available on the market right now. With more and more people taking up photography as a hobby we have noticed a steady uptick in the number of people reaching out for advice and we have decided to publish this article in an attempt to help as many of our readers in this situation as possible.
We would like to quickly point out that we have chosen lenses that we feel will fit the budgets of the majority of our readers while also offering them the best overall mix of functionality, performance, build quality, and price. You can click here if you would like to see a full list of zoom lenses that will fit your Nikon D5200.
All three of these zoom lenses have managed to earn themselves an excellent reputation amongst the community since their release. Additionally, they also offer a ton of functionality, excellent performance, great image quality all for what we consider a fair price. As we know many of our readers have vastly different budgets available for their lenses we have chosen one higher price lens, one middle of the road priced lens, and one more budget-friendly lens.
The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED – High Price
The massive focal length offered by the lens allows you to use it for a large number of photography niches allowing you to use it as a jack of all trades lens. Down at its lower 18mm zoom settings the lens offers you decent wide angle performance with next levels of zoom being ideal for photography going all the way up to its maximum zoom potential being used when you need to either zoom in or increase detail.
The Nikon AF-S 18-300mm is able to fit the lens mount on your Nikon D5200 natively without the need for any third party connectors. This offers a better connection between the lens mount and in our opinion will offer a higher image quality overall due to the lens mount connecting to your camera mount directly.
The Nikon AF-S 18-300mm offers a max image magnification of 032x with a 76° to 5° angle of view making it a fairly dynamic lens. Its minimum focus distance of around one and a half feet can present a problem in a very small number of photography niches but overall the lenses performance is excellent.
Depending on your photography niche, you may wish to further increase the performance of your lens via lens filters. The Nikon AF-S 18-300mm comes with a lens filter thread size of 67mm making it easy to find third-party filters due to its common thread size. When looking for filters for your lens we would always recommend that you check out the Gobe filter range (Click here to check for product prices and availability) due to their excellent quality and budget-friendly price tags.
The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED – Mid Price
Although the Nikon 55-300mm comes in at the middle of the range price point for our list, it still offers some excellent image quality that will actually beat that of many competing lenses at this price. Although its minimum zoom level is not as low as the 18-300mm covered above, it still offers some pretty decent mid-range photographing capabilities.
The nature capabilities of this telephoto zoom lens are decent offering good performance in low light conditions and the included VR image stabilization technology is second to none at this price point. If you are planning to photograph without the use of a tripod then ensure image stabilization is on as it will massively improve performance. Additionally, the stabilization tech can also improve the quality of any panning footage that you may need to take with the lens on your camera too.
All in all, we feel that the Nikon 55-300mm lens is a very strong contender for its price. It will fit your Nikon d5200 natively via the lens mount offering excellent image quality without the need for any converters or third-party accessories. Its excellent reputation and a large core customer base that is constantly growing also pay tribute to how good of a lens this really is.
The Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG – Budget Price
Although it lacks a fair amount of the functionality of the lenses above, for its price point it really does an excellent job with a decent zoom range too. It has an outstanding reputation amongst the community when compared to other lenses at this price point with plenty of independent, third-party photographer singing the lenses praises to the masses.
The image above was captured using the Sigma 70-300mm and offers a decent look at both its performance in low light conditions as well as its ability to capture photographs at its middle zoom range. It is an all-round good telephoto lens for Nikon d5200 cameras and is perfect for any photographers on a tight budget.
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