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Top 34 Best Third Party Nikon F-Mount Lenses 2019 - Top 50mm & Telephoto Lenses

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Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF 

Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.4 FF

 

All the things that made the Pentax version of this design an Editor's Choice apply just as well to the Tokina Opera version, bringing some fine qualities into the domain of Canon and Nikon users. There is no doubt that the competition amongst these types of high-quality lenses is fierce, but Tokina is delivering close to the best quality available at a very competitive price. Another Editor's Choice.

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art 

Sigma 50mm F1 4 DG Art (1)
 

With this 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens, Sigma has created an optic which performs well in terms of sharpness and other optical attributes, for a fairly reasonable price. This combination of price versus performance will almost certainly win many fans for this lens, even despite its large size and weight for a 50mm optic.

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Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM 

Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG Lens For Nikon Digital & Film Cameras
 

The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM has been around for a while but it still performs very well. Sharpness in the centre is this lens' strong point, so if you tend to shoot at wide apertures this could be the lens for you. 

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Telephoto Zoom

 

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport  

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport

There are quite a few 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses, none of them exactly cheap. For those who want a lower cost or a lighter lens, there are the f/4 versions, but many photographers will seek the reduced depth of field that a fast, bright f/2.8 aperture has to offer.

In terms of quality, we rarely see a zoom lens that offers such an evenly fantastic performance as this new Sigma, and at a basically very reasonable price. Without a doubt, the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S is a lens of choice, and therefore, without doubt, is awarded an Editor's Choice.

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Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD 

Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD

Some lenses are impossible to dislike, and this is certainly one of them. It is compact and light compared to the f/2.8 lenses, performance is excellent and gives beautifully crisp images, handling is superb and the price very attractive. The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD is a lens for any Canon or Nikon user to put very high on their list and an Editor's Choice.

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Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 

SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (A025)

 

The Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 lens is on the same level playing field as lenses costing up to twice as much, punching far above its weight. It may not have the same silky smoothness in operation as its more expensive competition, but it delivers the goods, making no compromise on image quality.

Add to that the amazing VC system and moisture and dust resistance and Tamron have a definite winner on their hands.

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports 

Sigma 150 600mm S Sports Lens (6)
 

The Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM S is capable of producing images with excellent sharpness, low CA and distortion. Those looking for a long lens to add to their kit bag should certainly add this lens to their list of considerations.

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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM S 

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM
 

This is a 2.5x zoom lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture has silent focusing and optical stabilisation. The lens is well damped, making fine focusing adjustments easy to apply and chromatic aberrations are well controlled with fringing very low towards the edges of the frame. It makes a compelling alternative to the camera manufacturer's own lenses and we awarded the 120-300mm lens 4.5 stars for excellent build quality, fast focusing and low CA.

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Sigma AF 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary 

Sigma 100 400mm Side View
 

The Sigma AF 100-400mm F/5-6.3 DG OS HSM gives excellent results, and an excellent price in a compact package. There's no weather sealing and its edge performance at longer lengths is a little weak but there are plenty of other positive points that make this optic well worth considering. 

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Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens 

Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

The lens is very easy and satisfying to use and the price is certainly attractive. The optical performance is actually excellent overall, the sharpness only falling off at very small apertures. Of course, one of the unavoidable facts of optics is that at longer focal lengths those small apertures soon becomes very small indeed and very susceptible to diffraction effects. Bearing in mind though that high shutter speeds will likely be needed for wildlife and sports it is hardly a major issue.

Processed through Photoshop, with a bit of judicious sharpening where needed, the end results are crisp and very impressive.

Highly recommended – The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD is an excellent long telephoto zoom lens at an excellent price.

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AldrinS New Member
11 Sep 2020 5:22AM
I think there is a few good lenses you did not mention, would like to see more reviews about affordable lenses for Sony.
joshwa Plus
10 923 1 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2020 8:49AM
AldrinS New Member
12 Sep 2020 3:17AM
Thank you Joshua!

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