Best Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Nikon DSLRs

A telephoto lens is a long-focus lens in which the physical length of the lens is shorter than the focal length. Telephoto zoom lenses for Nikon are typically used for wildlife, bird photography and also in action and sports photography.

Telephoto lenses are sometimes broken into the further sub-types of medium telephoto: lenses covering between a 30° and 10° field of view (85mm to 135mm in 35mm film format), and super telephoto: lenses covering between 8° through less than 1° field of view (over 300mm in 35mm film format).

Looking for best telephoto zoom lenses for Nikon DSLR cameras? Here are some recommendations according to DxOMark ratings and to our suggestions.

Best Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Nikon DSLR Cameras

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Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Nikon Full Frame FX-format DSLRs

Below you can see the best telephoto zoom lenses for Nikon D4S, D810, D750, D800, Df, D610, D600, D4, D3S Full Frame digital SLR cameras.

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD is the best telephoto zoom lens for Nikon full frame DSLR. The lens is much cheaper than AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G and provides great image quality with better DxOMark score overall.

The AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR and the new released Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM are good alternatives when compared to the AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G II.

Lens Price DxOMark Score Buy Now
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD $1,499 33 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II $2,397 31 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR $1,397 30 Amazon
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM $1,999 Amazon
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD $1,069 Amazon
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM $3,599 28 Amazon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II $6,749 27 Amazon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR $2,297 24 Amazon
AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED $587 22 Amazon
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM $949 20 Amazon
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR II $300 19 Amazon

Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Nikon APS-C sensor DX-format DSLRs

Below you can see the best telephoto zoom lenses for Nikon D7100, D7000, D5300, D5200, D5100, D3300, D3200, D300S, D300 DX-format digital SLR cameras.

AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II and Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD are the best two telephoto lenses for Nikon DX-format DSLRs. Both lenses are tested on Nikon D7100. For value your money the new Tamron is a very good option. Otherwise the Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 always on top of the list.

The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD has very good reviews and is also a great lens. The lens has been chosen as the Best Expert DSLR lens in 2014.

Lens Price DxOMark Score Buy Now
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II $2,397 23 Amazon
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD $1,499 23 Amazon
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD $1,069 Amazon
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM $3,599 21 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR $1,397 21 Amazon
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM $1,249 20 Amazon
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO $769 17 Amazon
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR $597 16 Amazon
AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED $587 15 Amazon
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS $309 15 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR $997 15 Amazon
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II $847 13 Amazon
Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD $349 Amazon