Best Telephoto Lenses for Nikon DSLRs

Best Telephoto Lenses for Nikon DSLR Cameras. Looking for recommended telephoto lenses for Nikon DSLR cameras? Here are the top-rated telephoto lenses for Nikon DSLRs.

You know, a telephoto lens is a lens whose focal length is longer than the focal length of a standard lens. Today, we’ll concentrate on telephoto prime lenses (including super-telephoto prime lenses) and telephoto zoom lenses to find out the best telephoto lenses for Nikon Full Frame DSLR Cameras and DX DSLR Cameras.

Below are the best telephoto lenses for Nikon DSLRs. All the lists are based on the test results from DxOMark. You can choose the one you need.

Best Telephoto Prime Lenses for Nikon D5, D4S, D850, D810, D750, D610 Full-Frame DSLRs

Lens Price DxOMark Buy Now
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T* 48 Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G 43 Amazon
Zeiss APO Sonnar T* 135mm f/2 ZF.2 43 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G 42 Amazon
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF.2 39 Amazon
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF 38 Amazon
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM 37 Amazon
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 D IF 35 Amazon
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G 34 Amazon
Super Telephoto Prime
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II 43 Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II 36 Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR 27 Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR II 27 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Amazon

Best Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Nikon D5, D4S, D850, D810, D750, D610 Full Frame DSLRs

Lens Price DxOMark Buy Now
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 33 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II 31 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR 30 Amazon
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Amazon
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Amazon
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM 28 Amazon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II 27 Amazon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR 24 Amazon
AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 22 Amazon
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM 20 Amazon
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR II 19 Amazon

Best Telephoto Prime Lenses for Nikon D500, D7500, D7200, D5600, D5500, D3500, D3400 DX DSLRs

Lens Price DxOMark Buy Now
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T* 32 Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G 30 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G 30 Amazon
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 27 Amazon
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM 27 Amazon
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF 26 Amazon
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 D IF 25 Amazon
Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 25 Amazon
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD 24 Amazon
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D 24 Amazon
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G 23 Amazon
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 22 Amazon
Super Telephoto Prime
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II 29 Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR 26 Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II 24 Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR 17 Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR II 16 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF Amazon

Best Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Nikon D500, D7500, D7200, D5600, D5500, D3500, D3400 DX DSLRs

Lens Price DxOMark Buy Now
23 Amazon
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 23 Amazon
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Amazon
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM 21 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR 21 Amazon
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM 20 Amazon
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO 17 Amazon
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 16 Amazon
AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 15 Amazon
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS 15 Amazon
AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR 15 Amazon
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II 13 Amazon
Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD Amazon

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