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 Lenses for Nikon DSLR Cameras

Telephoto Prime Lenses for Full Frame DSLRs | Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Full Frame DSLRs | Telephoto Prime Lenses for DX DSLRs | Telephoto Zoom Lenses for DX DSLRs

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

Below are the recommended Telephoto prime lenses for Nikon full frame DSLRs. Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 Lens is the best performing telephoto prime lenses for Nikon Full Frame DSLRs, but it’s very expensive. Of course you can buy one if you can afford it. Considering the price and the performing, AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G is the best choice. And AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II lens is a great super telephoto prime lens for Nikon full frame DSLRs. See the list below and choose the one you need.

LensPriceDxOMarkBuy Now
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T*$4,49948Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G$49743Amazon
Zeiss APO Sonnar T* 135mm f/2 ZF.2$2,12243Amazon/Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G$1,64942Amazon
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF.2$1,84339Amazon
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF$32938Amazon
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM$89437Amazon
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 D IF$1,19935Amazon
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G$79934Amazon
Super Telephoto Prime
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II$5,81943Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR$11,999Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II$5,79936Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR$9,79927Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR II$8,39927Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF$1,369Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR$17,897Amazon

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

Below are the recommended telephone zoom lenses for Nikon full frame DSLRs. Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is the best choice, even better than AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G II lens. 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 both great lenses.

LensPriceDxOMarkBuy Now
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD$1,49933Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II$2,39731Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR$1,39730Amazon
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM$1,999Amazon
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD$1,069Amazon/Adorama
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM$3,59928Amazon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II$6,74927Amazon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR$2,29724Amazon
AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED$58722Amazon
Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM$94920Amazon
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR II$30019Amazon/Adorama

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

Below are the recommended telephone prime lenses for Nikon DX DSLRs. Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens is the best performing one according to the DxoMark test results. You can choose AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G instead if you want to find a cheap one with great performing. And AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II lens is a great super telephoto prime Lens for Nikon DX DSLRs.

LensPriceDxOMarkBuy Now
Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 APO Planar T*$4,49932Adorama
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G$1,39930Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G$39730Amazon
Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2$1,84327Amazon
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM$89427Amazon
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF$32926Amazon
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 D IF$1,19925Amazon
Zeiss Planar T 85mm f/1.4 ZF2$1,28325Amazon
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 SP Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD$64924Amazon
AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D$46024Amazon
AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G$89923Amazon
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO$49922Amazon
Super Telephoto Prime
AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II$5,81929Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR$8,99926Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II$5,79924Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR$9,79917Amazon
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR II$8,39916Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF$1,369Amazon

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

Tested on Nikon D7100, 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 lenses. The new released Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD is also a great lens. See the recommended telephoto zoom lenses for Nikon D500, D7500, D7200, D5600, D5500, D3500, D3400 DX DSLRs and choose the one you like best

LensPriceDxOMarkBuy Now
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II$2,39723Amazon
Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD$1,49923Amazon
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD$1,069Amazon/Adorama
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM$3,59921Amazon
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR$1,39721Amazon
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM$1,24920Amazon
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO$76917Amazon
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR$59716Amazon
AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED$58715Amazon
Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS$30915Amazon
AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR$99715Amazon
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II$84713Amazon
Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD$349Amazon