DX: Nikon AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR £890/$1070 FX: Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR £2000/$2400

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For build qual­ity, han­dling and out­right per­for­mance, Nikon leads the way in both DX and FX camps, with the 16-80mm VR and 24-70mm VR lenses re­spec­tively. There’s a clearer mar­gin in the DX-for­mat cat­e­gory, where the Nikon lens has a much more ‘pro-grade’ feel, con­struc­tion and han­dling than the Sigma and Tam­ron lenses. How­ever, the Nikon is also more than twice the price of those lenses, and it’s the Sigma 17-70mm that of­fers the best value for money.

Sim­i­larly, the Nikon 24-70mm VR is more ex­pen­sive than the other FX lenses on test and, at less than a third of the price (in the UK), the Tam­ron 24-70mm VC lens is un­beat­able value. If you’d rather go for a big­ger zoom range, the Sigma 24-105mm OS edges ahead of the Nikon 24-120mm VR for per­for­mance and value.

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