Low light lens reviews (WYSIWYG)

To be able to shoot a sharp image without a tripod in low light, you should prefer to use a lens with a large aperture (F/2.8 or lower). The performance of Low light lenses in the table below are based on "What you see is what you get ( WYSIWYG )", as you save images in the camera as a standard sharpened jpg file, with all the in- camera lens corrections applied (vignetting, distortion, chromatic aberration).

There is another, "Pure and RAW" table with test results based on unsharpened raw files, where no corrections for chromatic aberration, distortion or vignettinge have been applied. These scores approach the intrinsic quality of the combination of lens and test camera.

If a lens is tested on a camera with an APS-C or micro-43 sensor, then the focal lengths have been converted to the equivalent field of view for a camera with a full frame sensor ( mm @ ff ). Because of this conversion, you can compare lenses on cameras with different sensor types. Note thet lens scores are determined by the test camera being used (megapixels , sensor size, jpg conversion).

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 Lens   Score   Sensor   Res   CA   Vign   Dist   Test camera   Mount   filter   Standard 
Sigma 35mm f/1.2 DG DN Art9.7FF9. A7R IIISony FE10
Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.49.6FF8. A7R IIISonyFE11
Zeiss Batis 40mm f/29.6FF9. A7R IIISonyFE10
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS9.6FF8. A7R mk3SonyFE21
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art9.6FF9. A7R III + MC11SonyFE11
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.49.3FF9. A7R mk2SonyFE11
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art9.3FF9. A7R IIISonyFE11
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art9.3FF9. A7R IIISonyFE11
Nikon AF-S 105MM f/1.4E ED9.2FF9. D810Nikon11
Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 voor Sony FE9.2FF8. A7R mk2SonyFE10
Sony FE 85mm f/1.89.2FF8. A7R IIISonyFE11
Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.89.2FF8. A7R mk2SonyFE11
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM9.1FF8. D800ENikon11
Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 LUMIX S PRO9.1FF9. S1RSL10
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/29.1FF7. A7R IIISonyFE10
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art + Sigma MC119.1FF8. A7R mk2 + Sigma MC11Canon EF10
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G9.0FF8. D810Nikon11
Sigma 40mm f/1.4 Art9.0FF9. A7RIIISony E10
Nikon AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G8.9FF8. D800ENikon10
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art + Sigma MC118.9FF8. A7R mk2 + Sigma MC11Canon EF11
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/28.9FF8. A7R mk2SonyFE11
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR8.9APS-C8. D7200Nikon11
Nikon 1 32mm f/1.28.8CX-1inch7. J5Nikon11
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD8.8APS-C8. D7200Nikon11
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM8.8FF9. 5DsRCanon EF11
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II8.8FF8. D810Nikon11
Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 SONY FE8.8FF8. A7R IIISonyFE10
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR8.8FF8. D810Nikon11
Sony FE 85 mm 1.48.7FF9. A7R mk2Sony FE11
Sony FE 50mm 1.88.7FF8. A7R mk2Canon EF10
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.7FF8. D810Canon EF11
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS8.7APS-C7. A7R mk3 (APS-C crop)SonyFE21
Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 voor Sony FE8.7APS-C7. A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)SonyE11
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 8.7FF8. D810Nikon11
Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeis Sonnar T8.7FF8. A7R mk2SonyFE10
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR8.6FF8. D810Nikon21
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/28.6APS-C8. A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)SonyE10
Samsung 45 mm f/1.88.6APS-C8. NX1Samsung11
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.48.6APS-C8. A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)SonyE11
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD8.6FF9. D810Nikon11
Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.88.6APS-C7. A7R III (APS-C crop)SonyE11
Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S8.6FF8. Z7NikonZ21
Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II8.6APS-C8. D7100Nikon11
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art8.6FF8. D810Nikon20
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art8.6APS-C7. D7200Nikon20
Nikon 180-400mm f/4 G VR8.6APS-C8. D7200Nikon21
Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 SONY FE8.6APS-C8. A7R mk3 APSC cropSonyE10
Tokina Firin 20mm f/2 AF8.6FF8. A7R IIISonyFE11
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR8.6APS-C8. D7200Nikon11
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.5APS-C8. D7200Nikon11
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.5FF8. D810Nikon10
Canon RF 50mm f/1.28.5FF8. EOS RCanon RF10
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR8.5APS-C8. D5600Nikon21
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM8.5FF9. 5DsRCanon EF11
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G8.5APS-C8. D7200Nikon11
Sigma 28mm f/1.4 Art8.5FF8. 5DsRCanon EF11
Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor8.5FF8. D800ENikon21
Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor8.4APS-C7. D3200Nikon21
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.4FF8. D810Nikon11
Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro8.4APS-C7. X E-1Fuji11
Tokina Opera 50mm f/1.48.4FF8. 5DsRSony E10
Samsung 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA NX8.4APS-C7. NX1Samsung11
Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM8.4FF8. EOS RCanon RF11
Panasonic 42.5 mm f.12 Nocticron8.4M439. G9 & Olymp. OMD EM1Micro-4311
Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.4G ED8.3FF8. D810Nikon11
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/28.3APS-C7. A7R III (APS-C crop)SonyE10
Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM8.3FF8. 5DsCanon EF20
Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED AF-S VR 8.3APS-C8. D7200Nikon11
Nikon 28 mm f/1.8G8.3APS-C7. D7200Nikon10
Nikon AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G8.3APS-C7. D7200Nikon11
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM8.3FF8. 5DsRCanon EF21
Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II (SAL300F28G2)8.2APS-C7. A77SonyA11
Olympus 300mm8.2M437. OM-D E-M1Micro-4311
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP G28.2FF8. D810Nikon20
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP G28.2APS-C7. D7200Nikon21
Samsung 30mm f/28.2APS-C8. NX1Samsung10
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary8.2M438. G9M4310
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.2APS-C7. D7200Nikon10
Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM8.1FF8. EOS RCanon RF10
Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS8.1M438. G9Micro-4311
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM8.1FF8. 5DsCanon EF10
Nikon 24mm f/1.88.1FF8. D810Nikon11
Nikon 24mm f/1.88.1APS-C7. D7200Nikon10
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.1APS-C7. D7100Nikon10
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED8.1APS-C7. D7200Nikon10
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G 8.1M437. OM-D E-M1Micro-4311
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM8.1APS-C7. D3200Nikon11
Nikon AF-S 28 mm f/1.8G8.1FF8. D810Nikon11
Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.48.1M437. & Olympus EM1Micro-4311
Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital8.0M437. OM-D E-M1Micro-4310
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro 8.0APS-C7. 650DCanon EF11
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A8.0APS-C8. D7100Nikon20
Nikon 20mm 1.8G8.0APS-C7. D7200Nikon11
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro8.0FF8. 5D MK3Canon EF20
Sony FE 28 mm f/28.0FF8. A7R IIISonyFE11
Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM 8.0APS-C7. A77SonyA11
Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 Art8.0APS-C8. 760DCanon EF 21
Canon 50mm f/1.2L7.9FF7. 5D MK3Canon EF10
Olympus 45 mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital7.9M437. OM-D E-M5Micro-4311
Panasonic 25mm f/1.77.9M437. PEN EPL8Micro-4310
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Ivo Freriks
Author: Ivo Freriks
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