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 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art9.8FF9.49.68.59.5Sony A7R mk3 + MC11SonyFE11
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.49.5FF9.29.67.79.5Sony A7R mk2SonyFE11
Sigma 135m f/1.8 Art9.4FF9.79.88.18.0Sony A7R IIISony FE11
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art9.4FF9.29.87.79.1Sony A7R IIISony FE11
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM9.3FF8.39.38.39.2Nikon D800ENikon11
Nikon AF-S 105MM f/1.4E ED9.3FF9.69.58.47.3Nikon D810Nikon11
Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 voor Sony FE9.3FF8.59.48.68.8Sony A7R mk2SonyFE10
Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.89.3FF8.88.98.75.9Sony A7R mk2SonyFE11
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art + Sigma MC119.3FF8.79.48.29.3Sony A7R mk2 + Sigma MC11Canon10
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G9.1FF8.79.49.18.7Nikon D810Nikon11
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art + Sigma MC119.1FF8.28.99.17.5Sony A7R mk2 + Sigma MC11Canon11
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II9.1FF8.69.28.57.7Nikon D810Nikon11
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR9.1APS-C8.99.69.69.7Nikon D7200Nikon11
Nikon AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G9.0FF8.29.57.76.7Nikon D800ENikon10
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD9.0APS-C8.79.28.89.2Nikon D7200Nikon11
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/29.0FF8.99.49.08.3Sony A7R mk2SonyFE11
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR9.0FF9.09.79.68.2Nikon D810Nikon11
Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM8.9FF9.79.45.56.9Canon 5DsRCanon11
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 8.9FF8.59.39.39.3Nikon D810Nikon11
Sony FE 85 mm 1.48.8FF9.49.68.78.9Sony A7R mk2Canon11
Sony FE 50mm 1.88.8FF8.79.08.78.0Sony A7R mk2Canon10
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR8.8FF8.99.28.07.0Nikon D810Nikon21
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.8FF8.69.25.59.1Nikon D810Canon11
Nikon 1 32mm f/1.28.8CX-1inch7.99.09.38.7Nikon J5Nikon11
Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 voor Sony FE8.8APS-C7.99.78.89.5Sony A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)SonyE11
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR8.8APS-C8.19.59.69.3Nikon D7200Nikon11
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR8.7APS-C8.19.59.58.4Nikon D5600Nikon21
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/28.7APS-C8.39.09.08.3Sony A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)SonyE10
Samsung 45 mm f/1.88.7APS-C8.29.09.49.1Samsung NX1Samsung11
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.48.7APS-C8.49.88.69.2Sony A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)SonyE11
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G8.7APS-C8.19.69.59.8Nikon D7200Nikon11
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.7FF8.59.47.86.8Nikon D810Nikon10
Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II8.7APS-C8.39.28.57.7Nikon D7100Nikon11
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art8.7FF8.99.38.47.0Nikon D810Nikon20
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art8.7APS-C8.09.49.38.8Nikon D7200Nikon20
Nikon 180-400mm f/4 G VR8.7APS-C8.49.59.58.3Nikon D7200Nikon21
Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 SONY FE8.7APS-C8.59.69.16.8Sony A7R mk3 APSC cropSonyE10
Samyang AF 35mm F1.4 SONY FE8.7FF8.89.58.25.9Sony A7R mk3SonyFE10
Tokina Firin 20mm f/2 AF8.7FF8.59.55.56.1Sony A7R mk3SonyFE11
Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor8.7FF8.19.38.87.3Nikon D800ENikon21
Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeis Sonnar T8.7FF8.69.78.39.5Sony A7R mk2SonyFE10
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.6APS-C8.29.68.59.1Nikon D7200Nikon11
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.6FF9.09.48.39.0Nikon D810Nikon10
Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro8.6APS-C8.09.49.25.5Fujifilm X E-1Fuji11
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD8.6FF9.29.08.38.0Nikon D810Nikon11
Panasonic 42.5 mm f.12 Nocticron8.6M439.59.59.09.3Panasonic G9 & Olymp. OMD EM1Micro-4311
Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor8.5APS-C7.89.29.68.7Nikon D3200Nikon21
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.5FF8.98.99.36.3Nikon D810Nikon11
Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.4G ED8.5FF8.99.15.56.7Nikon D810Nikon11
Samsung 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA NX8.5APS-C7.99.59.39.6Samsung NX1Samsung11
Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM8.5FF8.39.48.87.3Canon 5DsCanon20
Samsung 30mm f/28.4APS-C8.19.48.96.0Samsung NX1Samsung10
Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED AF-S VR 8.4APS-C8.19.49.58.8Nikon D7200Nikon11
Nikon 28 mm f/1.8G8.4APS-C7.79.39.06.7Nikon D7200Nikon10
Nikon AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G8.4APS-C7.79.09.17.6Nikon D7200Nikon11
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary8.369907001M438.1487448569.4352617929.2901100385.5Panasonic G9M4310
Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II (SAL300F28G2)8.3APS-C7.79.39.58.8Sony A77SonyA11
Olympus 300mm8.3M437.89.19.69.2Olympus OM-D E-M1Micro-4311
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP G28.3FF8.29.45.57.6Nikon D810Nikon20
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP G28.3APS-C7.69.59.18.8Nikon D7200Nikon21
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.2APS-C7.89.18.98.6Nikon D7200Nikon10
Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS8.2M438.69.88.59.1Panasonic G9Micro-4311
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM8.2FF8.49.17.77.0Canon 5DsCanon10
Nikon 24mm f/1.88.2FF8.59.45.57.7Nikon D810Nikon11
Nikon 24mm f/1.88.2APS-C7.89.58.98.3Nikon D7200Nikon10
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.2APS-C7.89.18.97.4Nikon D7100Nikon10
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED8.2APS-C8.09.29.17.2Nikon D7200Nikon10
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G 8.2M437.89.39.36.1Olympus OM-D E-M1Micro-4311
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro8.2FF8.59.48.37.0Canon 5D MK3Canon20
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM8.2APS-C8.09.39.39.3Nikon D3200Nikon11
Nikon AF-S 28 mm f/1.8G8.2FF8.69.65.57.4Nikon D810Nikon11
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.2FF8.09.28.19.1Canon 1D XCanon10
Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.48.2M437.99.48.25.5GH4 & Olympus EM1Micro-4311
Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital8.1M437.39.28.15.5Olympus OM-D E-M1Micro-4310
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro 8.1APS-C7.59.49.49.5Canon 650DCanon11
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A8.1APS-C8.09.48.56.7Nikon D7100Nikon20
Nikon 20mm 1.8G8.1APS-C7.89.18.88.1Nikon D7200Nikon11
Olympus 75 mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital8.1M438.49.69.58.9Olympus OM-D E-M1Micro-4311
Olympus 50mm f/2 Zuiko Digital Macro 8.1M438.29.59.58.1Olympus OM-D E-M5Micro-4311
Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 Art8.1APS-C8.28.99.17.5Canon 760DCanon 21
Canon 50mm f/1.2L8.0FF7.69.48.67.1Canon 5D MK3Canon10
Olympus 45 mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital8.0M437.89.29.48.2Olympus OM-D E-M5Micro-4311
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO8.0M437.79.59.47.2Olympus OM-D E-M1Micro-4320
Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM8.0APS-C7.39.29.78.7Canon 760DCanon 21
Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM 8.0APS-C7.39.19.58.2Sony A77SonyA11
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S8.0APS-C8.09.79.39.2Nikon D7200Nikon11
Nikon AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G8.0FF8.39.68.37.0Nikon D810Nikon10
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS7.9FF8.19.47.76.3Canon 5D MK3Canon10
Yongnuo 50mm f/1.87.9FF8.29.15.57.5Canon 5DsCanon EF10
Yongnuo 50mm f/1.87.9APS-C7.49.39.48.7Canon 760DCanon11
Samsung 16mm f/2.47.9APS-C7.49.09.45.5Samsung NX1Samsung11
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM7.9APS-C7.99.59.39.0Canon 760DCanon11
Olympus 17mm f/1.2 PRO7.9M437.79.57.35.5Panasonic GH5Micro-4310
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM7.9FF8.09.15.58.6Canon 5D mk3Canon11
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED7.9FF8.79.27.77.2Nikon D810Nikon10
Olympus 25mm f/1.27.8M437.38.98.19.3Olympus OMD EM1 mk2Micro-4311
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS7.8APS-C7.69.29.16.9Canon 650DCanon10
Metabones Speedbooster + Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Sports7.8M436.99.19.49.7Olympus OM-D E-M1Micro-4320
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM7.8APS-C7.69.28.78.9Canon 650DCanon10
Olympus 45mm f/1.2 PRO7.8M437.79.77.98.9Panasonic GH5Micro-4311
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Ivo Freriks
Author: Ivo Freriks
With Camera Review Stuff I hope to make a modest contribution to the pleasure that you get from photography. By testing cameras and lenses in the same way, evluating the results and weighing up the pros and cons, I hope to help you find the right camera or lens.