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 
Zeiss Loxia 85mm 2.49.5FF9. A7R mk2SonyFE10
Nikon AF-S 105MM f/1.4E ED9.3FF9. D810Nikon10
Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.89.3FF9. A7R mk2SonyFE10
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II9.2FF8. D810Nikon10
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G9.1FF8. D810Nikon10
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art + Sigma MC119.1FF8. A7R mk2 + Sigma MC11Canon10
Samyang FE AF 50mm f/1.49.1FF8. A7R mk2SonyFE11
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD9.0APS-C8. D7200Nikon10
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/29.0FF9. A7R mk2SonyFE10
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR9.0APS-C9. D7200Nikon10
Nikon AF-S 35 mm f/1.4G8.9FF8. D800ENikon11
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR8.9FF9. D810Nikon20
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.9FF8. D810Canon10
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 8.9FF8. D810Nikon10
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR8.9FF9. D810Nikon10
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM8.8FF8. D800ENikon10
Sony FE 85 mm 1.48.8FF9. A7R mk2Canon10
Sony FE 50mm 1.88.8FF8. A7R mk2Canon11
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.8FF8. D810Nikon11
Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T8.8FF8. A7R mk2SonyFE11
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/28.7APS-C8. A7R mk2 (APS-C crop)SonyE11
Samsung 45 mm f/1.88.7APS-C8. NX1Samsung10
Nikon 1 32mm f/1.28.7CX-1inch8. J5Nikon10
Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II8.7APS-C8. D7100Nikon10
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR8.7APS-C8. D7200Nikon10
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.6FF9. D810Nikon11
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR8.6APS-C8. D5600Nikon20
Nikon AF-S 85 mm 1.8G8.6APS-C8. D7200Nikon10
Tamron 85mm f/1.8 Di VC USD8.6FF9. D810Nikon10
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art8.6FF9. D810Nikon20
Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art8.6APS-C8. D7200Nikon20
Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor8.6FF8. D800ENikon20
Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor8.5APS-C8. D3200Nikon20
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.5APS-C8. D7200Nikon10
Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM8.5FF8. 5DsCanon20
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.4FF9. D810Nikon10
Fujinon XF60mmF2.4 R Macro8.4APS-C8. X E-1Fuji10
Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.4G ED8.4FF9. D810Nikon10
Samsung 85mm f/1.4 ED SSA NX8.4APS-C8. NX1Samsung10
Samsung 30mm f/28.3APS-C8. NX1Samsung11
Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED AF-S VR 8.3APS-C8. D7200Nikon10
Nikon 28 mm f/1.8G8.3APS-C7. D7200Nikon11
Olympus 300mm8.2M438. OM-D E-M1Micro-4310
Panasonic 42.5 mm f.12 Nocticron8.2M438. OM-D E-M1Micro-4310
Nikon AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G8.2APS-C7. D7200Nikon10
Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II (SAL300F28G2)8.1APS-C7. A77SonyA10
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art8.1APS-C8. D7200Nikon11
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM8.1FF8. 5DsCanon11
Nikon 24mm f/1.88.1FF8. D810Nikon10
Nikon 24mm f/1.88.1APS-C8. D7200Nikon11
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.1APS-C8. D7100Nikon11
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED8.1APS-C8. D7200Nikon11
Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G 8.1M438. OM-D E-M1Micro-4310
Nikon AF-S 28 mm f/1.8G8.1FF8. D810Nikon10
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM "A"8.1FF8. 1D XCanon11
Panasonic Leica 12mm f/1.48.1M438. & Olympus EM1Micro-4310
Nikon 20mm 1.8G8.0APS-C8. D7200Nikon10
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP Di LD [IF] macro8.0FF8. 5D MK3Canon20
Sigma 85 mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM8.0APS-C8. D3200Nikon10
Olympus 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Digital7.9M437. OM-D E-M1Micro-4311
Canon 50mm f/1.2L7.9FF7. 5D MK3Canon11
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO7.9M437. OM-D E-M1Micro-4320
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A7.9APS-C8. D7100Nikon20
Olympus 75 mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital7.9M438. OM-D E-M1Micro-4310
Olympus 50mm f/2 Zuiko Digital Macro 7.9M438. OM-D E-M5Micro-4310
Nikon 85mm f/1.4G AF-S7.9APS-C8. D7200Nikon10
Nikon AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G7.9FF8. D810Nikon11
Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 Art7.9APS-C8. 760DCanon 20
Olympus 45 mm f/1.8 ED M.Zuiko Digital7.8M437. OM-D E-M5Micro-4310
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS7.8FF8. 5D MK3Canon11
Samsung 16mm f/2.47.8APS-C7. NX1Samsung10
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM7.8APS-C8. 760DCanon10
Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM 7.8APS-C7. A77SonyA10
Nikon AF-S 35mm f/1.8G ED7.8FF8. D810Nikon11
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS7.7APS-C7. 650DCanon11
Metabones Speedbooster + Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Sports7.7M437. OM-D E-M1Micro-4320
Yongnuo 50mm f/1.87.7FF8. 5DsCanon EF11
Yongnuo 50mm f/1.87.7APS-C7. 760DCanon10
Samsung 50-150mm f/2.8 S OIS7.7APS-C8. NX1Samsung21
Olympus 12mm f/2.0 Special Edition7.7M437. OM-D E-M1Micro-4310
Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G7.7FF8. D810Nikon10
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM7.7FF8. 5D mk3Canon10
Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G7.7FF8. D800ENikon11
Olympus 25mm f/1.27.6M437. OMD EM1 mk2Micro-4311
Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 ASPH Leica DG SUMMILUX7.6M437. OM-D E-M1Micro-4311
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro 7.6APS-C7. 650DCanon10
Samsung 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D NX 7.6APS-C8. NX 300Samsung10
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM A7.6APS-C8. 650DCanon20
Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO7.6APS-C7. 650DCanon20
Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO7.6FF7. 5D MK3Canon20
Nikon 35 mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor7.5APS-C7. D7100Nikon11
Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM7.5APS-C7. 760DCanon 20
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO 7.5APS-C7. 650DCanon20
Olympus 25 mm f/1.87.4M437. EM-10Micro-4311
Panasonic 15mm f/1.7 ASPH Leica DG SUMMILUX7.4M437. OM-D E-M1Micro-4310
Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO7.4APS-C8.1Sigma SD1 MerrillSigma21
Metabones Speedbooster + Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art7.4M437. OM-D E-M1Micro-4310
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM7.4APS-C7. 650DCanon11
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports7.4FF8. 5D MK2Canon20
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports7.4APS-C7. 650DCanon20
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