Superzoom lenses provide the kind of optical flexibility normally reserved for compact cameras, covering the focal range of several lenses in one optic. Here are five of the best around...
Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM
Street Price: £259
The OS suffix on this lens stands for Optical Stabilisation, which features a pair of sensors that compensate for camera shake and automatic detection of camera movement when panning.
It’s a well-built optic with a solid feel and robust grips and performs consistently, proving it is possible to get an impressive resolution from a superzoom lens.
Best Superzoom Lens for: Availabity in a range of lens mounts
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD
Street Price: £330
This 15x zoom lens uses Tamron’s Piezo drive ultrasonic
motor to ensure a quiet and sprightly autofocus performance is achieved.
In 35mm terms it’s equivalent to 29-432mm and weighs just 450g on the scales – making it well-suited for travelling where heavy lenses are less than ideal.
Its long reach helps you get closer than most other more modest zooms.
Best Superzoom Lens for: A lightweight optic suited for travelling
Panasonic G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 Power O.I.S
Street Price: £550
Attached to a Micro Four Thirds camera, this lens is equivalent to 28-280mm and incorporates Panasonic’s POWER O.I.S optical stabiliser to keep handheld shots pin-sharp.
The construction is made up of three aspherical lenses and two ED lenses, while its slick autofocus performance is achieved via an inner focus drive mechanism and stepping motor.
Best Superzoom Lens for: A wide focal range for MFT CSCs
Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Street Price: £659
Almost everything about this lens is good news. It has a distinctly chunky feel that makes it satisfying to hold and its autofocus performance is quick thanks to Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology.
Focusing is internal, meaning the MF ring remains stationary in AF mode, but manual adjustments can still be made via the MF ring at any time if so desired.
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
The Canon 18-200mm delivers the equivalent of an 11x optical zoom, and as such covers most of the focal length you’ll need for every day use.
The optic also benefits from full Canon image stabilisation which the manufacturer claims will deliver the equivalent of 4-stops worth of benefit.