Best zoom lens
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Best zoom lens

Shortlist:

  • Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM
  • Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
  • Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm F1.7 ASPH
  • Sony E 16-55mm F2.8 G

Runner-up: Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S

Every year we struggle to narrow down the number of lenses released to a shortlist of just four or five. This year saw a lot of action in the lens space, with both Canon and Nikon putting considerable energy into building out their native mirrorless lens lineup, and Sigma, Sony and Tamron doing the same.

One of the zoom lenses that has most impressed us this year is Nikon's Z 24-70mm F2.8 S. Built for use in difficult conditions, the Z 24-70mm is tough and weather-sealed, but more than that, it's optically outstanding. Sharp, virtually aberration-free and extremely flare-resistant, the Z 24-70mm F2.8 really lets Z7 shooters make the most out of their camera's resolution, for anything from landscapes to portraiture.

Read more about the Nikon Z 24-70mm F2.8 S