Sharpest Nikon Telephoto Zoom

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S_Ryan New Member • Posts: 18
Sharpest Nikon Telephoto Zoom

Hi. I am new to this forum. I have already gleaned a lot of information by reading many different threads on this forum, so thank you for that.

I am an amateur photographer, but I am going to start taking professional photographs at work of musical instruments (essentially product photography; ie tripod, studio strobes). To avoid issues of perspective, I would ideally be shooting at a distance of 10~ feet (this is recommended by trusted sources).

I have seen a recommendation for a 105mm prime for this exact purpose, but I am not sure it will cover the range I need. I am thinking I probably need something from 105-200.

So to the point, I am hoping to get lens recommendations/discussion. I am open to zooms or primes, but hoping for recommendations on zooms, considering primes are somewhat obvious.

I’ll be shooting at f8 or f11, so for this purpose, I don’t really need a fast lens. Technically, I don’t even need AF, but it would be nice. I am looking for the highest clarity/sharpness and low distortion.

I should mention im shooting on a Nikon D810 and am only really interested in Nikon lenses at the moment. I’m currently mostly shooting with a 24-70mm f2.8 (non VR). But I also have a 70-210mm f4 (for fun, not sure how it compares to other telezooms).

I have considered lots of lenses already:

70-200mm f2.8, 70-200mm f2.8 VRII, 70-210mm f4, 70-210mm f4-5.6, 180mm f2.8, 135mm f2, all of the 70-300’s

and many more..

I know people are quick to recommend the latest and greatest, but I really just need the absolute best glass. I don’t need any extra bells or whistles. But if the 70-200 f2.8 VR II truly is the best, then so be it.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions!

Nikon D810
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