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A telephoto photo of a man's face

Telephoto lenses for less than $1,000 that have a f/4 or faster aperture

#1

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 110 mm
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Zoom range 5.8x
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Diameter 78 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Weight 482 g
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Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
 
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Great zoom range
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11.1x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 102 mm
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Diameter 76 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 0.5 kg
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

"The photos have more vivid colors and a better sharp than my other normal lense. Its really great." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 101 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Diameter 75 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 455 g
#4

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Nikon F

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Nikon F

"It's a great lens, definitely worth saving the money from the Nikon 70-200mm. It's great for portraits as well, and it's more durable and sturdy than I expected." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 193 mm
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Zoom range 2.9x
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Diameter 89 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Weight 1.1 kg
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Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  45-150mm f/4-5.6
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 73 mm
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Zoom range 3.3x
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Diameter 62 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 201 g
#6

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS
 
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Great zoom range
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10x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 240 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Length 119 mm
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Zoom range 10x
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Diameter 81 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 0.8 kg
#7

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 122 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Diameter 71 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 480 g
#8

Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED SDM

Pentax SMC  DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 ED SDM

"The build quality seems top notch, no play in the focus or zoom rings at all, and very smooth action of both." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 137 mm
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Zoom range 2.7x
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Diameter 76 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Weight 0.7 kg
#9

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
 
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Canon IS II
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Length 108 mm
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Diameter 70 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 390 g
#10

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
 
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Nikon VR II
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR II
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Length n/a
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Zoom range 3.6x
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Diameter n/a
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Fixed aperture No
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Weight 301 g