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Prime Telephoto lenses

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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 75mm f/1.8
 
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75 mm
 
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Quite short
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69 mm
 
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Small diameter
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64 mm
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 69 mm
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Diameter 64 mm
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Weight 305 g
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Max focal length 75 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/1.8
#2

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM

Sigma 180mm f/2.8 APO Macro EX DG OS HSM
 
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Sigma OS
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Min focal length 180 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Length 204 mm
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Diameter 95 mm
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Weight 1.6 kg
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Max focal length 180 mm
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Aperture f/2.8
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Nikon Nikkor DC 135mm f/2D

Nikon Nikkor DC 135mm f/2D

"Great for portraits! Puts backgrounds beautifully out of focus." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/2
 
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135 mm
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Min focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 119 mm
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Diameter 79 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Focus motor None
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Aperture f/2
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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro
 
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Sigma OS
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Length 150 mm
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Diameter 79 mm
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Weight 1.2 kg
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Aperture f/2.8
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Samyang 85mm f/1.4 IF

Samyang 85mm f/1.4 IF
 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
 
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85 mm
 
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$249.00
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Min focal length 85 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 100 mm
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Diameter 78 mm
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Weight 0.6 kg
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Max focal length 85 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/1.4
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

"Easy to handhold due to it's lightweight, coupled with VR, gave good handheld macros. Additional focus capabilities added to auto focus a nice touch." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
 
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85 mm
 
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$526.95
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Min focal length 85 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 99 mm
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Diameter 74 mm
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Weight 355 g
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Max focal length 85 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Aperture f/3.5
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Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Nikon F

Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro Nikon F
 
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Sigma OS
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Length 150 mm
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Diameter 79 mm
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Weight 1.2 kg
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Aperture f/2.8
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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

"The images it creates are very sharp, even wide open, and the colors and contrast are great. It's not a huge lens and doesn't stick out on the street like a white 70-200 or anything of that nature." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide aperture
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f/2
 
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135 mm
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Min focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 112 mm
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Diameter 81 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Aperture f/2
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR

"Use it primarily for wildlife photography and love it. Well worth the weight. Focus and memory focus work very nice." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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600 mm
 
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Nikon VR
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Min focal length 600 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 445 mm
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Diameter 165 mm
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Weight 5.1 kg
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Aperture f/4
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Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Canon EF

Tamron 180mm f/3.5 Macro Canon EF

"Used this lens for just about everything. Mostly for macro work from a distance ( including with a 2X teleconverter). Really sharp, and not heavy compared to similar length prime lenses. " bhphotovideo.com

 
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$739.00
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Min focal length 180 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 165 mm
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Diameter 84 mm
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Weight 0.9 kg
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Max focal length 180 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/3.5