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A telephoto shot of a lion

Prime Wildlife lenses

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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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180 mm
 
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$1,682.01
 
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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
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Length 204 mm
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Weight 1.6 kg
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Max focal length 180 mm
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Min focal length 180 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Diameter 95 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
 
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Canon IS II
 
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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
 
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300 mm
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Length 249 mm
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Weight 2.3 kg
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Diameter 127 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#3

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
 
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Canon IS II
 
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f/2.8
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Length 343 mm
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Weight 3.9 kg
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Diameter 163 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#4

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
 
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$1,996.95
 
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Small diameter
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77 mm
 
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Quite short
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148 mm
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Length 148 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 77 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 300mm f/4 PRO

Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 300mm f/4 PRO
 
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$2,499.00
 
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300 mm
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Length n/a
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Weight n/a
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter n/a
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Auto focus Yes
#6

Pentax SMC DA 560mm f/5.6 ED AW

Pentax SMC DA 560mm f/5.6 ED AW
 
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560 mm
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Length 522 mm
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Weight 3 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 560 mm
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Min focal length 560 mm
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Aperture f/5.6
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Diameter 130 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
 
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Canon IS II
 
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Great telephoto lens
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500 mm
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Length 383 mm
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Weight 3.2 kg
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Min focal length 500 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 146 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#8

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

"Amazing sharp prime lens...great for spors photography!!! Very well constructed and image stabilizer function worth every penny." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$1,349.00
 
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Small diameter
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89 mm
 
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Very light
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1.2 kg
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Length 221 mm
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Weight 1.2 kg
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 89 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#9

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM
 
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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
 
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300 mm
 
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Quite short
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213 mm
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Length 213 mm
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Weight 2.4 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Diameter 119 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR

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

"Using this lens for wildlife photography to capture bald eagles on a nest that is 300 to 400 yards away. Use a Nikon D3x and Nikon 1.4 teleconverter and photos are crisp and clear. Lens is supported with a Wimberley WH101 Head w/quick release and Giottos Aluminum 3-sec Tripod. Teleconverter produces a 860mm lens. Auto focus is quick and acurate." bhphotovideo.com

 
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600 mm
 
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Nikon VR
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Length 445 mm
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Weight 5.1 kg
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Min focal length 600 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 165 mm
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Auto focus Yes