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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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$1,699.99
 
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95 mm
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Min focal length 180 mm
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Length 204 mm
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Diameter 95 mm
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Max focal length 180 mm
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Weight 1.6 kg
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Auto focus Yes
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Pentax SMC DA* 300mm f/4 ED SDM

Pentax SMC  DA* 300mm f/4 ED SDM

"Stellar performer. Very sharp, and works well with in-body stabilisation, which is more noticable/effective at this focal length. Suprisingly good bokeh! This has now become my default lens bushwalking, with a shorter macro and wide prime in the bag. Very versatile thanks to close minimum focus distance. Not as big as imagined. About as heavy as expected (not light, but probably good for this class of lens). Overall GREAT and well worth the investment." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$844.30
 
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84 mm
 
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Very light
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1.1 kg
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Length 183 mm
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Diameter 84 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Weight 1.1 kg
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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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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Min focal length 300 mm
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Length n/a
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Diameter n/a
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Weight n/a
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes
#4

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

"Great lens. I used it with my Canon 1D Mark IV and it is combo that works wonderfully for wildlife!" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great telephoto lens
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800 mm
 
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Canon IS
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Min focal length 800 mm
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Length 460 mm
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Diameter 163 mm
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Max focal length 800 mm
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Weight 4.5 kg
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Aperture f/5.6
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Auto focus Yes
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR

"Auto focus is dead accurate and super fast, my perception is this is one of the fastest focusing Nikon lenses available and I've got numerous experience with the Nikon line to compare it against." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
 
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f/2.8
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Length 368 mm
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Diameter 160 mm
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Weight 4.6 kg
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Auto focus Yes
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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

"It's very likely the single most importat telephoto lens to have, it works wery well with 1.4x conventer." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$1,271.69
 
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89 mm
 
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Canon IS
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Length 221 mm
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Diameter 89 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Weight 1.2 kg
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Auto focus Yes
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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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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Length 343 mm
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Diameter 163 mm
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Weight 3.9 kg
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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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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Min focal length 500 mm
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Length 383 mm
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Diameter 146 mm
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Weight 3.2 kg
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Auto focus Yes
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
 
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77 mm
 
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$1,996.95
 
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0.8 kg
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Length 148 mm
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Diameter 77 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Auto focus Yes
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Pentax SMC DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED SDM

Pentax SMC  DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED SDM

"Extremely well built, weather sealed, fast, and sharp at all F-stops." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$898.81
 
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200 mm
 
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84 mm
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Min focal length 200 mm
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Length 135 mm
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Diameter 84 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Aperture f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes