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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

"If you want the best possible lens at this focal length then this is the best money can buy. I think from a value perspective this lens with the various tele-converters give you the most coverage and value for the money. I do also shoot a 70-200mm f/2.8 with and without the tele-converters with very good results, however the sharpness with this lens as expected is beyond comparison." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR II
 
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f/2.8
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 125 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR II
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Weight 2.9 kg
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Length 267 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 300 mm
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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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Diameter 77 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Length 148 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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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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f/2.8
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Diameter 163 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Weight 3.9 kg
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Length 343 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 400 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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f/2.8
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 127 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Weight 2.3 kg
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Length 249 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#5

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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$1,699.00
 
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180 mm
 
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95 mm
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Min focal length 180 mm
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Diameter 95 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Weight 1.6 kg
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Length 204 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 180 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#6

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

"Ultra sharp quality is amazing. I think much more better than EF600mmF4IS." 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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Diameter 163 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Weight 4.5 kg
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Length 460 mm
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Aperture f/5.6
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Max focal length 800 mm
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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

"Incredible! From the very first moment you look through the view-finder, you'll see the difference. It puts other lenses to shame, especially zooms. Razor sharp!" bhphotovideo.com

 
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$844.30
 
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84 mm
 
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1.1 kg
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 84 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 1.1 kg
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Length 183 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 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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Min focal length 600 mm
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Diameter 165 mm
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Weight 5.1 kg
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Length 445 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM
 
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$3,399.00
 
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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 119 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 2.4 kg
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Length 213 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#10

Olympus 150mm f/2 ED

Olympus 150mm f/2 ED

"First off - f/2 + 150mm = AMAZING bokeh! your backgrounds always end up nice & creamy, which makes your main subject pop out beautifully in the frame." bhphotovideo.com

 
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150 mm
 
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$1,549.00
 
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f/2
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Diameter 100 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 1.6 kg
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Length 150 mm
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Aperture f/2
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Auto focus Yes