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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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$1,699.00
 
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180 mm
 
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95 mm
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Diameter 95 mm
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Max focal length 180 mm
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Min focal length 180 mm
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Weight 1.6 kg
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Aperture f/2.8
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Length 204 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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Great telephoto lens
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600 mm
 
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Nikon VR
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Diameter 165 mm
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Min focal length 600 mm
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Weight 5.1 kg
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Aperture f/4
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Length 445 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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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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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
 
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300 mm
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Diameter 125 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Weight 2.9 kg
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Image stabilization Nikon VR II
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Aperture f/2.8
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Length 267 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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Diameter n/a
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Weight n/a
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4
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Length n/a
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Auto focus Yes
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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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800 mm
 
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Canon IS
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Diameter 163 mm
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Max focal length 800 mm
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Min focal length 800 mm
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Weight 4.5 kg
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/5.6
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Length 460 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
 
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$1,149.00
 
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Small diameter
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89 mm
 
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1.2 kg
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Diameter 89 mm
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Weight 1.2 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/5.6
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Length 257 mm
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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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$389.00
 
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Small diameter
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89 mm
 
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1.2 kg
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Diameter 89 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Weight 1.2 kg
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/4
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Length 221 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM

Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX DG APO HSM
 
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Great telephoto lens
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500 mm
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Diameter 122 mm
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Min focal length 500 mm
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Weight 3.1 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4.5
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Length 351 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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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
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Diameter 163 mm
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Weight 3.9 kg
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Aperture f/2.8
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Length 343 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Olympus 300mm f/2.8 ED

Olympus 300mm f/2.8 ED

"I rented this lens for the NCAA Lacrosse finals and it didn't disappoint. It was extremely quick with focusing, even with a 1.4x teleconverter on the lens." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Quite short
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127 mm
 
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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
 
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300 mm
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Diameter 285 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Weight 3.3 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/2.8
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Length 127 mm
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Auto focus Yes