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Sports lenses

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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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112 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 81 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Length 112 mm
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Min focal length 135 mm
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Aperture f/2
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Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

"You'll immediately be impressed with the sharpness and detail of your images, and the beautiful boken when shooting at f/2.8. The results are jaw-dropping. It has quickly become my favorite lens." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS II
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Diameter n/a
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Weight 1.5 kg
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Length n/a
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

"I've owned this lens for two weeks and couldn't be happier. I've shot images of dogs running full speed and the focus keeps up with them. I've also shot some humans at 150mm @1/30th sec. and they are as sharp as could be. I am 100% happy with this lens." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR II
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Image stabilization Nikon VR II
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Diameter 86 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Weight 1.5 kg
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Length 206 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon F

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Nikon F
 
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$876.98
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Diameter 86 mm
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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Weight 1.5 kg
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Length 188 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
#5

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM

"It's worked great so far, especially in low light situations like indoor events or taking pics at dusk." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$700.79
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 84 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Length 137 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Min focal length 200 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
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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

"I use this lens on the D3s and it is absolutely amazing with this camera for sports. There are many other uses besides sports, but all I can say is the sharpness, fast focus and image quality is the best I have ever seen independent of cost. There are many other more technical reviews out there so I wanted to tell you from a real-world perspective that this lens will produce top-notch professional results for any level (pro, college, high school, etc) day after day." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR II
 
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Great telephoto lens
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300 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR II
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Diameter 125 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Weight 2.9 kg
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Length 267 mm
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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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Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM
 
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86 mm
 
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Wide aperture
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f/1.4
 
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$861.43
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 86 mm
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Weight 0.7 kg
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Length 86 mm
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Max focal length 85 mm
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Min focal length 85 mm
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Aperture f/1.4
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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75mm f/1.8

Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 75mm f/1.8
 
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69 mm
 
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Small diameter
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64 mm
 
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Very light
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305 g
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 64 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Weight 305 g
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Length 69 mm
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Max focal length 75 mm
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Aperture f/1.8
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Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Canon EF

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Canon EF
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Diameter 86 mm
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Weight 1.4 kg
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Length 198 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/2.8
#10

Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED

Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED

"This lens is many things. It is pretty sharp, amazingly so above f/4. It is durable, it is reliable it is fast. It is a great deal." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 86 mm
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Focus motor None
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Weight 1.3 kg
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Length 188 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Min focal length 80 mm
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Aperture f/2.8