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Low light lenses that have a 100mm or longer focal length

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Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

"Works brilliantly for me on FF or 1.3 crop camera in event filming and portrait still work." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
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Max focal length 135 mm
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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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Image stabilization None
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Length 112 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 135 mm
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Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM

"Great lens! I use this lens to take pictures of sporting events indoors, volleyball and basketball. The lens has proven itself time and time again. It is so fun to see the images that the lens captures. Highly recommended for indoor sports with low light." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$59.50
 
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Quite short
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74 mm
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Max focal length 100 mm
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Diameter 75 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Weight 460 g
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Image stabilization None
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Length 74 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Nikon Nikkor DC 135mm f/2D

Nikon Nikkor DC 135mm f/2D

"This is THE BEST Nikon lens as far as portrait glass goes, it has quality all over it. Built like a tank, pricey, but worth every penny." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Diameter 79 mm
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Focus motor None
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Length 119 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 135 mm
#4

Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Canon EF

Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Canon EF
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Diameter 82 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Weight 0.8 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Length 122 mm
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Auto focus No
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Min focal length 135 mm
#5

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

"Used for night football and soccer so far. Will also use for basketball and indoor cutting shows." bhphotovideo.com

 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS
 
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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Diameter 127 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Weight 2.5 kg
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 208 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 200 mm
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Nikon Nikkor DC 105mm f/2D

Nikon Nikkor DC 105mm f/2D

"This lens is tack sharp on my D300s, with the added ability to make the dreamiest out of focus backgrounds imaginable" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Diameter 79 mm
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Focus motor None
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Weight 0.6 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Length 112 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 105 mm
#7

Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T*

Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss T*
 
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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Diameter 88 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Weight 1 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Length 115 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 135 mm
#8

Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE Canon EF

Zeiss Makro-Planar  T* 100mm f/2 ZE Canon EF

"The best lens I've ever used. It's optical performance is overwhelming - aberrations are extremely well corrected, extremely sharp across the frame at all apertures with no distortion whatsoever." bhphotovideo.com

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Max focal length 100 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Weight 0.7 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Length 113 mm
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Auto focus No
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Min focal length 100 mm
#9

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200mm f/2G ED VR II
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR II
 
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Supports autofocus
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Easier to use
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Max focal length 200 mm
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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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Image stabilization Nikon VR II
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Length 203 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 200 mm
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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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Supports autofocus
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Diameter 100 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Weight 1.6 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Length 150 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 150 mm