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Sports lenses that have a 300mm or longer focal length

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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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Very light
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2.3 kg
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS II
 
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Small diameter
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127 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 249 mm
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Diameter 127 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Weight 2.3 kg
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM
 
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Very light
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2.4 kg
 
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Small diameter
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119 mm
 
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Quite short
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213 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 213 mm
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Diameter 119 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 2.4 kg
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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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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Max focal length 400 mm
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Length 368 mm
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Diameter 160 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Weight 4.6 kg
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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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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Very light
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3.3 kg
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 127 mm
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Diameter 285 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 3.3 kg
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM
 
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Small diameter
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121 mm
 
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Very light
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3.4 kg
 
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Wide angle lens
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120 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 291 mm
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Diameter 121 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Weight 3.4 kg
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Min focal length 120 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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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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Very light
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2.9 kg
 
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Small diameter
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125 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 267 mm
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Diameter 125 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization Nikon VR II
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Weight 2.9 kg
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Canon EF

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Canon EF
 
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Small diameter
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121 mm
 
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Very light
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3.4 kg
 
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Wide angle lens
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120 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 291 mm
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Diameter 121 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Weight 3.4 kg
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Min focal length 120 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Nikon F

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Nikon F
 
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Small diameter
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121 mm
 
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Very light
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3.4 kg
 
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Wide angle lens
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120 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 291 mm
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Diameter 121 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Weight 3.4 kg
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Min focal length 120 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG Sony Alpha

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG Sony Alpha
 
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Very light
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2.4 kg
 
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Small diameter
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119 mm
 
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Quite short
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213 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 213 mm
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Diameter 119 mm
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Auto focus No
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 2.4 kg
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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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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Very light
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3.9 kg
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Length 343 mm
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Diameter 163 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Weight 3.9 kg
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Zoom range 1x