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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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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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Weight 2.3 kg
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Zoom range 1x
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Min 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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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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Weight 3.9 kg
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Olympus 300mm f/2.8 ED

Olympus 300mm f/2.8 ED

"This is one Super Len’s…the tack sharpness though out all the stop’s is fantastic. It is quick to focus and great in low light situations." bhphotovideo.com

 
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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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Weight 3.3 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#4

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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$3,399.00
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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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Weight 2.4 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 300 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

"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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More advanced image stabilization
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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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Weight 2.9 kg
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Image stabilization Nikon VR II
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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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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$3,199.00
 
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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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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 291 mm
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Diameter 121 mm
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Weight 3.4 kg
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Min focal length 120 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#7

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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$2,781.49
 
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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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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 291 mm
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Diameter 121 mm
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Weight 3.4 kg
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Min focal length 120 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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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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$2,821.00
 
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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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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 291 mm
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Diameter 121 mm
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Weight 3.4 kg
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Min focal length 120 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Canon EF

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Canon EF

"Flare well controlled. Autofocusing very fast and very accurate, even in relatively low light levels, thanks to the speed of the lens (HSM)." bhphotovideo.com

 
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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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$3,399.00
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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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Weight 2.4 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#10

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Nikon F

Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Nikon F

"I use this lens a lot for bikini models and have produced excellent results." bhphotovideo.com

 
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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
 
Lowest price
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$3,399.00
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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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Weight 2.4 kg
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Image stabilization None
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Zoom range 1x
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Auto focus Yes