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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

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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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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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Diameter 127 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 249 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#2

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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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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Diameter 121 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Length 291 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#3

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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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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Diameter 121 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Length 291 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II

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"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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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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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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Diameter 125 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 267 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Olympus 300mm f/2.8 ED

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"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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Image stabilization None
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Weight 3.3 kg
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 285 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 127 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#6

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF

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500 mm
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 15.7 kg
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Min focal length 200 mm
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Diameter 236 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Length 726 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Sigma 300mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM

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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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Image stabilization None
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Weight 2.4 kg
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 119 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 213 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

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Nikon VR
 
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Very light
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3.8 kg
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Weight 3.8 kg
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Diameter 160 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 358 mm
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Auto focus Yes
#9

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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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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Diameter 163 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 343 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR

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"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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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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Diameter 160 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 368 mm
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Auto focus Yes