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A telephoto shot of a lion

Wildlife lenses that have a 300mm or longer focal length

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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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Great telephoto lens
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500 mm
 
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Nikon VR
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Aperture f/5.6
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Min focal length 200 mm
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Length 268 mm
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Diameter 108 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

"Awesome lens, affordable, quality construction, noticably faster than older lens, definitely has improved picture quality/sharpness" bhphotovideo.com

 
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$419.95
 
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Nikon VR
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Length 122 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
 
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Great zoom range
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16.7x
 
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18 mm
 
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Quite short
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99 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 16.7x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Length 99 mm
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Diameter 79 mm
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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

"This is a good lens for the price. It is light enough to carry all day, it has macro capabilities and it is relatively fast on focusing. I use this lens for sports, challenged youth. It is also perfect for wildlife and closeups of plant life. I would recommend this lens." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$112.06
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

"Great zoom, excellent clarity!! It goes perfect on my canon T2i." bhphotovideo.com

 
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$331.00
 
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Canon IS
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Length 142 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

"This is a great walk-around lens if you're looking to travel light with a camera and one lens. Sharp and crisp." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great zoom range
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10.7x
 
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Nikon VR
 
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Wide angle lens
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28 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 10.7x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Min focal length 28 mm
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Length 114 mm
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Diameter 83 mm
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

"This is a great zoom lens that raises the bar on the 70 - 200mm at the refurb price" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Length 142 mm
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Diameter 79 mm
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Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G

Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Length 135 mm
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Diameter 83 mm
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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Nikon F

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Nikon F
 
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600 mm
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 4x
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Aperture f/5
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Length 259 mm
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Diameter 104 mm
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Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Nikon F

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Nikon F
 
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Great zoom range
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10.7x
 
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Quite short
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96 mm
 
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Wide angle lens
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28 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Zoom range 10.7x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Min focal length 28 mm
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Length 96 mm
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Diameter 74 mm