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A telephoto shot of a lion

Nikon FX Wildlife lenses for less than $500 that have a 300mm or longer focal length

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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

"I love the crispness and clarity in the pictures." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

"The macro is incredible for flowers, butterflies, pretty much anything you would want to get 1:2." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Length 119 mm
#3

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

"It is fast and accurate to focus. Better than my 70-30 NIkkor. It is also shaper at the 300mm end and quiet AF." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Tamron VC
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Length 150 mm
#4

Nikon Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor None
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Length n/a
#5

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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10.7x
 
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Tamron VC
 
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28 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 10.7x
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Focus motor Tamron PZD
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 28 mm
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Length 96 mm
#6

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Nikon F

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Nikon F
 
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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Length 120 mm
#7

Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

"Unbeatable value for money in comparison to competing mid-range zoom lenses when it comes to outdoor, sport and wildlife photopraphy." bhphotovideo.com

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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Focus motor None
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Length 117 mm
#8

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

"The ease of use is fantastic. Lightweight,fast lens everything I need to capture the constant action of rugby." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
 
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Silent and fast
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Aperture f/4.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Length 122 mm
#9

Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 UMC CS Nikon F

Rokinon 300mm f/6.3 UMC CS Nikon F
 
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Silent focus motor
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/6.3
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus No
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Length 74 mm
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Samyang 300mm f/6.3 UMC CS Nikon F

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Silent focus motor
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Silent and fast
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/6.3
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Image stabilization None
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Auto focus Yes
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Min focal length 300 mm
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Length n/a