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A telephoto shot of a lion

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

#11

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
 
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Length 188 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Diameter 91 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Weight 1.4 kg
#12

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Nikon F

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Nikon F
 
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Sigma OS
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Zoom range 16.7x
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Length 102 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Diameter 79 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Weight 0.6 kg
#13

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Canon EF

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Canon EF
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 120 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 0.6 kg
#14

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Sony Alpha

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Sony Alpha

"I've been using this lens for over a year, and feel it is well worth the money. For a very reasonable price you get a lens that has reasonable sharpness, and an effective macro. There are much cheaper lenses out there and much more expensive ones too. If you are looking for a good zoom lens at a reasonable price, you should put this on your list of top contenders." bhphotovideo.com

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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 120 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 77 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 0.5 kg
#15

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Length 122 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 71 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 480 g
#16

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro

"Even though the info says it's only for Sigma camera's, it works very well on my Nikon D90." bhphotovideo.com

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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 120 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 77 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 0.5 kg
#17

Pentax SMC HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR

Pentax SMC HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED WR
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Length 112 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 71 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 466 g
#18

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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Min focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 150 mm
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Diameter 82 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 0.8 kg
#19

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

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
 
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 142 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Diameter 89 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 1 kg
#20

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Canon EF

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG Macro Canon EF

"I think The Sigma 70-300mm 4-5.6 DG Macro lens is the most compact and economical choice for a telephoto zoom lens. It has Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Quick and Sharp Focus, its Construction is Rugged and Strong" bhphotovideo.com

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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 120 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 0.5 kg