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Sports lenses that have a 400mm or longer focal length

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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR

"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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Very light
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4.6 kg
 
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Quite short
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368 mm
 
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Small diameter
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160 mm
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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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Length 368 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 160 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF Nikon F

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

"This lens was incredible! From the rooftop and the bedroom of my penthouse suit, I was able to capture the true beauty of the people on the beach" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide angle lens
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200 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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Length 726 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Diameter 236 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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Very light
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3.9 kg
 
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Quite short
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343 mm
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS II
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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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Length 343 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 163 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
 
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Very light
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3.8 kg
 
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Quite short
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358 mm
 
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Small diameter
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160 mm
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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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Length 358 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Diameter 160 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF

Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF
 
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Wide angle lens
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200 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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Length 726 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Diameter 236 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Sigma 200-500mm f/2.8 EX DG APO IF Canon EF

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

"This lens has brought new meaning to photography, it's probably one of the best lenses ever developed" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Wide angle lens
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200 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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Length 726 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Diameter 236 mm
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Auto focus Yes