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A telephoto shot of a lion

Wildlife lenses that have a 400mm or longer focal length

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

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
 
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Canon IS II
 
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Quite short
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193 mm
 
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Wide angle lens
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100 mm
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Length 193 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Weight 1.6 kg
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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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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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Nikon VR
 
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$1,199.99
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Min focal length 200 mm
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Length 268 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Weight 2.1 kg
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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
 
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Very light
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1.2 kg
 
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$1,096.69
 
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Small diameter
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89 mm
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Min focal length 400 mm
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Length 257 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 1.2 kg
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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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188 mm
 
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100 mm
 
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Canon IS
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 100 mm
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Length 188 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Weight 1.4 kg
#5

Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO

Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO
 
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Great zoom range
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10x
 
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50 mm
 
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218 mm
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Zoom range 10x
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Length 218 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Weight 2 kg
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Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO

Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM APO
 
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$1,399.00
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Zoom range 3.3x
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Length 252 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Weight 1.9 kg
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Nikon Nikkor VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

Nikon Nikkor VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

"It performed wonderfully. I can see this lens will be one of my favorites." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Quite short
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170 mm
 
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80 mm
 
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Nikon VR
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Zoom range 5x
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Focus motor None
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 80 mm
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Length 170 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Weight 1.4 kg
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
 
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Wide angle lens
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80 mm
 
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Nikon VR
 
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Quite short
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203 mm
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Max focal length 400 mm
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Zoom range 5x
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 80 mm
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Length 203 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Weight 1.6 kg
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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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$879.59
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Length 259 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Weight n/a
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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Nikon F

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Nikon F
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Length 290 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Weight 2.9 kg