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A telephoto shot of a lion

Wildlife lenses that have a 500mm 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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$1,201.58
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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200 mm
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Diameter 108 mm
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Min focal length 200 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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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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Fixed aperture Yes
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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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50 mm
 
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10x
 
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$1,459.00
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Diameter 104 mm
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Min focal length 50 mm
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Zoom range 10x
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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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Fixed aperture No
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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
 
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$989.00
 
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150 mm
 
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259 mm
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Diameter 104 mm
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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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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Fixed aperture No
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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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150 mm
 
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259 mm
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Diameter 104 mm
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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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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Fixed aperture No
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Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

"Great lens. I used it with my Canon 1D Mark IV and it is combo that works wonderfully for wildlife!" bhphotovideo.com

 
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800 mm
 
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Canon IS
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Max focal length 800 mm
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Diameter 163 mm
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Min focal length 800 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 460 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Weight 4.5 kg
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR

"Use it primarily for wildlife photography and love it. Well worth the weight. Focus and memory focus work very nice." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
 
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Wide aperture
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f/4
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Diameter 165 mm
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Min focal length 600 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 445 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Weight 5.1 kg
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Sigma 800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO HSM Canon EF

Sigma 800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO HSM Canon EF
 
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800 mm
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Max focal length 800 mm
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Diameter 158 mm
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Min focal length 800 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Length 521 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Weight 4.7 kg
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Canon EF

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Canon EF
 
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$860.99
 
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150 mm
 
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Quite short
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259 mm
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Diameter 104 mm
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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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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Fixed aperture No
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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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150 mm
 
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$1,799.00
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Diameter 122 mm
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Length 290 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Weight 2.9 kg
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Fixed aperture No
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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Nikon F

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Nikon F
 
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$790.92
 
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150 mm
 
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1.9 kg
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Max focal length 600 mm
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Diameter 106 mm
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Length 258 mm
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Weight 1.9 kg
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Fixed aperture No