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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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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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$1,139.99
 
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Nikon VR
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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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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 268 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Weight 2.1 kg
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Fixed aperture Yes
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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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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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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Length 259 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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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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$899.00
 
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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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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Length 259 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Weight n/a
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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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$879.99
 
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Wide angle lens
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150 mm
 
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Very light
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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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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Length 258 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Weight 1.9 kg
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Fixed aperture No
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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

"I've tested this lens on my D60 and it is really very good" bhphotovideo.com

 
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$599.99
 
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Wide angle lens
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150 mm
 
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Small diameter
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94 mm
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Diameter 94 mm
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Min focal length 150 mm
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Length 252 mm
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Zoom range 3.3x
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Weight 1.9 kg
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Fixed aperture No
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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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Wide angle lens
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50 mm
 
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Great zoom range
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10x
 
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218 mm
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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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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Length 218 mm
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Zoom range 10x
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Weight 2 kg
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Fixed aperture No
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Pentax SMC DA 560mm f/5.6 ED AW

Pentax SMC DA 560mm f/5.6 ED AW
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Max focal length 560 mm
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Diameter 130 mm
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Min focal length 560 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Length 522 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Weight 3 kg
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
 
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Canon IS II
 
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Wide aperture
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f/4
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Diameter 146 mm
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Min focal length 500 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Length 383 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Weight 3.2 kg
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Fixed aperture n/a
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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Canon EF

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Canon EF
 
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$789.00
 
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Wide angle lens
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150 mm
 
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Very light
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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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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Length 258 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Weight 1.9 kg
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Fixed aperture No
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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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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 445 mm
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Zoom range 1x
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Weight 5.1 kg
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Fixed aperture n/a