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Telephoto lenses

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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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Great telephoto lens
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500 mm
 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 500 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 268 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Aperture f/5.6
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Min focal length 200 mm
#2

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
 
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Nikon VR
 
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Great zoom range
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7.8x
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 97 mm
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
#3

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

"The photos have more vivid colors and a better sharp than my other normal lense. Its really great." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
 
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Great zoom range
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7.5x
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 101 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
#4

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
 
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Great zoom range
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11.1x
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 102 mm
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS

Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 110 mm
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Zoom range 5.8x
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Aperture f/4
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Min focal length 18 mm
#6

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS
 
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Great zoom range
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10x
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Max focal length 240 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 119 mm
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Zoom range 10x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 24 mm
#7

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

"Super background blur for a lens of this speed and yes the VR helps" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Length 142 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 70 mm
#8

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

"I use the lens for everyday use. It has a nice range and a good price point for the quality. It is easily interchangeable and well built." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great zoom range
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11.1x
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 102 mm
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
#9

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

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 122 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Aperture f/4
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 75 mm
#10

Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED

Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED

"I have taken unbelievable portrait pictures with this lens. The bokeh is exactly as others have described. I have taken night football and hockey shots which I was not able to get with the kit zoom lenses." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Fixed aperture
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
 
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Wide aperture
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f/2.8
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Image stabilization None
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Focus motor None
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Length 188 mm
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Zoom range 2.5x
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Aperture f/2.8
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Min focal length 80 mm