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Telephoto lenses for less than $1,000

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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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Zoom range 7.5x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Diameter 75 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Weight 455 g
#2

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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Zoom range 5.8x
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Diameter 78 mm
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Max focal length 105 mm
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Weight 482 g
#3

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

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
 
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11.1x
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Weight 0.5 kg
#4

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
 
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Aperture f/4
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Diameter 70 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Weight 375 g
#5

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Diameter 64 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Weight 345 g
#6

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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Zoom range 7.8x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Diameter 78 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Weight 490 g
#7

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

Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS
 
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10x
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Zoom range 10x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Diameter 81 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 24 mm
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Max focal length 240 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
#8

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

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

"Solid construction. Good feel during use. Good combination of characteristics cover most every-day needs minimizing lense changing." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great zoom range
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11.1x
 
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Canon IS
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Diameter 79 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Weight 0.6 kg
#9

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

"Awesome lens, affordable, quality construction, noticably faster than older lens, definitely has improved picture quality/sharpness" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Diameter 76 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Weight 0.5 kg
#10

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
 
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16.7x
 
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Zoom range 16.7x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Diameter 79 mm
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Fixed aperture No
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Weight 0.6 kg