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Telephoto lenses for less than $300

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Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

"Unbeatable value for money in comparison to competing mid-range zoom lenses when it comes to outdoor, sport and wildlife photopraphy." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 74 mm
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Focus motor None
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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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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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Diameter 70 mm
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Length 111 mm
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Min focal length 55 mm
#3

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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Diameter 71 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 122 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

"There are two things that impressed me as soon as I started to use it. It's sharpness is great at all focal lenghts and all apertures all the way to F16 ." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Diameter 82 mm
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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 150 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
#5

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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Diameter 78 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Aperture f/3.5
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Length 97 mm
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Min focal length 18 mm
#6

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

"The macro is incredible for flowers, butterflies, pretty much anything you would want to get 1:2." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 119 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

"This is a good lens for the price. It is light enough to carry all day, it has macro capabilities and it is relatively fast on focusing. I use this lens for sports, challenged youth. It is also perfect for wildlife and closeups of plant life. I would recommend this lens." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
#8

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED

"Very good len, with good zooming capably, perfect for up close shots...self cleaning len" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Diameter 74 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Length 99 mm
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Zoom range 3.6x
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Min focal length 55 mm
#9

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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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Diameter 64 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4.5
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Length 108 mm
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Canon EF

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Canon EF

"Seems like a pretty good lens. Picture is clear from what I've seen. I use it mostly for film on my Canon T2i. Does get a little blurry at 300 zoom. But overall I am satisfied with the purchase." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Aperture f/4
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 117 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm