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Telephoto lenses for less than $400

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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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Aperture f/4
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Diameter 70 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Length 111 mm
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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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Aperture f/4
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Focus motor None
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Diameter 74 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 117 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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Aperture f/4
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Diameter 71 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 122 mm
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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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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Diameter 75 mm
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Length 101 mm
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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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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Aperture f/4.5
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Diameter 76 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 122 mm
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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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Aperture f/4.5
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Diameter 64 mm
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Length 108 mm
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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
 
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Canon IS
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Diameter 77 mm
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Length 96 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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Aperture f/4
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Diameter 76 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Length 117 mm
#9

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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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Aperture f/3.5
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Diameter 78 mm
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Length 97 mm
#10

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 POWER O.I.S.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 POWER O.I.S.
 
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Panasonic O.I.S.
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Image stabilization Panasonic O.I.S.
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Aperture f/3.5
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 14 mm
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Zoom range 10x
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Diameter 67 mm
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Length 75 mm