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Telephoto lenses for less than $500

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

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

"This lens is light weight, easy to remove from camera and very easy to focus. I used jut this and my 18mm-55mm lenses. I would enthusiastically reccomend to a friend." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor None
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4
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Fixed aperture No
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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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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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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 140 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Aperture f/3.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 97 mm
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Zoom range 7.8x
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Min focal length 18 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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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Aperture f/4.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 122 mm
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Min focal length 55 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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 101 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Min focal length 18 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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Focus motor Canon STM
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/4
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 111 mm
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

"This is the lens i have wanted for a few years, I had purchased the NON IS lens 5 years ago and had somne decent results with it, but using the IS Lens is a shear joy." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/4
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 142 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
#7

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS

Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS
 
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The same maximum aperture at all focal lengths
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Aperture f/4
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Fixed aperture Yes
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Length 175 mm
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Zoom range 2.9x
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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

"I love the crispness and clarity in the pictures." bhphotovideo.com

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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 117 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Aperture f/4.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 108 mm
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Min focal length 55 mm
#10

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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Focus motor Canon STM
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Max focal length 135 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Fixed aperture No
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Length 96 mm
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Zoom range 7.5x
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Min focal length 18 mm