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A telephoto shot of a lion

Wildlife lenses for less than $1,000

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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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Zoom range 4.5x
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Focus motor Canon STM
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Diameter 70 mm
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Aperture f/4
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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

"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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Zoom range 4.3x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Focus motor None
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Diameter 74 mm
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Aperture f/4
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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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Zoom range 4x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 71 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Length 122 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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Zoom range 5.5x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter 76 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Length 122 mm
#5

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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Max focal length 200 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 76 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 102 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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Zoom range 3.8x
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Image stabilization Sony SteadyShot
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 64 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Length 108 mm
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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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Max focal length 200 mm
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 79 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 102 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

"I would strongly recommend the zoom telephoto AF70-300 mm Macro Autofocus Lens. I used it on the deer and wild turkeys in my backyard. It was easy for a person with arthritis to use. Loved the autofocus." bhphotovideo.com

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Zoom range 4.3x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization None
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 76 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Length 117 mm
#9

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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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter 79 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Length 99 mm
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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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Zoom range 4.3x
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Focus motor Nikon AF-S
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Diameter 79 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Length 142 mm