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Wildlife lenses for less than $300

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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

"The ease of use is fantastic. Lightweight,fast lens everything I need to capture the constant action of rugby." 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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Zoom range 5.5x
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 122 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 76 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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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 111 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Diameter 70 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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Zoom range 4x
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 122 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 71 mm
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Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
 
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Canon IS II
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 108 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Diameter 70 mm
#5

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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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 119 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
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Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Sony Alpha

"Picture quality is excelent, zoom is great. Overall quality seems decent." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 117 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
#7

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Nikon F

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Nikon F

"Lightweight, easy to use & it's so wonderful to use one lens & not have to switch back from one lens to another & miss a photo op!" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great zoom range
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11.1x
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/3.5
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 84 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Diameter 74 mm
#8

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM
 
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13.9x
 
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Sigma OS
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Zoom range 13.9x
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 89 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Diameter 74 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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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Auto focus Yes
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Length 117 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 76 mm
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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro
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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Auto focus No
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Length 120 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Diameter 77 mm