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Wildlife 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

"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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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
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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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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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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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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
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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
#6

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
#7

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

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

"I recently took a trip up and down the coast of California and took only this one lens...it worked perfectly! I could not have been happier with the results." 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 119 mm
#8

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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Focus motor Generic motor
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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 108 mm
#9

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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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Aperture f/3.5
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Focus motor Sigma HSM
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Zoom range 13.9x
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Diameter 74 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Length 89 mm
#10

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-200mm f/4-5.6 MEGA O.I.S.

"I'm very impressed with the quality of the photos with this lens. I couldn't find anything wrong with any photos at any range. Durable construction, not too long as to make the camera unbalanced. Nice lens!!!" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Panasonic MEGA O.I.S.
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Image stabilization Panasonic MEGA O.I.S.
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Aperture f/4
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Min focal length 45 mm
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Zoom range 4.4x
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Diameter 70 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Length 100 mm