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Wildlife 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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Length 111 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Diameter 70 mm
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Weight 375 g
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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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Length 122 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Diameter 71 mm
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Weight 480 g
#3

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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Length 117 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Diameter 74 mm
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Weight 425 g
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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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Length 122 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 5.5x
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Diameter 76 mm
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Weight 0.5 kg
#5

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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Length 108 mm
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Diameter 64 mm
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Weight 345 g
#6

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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Length 108 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Diameter 70 mm
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Weight 390 g
#7

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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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Aperture f/4
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Length 142 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Diameter 76 mm
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Weight 0.6 kg
#8

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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Image stabilization None
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Aperture f/4
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 117 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Diameter 76 mm
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Weight 435 g
#9

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

"There are two things that impressed me as soon as I started to use it. It's sharpness is great at all focal lenghts and all apertures all the way to F16 ." bhphotovideo.com

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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Aperture f/4
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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Length 150 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Diameter 82 mm
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Weight 0.8 kg
#10

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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Length 119 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Diameter 76 mm
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Weight 0.6 kg