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A telephoto shot of a lion

Wildlife lenses for less than $500

#1

Panasonic Lumix G Vario 45-150mm f/4-5.6

Panasonic Lumix G Vario  45-150mm f/4-5.6
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 62 mm
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Zoom range 3.3x
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Length 73 mm
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Min focal length 45 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 201 g
#2

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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Diameter 64 mm
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Zoom range 3.8x
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Length 108 mm
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Max focal length 210 mm
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Aperture f/4.5
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Weight 345 g
#3

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II
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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 69 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Length 117 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Aperture f/4.8
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Weight 423 g
#4

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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Diameter 71 mm
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Zoom range 4x
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Length 122 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 75 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 480 g
#5

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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More advanced image stabilization
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Canon IS II
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Image stabilization Canon IS II
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Diameter 70 mm
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Zoom range 4.5x
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Length 108 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 390 g
#6

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
 
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More advanced image stabilization
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Nikon VR II
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Image stabilization Nikon VR II
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Diameter n/a
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Zoom range 3.6x
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Length n/a
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Max focal length 200 mm
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Min focal length 55 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 301 g
#7

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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Great zoom range
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13.9x
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Image stabilization Sigma OS
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Diameter 74 mm
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Zoom range 13.9x
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Length 89 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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Min focal length 18 mm
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Aperture f/3.5
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Weight 472 g
#8

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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Diameter 76 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 117 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 435 g
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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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Image stabilization None
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Diameter 76 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 117 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 435 g
#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

"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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Diameter 76 mm
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Length 119 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Aperture f/4
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Weight 0.6 kg