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Wildlife lenses for less than $600

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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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Nikon VR
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Zoom range 16.7x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 99 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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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
#2

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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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 76 mm
#3

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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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Tamron VC
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Length 150 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Focus motor Tamron USD
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Diameter 82 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

"I use the lens for everyday use. It has a nice range and a good price point for the quality. It is easily interchangeable and well built." bhphotovideo.com

 
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Canon IS
 
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11.1x
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Zoom range 11.1x
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Aperture f/3.5
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 102 mm
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Max focal length 200 mm
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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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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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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 111 mm
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Max focal length 250 mm
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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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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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Zoom range 5.5x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 122 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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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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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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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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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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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 76 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

"This is a great zoom lens that raises the bar on the 70 - 200mm at the refurb price" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Nikon VR
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4.5
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Image stabilization Nikon VR
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Length 142 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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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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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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Canon IS
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Zoom range 4.3x
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization Canon IS
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Length 142 mm
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Max focal length 300 mm
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Min focal length 70 mm
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Focus motor Canon USM
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Diameter 76 mm
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Olympus M.Zuiko ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6

Olympus M.Zuiko  ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6

"I use this lens for every day photography, it´s great to have a differents lens in one" bhphotovideo.com

 
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Great zoom range
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10.7x
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Zoom range 10.7x
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Aperture f/4
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Image stabilization None
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Length 84 mm
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Max focal length 150 mm
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Min focal length 14 mm
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Focus motor Generic motor
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Diameter 64 mm