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Find Your Wildlife Action Lens


How to pick the right lens to match your photo needs and your budget

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A SELECTION OF LENSES FOR WILDLIFE ACTION

  Max.
ƒ-Stop
Focal
Range (mm)
Elem./
Groups
Min.
Focus
Max.
Magn
.
Filter
Size
Diam. x
Length (in.)
Weight Street
Price
 
UNDER $1,000
Sigma 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 DG OS 4-5.6 70-300 18/11 4.9 ft. 0.26X 62mm 3.0x5.0 1.3 lbs. $359
Tamron SP 70-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 Di VC USD 4.5-5.6 70-300 17/12 4.9 ft. 0.25X 62mm 5.6x5.9 1.7 lbs. $449
Tokina AT-X AF 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 4.5-5.6 80-400 16/10 8.2 ft. 0.19X 72mm 3.1x5.4 2.2 lbs. $499
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 4.5-5.6 70-300 17/12 4.9 ft. 0.25X 67mm 3.1x5.6 1.6 lbs. $529
Canon EF 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 IS USM 4-5.6 70-300 15/10 4.9 ft. 0.26X 58mm 3.0x5.6 1.4 lbs. $569
Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/4L USM 4 70-200 16/13 3.9 ft. 0.21X 67mm 3.0x6.8 1.6 lbs. $699
Tamron SP 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 Di 2.8 70-200 18/13 3.1 ft. 0.32X 77mm 3.5x7.6 2.5 lbs. $769
Sony 70-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 G 4.5-5.6 70-300 16/11 4.0 ft. 0.25X 62mm 3.3x5.4 1.8 lbs. $849
Sigma 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG APO HSM II 2.8 70-200 18/15 3.3 ft. 0.29X 77mm 3.4x7.3 3.0 lbs. $949
Tamron SP 200-500mm ƒ/5-6.3 Di 5-6.3 200-500 13/10 8.1 ft. 0.20X 86mm 3.7x8.9 2.7 lbs. $949
Sigma 120-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 APO DG OS HSM 4.5-5.6 120-400 21/15 4.9 ft. 0.24X 77mm 3.6x8.0 3.9 lbs. $999
 
$1,000-$1,999
Sigma 150-500mm ƒ/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM 5-6.3 150-500 21/15 7.2 ft. 0.19X 86mm 3.7x9.9 4.2 lbs. $1,069
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 2.8-3.5 50-200 16/15 3.9 ft. 0.21X 67mm 3.4x6.2 2.2 lbs. $1,199
AF-S Nikkor 300mm ƒ/4D IF-ED 4 300 10/6 4.8 ft. 0.27X 77mm 3.5x8.8 3.2 lbs. $1,299
Canon EF 400mm ƒ/5.6L USM 5.6 400 7/6 11.5 ft. 0.12X 77mm 3.5x10.1 2.8 lbs. $1,300
Canon EF 70-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM 4.5-5.6 70-300 18/12 4.6 ft. 0.19X 58mm 3.2x3.9 1.6 lbs. $1,349
Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/4L IS USM 4 70-200 20/15 3.9 ft. 0.21X 67mm 3.0x6.8 1.7 lbs. $1,349
Pentax DA* 60-250mm ƒ/4 ED (IF) SDM 4 60-250 15/13 3.6 ft. 0.15X 67mm 3.2x6.6 2.3 lbs. $1,349
Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L USM 2.8 70-200 18/15 4.9 ft. 0.16X 77mm 3.3x7.6 2.9 lbs. $1,399
Pentax DA* 300mm ƒ/4 ED(IF) SDM 4 300 8/6 4.6 ft. 0.24X 77mm 3.3x7.2 2.4 lbs. $1,399
Sigma 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM 2.8 70-200 22/17 4.6 ft. 0.13X 77mm 3.4x7.8 3.2 lbs. $1,399
Canon EF 300mm ƒ/4L IS USM 4 300 15/11 4.9 ft. 0.24X 77mm 3.5x8.7 2.6 lbs. $1,399
Canon EF 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6L IS USM 4-5.6 70-300 19/14 3.9 ft. 0.21X 67mm 3.5x5.6 2.3 lbs. $1,599
Sony 70-400mm ƒ/4-5.6 G 4-5.6 70-400 18/12 5.0 ft. 0.27X 77mm 3.8x7.8 3.3 lbs. $1,599
AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6D ED 4.5-5.6 80-400 17/11 7.5 ft. 0.42X 77mm 3.6x6.7 2.9 lbs. $1,649
Sigma 50-500mm ƒ/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM 4.5-6.3 50-500 22/6 5.9 ft. 0.32X 95mm 4.1x8.6 4.3 lbs. $1,659
Canon EF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS USM 4.5-5.6 100-400 17/14 5.9 ft. 0.20X 77mm 3.6x7.4 3.1 lbs. $1,675
Sony 70-200mm ƒ/2.8 G 2.8 70-200 19/16 4.0 ft. 0.21X 77mm 3.5x7.8 2.9 lbs. $1,799
 
$2,000-$4,999
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm ƒ/2.0 2.0 35-100 21/18 4.6 ft. 0.09X 77mm 3.8x8.4 3.6 lbs. $2,299
AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm ƒ/2.8G ED VR II 2.8 70-200 21/16 4.6 ft. 0.12X 77mm 3.4x8.1 3.4 lbs. $2,399
Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM 2.8 70-200 23/19 3.9 ft. 0.21X 77mm 3.5x7.8 3.3 lbs. $2,499
Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS HSM 2.8 120-300 23/18 4.9-8.2 ft. 0.12X 105mm 4.5x11.4 3.6 lbs. $3,199
Sigma 300mm ƒ/2.8 EX APO DG HSM 2.8 300 11/9 8.2 ft. 0.13X 46mm* 4.7x8.4 5.3 lbs. $3,399
Canon EF 300mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM 2.8 300 17/13 8.2 ft. 0.13X 52mm* 5.0x9.9 1.7 lbs. $4,799
Sigma 500mm ƒ/4.5 EX DG APO HSM 4.5 500 11/8 13.1 ft. 0.13X 46mm* 4.8x13.8 6.9 lbs. $4,999
 
OVER $5,000
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 90-250mm ƒ/2.8 2.8 90-250 17/12 8.1 ft. 0.08X 105mm 4.9x10.9 7.2 lbs. $5,295
AF-S Nikkor 300mm ƒ/2.8G ED VR II 2.8 300 11/8 7.5 ft. 0.16X 52mm* 4.9x10.5 6.4 lbs. $5,899
Sony 300mm ƒ/2.8 G 2.8 300 13/12 6.6 ft. 0.18X 42mm* 4.8x9.5 5.1 lbs. $6,299
Canon EF 400mm ƒ/4 DO IS USM 4 400 17/13 11.5 ft. 0.12X 52mm* 5.0x9.4 4.3 lbs. $6,349
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm ƒ/2.8 2.8 300 13/11 7.9 ft. 0.15X 43mm* 5.0x11.2 7.2 lbs. $6,499
Canon EF 300mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM 2.8 300 16/12 6.6 ft. 0.18X 52mm* 5.0x9.8 5.2 lbs. $6,599
Sigma 800mm ƒ/5.6 EX APO DG HSM 5.6 800 12/9 22.9 ft. 0.11X 46mm* 6.2x20.5 10.4 lbs. $6,599
AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm ƒ/4G ED VR II 4 200-400 24/17 6.6 ft. 0.27X 52mm* 4.9x14.4 7.4 lbs. $6,899
Canon EF 500mm ƒ/4L IS USM 4 500 17/13 14.8 ft. 0.12X 52mm* 5.8x15.2 8.5 lbs. $6,999
Canon EF 400mm ƒ/2.8 L IS USM 2.8 400 17/13 9.8 ft. 0.15X 52mm* 6.4x13.7 11.8 lbs. $7,800
Sigma 300-800mm ƒ/5.6 EX DG APO HSM 5.6 300-800 18/16 19.7 ft. 0.14X 46mm* 6.2x21.3 12.9 lbs. $7,899
AF-S Nikkor 500mm ƒ/4G ED VR 4 500 14/11 12.6 ft. 0.14X 52mm* 5.5x15.4 8.6 lbs. $8,579
Canon EF 600mm ƒ/4L IS USM 4 600 17/13 18.0 ft. 0.12X 52mm* 6.6x18.0 11.8 lbs. $8,899
AF-S Nikkor 400mm ƒ/2.8G ED VR 2.8 400 14/11 9.5 ft. 0.16X 52mm* 6.3x14.5 10.2 lbs. $8,999
Canon EF 500mm ƒ/4L IS II USM 4 500 16/12 12.1 ft. n/a 52mm* 5.7x15.1 7.0 lbs. $9,499
AF-S Nikkor 600mm ƒ/4G ED VR 4 600 15/12 15.7 ft. 0.14X 52mm* 6.5x17.5 11.2 lbs. $10,299
Canon EF 400mm ƒ/2.8 L IS II USM 2.8 400 17/13 9.8 ft. 0.15X 52mm* 6.4x13.7 11.8 lbs. $10,499
Canon EF 600mm ƒ/4L IS II USM 4 600 16/12 14.8 ft. n/a 52mm* 6.6x17.6 8.6 lbs. $11,999
Canon EF 800mm ƒ/5.6L IS USM 5.6 800 18/14 19.7 ft 0.14X 52mm* 6.4x18.1 9.9 lbs. $12,499
Sigma 200-500mm ƒ/2.8 APO EX DG 2.8 200-500 17/13 6.6-16.4 ft. 0.13X 72mm 9.3x28.6 34.6 lbs. $25,999
 
*Indicates rear drop-in filter
Sigma lenses are available in mounts for Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony/Minolta SLRs, except the 800mm, 300-800mm and 200-500mm, which are available in mounts for Sigma, Canon and Nikon.
Tamron’s 70-300mm is available in mounts for Canon and Nikon SLRs; the 200-500mm is available in mounts for Canon, Nikon and Sony; the 70-200mm is available in mounts for Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony.
Tokina’s 80-400mm is available in mounts for Canon and Nikon SLRs.

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