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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Big Glass


Long-focal-length super-telephotos are obviously well suited to wildlife work. They also can give you a new perspective on your landscape photography.

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Supertelephoto Lenses
Lens Elements/
Groups
Special
Elements*
Min.
Focus
Max
Magnif.
Filter
Size
Size
(in.)
Weight Est. Street
Price
Lens
Mounts***
Canon EF 300mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM 17/13 1FL2UD 8.2 ft. 0.13X 52mm** 5.0x9.9 5.6 lbs. $4,879 C
Canon EF 300mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM 16/12 2FL. 6.6 ft. 0.18X 52mm** 5.0x9.8 5.2 lbs. $7,299 C
Canon EF 300mm ƒ/4L IS USM 15/11 2UD 4.9 ft 0.24X 77mm 3.5x8.7 2.6 lbs. $1,449 C
Canon EF 400mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM 17/13 1FL2UD 9.8 ft. 0.15X 52mm** 6.4x13.7 11.8 lbs. $7,999 C
Canon EF 400mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM 16/12 2FL 8.9 ft. 0.17X 52mm** 6.4x13. 6.4x13. $11,499 C
Canon EF 400mm ƒ/4 DO IS USM 17/13 1DO1FL 11.5 ft. 0.12X 52mm** 5.0x9.4 4.3 lbs. $6,469 C
Canon EF 400mm ƒ/5.6L USM 7/6 1SUD1UD 11.5 ft. 0.12X 77mm 3.5x10.1 2.8 lbs. $1,339 C
Canon EF 500mm ƒ/4 IS USM 17/13 1FL2UD 14.8 ft. 0.12X 52mm** 5.8x15.2 8.5 lbs. $6,999 C
Canon EF 500mm ƒ/4L IS II USM 16/12 2FL 12.1 ft. N/S 52mm** 5.7x15.1 7.0 lbs. $10,499 C
Canon EF 600mm ƒ/4L IS USM 17/13 1FL2UD 18.0 ft. 0.12X 52mm** 6.6x18.0 11.8 lbs. $9,199 C
Canon EF 600mm ƒ/4L IS II USM 16/12 1FL 14.8 ft. N/S 52mm** 6.6x17.6 8.6 lbs. $12,999 C
Canon EF 800mm ƒ/5.6L IS USM 18/14 2FL1UD1SUD 19.7 ft. 0.14X 52mm** 6.4x18.1 9.9 lbs. $13,999 C
Nikon AF-S 300mm ƒ/2.8G VR II 11/8 3ED 7.2 ft. 0.16X 52mm** 4.9x10.5 6.4 lbs. $5,899 N
Nikon AF-S 300mm ƒ/4D IF-ED 10/6 2ED 4.8 ft. 0.27X 77mm 3.5x8.8 2.9 lbs. $1,494 N
Nikon AF-S 400mm ƒ/2.8G ED VR 14/11 3ED 9.2 ft. 0.16X 52mm** 6.3x14.5 10.2 lbs. $9,549 N
Nikon AF-S 500mm ƒ/4G ED VR 14/11 3ED 12.6 ft. 0.15X 52mm** 5.5x15.4 8.6 lbs. $8,579 N
Nikon AF-S 600mm ƒ/4G ED VR 15/12 3ED 15.7 ft. 0.14X 52mm** 6.5x17.5 11.2 lbs. $10,299 N
Sigma 300mm ƒ/2.8 EX APO DG HSM 11/9 2ELD 8.2 ft. 0.13X 346mm** 4.7x8.4 5.3 lbs. $3,399 CNPSiSo
Sigma 500mm ƒ/4.5 EX DG APO HSM 11/8 2ELD 13.1 ft. 0.13X 46mm** 4.8x13.8 6.9 lbs. $4,999 CNPSiSo
Sigma 800mm ƒ/5.6 EX APO DG HSM 12/9 2ELD 3.0 ft. 0.11X 46mm** 6.2x20.5 10.5 lbs. $6,599 CNSi
Sony 300mm ƒ/2.8 G 13/12 3ED 6.6 ft. 0.18X 42mm** 4.8x9.5 5.1 lbs. $6,999 So
Sony 500mm ƒ/4 G 11/10 3ED 13.1 ft. 0.14X 42mm** 5.5x14.6 7.6 lbs. $12,999 So
ZOOM
Canon EF 28-300mm ƒ/3.5-5.6L IS USM 23/16 3UD3ASPH 2.3 ft. 0.30X 72mm 3.6x7.2 3.7 lbs. $2,689 C
Canon EF 75-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 III 13/9 13/9 None 4.9 ft. 0.25X 58mm 2.8x4.8 16.9 oz. $199 C
Canon EF 75-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 III USM 13/9 None 4.9 ft. 0.25X 58mm 2.8x4.8 16.9 oz. $234 C
Canon EF 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 IS USM 15/10 1DO1ASPH 4.9 ft. 0.26X 58mm 3.0x5.6 22.2 oz. $649 C
Canon EF 70-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM 18/12 2UD 3.9 ft. 0.19X 58mm 3.2x3.9 25.4 oz. $1,399 C
Canon EF 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6L IS USM 19/14 1FL1SUD 4.9 ft. 0.21X 67mm 3.5x5.6 2.3 lbs. 1,$599 C
Canon EF 100-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 USM 13/10 None 5.9 ft. 0.20X 58mm 2.9x4.8 19.0 oz. $470 C
Canon EF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS USM 17/14 2ED 19.3 in. 0.20X 72mm 3.6x7.4 3.0 lbs. $1,699 C
Nikon AF-S 28-300mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR 19/14 3ED 4.9 ft. 0.32X 72mm 3.3x4.5 28.2 oz. $1,049 N
Nikon AF 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6G 13/9 3ED 4.9 ft. 0.26X 62mm 2.9x4.6 15.0 oz. $172 N
Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 17/12 4SDL 7.5ft. 0.25X 67mm 3.1x5.6 26.3 oz.. $589 N
Nikon AF VR 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6D ED 17/11 1SDL 6.4 ft 0.21X 52mm 3.6x6.7 2.7 lbs. $1,849 N
Nikon AF-S 200-400mm ƒ/4G ED VR II 24/17 3SDL 19.7 in. 0.28X 72mm 4.9x14.4 7.4 lbs. $6,999 N
Sigma 50-500mm ƒ/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM 20/6 1SDL 4.0 ft. 0.32X 95mm 4.1x8.6 4.3 lbs. $1,659 CNPSiSo
Sigma 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 DG Macro 14/10 2FLD1SLD 4.9 ft. 0.25X 58mm 3.0x4.7 18.7 oz. $169 CNPSiSo
Sigma 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 APO DG Macro 14/10 3SDL 4.9 ft. 0.25X 58mm 3.0x4.7 18.7 oz. $239 CNPSiSo
Sigma 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6 DG OS 16/11 16/11 3SDL 4.9 ft. 0.26X 62mm 3.0x5.0 21.5 oz. $359 CNPSiSo
Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 EX DG OS APO HSM 23/18 2ELD1SLD 4.9 ft. 0.12X 105mm 4.5x11.4 6.5 lbs. 6.5 lbs. CNSi
Sigma 120-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM 21/15 2SDL 7.2 ft. 0.24X 77mm 3.6x8.0 3.9 lbs. $999 CNPSiSo
Sigma 150-500mm ƒ/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM 21/15 2ED 6.6 ft. 0.19X 86mm 3.7x9.9 4.2 lbs. $1,059 CNPSiSo
Sigma 200-500mm ƒ/2.8 APO EX DG 17/13 17/13 None 19.7 in. 0.13X 72mm** 9.3x28.6 34.6 lbs. $25,999 CNSi
Sigma 300-800mm ƒ/5.6 EX DG APO HSM 18/16 2ELD 3.9 ft 0.14X 46mm** 6.2x21.3 12.9 lbs. $7,999 CNSi
Sony 70-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 G 16/11 2ED 4.9 ft 0.25X 62mm .3x5.4 28.2 oz. $999 So
Sony 75-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 13/10 None 5.0 ft. 0.25X 55mm 2.8x4.8 16.2 oz. $249 So
Sony 70-400mm ƒ/4-5.6 G 18/12 2ED 19.3 in. 0.27X 77mm 3.8x7.8 .3 lbs. $1,999 So
Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Asph. 12/9 1XR1LD3ASPH 19.3 in. 0.34X 62mm 2.9x3.3 14.8 oz. $419 CPNSo
Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Asph. 18/13 1XR2LD3ASPH 4.9 ft. 0.33X 67mm 3.1x3.9 19.4 oz. $629 CN
Tamron 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD 13/9 1LD 5.0 ft. 0.50X 62mm 3.0x4.6 15.3 oz. $199 CPNSo
Tamron SP 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di VC USD 17/12 1XLD1LD 4.9 ft. 0.25X 62mm 3.2x5.6 27.0 oz. $499 CNSo
Tamron SP 200-500mm F/5-6.3 Di LD 13/10 2LD 8.2 ft. 0.20X 86mm 3.7x8.9 2.7 lbs. $949 CNSo
Tokina AF 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 AT-X D 16/10 1SLD 8.2 ft. 0.19X 72mm 3.1x5.4 2.2 lbs. $589 CN
FOR APS-C ONLY
Canon EF-S 55-250mm ƒ/4-5.6 IS II 12/10 1UD 3.6 ft. 0.31X 58mm 2.8x4.3 13.8 oz. $299 C
Sigma 18-250mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM 18/14 4SLD3ASPH 17.7 in. 0.29X 72mm 3.1x4.0 22.2 oz. $479 CNPSiSo
Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm ƒ/4.5-5.6G ED VR 17/11 2ED1HR 4.6 ft. 0.28X 58mm 3.0x4.8 18.7 oz. $399 N
Pentax DA* 300mm ƒ/4 SDM 8/6 ED 4.7 ft. 0.24X 77mm 3.3x7.4 2.4 lbs. $1,399 P
Sony DT 18-250mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 16/13 3ASPH 19.2 in. 0.29X 62mm 3.0x3.4 15.5 oz. $599 So
Tamron AF18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD 16/13 2LD3ASPH 19.3 in. 0.26X 62mm 2.9x3.5 15.9 oz. $6,495 CNSo
FOR FOUR THIRDS SYSTEM:
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 300mm ƒ/2.8 13/11 3ED 7.9 ft. 0.15X 43mm 5.0x11.2 7.2 lbs. $6,999 4/3
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 50-200mm ƒ/2.8-3.5 SWD 16/15 3ED 3.9 ft. 0.21X 67mm 3.4x6.2 2.2 lbs. $1,199 4/3
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 70-300mm ƒ/4.0-5.6 14/10 3ED 3.1 ft. 0.50X 58mm 3.1x5.0 21.8 oz. $399 4/3
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 90-250mm ƒ/2.8 17/12 3ED 8.1 ft. 0.08X 105mm 4.9x10.9 7.2 lbs. $5,999 4/3
FOR MICRO FOUR THIRDS SYSTEM:
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75-300mm ƒ/4.8-6.7 18/13 1SED2ED3HR 3.1 ft. 0.18X 58mm 2.8x4.6 15.2 oz. $899 m4/3
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm ƒ/4.0-5.6 17/12 1ED 4.9 ft, 0.21X 67mm 2.9x5.0 18.3 oz. $499 m4/3
Key:
* Type and (when available) number of special elements used in lens; see text for descriptions
**Indicates drop-in rear filter; no asterisk indicates front screw-on filter size
*** Mounts in which lens is available: C = Canon EF, N = Nikon F, P = Pentax K, Si = Sigma SD, So = Sony A, 4/3 = Four Thirds System, m4/3 = Micro Four Thirds
Max. Magnif: Maximum magnification—1.0X equals life-size, 0.25X equals ¼ life-size (at the image plane)
N/S = not stated by manufacturer

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