What are the best telephoto lenses?

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    #1Sony 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Lens

    Sony 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Lens

    The Sony 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens is perfect to take with you in your travels. Is ideal for landscape, sports and wildlife photography thanks to its compact 18-200 mm zoom. It has also optical SteadyShot image stabilization.

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    Jennifer Evans
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This is a good lens for any professional photographer, especially those like me who are just starting out. It has a very good balance between price and quality. While pricey for a hobbyist, for a photographer starting out this item is small, lightweight and almost just as powerful as other competing lenses. It is great for still shots, landscapes and light action shots. It is a lens for a broad range of subject material. Sometimes it has trouble focusing, but when working properly it is a good piece for someone just starting a career. "
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    #2Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G Lens

    Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G Lens

    Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G Lens is ideal to use for travel, landscapes, portraits and distant subjects as it offers a broad focal length range, vibration reduction, and extra-low dispersion. 

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    Rosario Covarrubias
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a good lens for its type. It works great with my camera. I would buy it again. "
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    #3Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens

    Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens
    The Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens is ideal for portraits and low-light work. Its large aperture brings the subject closer, creating excellent background blur and a faster shutter speed to freeze the action. 
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    Russell Simpson
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Good for portraits and the speed is good enough for action shots, though it's not my first choice if i know i'm going to be shooting a lot of action. Also works well even in poor lighting, and it's lightweight enough it doesn't bog my camera bag down."
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    #4Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens

    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens

    The Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens brings small things into full-sized view, uncovering details impossible to detect by the eye. It has a three-group floating system for exceptional close-up performance.

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    Vicente Villa
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Solid product with good reviews"
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    #5Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Lens

    Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Lens
    The Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Lens has an extra-low dispersion glass element to minimize chromatic aberration and is designed to reduce vibration, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
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    Frank Phillips
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The best telephoto lens is the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Lens . It has Super-integrated coating which minimizes ghosting and flare for more vivid images in dim lighting. Silent Wave Motor produces quick and quiet high-speed autofocusing; weighs 9 ounces."
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    #6Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens

    Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens
    The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM telephoto zoom lens offers a high-quality image. It has an f/2.8 maximum aperture and four UD-glass elements to help to correct chromatic aberrations. The lens is delivered with accessories.


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    Crystal Mendez
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "First of all, Cannon lens can always be trusted. This product is high-end. I would recommend to advanced photographers."
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    #7Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

    Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
    The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens features one fluorite and one super UD element to provide a better contrast and resolution, which comes with some accessories.
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    Keith Burke
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This lens was such an upgrade from my previous one. Feels like it is made very well. I can tell a large difference in the quality photos I am getting now compared to m old lens."
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    #8Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens

    Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens
    The Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens is ideal for portraits and natural images as it produces sharp and clear images at all apertures and designed to give a background blur. 
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    Benjamin Harper
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "If you can appreciate Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens, you are one of the better people out there. This is for those who love to take natural and portrait images. It sharpens your images without a thought and really focuses on what makes picture taking great."
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    #9Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Sports DG OS HSM Lens

    Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Sports DG OS HSM Lens

    Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Sports DG OS HSM Lens is only suitable for Nikon SLRs which has a hypersonic motor AF system and optical stabilization. This is the new standard for telephoto zooms.

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    Daniel McDonald
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is an extremely high quality lens that is made of very high quality components. It's only downside for having this is that it's relatively expensive. Unfortunately it is also available for certain models too."
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    #10Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens

    Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
    The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom Lens is perfect to use for sports photography or intimate portraits. It features an f/4 maximum aperture, an inner focusing system, and a ring-type ultra-sonic monitor.
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    Susan Wilson
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I just started out in photography. I don't really like to take pictures. But my crush does. He is very very into photography. I needed something that would give me an excuse to talk to him. Now, when I first saw these, I was a bit shocked at the sticker price. But I guess, this is the price you pay for love. That was three months ago! Today, I am dating my crush and we actively go out to shoot together. Honestly, this is the best purchase I have made to date. I actually use it at least a few times a week and it gave me a chance to learn a new skill with my boyfriend. Definitely recommend! "

Summary

Best What are the best telephoto lenses
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Sony 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 LensElectronics 35 Paid
2Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G LensElectronics 32 Paid
3Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM LensElectronics 30 Paid
4Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed LensElectronics 27 Paid
5Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR LensElectronics 25 Paid
6Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM LensElectronics 23 Paid
7Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM LensElectronics 21 Paid
8Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto LensElectronics 20 Paid
9Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Sports DG OS HSM LensElectronics 18 Paid
10Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Telephoto Zoom LensElectronics 1 Paid
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