The Best Telephoto Zoom Lenses for Your Camera – The Phoblographer | Episode Movies

The reason why you first switch from a smartphone to a dedicated camera is the zoom functions. Your smartphone can’t do that nearly as well as a dedicated camera with a dedicated lens. So we’re rounding up the best telephoto zoom lenses for your camera. Regardless of the camera system, you’ll find something here that will bring you a lot of enjoyment.

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How we picked the best telephoto zoom lenses

Here’s a look at how we picked the best telephoto zoom lenses in this list:

  • Our ethics do not allow us to include anything in these summaries that we have not previously tested. With that said, we have full reviews on all of these products. You can check them out from the hyperlinks. And trust us, we really have tested the best telephoto zoom lenses and much more.
  • All product images and sample images are shot by our staff.
  • You’re probably looking through this and wondering why isn’t there an option for Nikon on this list? Well there is. At the time of this writing, Tamron makes lenses for Sony, Fujifilm, and Nikon mirrorless cameras.
  • We select these lenses based on build quality, image quality, autofocus speed, pricing, and image stabilization.
  • With these lenses you get beautiful pictures, we are convinced of that. Otherwise we wouldn’t call them the best telephoto zoom lenses.
  • No photographer in the world wants to carry something too heavy around with them.

Canon RF 100-500mm f4-7.1 IS USM L

ADVANTAGES

  • Pretty easy
  • Focus fast
  • The image stabilization is awesome
  • Beautiful colors
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • super sharp

DISADVANTAGE

  • Expensive
  • F7.1 maximum aperture at the long end

In our review we said:

Here’s the deal, the Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS USM is an excellent lens. There isn’t a single flaw in it. It’s compact compared to some of the competition, the picture quality is wonderful, and it’s weatherproof. And $2,699 for what you’re getting isn’t a terrible price point, although it’s not exactly a no-brainer. For what this lens is it’s exemplary and I think any serious bird photographer will really enjoy it as long as they don’t hike with it for a while. There’s not much to complain about with the Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 L IS USM.

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Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC VXD

ADVANTAGES

  • Smaller than competing lenses
  • Hand-held telephoto shots
  • Versatile zoom range with close-up capability
  • Great color and background separation
  • Reasonable price
  • weatherproof
  • Fantastic for Fujifilm X mount and Sony E mount alike

DISADVANTAGE

  • The autofocus has occasional glitches on fast actions
  • soft corners

In our review we said:

500mm is a lot of range. But the Tamron 150-500mm f5-6.7 Di III VC VXD is smaller and lighter than several similar lenses, including the Sony FE 200-600mm f5.6-6.3G OSSthe Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR and the Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary. Only the Canon RF 100-500mm f4.5-7.1 IS USM is a little smaller. The Tamron also comes with an optical design and coating that aims to preserve image quality. But the biggest innovation with this lens is that it’s not quite as big.

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Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master

advantages

  • Pretty easy
  • Ring around it that lets you adjust how tight the zoom is
  • image stabilization
  • weather sealing
  • Spicy
  • Beautiful bokeh
  • Close focus for what this lens is
  • Convenient focal lengths
  • The price is not bad for such a lens
  • Good for tracking subjects when shooting outdoor sports

Disadvantages

  • Tracking moving subjects still more or less requires you to stop down the lens when shooting indoor sports

In our review we said:

The Sony 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 G Master FE has a more neutral color profile than many other Sony lenses. Photojournalists who want the most versatile image possible will greatly appreciate this. This means you can use Sony’s Deep, Vivid, Clear, Standard and Portrait color profiles with confidence.

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Olympus 150-400mm f4.5 PRO

ADVANTAGES

  • Insanely light to wear over time
  • Very fast
  • weather resistance
  • Very sharp and beautiful image quality
  • Incredibly comfortable
  • The built in teleconverter is awesome.
  • Internal zooming
  • Beautiful colors and bokeh

DISADVANTAGE

  • Even with focus limiters enabled, focus can be slow and annoying at times. But that is a matter of course in view of the enormous focal length range.
  • Even with the OM System OM1, focusing can be slow in extremely low light like in a forest.
  • A pretty high price

In our review we said:

The Olympus 150-400mm f4.5 PRO lens offers some of the most versatile possibilities I’ve ever seen in the world of photography. Lenses with a built-in teleconverter can be something special. Wildlife and sports photographers will love what this lens can do for them. I think wildlife and bird photographers will benefit the most here. Depth of field equivalence is around f9 on a full frame camera when shooting wide open. And when the teleconverter is activated, it becomes f5.6, which translates to f11. Sure, those are all considerations to make when shooting with a lens like this.

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Tamron 70-300mm f4.5-6.3 Di III RXD

ADVANTAGES

  • Impressively sharp for the price
  • weatherproof
  • Fast autofocus performance
  • Easy
  • Very, very affordable at $549 for the Sony FE and Nikon Z

DISADVANTAGE

  • I wish it had a zoom lock.
  • I also wish it had a focus limiter.

In our review we said:

I’ve mostly tried this lens on the Sony a7r III, but also used it a bit on the original Sony a7. Autofocus is comparable, but overall focus with this lens is accurate, fast, and reliable. I took 92% of the shots. Any time I missed the shot, I’d blame Sony. Trying to find birds in the trees can sometimes be a bit tricky for the Sony a7r III. It gets even more difficult when leaves and branches get in the way.

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