Best Telephoto Zoom Lenses

While telephoto prime lenses are often budget-busters, telephoto zooms are often more affordable and offer the flexibility of various focal lengths. Here are four of the current best on the market...

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II telephoto zoom lensCanon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

Street Price: £219

Designed for Canon APS-C DSLRs, this optic offers a broad focal length that's equivalent to 88-400mm in 35mm terms.

Though the focusing mechaniasm is clearly audible, the Image Stabilizer is completely silent and the optimum performance is obtained at f/8.

It's a great proposition for owners of a Canon APS-C DSLR who'd like to get closer to the action.

Best Telephoto Zoom lens for: Canon APS-C DSLR users

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Olympus ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II telephoto zoom lensOlympus ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 II

Street Price: £399

Connect this tele zoom to a Micro Four Thirds body such as the Olympus OM-D E-M5 or OM-D E-M1 and it'll offer an equivalent range of 150-600mm.

It features Extra-low Dispersion glass to minimise colour aberration and ensure superior sharpness and colour correction.

It's a lens that'll have no difficulty getting you up close to distant subjects.

Best Telephoto Zoom lens for: A huge focal telephoto focal range

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Sigma APO 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM telephoto zoom lensSigma APO 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Street Price: £700

A popular choice for nature and sports photographers, this beast of a telephoto zoom will allow you to fill the frame with your subject for maximum impact.

Sigma's Optical Image Stabilizer lets you shoot up to four stops faster than would otherwise be possible and incorporates a Hyper Sonic Motor to provide a rapid, yet silent autofocus performance.

Best Telephoto Zoom Lens for: High-end zoom work

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Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR II telephoto zoom lensNikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR II

Street Price: £999

This tele zoom is a stunning optic and not only boasts a first-class build quality, it produces excellent results to match.

Though it may not boast an f/2.8 maximum aperture, it's £600 cheaper than Nikon's pro-spec f/2.8 alternative.

There's very little to dislike and for those who'd like to get even closer, it's fully compatible with Nikon's range of teleconverters.

Best Telephoto Zoom Lens for: High quality Nikon optics

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