Whether you’re shooting sports, wildlife or something else altogether, sometimes a standard telephoto zoom lens just can’t get you close enough to the action. A supertelephoto zoom lens will extend your reach signifcantly – and there are plenty to choose from.
A zoom range of around 100-400mm has long been a popular option to include in lens ranges (there are four included here), but some manufacturers have been pushing the envelope, super-sizing focal lengths to as much as 600mm.
Apart from the Fujiflm X-mount lens, all of the contenders in this group are fully compatible with both full-frame and cropsensor cameras. Naturally if you fit them to an APS-C format camera, you can extend your effective reach even further, with a 1.5x multiplication effect (1.6x for Canon cameras). Typical attractions include fast autofocus systems and optical image stabilisation, but there can be notable differences in features and performance. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer…
Matthew Richards tests the leading lenses for bumping up your telephoto reach
1. Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
2. Fujiflm 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
3. Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
4. Pentax 150-450mm f/4.5-5.6 ED DC AW HD
5. Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | C
6. Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM | S
7. Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 OSS G Master
8. Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2