Matthew Richards tests the leading lenses for bumping up your telephoto reach
If you want to lift your action, sports or wildlife shots to the next level, the extra reach provided by a super-telephoto zoom lens is ideal. We test eight of the best
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 significantly – 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 Fujifilm 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…