Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD £300, $450
What’s good: Similar high-end features to the winning Nikon lens. What’s bad: The optical stabiliser is less effective when panning. Our verdict: A superb budget lens that undercuts the Nikon for price.
Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR £280, $395
What’s good: Good build and image quality and a weather-sealed mount. What’s bad: The focus ring rotates as the lens (slowly) autofocuses. Our verdict: It’s not quite as good as the top Nikon and Tamron lenses here.