Mega-zoom lenses that let you take close-up shots from afar

By Ashwin Nair | Published on 01 May 2020
Mega-zoom lenses that let you take close-up shots from afar

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If you are to ace your photography game in genres like wildlife, sports, nature or aviation, there is no running away from the fact that you need to have a potent zoom lens for it. If you are strictly looking at these genres, then the better thing is to go for a mega-zoom lens with a focal length of 400mm or more. Getting such lenses helps in taking your game to the next level in terms of the professional scale. You should look out for the motor used in the lens along with features like image stabilisation, reduction of optical aberration and so on. To help you find the right lens for your use, here are four different mega-zoom lenses available on Amazon that you should consider. These devices were selected based on the features.

Tamron A011N SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DSLR Camera

Get those professional pictures with this lens from Tamron that is compatible with all Nikon full-frame cameras. The Tamron A011N SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Telephoto Zoom Lens gives you a focal length range of 450mm, which is not so common in the industry. However, this big range does not result in lapses in the quality of the pictures you click. The USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) and VC (Vibration Compensation) should let you capture stunning pictures with no vibrations even at longer focal lengths. Thanks to this combination, you can now focus on moving objects even from large distances. The extra low-dispersion elements in the lens should further help you capture pictures that are free from any optical aberrations.

Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L is II USM Zoom Lens 9524B002

The Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L is II USM Zoom Lens is one of the premium telephoto lenses for Canon DSLRs. Thanks to the features like a USM motor, extra low-dispersion elements and advanced image stabilisation, this lens helps in capturing clear pictures of far-off subjects. The fast autofocusing allows you to capture a subject even if it is in motion. Furthermore, the 4-stop technology used for the zoom lens helps in the reduction of vibrations. Also, the lens has in-built features to ensure that flaring or ghosting effect is negated. Since the lens has a ring rotation type design, it is easy for you to go from one focal length to another. The aperture range of 4.5-5.6 allows enough light to enter the lens even at higher focal lengths.

Tamron A035N 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Nikon DSLR Camera

This mega-zoom lens from Tamron fits your Nikon DSLR cameras and comes with a focal length range of 100-400mm and an aperture range of 4.5-6.3. Since the lens comes with a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor, you can capture pictures with fast and precise focusing. Furthermore, the Vibration Compensation (VC) offers a 4-stop handling advantage, letting you capture clear pictures even with low shutter speeds. The fluorine coating on the lens should make it moisture-resistant, which makes it ideal for unpredictable outdoor conditions. All these features make it ideal for wildlife and sports photography.

Sigma 729954 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon DSLR

The Sigma 729954 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens is ideal for all photographers looking for a zoom lens for their APS-C Canon DSLRs. It comes with push-pull zoom mechanics and runs on an updated hypersonic motor (HSM). The lens is built with four SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glasses to give you images with improved quality with next to no chromatic or optical aberrations. Apart from genres like wildlife and sports photography, it can be used to capture portrait pictures as well at 100mm focal length. Furthermore, it is quite lightweight for a zoom lens with a large number of elements used in it, making it easy to carry around when attached to the camera body.

Ashwin Nair

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