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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for compact telephoto lens.

Telephoto lenses are useful for shooting sports, wildlife, and portraits. They can also help you get closer to your subject, which is very helpful when it comes to photographing wildlife. Compact telephoto lenses, on the other hand, pack all the power of a telephoto lens into a more manageable size. Browse the top-ranked list of compact telephoto lenses below along with associated reviews and opinions.

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  1. Canon - RF600mm F11 IS STM Telephoto Lens for EOS R-Series Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Telephoto lens...Compact, nice compliment to the R cameras...I also liked this lens because it was very compact when not in use-it is also light enough to handhold. "

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    The RF600mm F11 IS STM super-telephoto lens provides a long 600 millimeter focal length and is the first compact and lightweight 600mm super telephoto lens in the RF lineup. This lens is ideal for bird, wildlife, outdoor sports, and aviation. The size of this lens, and it’s retracting design, make it a highly portable option which can be stored easily in a camera bag and the built-in optical image stabilization with up to 5 stops of shake correction makes it easy to use either hand-held or with a monopod. The RF600mm F11 IS STM lens will also accept an RF 1.4X or 2.0X teleconverter^ to increase your focal length to 840mm or 1200mm respectively.
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    "Telephoto lens...Compact, nice compliment to the R cameras...I also liked this lens because it was very compact when not in use-it is also light enough to handhold. "

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    The RF600mm F11 IS STM super-telephoto lens provides a long 600 millimeter focal length and is the first compact and lightweight 600mm super telephoto lens in the RF lineup. This lens is ideal for bird, wildlife, outdoor sports, and aviation. The size of this lens, and it’s retracting design, make it a highly portable option which can be stored easily in a camera bag and the built-in optical image stabilization with up to 5 stops of shake correction makes it easy to use either hand-held or with a monopod. The RF600mm F11 IS STM lens will also accept an RF 1.4X or 2.0X teleconverter^ to increase your focal length to 840mm or 1200mm respectively.
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  2. Canon - RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM Telephoto Zoom Lensfor EOS R-Series Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "I take alot of photos of the birds in our yard. This len allowed me to get some great close shots....Better lens...great little lens for the EOS R 100 SERIES CAMERA. The RF S 18-Lens that came with the camera just wasn't strong enough for outdoor shoots."

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    The RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM telephoto zoom lens is a superb choice for photographers and videographers looking to add versatility and range to their lens collection. Compact and lightweight with Optical Image Stabilization for up to 4.5* equivalent stops of shake correction, Up to 7.0* equivalent stops of shake correction when paired with EOS R series cameras featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer (IBIS). It extends the camera's reach significantly, capturing sharp images of far away objects, even when handheld. It features Canon's amazing STM stepping motor supporting Canon's Movie Servo AF for smooth, quiet and continuous focus adjustments. The RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM lens features two UD lens elements that reduce chromatic aberration, helping to achieve excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. A 7-blade circular aperture delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds. The RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM lens has a compact design thanks to a mechanical six-group zoom system that provides a maximum magnification of 0.28x at the telephoto end and a minimum focusing distance of 2.4 ft./0.73m (at 210mm), and 3.2 ft./1.0m (at 55mm).
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    "I take alot of photos of the birds in our yard. This len allowed me to get some great close shots....Better lens...great little lens for the EOS R 100 SERIES CAMERA. The RF S 18-Lens that came with the camera just wasn't strong enough for outdoor shoots."

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    The RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM telephoto zoom lens is a superb choice for photographers and videographers looking to add versatility and range to their lens collection. Compact and lightweight with Optical Image Stabilization for up to 4.5* equivalent stops of shake correction, Up to 7.0* equivalent stops of shake correction when paired with EOS R series cameras featuring In-Body Image Stabilizer (IBIS). It extends the camera's reach significantly, capturing sharp images of far away objects, even when handheld. It features Canon's amazing STM stepping motor supporting Canon's Movie Servo AF for smooth, quiet and continuous focus adjustments. The RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM lens features two UD lens elements that reduce chromatic aberration, helping to achieve excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. A 7-blade circular aperture delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds. The RF-S55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM lens has a compact design thanks to a mechanical six-group zoom system that provides a maximum magnification of 0.28x at the telephoto end and a minimum focusing distance of 2.4 ft./0.73m (at 210mm), and 3.2 ft./1.0m (at 55mm).
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  3. Tamron - 150-500mm F/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony E-Mount - Front_Zoom
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    "Awesome Compact Ultra Zoom Lens...Great compact ultra zoom lens! Some say it is too heavy but that is all relative. ...Good compact telephoto lens...A sensible first lens for someone who is new to telephoto."

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    The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is Tamron's first ultra-telephoto zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras that reaches the 500mm focal length and when used on APS-C mirrorless format cameras, the zoom range is an approximate 225-750mm full-frame equivalent. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens is still compact enough for comfortable handheld shooting. This zoom lets users enjoy casual shooting with steady performance and high image quality in the ultra-telephoto realm where conventional wisdom once dictated a tripod. To support handheld shooting in the ultra-telephoto range, the 150-500mm is equipped with VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), a linear motor focus mechanism that delivers excellent quietness and agile performance, and Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism for high-level image stabilization. At the 150mm end, the lens offers an MOD of 23.6” for powerful and dramatic close-ups.
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    "Awesome Compact Ultra Zoom Lens...Great compact ultra zoom lens! Some say it is too heavy but that is all relative. ...Good compact telephoto lens...A sensible first lens for someone who is new to telephoto."

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    The 150-500mm F5-6.7 is Tamron's first ultra-telephoto zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras that reaches the 500mm focal length and when used on APS-C mirrorless format cameras, the zoom range is an approximate 225-750mm full-frame equivalent. Even when extended to the 500mm telephoto end, the lens is still compact enough for comfortable handheld shooting. This zoom lets users enjoy casual shooting with steady performance and high image quality in the ultra-telephoto realm where conventional wisdom once dictated a tripod. To support handheld shooting in the ultra-telephoto range, the 150-500mm is equipped with VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), a linear motor focus mechanism that delivers excellent quietness and agile performance, and Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism for high-level image stabilization. At the 150mm end, the lens offers an MOD of 23.6” for powerful and dramatic close-ups.
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  4. Sigma - 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Sports DG OS HSM Contemporary Hyper-Telephoto Lens for Most Nikon SLR Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Awesome super-telephoto lens...This lens is exactly what I was looking for. I am glad I bought it....Wonderful telephoto zoom lens...Nice smooth, easy to use, well made quality long lens. Seems to be tack sharp. Wonderful lens for birds & wildlife photography."

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    Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens: With hyper-telephoto zoom, this lens lets you take close-up shots from a distance. The compact design makes it easy to carry to sporting events, travel destinations and outdoor adventures.
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    "Awesome super-telephoto lens...This lens is exactly what I was looking for. I am glad I bought it....Wonderful telephoto zoom lens...Nice smooth, easy to use, well made quality long lens. Seems to be tack sharp. Wonderful lens for birds & wildlife photography."

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    Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens: With hyper-telephoto zoom, this lens lets you take close-up shots from a distance. The compact design makes it easy to carry to sporting events, travel destinations and outdoor adventures.
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    See all DSLR Long-Range Zoom Lenses
  5. Tamron - 70-180mm f/2.8 Di III VXD Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony E-Mount - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great Telephoto Lens...I am videographer and filmmakers and this lens was something I was hesitant to buy at first because it wasn't Sony but after testing it out and having to rely on it in high pressure situations I am a fan of Tamron now! ...Great Lens...Great product delivery's great quality pictures. Perfect for my sports len. Thinking of purchasing another lens from This brand. "

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    The Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056) is a large-aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The greatest feature is its outstanding performance even while attaining a fast F/2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range and offering the world's lightest and most compact package with a filter diameter of 67mm, maximum diameter of 81mm, 149mm (5.9 in) length (at the 70mm setting) and a weight of 810g (28.6 oz). Thanks to the generous use of special lens elements, the 70-180mm F/2.8 achieves excellent image quality, and with the short MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.85m (33.5 in), it also broadens the possibilities for photographic expression. For enhanced AF drive efficiency, Tamron has developed the VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), a linear motor focus mechanism that delivers excellent quietness and agile performance, thereby producing the high level of autofocusing speed and precision. Additionally, a floating system is used to achieve excellent optical performance at all shooting distances. By simultaneously operating two VXD units via electronic control, the system produces clear and sharp images of all objects near and far. Moisture-resistant construction and Fluorine coating are employed to facilitate outdoor shooting, and the lens is fully compatible with camera-specific features like Fast Hybrid AF. This remarkable 70-180mm F/2.8 is the third member of Tamron's exciting trio of fast F/2.8 zoom lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras.
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    "Great Telephoto Lens...I am videographer and filmmakers and this lens was something I was hesitant to buy at first because it wasn't Sony but after testing it out and having to rely on it in high pressure situations I am a fan of Tamron now! ...Great Lens...Great product delivery's great quality pictures. Perfect for my sports len. Thinking of purchasing another lens from This brand. "

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    Product Description

    The Tamron 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056) is a large-aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The greatest feature is its outstanding performance even while attaining a fast F/2.8 aperture across the entire zoom range and offering the world's lightest and most compact package with a filter diameter of 67mm, maximum diameter of 81mm, 149mm (5.9 in) length (at the 70mm setting) and a weight of 810g (28.6 oz). Thanks to the generous use of special lens elements, the 70-180mm F/2.8 achieves excellent image quality, and with the short MOD (Minimum Object Distance) of 0.85m (33.5 in), it also broadens the possibilities for photographic expression. For enhanced AF drive efficiency, Tamron has developed the VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive), a linear motor focus mechanism that delivers excellent quietness and agile performance, thereby producing the high level of autofocusing speed and precision. Additionally, a floating system is used to achieve excellent optical performance at all shooting distances. By simultaneously operating two VXD units via electronic control, the system produces clear and sharp images of all objects near and far. Moisture-resistant construction and Fluorine coating are employed to facilitate outdoor shooting, and the lens is fully compatible with camera-specific features like Fast Hybrid AF. This remarkable 70-180mm F/2.8 is the third member of Tamron's exciting trio of fast F/2.8 zoom lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras.
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  6. Canon - RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for EOS R-Series Cameras - White - Front_Zoom
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    "A Beauty of a Lens....Good quality glass and quick to focus. Like the compact size....great telephoto lens...Awesome lens. Pretty light and compact and has great quality."

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    The RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM super telephoto zoom lens delivers a superb combination of cutting-edge performance, compact construction and brilliant resolving power specifically designed for the EOS R system. The versatile range of 100mm to 500mm is ideal for sports, wildlife, and even aviation photography while maintaining a compact, travel-ready size and weight. The lens features one Super UD and six UD lenses. Fluorine coated front and rear lens elements provide resistance to dirt, moisture and oils, while L-series construction with dust and weather resistance provide reliability even in challenging conditions. With its built-in, 3-mode, and up-to 5-stop optical image stabilization system, and high-speed Dual Nano USM autofocus motors, the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM will prove its superb optical performance, over and over again.
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    "A Beauty of a Lens....Good quality glass and quick to focus. Like the compact size....great telephoto lens...Awesome lens. Pretty light and compact and has great quality."

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    The RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM super telephoto zoom lens delivers a superb combination of cutting-edge performance, compact construction and brilliant resolving power specifically designed for the EOS R system. The versatile range of 100mm to 500mm is ideal for sports, wildlife, and even aviation photography while maintaining a compact, travel-ready size and weight. The lens features one Super UD and six UD lenses. Fluorine coated front and rear lens elements provide resistance to dirt, moisture and oils, while L-series construction with dust and weather resistance provide reliability even in challenging conditions. With its built-in, 3-mode, and up-to 5-stop optical image stabilization system, and high-speed Dual Nano USM autofocus motors, the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM will prove its superb optical performance, over and over again.
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  7. Canon - RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for EOS R-Series Cameras - White - Front_Zoom
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    "Compact, light, quick focus & ideal...Compact, light, quick focus & reasonably bright f4 aperture make a perfect travel lens ideal for landscape & portrait. ...70-200 compact...Great compact 70-200 lens. Nice hood and lens feels good in the hands."

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    The RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM is a telephoto zoom lens delivering impressive image quality along with superb mobility as our shortest and lightest 70-200mm f/4 lens to date. Designed for the EOS R System, this lens takes advantage of the large diameter mount and short back focus distance of the RF mount to maintain high image quality while being more compact and portable so you’ll be even more inclined to take it with you on your travels. Results are stunning thanks to 4 UD lenses which help correct chromatic aberration and keep colors vivid, reduced ghosting provided by Air-Sphere Coating (ASC), and Optical Image Stabilization* plus coordinated Optical Image Stabilizer and In-Body Image Stabilizer** for amazingly clear, crisp images at slow shutter speeds and smooth video footage. There’s also dual Nano USMs contributing to a short minimum focusing distance and high-speed autofocus for still shooting and near-silent, smooth autofocus during movie shooting. These features and more, combined with the confidence to shoot in almost any condition with dust- and weather resistant seals and fluorine coating, make the RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM lens a solid performer for any situation.
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    "Compact, light, quick focus & ideal...Compact, light, quick focus & reasonably bright f4 aperture make a perfect travel lens ideal for landscape & portrait. ...70-200 compact...Great compact 70-200 lens. Nice hood and lens feels good in the hands."

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    The RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM is a telephoto zoom lens delivering impressive image quality along with superb mobility as our shortest and lightest 70-200mm f/4 lens to date. Designed for the EOS R System, this lens takes advantage of the large diameter mount and short back focus distance of the RF mount to maintain high image quality while being more compact and portable so you’ll be even more inclined to take it with you on your travels. Results are stunning thanks to 4 UD lenses which help correct chromatic aberration and keep colors vivid, reduced ghosting provided by Air-Sphere Coating (ASC), and Optical Image Stabilization* plus coordinated Optical Image Stabilizer and In-Body Image Stabilizer** for amazingly clear, crisp images at slow shutter speeds and smooth video footage. There’s also dual Nano USMs contributing to a short minimum focusing distance and high-speed autofocus for still shooting and near-silent, smooth autofocus during movie shooting. These features and more, combined with the confidence to shoot in almost any condition with dust- and weather resistant seals and fluorine coating, make the RF70-200mm F4 L IS USM lens a solid performer for any situation.
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  8. Canon - RF800mm F11  IS STM Telephoto Lens for EOS R-Series Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "I think if F11 got us this lens then an 8 would get us a larger, but still compact lens. ...Great lens...Great telephoto lens! Works great on my R6! Very heavy though, of course."

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    The RF800mm F11 IS STM super-telephoto lens provides a long 800 millimeter focal length and is the first compact and lightweight 800mm super telephoto lens in the RF lineup. This lens is ideal for bird, wildlife, outdoor sports, and aviation photography or, when you just want to bring those subjects in the distance closer to you. The RF800mm F11 IS STM lens features an STM focusing system ideal for fast and quiet focusing when tracking elusive subjects out in nature. Additionally, an optical image stabilization system with up to 4 stops of shake correction makes it easy to use either hand-held or with a monopod. It will also accept an RF 1.4X or 2.0X teleconverter^ to increase your focal length to a staggering 1120mm or 1600mm respectively.
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    "I think if F11 got us this lens then an 8 would get us a larger, but still compact lens. ...Great lens...Great telephoto lens! Works great on my R6! Very heavy though, of course."

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    The RF800mm F11 IS STM super-telephoto lens provides a long 800 millimeter focal length and is the first compact and lightweight 800mm super telephoto lens in the RF lineup. This lens is ideal for bird, wildlife, outdoor sports, and aviation photography or, when you just want to bring those subjects in the distance closer to you. The RF800mm F11 IS STM lens features an STM focusing system ideal for fast and quiet focusing when tracking elusive subjects out in nature. Additionally, an optical image stabilization system with up to 4 stops of shake correction makes it easy to use either hand-held or with a monopod. It will also accept an RF 1.4X or 2.0X teleconverter^ to increase your focal length to a staggering 1120mm or 1600mm respectively.
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  9. Sony - FE 85mm f/1.8 Telephoto Prime Lens for E-mount Cameras - Black - Front_Zoom
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    "Great Portrait Lens...Pretty compact and tack sharp! Great portrait lens!...Sony - FE 85mm f/1.8 Telephoto Prime Lens for E-mo...Fantastic lens for portraits, weddings, with a sharp photo."

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    Take high-quality portraits with this Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens. The mid-range lens and high-performance optics deliver excellent image quality, while the double linear motor system offers quiet operation and precise focus. This dust-resistant and moisture-resistant Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens features a lightweight, compact design for comfortable handling and mobility.
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    "Great Portrait Lens...Pretty compact and tack sharp! Great portrait lens!...Sony - FE 85mm f/1.8 Telephoto Prime Lens for E-mo...Fantastic lens for portraits, weddings, with a sharp photo."

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    Take high-quality portraits with this Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens. The mid-range lens and high-performance optics deliver excellent image quality, while the double linear motor system offers quiet operation and precise focus. This dust-resistant and moisture-resistant Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 lens features a lightweight, compact design for comfortable handling and mobility.
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  10. Canon - EF75-300mm F4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Lens for EOS DSLR Cameras - Multi - Front_Zoom
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    "Canon - EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Len...For far reaching pictures... this telephoto zoom lens is great....very nice lens...Great for when you don't want to lug around a large telephoto lens"

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    Compact and lightweight 4x telephoto zoom lens ideal for shooting sports, portraits, and wildlife. The newly developed Micro makes auto focusing quicker and quieter. The improved zoom mechanism also makes zooming smoother. The front part of the zoom ring now sports a silver ring for a luxury touch.
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    "Canon - EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Telephoto Zoom Len...For far reaching pictures... this telephoto zoom lens is great....very nice lens...Great for when you don't want to lug around a large telephoto lens"

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    Compact and lightweight 4x telephoto zoom lens ideal for shooting sports, portraits, and wildlife. The newly developed Micro makes auto focusing quicker and quieter. The improved zoom mechanism also makes zooming smoother. The front part of the zoom ring now sports a silver ring for a luxury touch.
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