Telephoto lens reviews (WYSIWYG)

With a telephoto lens, both with a zoom lens and a lens with a focal vst, gives you a subject closer to you. They are ideally suited unnoticed to create a picture of wildlife but you can also find beautiful scenery pictures with it, because the perspective is pretty compressed. High brightness and built-in image stabilization are major pluses, because it is precisely when lenses with a long focal length increases the chance of camera shake.
The performance of telephoto lenses in the table below are based on "What you see is what you get ( WYSIWYG )", as you save images in the camera as a standard sharpened jpg file, with all the in- camera lens corrections applied (vignetting, distortion, chromatic aberration).

There is another, "Pure and RAW" table with test results based on unsharpened raw files, where no corrections for chromatic aberration, distortion or vignettinge have been applied. These scores approach the intrinsic quality of the combination of lens and test camera.

If a lens is tested on a camera with an APS-C or micro-43 sensor, then the focal lengths have been converted to the equivalent field of view for a camera with a full frame sensor ( mm @ ff ). Because of this conversion, you can compare lenses on cameras with different sensor types. Note thet lens scores are determined by the test camera being used (megapixels , sensor size, jpg conversion).

For a further selection, select at least: lenstype = tele

Click on a lens name for the review

 Lens   Score   Sensor   Resol.   CA   Vign.   Vervorm.   Testdatum   Testcamera   Macro   Vast   Superzoom   Fisheye   Groothoek   Standaard   Portret   Tele   Lowlight   Zoom   Filter   Mount   Merknaam   mm-ff 
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR9.5FF9.29.89.08.62016-07-25Nikon D81001000101001NikonNikon500
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II9.1FF8.79.58.59.52015-03-30Nikon D81001000101101NikonNikon300
Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4E FL ED VR9.1APS-C8.59.68.89.72016-10-29Nikon D720001000101101NikonNikon750
Nikon 180-400mm f/4 G VR9.0FF9.19.86.07.42018-04-15Nikon D85000000101012NikonNikon99999
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR9.0FF8.79.68.78.12016-08-01Nikon D81001000101101NikonNikon600
Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR 8.9FF8.49.28.79.32015-03-13Nikon D81001000101101NikonNikon400
Nikon AF-S 600 mm f/4E FL ED VR8.8APS-C8.39.68.79.22016-09-19Nikon D720001000101101NikonNikon900
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR8.7APS-C8.29.39.09.12017-04-03Nikon D560000000101112NikonNikon99999
Nikon AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G VR 8.7FF8.59.87.28.22017-11-13Nikon D81000000101012NikonNikon99999
Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II8.7APS-C8.19.39.19.62015-06-12Nikon D710001000101101NikonNikon450
Nikon 180-400mm f/4 G VR8.7APS-C8.39.78.68.62018-06-10Nikon D720000000101112NikonNikon99999
Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR8.6APS-C8.29.69.48.02015-10-23Nikon D720000000101012NikonNikon 99999
Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR8.5FF8.59.48.76.82015-11-09Nikon D81000000101012NikonNikon 99999
Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED AF-S VR 8.4APS-C7.99.18.79.32015-06-01Nikon D720001000101101NikonNikon600
Sony 300mm f/2.8 G SSM II (SAL300F28G2)8.3APS-C8.18.18.78.62013-08-06Sony A7701000101101SonyASony450
Olympus 300mm8.3M437.79.29.19.22016-03-25Olympus OM-D E-M101000101101Micro-43Olympus600
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP G28.3APS-C8.18.48.08.62017-12-30Nikon D720000000101112NikonTamron99999
Nikon 70-200mm f/4G ED VR AF-S Nikkor8.3APS-C7.89.49.38.92013-09-19Nikon D520000000101012NikonNikon 99999
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary8.2APS-C7.89.29.38.12015-05-15Nikon D720000000101012NikonSigma99999
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S8.2FF8.09.28.57.62013-06-16Nikon D81000000101012NikonNikon99999
Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS8.2M437.79.79.08.72018-01-01Panasonic G901000101101Micro-43Panasonic400
Nikon 180-400mm f/4 G VR + 1.4 converter8.2FF8.39.67.86.22018-04-15Nikon D85000000101012NikonNikon99999
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Contemporary8.1FF8.48.86.06.52015-04-27Nikon D81000000001012NikonSigma99999
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR AF-S 8.1FF7.68.88.49.22013-07-12Nikon D800E00000101012NikonNikon 99999
Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro 8.1APS-C7.68.78.69.32013-07-26Canon 650D11000101101CanonSigma300
Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8L IS II USM8.0APS-C7.58.99.28.82012-08-25Canon 760D00000101112Canon Canon99999
Sony 500mm f/4 G SSM 8.0APS-C7.78.78.88.52012-10-24Sony A7701000101101SonyASony750
Nikon DX AF-P 70-300mm f/4-6.37.9APS-C8.19.07.36.32018-06-19Nikon D720000000101012NikonNikon99999
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR7.9FF7.68.77.68.72015-05-04Nikon D81001000101001NikonNikon300
Metabones Speedbooster + Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Sports7.8M437.38.38.99.62015-03-06Olympus OM-D E-M100000001112Micro-43Metabones99999
Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S7.8APS-C7.39.39.48.32013-04-19Nikon D520000000101012NikonNikon99999
Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6L IS USM7.8APS-C7.58.89.67.42012-08-10Canon 650D00000101012Canon Canon99999
Panasonic 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0 Leica Vario Elmarit7.8M437.48.77.49.22018-05-29Panasonic GX9 & G900000001012Micro-43Panasonic99999
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD SP AF7.8FF8.08.47.76.12013-11-03Nikon D800E00000001012NikonTamron99999
Panasonic 100-4007.8M437.49.39.97.42016-04-16Panasonic GX800000001012Micro-43Panasonic99999
Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO7.8APS-C7.68.38.57.82013-10-26Canon 650D00000101112CanonSigma99999
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X7.8FF7.79.26.07.62013-08-16Canon 1D x00000001012CanonCanon99999
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X7.8APS-C7.49.18.67.62013-09-20Canon 650D00000101012CanonCanon99999
Panasonic 1.4x converter + Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS7.7M437.39.29.57.72018-01-08Panasonic G901000101101Micro-43Panasonic640
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports7.7APS-C7.19.18.68.92013-09-17Canon 650D00000101112CanonSigma99999
Samsung 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED OIS II7.6APS-C6.99.39.08.72013-09-30Samsung NX100000101012SamsungSamsung99999
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-5.6 II POWER OIS LUMIX G VARIO7.6M437.29.49.47.12017-04-24Panasonic GH500000001012Micro-43Panasonic99999
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Sports7.6FF7.68.86.07.72015-03-26Canon 5D mk300000001012Canon Sigma99999
Tokina AT-X 70-200mm F4 PRO FX VCM-S7.6APS-C7.19.39.27.92014-10-17Nikon D710000000101012NikonTokina99999
Panasonic Lumix FZ10007.6CX-1inch7.09.19.28.32014-10-27Panasonic Lumix FZ10000100101012noPanasonic99999
Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR7.6APS-C7.28.78.78.62015-05-19Nikon D710001000101001NikonNikon450
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports7.6FF7.68.96.07.22013-06-24Canon 5D MK200000011112CanonSigma99999
Sony 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G SAL-70300G7.6APS-C7.48.18.97.52012-03-26Sony A7700000101012SonyASony99999
Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6L IS USM7.6FF8.08.56.05.62013-01-17Canon 5D MK200000001012CanonCanon99999
Sigma 70-200 mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO7.5APS-C7.28.49.27.92012-10-05Sigma SD1 Merrill00000101112SigmaSigma99999
Panasonic 2x converter + Panasonic Leica Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power IOS7.5M437.28.29.67.52018-01-15Panasonic G901000101001Micro-43Panasonic800
Sony 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 7.5APS-C6.98.58.49.92012-10-20Sony A7700100101012SonyASony99999
Sony 70-400 mm f/4-5.6G SAL-70400G7.5APS-C7.18.19.48.42012-03-19Sony A7700100101012SonyASony99999
Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR II7.4APS-C7.29.28.46.92013-02-23Nikon D710000000101012NikonNikon99999
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG HSM OS Sports7.4APS-C7.09.28.28.22015-03-16Canon 650D00000101012CanonSigma99999
Panasonic 45-175 mm f/4-5.6 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G X VARIO PZ7.3M436.59.28.79.72012-06-28Olympus OM-D E-M500000001012Micro-43Panasonic99999
Panasonic 45-150 mm f/4-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO7.3M437.47.18.07.82012-08-29Olympus OM-D E-M500000001012Micro-43Panasonic99999
Nikon 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR7.2APS-C7.08.78.37.02012-07-12Nikon D720000100101012NikonNikon99999
Nikon 1 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Nikkor VR7.2CX-1inch6.29.69.69.52014-11-14Nikon V300000101012NikonNikon99999
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR AF-S 7.2APS-C6.98.19.27.62013-07-18Nikon D520000000101012NikonNikon99999
Panasonic 100-300 mm f/4-5.6 ASPH MEGA OIS LUMIX G VARIO7.2M436.68.48.88.62012-01-04Panasonic G3 & GH500000001012Micro-43Panasonic99999
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD SP AF7.2APS-C6.98.39.27.82013-10-14Nikon D710000000101012NikonTamron99999
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM 7.2APS-C7.18.38.36.72013-01-28Nikon D320000100101012NikonSigma99999
Sony 75-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 SAL-753007.2APS-C7.26.78.98.12012-02-06Sony A7700000101012SonyASony99999
Olympus 75-300 mm f/4.8-6.7 ED M.Zuiko Digital7.1M437.07.09.47.42012-06-23Olympus OM-D E-M500000001012Micro-43Olympus99999
Nikon 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR II Nikkor7.1APS-C7.17.88.26.82012-09-21Nikon D320000100101012NikonNikon99999
Canon EF-S 55-250 mm f/4-5.6 IS II7.1APS-C6.88.39.37.32012-09-03Canon 650D00000101012Canon Canon99999
Nikon AF-S DX 18?300mm f/3.5?6.3G ED VR7.0APS-C6.88.47.57.32014-06-02Nikon D720000100101012NikonNikon99999
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF6.9APS-C6.87.38.37.62013-06-28Canon 650D00100101012CanonTamron99999
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary6.8APS-C6.79.07.75.62014-08-08Nikon D710000100101012NikonSigma99999
Canon EF-S 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS6.8APS-C6.79.28.85.72012-01-01Canon 650D00100101012CanonCanon99999
Tokina Reflex 300 mm f/6.3 MF Macro6.8M436.78.47.36.92012-08-10Olympus OM-D E-M511000101001Micro-43Tokina600
Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary6.4APS-C6.56.97.76.92014-03-26Canon 650D00100101012CanonSigma99999
Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 SP G2 +2x converter @ DXAPS-C1900-01-00Nikon D720000101101NikonTamron

Ivo Freriks
Author: Ivo Freriks
With Camera Review Stuff I hope to make a modest contribution to the pleasure that you get from photography. By testing cameras and lenses in the same way, evluating the results and weighing up the pros and cons, I hope to help you find the right camera or lens.