- Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4 (pictured above)
Quick and accurate auto-focus driven by high precision, ultra-quiet motors. You’ll need a quality tripod to hang this bad boy but it’s worth it sit at a comfortable quarter mile away to get your shots. The color and clarity can only be described as amazing.
With ultra-fast and rock steady focusing that almost jumps to the subject, you’ll see this lens on a lot of the sidelines of sporting events as well as nature photography.500mm with a 4.1 degree horizontal angle of view for full frame sensor models like the 5D MKII.
If you’re not into brand names, you can save some money looking at brands like Sigma, which run closer to half what the Canon and Nikon glass costs. There are concessions like weight and weather proofing you’re giving up, but you won’t have to trade your car for one, either.
A little heavier than its more expensive cousins, but not that difficult to pack around and still delivers high quality images. You’re giving up weather sealing at the lower price point, so carry a bag cover with you at all times.