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Pro 70-200mm f/2.8 Telephoto Zoom Lens

Good lenses are the best photography gear investment you can make. And one of the best is the 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens – especially for sports, portrait and outdoor photographers. The fast, fixed f/2.8 aperture allows you to shoot in lower light as well as use faster shutter speeds to freeze action. It’s also useful for shallow depth-of-field photos that make your subject pop out of the background. In my opinion, a 70-200mm f/2.8 (or f/4) pro zoom is one of the most important investments a serious photographer can make. The lens is so good and so versatile that you’ll wonder how you lived without it. They are expensive, though. The top-of-the-line Nikon and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses list for about $2500. For that reason you’ll find a bunch of lens options below – all of which are very good. But our top pick is the recent Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM. At about $1400 on the street it’s still not cheap. But we’ve used it and the image quality and performance are very close to Canon and Nikon but for about $1000 less. The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM is also available with Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax mounts so compatibility isn’t an issue.

More Pro Telephoto Zoom Lenses:
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM ($2499)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II ($2399)
Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 35-100mm f/2.0 ($2499)
Sony SAL-70200G 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G(D) SSM ($1799)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM ($700)
Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED Lens ($1000)
Tamron SP AF70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro ($699)

Note: Because of all the different formats and camera brands there might not be a lens here to fit your camera. If there isn’t, please check the lens reviews or post on our forums to get some recommendations.

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Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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