Top Result: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

Match Score



  • Excellent sharpness
  • Excellent build quality
  • Recently updated


  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Tripod collar could be stronger

Note From Jim

Until early 2015, it was really tough to recommend a decently priced wildlife lens. Now, you have options galore. The Canon is the top of the pack for build quality, but the Sigma has a more versatile focal length. The Tamron 150-600 should not be ignored as it is MUCH cheaper and 95% as good optically. I say save your money and spend $1,000 on a wildlife trip to Yellowstone.