Top Result: Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Zoom Lens

Match Score

99%

Pros

  • Good price for a very high quality lens
  • Excellent focal length for wildlife
  • Very good sharpness
  • Works on full frame or crop sensor
  • Vibration reduction

Cons

  • Slower aperture

Note From Jim

If there is any way you can afford the Tamron 150-600mm lens, you should DEFINITELY get it! It's an excellent lens for the price and is good enough to do professional work. I own one and am very happy with it. If the price of the lens new is too high for you, look on the right hand side of the listing on Amazon and buy one that is lightly used. Sometimes that can save you $100 or more. The Tamrom 150-600 is the best choice here.

Option 2: Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6 ED AF-S VR

Match Score

85%

Pros

  • Decent optical quality
  • Decently fast aperture
  • Works on full frame or crop sensor
  • Reasonably priced
  • Vibration reduction

Cons

  • Not nearly as long as the Tamron
  • Not quite as sharp as the Tamron
  • Very light weight for a wildlife lens

Option 3: Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens

Match Score

74%

Pros

  • Very inexpensive
  • Very light weight

Cons

  • DOES NOT WORK ON A FULL FRAME CAMERA!!!
  • Optical quality is