Best telephoto lens in the mid-price range: 8 models tested and rated

Best telephoto lens in the mid-price range: 8 models tested and rated

If you’re looking for an upgrade to your ‘budget’ telephoto but can’t stretch to a fully professional lens, there are some smart mid-range options to be had. We test 8 top optics to find out which is the best telephoto lens for your money.

Photokina 2014: new cameras and accessories as they’re announced!

Photokina 2014: new cameras and accessories as they're announced!

Photokina 2014 is here! The biannual photography trade show in Germany generates much excitement around what new cameras, lenses, software and other photo accessories will be released at the show.

Tamron unveils 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3, 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom lenses

Tamron unveils 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3, 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom lenses

Tamron has announced the 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO, what it bills as a ‘next-generation’, all-in-one high-power zoom lens. Also announced is the development of a new Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD lens.

Tamron 14-150mm Micro Four Thirds lens (28-300mm equivalent) revealed

Tamron 14-150mm Micro Four Thirds lens officially revealed

Tamron has announced the company’s first Micro Four Thirds high-power zoom lens, the Tamron 14-150mm f/3.5-5.8 Di III VC, which offers a focal length equivalent to 28-300mm in 35mm / full-frame format.

DO or Di? Your lens markings explained

DO or Di? All your lens markings explained

Does your lens has more letters after its name than a retired rocket scientist. What do all these lens markings mean? You can refer to a lens simply by the name of the manufacturer, the focal length, and its maximum aperture – a Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6, say, or Canon 50mm f/1.4. But as lenses have often evolved from decades of development, they usually have a line of additional letters after their names, stamped on the barrel or printed on the boxes.

Some lens markings are about manufacturer branding – defining a more recent range, or a lens that’s built to higher standards than another. Others are to do with the optics themselves, and to highlight specific technologies used in the lens construction. In the jargon-busting guide below, we’ll translate these lens markings for you.

Tamron unleashes 24-70mm f/2.8 standard zoom

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Tamron has announced a new fast, 24-70mm f/2.8 standard zoom lens, which is available in mounts compatible with Sony, Nikon and Canon DSLRs.

The new lens comes equipped with Tamron’s Vibration Compensation (VC) image stabilisation and Ultrasonic Silent Drive, which is designed to help when shooting handheld.

New Tamron lens for Sony E mount

New superzoom lens for Sony E-mount cameras

New Tamron lens for Sony E mount announced: the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC

Fast lenses group test

A major bonus of fast lenses is that they allow you to use faster shutter speeds in low light, fending off the problems of both camera shake and motion blur, the latter of which can’t be fixe