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.

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.