The best 100-400mm lenses in 2024: which is the best telephoto zoom for you?

best 100-400mm lenses: which is the best zoom for you?
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The best 100-400mm lenses are some of the most versatile telephoto zoom lenses you can buy. If you're shooting sporting events, airshows, wildlife, or any other subject where you need a little more reach, a 100-400mm lens can be the ideal choice to pair with your camera. 

Plus, with lens technology constantly improving, these lenses are no longer the bazooka-size propositions they used to be, and can in fact be quite compact.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.