The best 70-200mm lenses in 2024: top constant-aperture telephoto zooms

The best 70-200mm lens is a true workhorse lens. The most popular and well-known configuration of a 70-200mm lens is a 70-200mm f/2.8. These are the best choice, with their fast, constant f/2.8 aperture that gives you plenty of latitude to work in low light and also allows for the creation of shallow depth of field. 

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Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM
This lens, though one f-stop slower, costs more than some Sigma and Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. Its f/4 aperture allows for a lighter build. Improvements include optical redesign, closer focus distance, upgraded coatings, and a 5-stop image stabilizer.

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM | S

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Sigma's revamped 70-200mm lens boasts 24 elements in 22 groups, including nine FLD and one SLD element. With 11 diaphragm blades, it offers smooth aperture control. The autofocus system offers both Auto-Priority and Manual-Priority modes, while the optical stabilizer excels in static and panning modes for versatile shooting.

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

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Introduced in late 2012, Nikon's telephoto zoom filled a long-awaited gap, offering a compact 70-200mm option. Sadly discontinued, it's still a valuable find on the used market. Weighing 850g, it's tripod-friendly without a mount ring, though available at extra cost. Despite its plastic build, it's sturdy, sharp, and contrast-rich, with excellent stabilization. 

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