The best budget telephoto lenses for Canon, Nikon, Sony and more in 2024

Best budget telephoto lens
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The best budget telephoto zoom lenses allow you to get some close the distance on your subjects, without paying over the odds. Telephoto lenses – meaning lenses with a longer focal length that provide a zoomed-in perspective – have a reputation for being expensive, but there are loads of budget options out there, whether you use a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. 

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Phil Hall

Phil is the Managing Editor of Top Ten Reviews, and is a former Editor of Techradar's camera channel. He is an accomplished photographer, and specializes in shooting cycling and fast cars.