The best telephoto lenses in 2024: top zooms for bringing your subjects closer

Best telephoto lens
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If you're hunting for the best telephoto lens for your camera, you're in the right place. In this guide, we've assembled an exhaustive list of the best telephotos you can buy right now, from short teles to long ones, from zooms to primes, for every major system and mount on the market. Whatever your budget, whatever your shooting genre of choice, there should be a telephoto lens on this list for you.

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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.