The best Nikon telephoto lenses in 2024: from budget buys to pro lenses, DSLR and Z

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You may have assumed the best Nikon telephoto lenses will clear out your bank account, but this doesn't have to be the case. While professional photographers who demand the best will use the latest cutting-edge telephoto lenses that cost thousands, there are plenty of options out there for users who don't have that kind of budget. Here, we've compiled the best ones available for Nikon cameras, both F-mount DSLRs and Z-mount mirrorless.

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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! 

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