Best Telephoto Lenses For Nikon in 2023 (Top 15 Picks)

Sometimes it might be quite difficult to find the best telephoto lenses for nikon. With every niche market offering so many different products, it makes sense that this is the case.

Unfortunately, this very fact can make it incredibly difficult to find the item that best suits your needs, which is why we’ve put together this telephoto lenses for nikon buying guide.

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1 Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Contemporary DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Contemporary DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon
2 Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras, Model 20061 (Renewed) Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras, Model 20061 (Renewed)
3 Big Mike’s High-Power 500mm/1000mm f/8 Manual Telephoto Lens for Nikon DSLR, Black Big Mike’s High-Power 500mm/1000mm f/8 Manual Telephoto Lens for Nikon DSLR, Black
4 Long-Range 650mm-2600mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DF, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800e, D810, SLR Cameras Long-Range 650mm-2600mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DF, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100,...
5 Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon...
6 Lightdow 420-800mm f/8.3 Manual Zoom Telephoto Lens + T-Mount for Nikon D5500 D3300 D3200 D5300 D3400 D7200 D750 D3500 D7500 D500 D600 D700 D800 D810 D850 D3100 D5100 D5200 D7000 D7100 Camera Lenses Lightdow 420-800mm f/8.3 Manual Zoom Telephoto Lens + T-Mount for Nikon D5500 D3300 D3200 D5300...
7 JINTU 420-800mm f/8.3 HD Manual Telephoto Camera Lens for Nikon SLR D5600 D5500 D5300 D5200 D5100 D3500 D3400 D3300 D3100 D3200 D7500 D7200 D7000 D7100 D750 D90 D850 + Bag JINTU 420-800mm f/8.3 HD Manual Telephoto Camera Lens for Nikon SLR D5600 D5500 D5300 D5200 D5100...
8 Long-Range 650mm-2600mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DF, D90, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800e, D810, D810A Long-Range 650mm-2600mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DF, D90, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100,...
9 NIKON NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR Ultra-Compact Long Telephoto Zoom Lens with Image Stabilization for Nikon Z Mirrorless Cameras NIKON NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR Ultra-Compact Long Telephoto Zoom Lens with Image...
10 JINTU 420-1600mm f/8.3 Manual Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras D5600 D780 D850 DF D3100 D3200 D3300 D3400 D90 D5000 D5100 D5200 D5300 D5500 D7500 D7100 D7200 D700 D750 D800 JINTU 420-1600mm f/8.3 Manual Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras D5600 D780 D850 DF D3100...
11 Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DX-Format Digital SLR Cameras Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DX-Format Digital SLR...
12 Beach Camera Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR (Renewed) Beach Camera Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR...
13 NIKON NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 Compact Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Z Mirrorless Cameras NIKON NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 Compact Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Z Mirrorless Cameras
14 Lightdow 420-800mm f/8.3 Manual Zoom Super Telephoto Lens + T Mount Ring for Nikon D3500 D5600 D7500 D500 D600 D700 D750 D800 D850 D3200 D3400 D5100 D5200 D5300 D7000 D7200 Camera (White Version) Lightdow 420-800mm f/8.3 Manual Zoom Super Telephoto Lens + T Mount Ring for Nikon D3500 D5600 D7500...
15 High-Power 500mm/1000mm f/8 Manual Telephoto Lens + Tripod + SLR Backpack for Nikon D500, D600, D700, D750, D800, D810, D850, D3300, D3400, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500 Digital SLR High-Power 500mm/1000mm f/8 Manual Telephoto Lens + Tripod + SLR Backpack for Nikon D500, D600,...

Our Favorite Telephoto Lenses For Nikon Reviews:

SaleBestseller No. 1
Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Contemporary DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon
  • 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM / C
  • Minimum focusing distance : 280 cm/110.2 inches, focal length :150-600mm. Diaphragm blades: 9
  • First hyper-telephoto zoom from the Contemporary line, Dust proof and splash proof mount95mm filter
  • Lightweight & compact in construction for higher usability.SIGMA TELE CONVERTER TC-1401 and TC-2001 are dedicated to Tele Converter lenses, which should be used with only listed lenses.The converter cannot be attached to the camera and lens whose mount is different.Do not use the SIGMA TELE CONVERTER on top of another SIGMA TELE CONVERTER, or any other kinds of converters.
  • Water and oil repellent coating on front glass element makes maintenance of the lens surface easier
Bestseller No. 2
Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras, Model 20061 (Renewed)
  • Super Integrated Coating Pulse; Stepping Motor AF System; Access Lens Settings in Camera Menu; Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Fully compatible models: D5600, D5500, D5300*, D3400, D3300*, D500 and later models (*Firmware update may be required). Compatible models with limited functions: D5, D810 series, Df, D750, D7200, D7100, D5200, Nikon 1 series with the FT1. Incompatible models: D4 series, D3 series, D2 series, D1 series, D800 series, D700, D610, D600, D300 series, D200, D100, D7000, D5100, D5000, D90, D80, D70 series, D3200, D3100, D3000, D60, D50, D40 series, film cameras.
  • 70-300mm super-telephoto zoom power brings faraway subjects within reach. Capture sports, wildlife, concerts, landmarks and more with phenomenal clarity and precision
  • Superb optics and telephoto field of view are great for stills and HD video. Ultra-fast, near silent autofocus powered by a new pulse motor (utilizing stepping motors)
Bestseller No. 3
Big Mike’s High-Power 500mm/1000mm f/8 Manual Telephoto Lens for Nikon DSLR, Black
  • High-power 500mm telephoto focal length
  • Includes T-mount adapter for digital and 35mm NIKON DSLR cameras
  • High index, low-dispersion multi-coated optical glass to reduce flare
  • 2X Teleconverter doubles the power of your lens to 1000mm.
  • Filter thread: 67mm
Bestseller No. 4
Long-Range 650mm-2600mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DF, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800e, D810, SLR Cameras
  • High-power 650-1300mm super-telephoto focal length
  • To ensure sharp image capture, use with monopod, tripod or chest supports to alleviate camera shake
  • High index, low-dispersion multi-coated optical glass to reduce flare
  • Minimum focusing distance of 16 feet
  • Includes: 650-1300mm Lens + 2 X Converter + T-mount
Bestseller No. 5
Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Compact super telephoto zoom lens for birding, wildlife, motorsports, events and more
  • 500 millimeter of zoom power on fx format DSLR; 750 millimeter equivalent on dx format DSLRs, minimum focus distance: 7.2 feet ( 2.2 meter), focal length range: 200 500 millimeter
  • Fast f/5.6 constant aperture for beautiful out of focus backgrounds and low light performance
  • 4.5 stops of vibration reduction with sports mode. Approx. Weight 81.2 ounce. Approx. Dimensions (diameter x length) 4.2 inch x 10.5 inch( based on CIPA guidelines)
  • Af compatible with optional TC 14e series tele converters and DSLRs that offer f/8 support. Mount type: Nikon f bayonet
Bestseller No. 6
Lightdow 420-800mm f/8.3 Manual Zoom Telephoto Lens + T-Mount for Nikon D5500 D3300 D3200 D5300 D3400 D7200 D750 D3500 D7500 D500 D600 D700 D800 D810 D850 D3100 D5100 D5200 D7000 D7100 Camera Lenses
  • NOTE: This is a FULL Manual Lens, NO Electronic Contacts, your camera will not detect the lens when mounted, that's why it shows "LENS NOT ATTACHED", please switch to MF MODE in order to use this lens correctly. Tips to use our Manual Lens: 1) Set the mode dial to Manual (M). 2) Set the Release w/o Lens option in the camera menu to Enable. 3) Set the Shutter lock option in the camera menu to Off: no lens.
  • Fine tune the front focusing ring to make subject in-focus and take a sample picture. If the picture turns out dark, take the following steps to improve, 1. Lower the shutter speed, from 1/500s down to 1/100s or slower 1/50 etc; 2. Raise the ISO Number, from ISO 100 to ISO 200/400/800 etc; 3. Use a remote shutter release and tripod to increase image stability; 4. Switch position to allow more environmental light coming through the lens into the camera imaging sensor.
  • Multi coated low-dispersion glass, anti-reflection coating, manual focus telephoto zoom lens to use with DSLR SLR cameras.
  • ADVANCED OPTICS / SUPER ZOOM / SOLID FULL METAL CONSTRUCTION / MANUAL FOCUSING
  • 420-800mm f/8.3-16 Manual Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon D850, D810, D800, D750, D700, D610, D300, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D3500, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500, D50, D60, D90, Df, D3, D3X etc.
Bestseller No. 7
JINTU 420-800mm f/8.3 HD Manual Telephoto Camera Lens for Nikon SLR D5600 D5500 D5300 D5200 D5100 D3500 D3400 D3300 D3100 D3200 D7500 D7200 D7000 D7100 D750 D90 D850 + Bag
  • [Premium Quality] JINTU 420-800mm MF Super HD Telephoto lens, Solid Construction with Brass and Aluminum, Small size 10.6 x 3.5 x 3.5 inch, lightweight 500g=1.1LB, easy to carry to anywhere.
  • ★ Compatible with for Any NIKON SLR Digital Cameras. such as Nikon D850, D810, D800, D750, D700, D610, D300, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500, D50, D60, D90, Df, D3, D3X etc.
  • ★ Great for the wildlife or nature photographer who wants to be hidden while taking photos of the subject. Advances in ultra high-index / low-dispersion optical glasses, new barrel materials, and exotic anti-reflection coatings.
  • [Note] This product is a manual lens without an auto-focus function. And the most important thing is to make sure you've set the "Release w/o Lens”" or M mode, or your camera may unable to take pictures or videos. If you need any help, pls contact us anytime.
  • ★ About image are too bright or white/overexposed, pls Raise shutter speed and or lower ISO setting on camera. if on dark, pls lower shutter speed.
Bestseller No. 8
Long-Range 650mm-2600mm f/8 Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DF, D90, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200, D300, D300s, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800e, D810, D810A
  • High-power 650-1300mm super-telephoto focal length
  • To ensure sharp image capture, use with monopod, tripod or chest supports to alleviate camera shake
  • High index, low-dispersion multi-coated optical glass to reduce flare
  • Minimum focusing distance of 16 feet
  • Includes: 650-1300mm Lens + 2 X Converter + T-mount
Bestseller No. 9
NIKON NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR Ultra-Compact Long Telephoto Zoom Lens with Image Stabilization for Nikon Z Mirrorless Cameras
  • 50-250mm zoom range equivalent to a 75-375mm lens in 35mm format
  • Built-in VR image stabilization up to 5 stops
  • Features an assignable control ring
  • Image Stabilization: Optical
Bestseller No. 10
JINTU 420-1600mm f/8.3 Manual Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras D5600 D780 D850 DF D3100 D3200 D3300 D3400 D90 D5000 D5100 D5200 D5300 D5500 D7500 D7100 D7200 D700 D750 D800
  • ★ Telephoto Zoom lens , Create Sharp High Quality Images, Comes with Lens Pouch and Protective Caps.Manual focus lens, only work on m mode and disable shutter button will be work well. no auto focus and no anti shake.
  • ★ Compatible with for Any NIKON SLR Digital Cameras. such as Nikon D850, D810, D800, D750, D700, D610, D300, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500, D50, D60, D90, Df, D3, D3X etc
  • ★2X Teleconverter doubles the power of your lens to 1600mm.
  • ★ Perfect for wild or nature photography, used for small or long-distance objects such as birds or wild animals, airplanes, etc.
  • ★Filter thread is 67mm, High index, low-dispersion multi-coated optical glass to reduce flare
Bestseller No. 11
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DX-Format Digital SLR Cameras
  • 11.1x zoom in DX format with 18-200mm focal length
  • Stabilisation System Vibration Reduction II (VR II) in Normal and On modes
  • Silent wave motor (SWM) for fast and quiet autofocus
  • M/A mode allows you to quickly switch between autofocus and manual focus.
  • The 7-blade circular aperture corrects blurred elements for more natural backgrounds..Download the instructions in French here
Bestseller No. 12
Beach Camera Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR (Renewed)
  • This Certified Refurbished product is manufacturer refurbished it shows limited or no wear
  • Includes all original accessories plus a 90 day warranty
  • 5.5x Telephoto Zoom lens, Filter Thread: 58 mm, Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
  • Tripod Detection Mode,
SaleBestseller No. 13
NIKON NIKKOR Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 Compact Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Z Mirrorless Cameras
  • Lens features Nikon technologies including Aspherical Lens Elements, ED Glass Elements, ARNEO Coat and Fluorine Coat
  • Lens features built-in Vibration Reduction image stabilization
  • The customizable, clickless control ring offers quick and quiet access to most used camera settings
  • Image Stabilization: Optical
  • Mounting Type: Nikon Z
Bestseller No. 14
Lightdow 420-800mm f/8.3 Manual Zoom Super Telephoto Lens + T Mount Ring for Nikon D3500 D5600 D7500 D500 D600 D700 D750 D800 D850 D3200 D3400 D5100 D5200 D5300 D7000 D7200 Camera (White Version)
  • Warm Tips: This is a FULL MANUAL LENS, NO Electronic Contacts, your camera will not detect the lens when mounted, that's why it shows "LENS NOT ATTACHED", please switch to MF MODE in order to use this lens correctly. Tips to use our Manual Lens: 1) Set the mode dial to Manual (M). 2) Set the Release w/o Lens option in the camera menu to Enable. 3) Set the Shutter lock option in the camera menu to Off: no lens.
  • Fine tune the front focusing ring to make subject in-focus and take a sample picture. If the picture turns out dark, take the following steps to improve, 1. Lower the shutter speed, from 1/500s down to 1/100s or slower 1/50 etc; 2. Raise the ISO Number, from ISO 100 to ISO 200/400/800 etc; 3. Use a remote shutter release and tripod to increase image stability; 4. Switch position to allow more environmental light coming through the lens into the camera imaging sensor.
  • Multi coated low-dispersion glass, anti-reflection coating, manual focus telephoto zoom lens to use with DSLR SLR cameras.
  • ADVANCED OPTICS / SUPER ZOOM / SOLID FULL METAL CONSTRUCTION / MANUAL FOCUSING
  • Built-in T mount design, for most dslr cameras on the market with corresponding T Ring, such as T2-Canon/T2-Nikon/T2-Sony etc.
Bestseller No. 15
High-Power 500mm/1000mm f/8 Manual Telephoto Lens + Tripod + SLR Backpack for Nikon D500, D600, D700, D750, D800, D810, D850, D3300, D3400, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500 Digital SLR
  • Compatible with the following cameras - Nikon D300, D300S, D500, D600, D700, D750, D800, D810, D850, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500, D40, D40X, D50, D70, D90, Digital SLR Cameras
  • High-power 500mm telephoto focal length - Includes T-mount adapter for digital and 35mm Canon EOS SLR cameras
  • High index, low-dispersion multi-coated optical glass to reduce flare
  • 2X Teleconverter doubles the power of your lens to 1000mm - Filter thread: 67mm
  • Kit includes: High-Power 500mm telephoto lens + 2X Converter + Nikon T-mount + 60 Inch Tripod + Deluxe SLR Backpack

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How to find the best telephoto lenses for nikon?

Here, we’ll be going over a number of factors that you can use to ensure that you’re purchasing the best telephoto lenses for nikon for you.

Regardless of which type of item you’re looking to buy, chances are that there are existing buying guides on the internet, all of which aim to give you good telephoto lenses for nikon recommendations.

Despite these recommendations, however, it’s always a good idea to do your own research. In addition to this research, asking yourself the following questions is also super helpful:

  • What features does the telephoto lenses for nikon need to have to be perfect for my needs?
  • What is my budget?
  • Do I need to purchase a certain brand?

Once you’ve answered these questions and have a good idea of what you’re looking for and the buying process becomes much easier. Keep in mind that when looking for the best product, there’s no need to rush. In fact, very rarely are the ideal products found by choosing the first one you see or by basing your decisions on only one factor. Take your time and enjoy the process!

Now, with the answers to the previous questions in mind, we urge you to use our upcoming buying guide for telephoto lenses for nikon to find what you’re looking for:

Brand

In some cases, the brand of telephoto lenses for nikon is very important. For example, if you’re looking for an item that works in tandem with another, you might very well need both products to be the same brand. If this is the case, it’s vital to pay attention to this factor, as choosing the wrong product can mean the difference between wasting your money and buying a great product that functions as it should.

Features

The features in any given telephoto lenses for nikon are important because they can dictate which version of an item you need and how much money you need to spend. Consider all the key features that you want your item to have and don’t settle for anything that doesn’t check at least ¾ of your boxes.

Reviews

Customer reviews about telephoto lenses for nikon are crucial – especially when you’re buying a product that costs a lot of money or serves a big importance. Luckily, most products can be found online, which means that it’s common for there to be scores of customer reviews from those who have already purchased any given product.

Pay attention to these reviews. Take note of the pros and cons that they mention, and factor these into your big decision. In some cases, you’ll be forced to sacrifice one con in order to gain a particular pro, but being aware of the potential con is going to be beneficial in either case.

Quality

Of course, quality is key. You don’t want to purchase a low-quality product. If you do, you run the risk of your item breaking, not working properly, or otherwise proving to be very disappointing, as well as a waste of money.

You can compare telephoto lenses for nikon quality by researching what your potential purchases are made from, contrasting the individual items against each other to discern which one is made of the best materials.

Warranty

Warranty isn’t always going to be important, but it definitely can be. This is especially true if the item in question is tech-related or expensive. A good warranty will be valid for an extended time after purchase and cover a variety of problems ranging from item defects to random accidents, water damage, and other miscellaneous events that could ruin your product.

Conclusion

The quest to find the best telephoto lenses for nikon can be daunting – but it doesn’t have to be. It can be made much easier by asking yourself a few simple questions and then thinking critically about the items you want to buy. Consider their features, quality, brand, warranty, and customer reviews and you’re more likely to make a great purchase.