Telephoto lenses are a must-have in a photographer’s kit bag. Built for use with interchangeable lens cameras, telephoto lenses are designed to bring distant subjects closer, enabling you to capture faraway details you otherwise cannot with standard, zoom or prime camera lenses.

This lens type is used in many types of photography but is most commonly used in sports and wildlife photography; the main benefit being that you can zoom in from afar without disturbing animal subjects or interrupting sports. Generally, telephoto lenses are larger than other lens types, often requiring the use of tripods or monopods to provide stability when shooting.

On this page, we’ll show you the very best lenses available for all the major camera brands including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic and OM System, as well as lenses from Sigma and Tamron.