Nikon 70-300mm ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor
Telephoto zoom can get expensive, but this Nikon AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300mm lens has an extensive zoom range without the extensive price tag. Vibration reduction is essential with such a powerful zoom, and this model uses Nikon's VR II, which allows the shutter speed to be slowed by four more stops before camera shake sets in. The nine-blade aperture helps soften and defocus the background, despite the slower f4.5 aperture. And speaking of focus, this lens uses internal focusing, which means the lens doesn't move while focus internal focusing generally means faster autofocus plus the filter doesn't rotate. This lens is also made with two different glass elements to reduce aberration. A more expensive lens would get you more speed and better low light performance, but for the price, this lens has a nice set of features.