Fast aperture lenses are rightly seen as the pinnacle of optics, which may explain the hefty price that’s often attached. These behemoths offer users a host of benefits, such as a shallower depth-of-field, better light gathering abilities and stunning bokeh in the out-of-focus areas.
Many professionals swear by fast apertures. The extra stops of light they capture often mean the difference between getting the shot or missing it.
While there are literally hundreds of telephoto lenses on the market, we’re limiting our search to those with a maximum aperture of f/4 and wider, and 100mm and over. Here are Kirk Schwarz’s pick for ten of the best.