The best lenses for sports photography (and ideal focal lengths to use)

The two most common questions about using sports photography lenses

Best Sports Photography Lenses


Best Sports Photography Lenss: Mid-range zoom


2. Mid-range zoom
If you’re photographing performers on stage, or sports where you’re fairly close to the sidelines, such as rugby, BMX bikes or even marathon runners on the street, you’ll find a mid-range zoom lens will get you close enough to at least some of the action – while being able to get some of the surroundings in shot to add context.

Mid-range zoom lenses lenses give you more choice of focal lengths without the need for changing lenses, or buying new ones. Consider fast mid-range zooms like Canon’s EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, Nikon’s AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED 
or Sigma’s 24-70mm f/2.8. A typical 18-55mm kit lens will be just fine, too.

PAGE 1: Wide-angle zooms
PAGE 2: Mid-range zooms
PAGE 3: Telephoto zooms
PAGE 4: Best focal lengths for sports photography
PAGE 5: The two most common questions about sports photography lenses


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