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: Telephoto zoom


3. Telephoto zoom
If you’re unable to get close to your subjects as they’re on the other side of the pitch – or because you’re high up in the stadium – there’s nothing worse then ending up with tiny shots of your subjects with big, boring backgrounds.

You’ll need a telephoto zoom lens with a long maximum focal length if you are going to fill the frame with your subjects.

If you’re by the side of the track, you may be able to get away with a 70-200mm lens (check out Canon’s EF 70-200mm f/4L IS or Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II).

But you may well need an even bigger super-telephoto zoom, such as Canon’s EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L, Nikon’s AF VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 or the more affordable Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 OS lens.

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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