Best lens for sports photography in 2024

Buying the best lens for sports photography is essential for anyone who is serious about capturing the fast action of a good sporting event. Whether you're shooting Sunday league football or professional Formula One racing, the principles of what makes a good lens are the same – so this guide should prove handy for sports shooters of all stripes.

Matthew Richards
Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear - and in his spare time loves visiting racing tracks to photograph motorbikes. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer. He has personally tested many hundred of lenses over the last 20 years, and has used all of the lenses in this guide. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.