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Best Nikon Lenses for Sports Photography

Best Nikon Lenses for Sports Photography

Looking for the best Nikon lenses for sports and action photography? Here is the buying guide for you.

For indoor sports photography, the biggest challenge we have to face is: the lighting at these events is usually dim. So an indoor sports lens needs to have a very wide aperture to enable a shutter speed fast enough to adequately stop the action, and sometimes we have to raise the ISO speed when using a f/2.8 zoom in the dimly lit arenas. So, fast f/1.4 primes and high-speed f/2.8 zooms are popular options among top pros that specialize in shooting sports indoors and at closer distances.

For outdoor sports photography, light is usually not the problem and even the f/5.6 max aperture lenses will work fine. And there is a wide range of lenses that can be used for outdoor sports and action photography.

Here we’ve compiled a list of lenses that can help you take amazing sports and action photos. Whatever camera you may have and whatever your skill level may be, you’re sure to find something here that fits your needs.

Reminder: If you are a beginer for shooting sports, a lower-cost lens may be sufficient or you can choose one that could satisfy other types of photography; If you want to shoot sharp, high-contrast or publishable sports images, the high-end lenses will meet your needs. In addition, some of these lenses below are too heavy to handhold, so you’ll also need to invest in a monopod.

Zoom Lenses

1. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens

Buy Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens: $2,796.95 at Amazon

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens: $1,299 at Amazon

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Lens: $1,299 at Amazon

2. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens

Buy Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens: $2,396.95 at Amazon

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens: $1,796.95 at Amazon

Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens: $1,199 at Amazon

3. Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens

Buy Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Lens: $3,399 at Amazon

4. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Lens

Buy Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Lens: $6,996.95 at Amazon

5. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

Buy Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens: $2,296.95 at Amazon

6. Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens

Buy Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens: $1,999 at Amazon

7. Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens

Buy Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens: $1,399 at Amazon

8. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens

Buy Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Lens: $1,396.95 at Amazon

9. Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

Buy Nikon DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens: $396.95 at Amazon

10. Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens

Buy Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Lens: $7,999 at Amazon

Prime Lenses

1. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens

Buy Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens: $11,196.95 at Amazon

2. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens

Buy Nikon 200mm f/2G ED VR II Lens: $5,696.95 at Amazon

3. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens

Buy Nikon 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens: $5,496.95 at Amazon

4. Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

Buy Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens: $1,199 at Amazon

You can also consider the Nikon 85mm f/1.4G: $1,596.95 at Amazon

5. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens

Buy Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Lens: $476.95 at Amazon

6. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

Buy Nikon 50mm f/1.8G Lens: $216.95 at Amazon

7. Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens

Buy Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens: $949 at Amazon

You can also consider the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G: $446.95 at Amazon

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