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 an f/2.8 zoom in the dimly lit areas. 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 maybe, you’re sure to find something here that fits your needs.
Reminder: If you are a beginner 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.