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 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.

Nikon Zoom Lenses for Sports Photography

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

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

12 used from $1,725.00
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$1,896.95 $2,346.95

2. Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens

Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Nikon F Cameras + Tamron Tap-in Console with Altura Photo...

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$1,199.00

3. Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Lens

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD Large Aperture Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital DSLR Camera

9 used from $549.99
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$549.99 $1,399.00

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

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

16 used from $1,499.00
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$2,096.95

5. Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

42 used from $719.95
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Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$1,446.95 $1,596.95

6. Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 for Nikon (Tamron 6 Year Limited USA Warranty)

13 used from $849.99
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$1,099.00 $1,199.00

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

Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 Sports DG APO OS HSM Lens for Nikon

6 used from $2,299.98
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$3,599.00

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

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED Vibration Reduction II Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

5 used from $3,049.00
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$3,049.00

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

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 80-400mm f.4.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

17 used from $1,399.00
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$2,296.95

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

Sigma 150-600mm 5-6.3 Sports DG OS HSM Lens for Nikon

13 used from $1,389.00
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Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$1,557.44

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

Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras + Tap-in Console with Altura Photo Complete...

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$1,199.99

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

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

16 used from $1,200.00
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$1,200.00 $1,396.95

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

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

73 used from $168.99
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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14. Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG APO IF HSM Autofocus Lens

Sigma 300-800mm f/5.6 EX DG HSM APO IF Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras

1 used from $8,999.99
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$8,999.99

Nikon Prime Lenses for Sports Photography

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

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED Vibration Reduction Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

1 used from $11,800.00
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Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$11,196.95

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

Nikon AF FX NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED Vibration Reduction II DSLR Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

7 used from $3,887.01
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$3,895.00 $5,699.95

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

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED Vibration Reduction II Fixed Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

7 used from $4,528.00
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Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$5,499.99 $5,899.95

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

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Nikon F (321955)

13 used from $769.99
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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19. Nikon 85mm f/1.4G

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

12 used from $1,049.99
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$1,049.99 $1,599.95

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

Nikon AF S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Fixed Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

16 used from $379.99
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Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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21. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens

27 used from $164.99
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Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$196.95 $219.95

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

Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art DG HSM Lens for Nikon

19 used from $549.99
Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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$678.00 $949.00

23. Nikon 50mm f/1.4G

Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras

22 used from $314.99
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Last update was on: October 26, 2020 3:34 pm
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