The Best Lens for Motorsports Photography

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The Best Lens for Motorsports Photography
Never miss a moment of racing with a zoom lens. (rhino cars racing image by Clarence Alford from

Zoom lenses with wide focal ranges, such as a 28 to 300mm lens, are the ideal lenses for photographing motorsports. With the flying dirt, unpredictability, speed, and the infinite vantage points that come with motorsports, it is all too risky and inconvenient to switch lenses during the action. Zoom lenses provide photographers with the ability to take both wide and telephoto pictures with the same glass.


The best Canon lens for motorsports photography is the EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens. This professional lens captures both wide-angle and telephoto shots. It also has an image stabilisation feature, which helps to get the crispest picture possible. The Canon 28-300mm retails for £1,742. For those who wish to spend less money, Canon's EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS lens is available for £194.90. The 55-250mm lens also has image stabilisation, as well as a wide focal range.


Nikon's best suited lens for motorsports is the NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. The lens is similar to Canon's 28-300mm lens, sporting the same maximum aperture and image stabilisation feature. Nikon's 28-300mm is less expensive, retailing for £682.4. A less expensive alternative to the Nikkor 28-300mm is the AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED. The lens' vibration reduction feature and wide focal length also make it suitable for motorsports photography.


Sony's best lens for motorsports photography is the 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6. The lens does not have quite the focal range of the Canon and Nikon lenses, but the lens is still able to produce both medium-wide angle and telephoto shots. The 70-300mm lens retails for £552.4. A less expensive alternative to the 70-300mm lens is the Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens, retailing at £344.4


The best Pentax lenses for Motorsports photography are the DA Star 50-135mm F2.8 ED and the DA Star 60-250mm F4 ED. Both lenses are weather and dust resistant and have wide focal lengths to capture both medium-wide angle and telephoto pictures. The 50-135 millimetre retails for £532.9 while the 60-250mm lens retails for £727.9.

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