01-04-2014 04:59 PM
You'll need to be more specific re what sports, day or night, well lit or not, distance from subjects & what camera PLUS budget.
01-04-2014 05:06 PM
Hi Paddy. What model camera do you have? What lenses do you already have?
If you are new to this, I assume you may have a Rebel, or possibly a 60D or 70D? That means you can use EF mount lenses and also EF-S mount lenses.
What is your budget? Good telephoto lenses are not cheap. You might be happy with the EF-S 55-250 lens ($250.00) which is offered as a "kit" lens with some Rebel cameras. You might try the similar EF 75-300 ($200.00). Both are approximately the same image quality, which is to say not bad but not good. These lenses may work for you in bright daylight, but neither will make you happy shooting indoor sports, or night sports.
What sports do you want to shoot? Big field games or small? Day, night, or both?
What kind of wildlife? Birds in particular, being small, are challenging to budget lenses (and to one's budget if one buys better lenses).
01-04-2014 07:15 PM
01-04-2014 07:20 PM
A camera lens for sport action indoor and outdoor and wildlife photo at early morning or late afternoon. I have canon eos 70d and ef-s 18-135 is stm len. shooting picture from the stands.
01-04-2014 11:22 PM
"night" games and "indoor" games are a special category because action photography typically wants fast shutter speeds (1/500th or faster) and flash is either impractical or not permitted. To capture these shots, you want lenses that can collect a lot of light when the shutter is open -- typically an f/2.8 zoom lens such as a 70-200mm f/2.8. Although players that are far away on a field will still seem pretty small even at 200mm.
Sports photographers tend to like 300 and 400mm focal lengths ... but f/2.8 verisons of those lenses are VERY expensive.
For indoor games, a 70-200mm f/2.8 is usually ideal.
For daytime outdoor games you'll typically have plenty of light -- so the low focal ratio wont be so important.
f/2.8 zoom lenses are expensive. They are physically larger and heavier than most other lenses (they need to be -- to collect more light).