Lens For Horse Racing Photography

by Richard Doyle
(BC, Canada)

Photograph of Racing Horse<br>Photo by Jean van der Meulen from Pexels

Photograph of Racing Horse
Photo by Jean van der Meulen from Pexels

I do some sports like horse racing and I was wondering if a 70-200 or 200 would be adequate.
I have a 2x teleconverter that I was going to put on these.
Any suggestions?


Thanks for submitting your question to better digital photo tips, Richard.

If you have the financial means to invest in either lens, the 70-200 makes the most sense. These lenses don't have the same distortion as the 28-200mm type of lenses that have to compromise quality because of such an extreme range of zooming.

The 70-200 gives you much more versatility if you get the chance to get close to the subject to zoom out and include more of your subject and background.

I shoot Canon equipment and one of my favorite lenses is the Canon 70-200 f2.8. I use it for family and senior portraits and have used it for high school sports where you can get fairly close to the action.

If you are shooting big league sports or at a large race track, you will actually need a more powerful lens in the 300-500mm range.

Your tele-converter will give you 140-400mm zoom power but you will sacrifice two full f-stops of light.

Hope that helps.Good Luck!


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