Explore Sports Lenses

Every Split Second Counts

Sport and action photography is about speed and accuracy, every split-second counts, and you only ever get one chance to capture that winning shot. For the very best results it’s important to have the right combination of camera and zoom lens, and here is our recommended selection.


Don't Compromise

When every split-second counts, you want a lens with a good zoom capability to get up close to often dangerous and fast moving subjects. Make sure your kit bag doesn't let you down.

Compatibility: EOS cameras and EF lenses work together for the very best results. EF lens mounts connect the lenses electronically enabling highly accurate real time data transfer. Only genuine Canon lenses on Canon cameras gives you optimum performance in both speed of autofocus and image quality.

Reliability: Canon lenses are built with outstanding optics that keep colours accurate and contrast high for best in colour reproduction and highly detailed images. The specially developed coating on Canon lenses resists smudging and reduces lens flair when shooting in bright sunlight.

The professional EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is ideal for photographers who are travelling light and don’t want to compromise. A great choice for sports photography, the 100-400mm zoom range puts you right at the heart of the action, and lets you react quickly in a fast-changing situation.

The latest lens technology from Canon is capable of shooting any fast action from planes in flight to high speed motor racing. The 400mm maximum length will get you closer to the action than ever before without sacrificing autofocus performance or image quality.

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“Using the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens - and your imagination -  a photographer can capture a moment frozen in time at 1/8000 sec.”

Marc Aspland – Canon Explorer

The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM is the professional's standard zoom lens, offering outstanding image quality and a fast f/2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range. This L-series lens has a reputation among professional photographers as being the go-to zoom lens, thanks to its sharp optics and ability to be used in almost any environment.

This fast aperture lens will allow you to keep on shooting even on the darkest of days and its robust and durable build will survive the knocks from a fast moving environment.

The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is a professional workhorse telephoto zoom lens essential for sports, with precision high performance features. Its long zoom range of 70-200mm makes sure you get close to the action.

Its versatile zoom range allows you to shoot subjects at different distances without changing lenses. The constant f2.8 aperture will make your subject stand out whatever the focal length and its powerful two stage Image stabilizer will ensure pin sharp pictures whatever the lighting conditions.


The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM is a professional grade L-series zoom lens that’s compact for travel, ideal for action, wildlife and sports. Its 8 blade circular aperture creates beautiful background blur, making your subject stand out with dramatic effect. 

A ring USM (Ultrasonic motor) uses ultrasonic frequency vibrations to drive extremely rapid auto focus with near-silent operation. 

This lens will enable you follow and capture your subject regardless of the speed it travels.

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Sports and Action Photography Tips

It’s unlikely you can change your surroundings or the conditions you are shooting in, so preparation with your cameras set up is vital. Your subject will often be moving quite fast so having the correct shutter speed, aperture size and ISO settings to match the conditions are key.

Setting up your shot for lighting and focus beforehand will help, then you can track the subject as they come into view, follow them to the position you have chosen capture the shot. This is a classic panning shot. Remember to take control of the shutter speed to create movement or blur which will add motion to the image.

A Winning Combination

The EOS 5D Mark IV coupled with EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is the perfect combination for action, sports and wildlife photography.

The EOS 5D Mark IV is built for those who demand the very highest standards, delivering images that are packed with detail, even in the brightest highlights and darkest shadows. It advanced focusing and metering captures moments and tracks them the instant they happen, even in difficult lighting, and the 7 frame-per-second burst ensures you’ll never miss the action. No matter what you’re shooting, be assured of uncompromising image quality and a thoroughly professional performance

EOS 5d Mk IV - 70-200

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