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    Peter,

    The 70-200 with a 1.4 and a 2.0 convertor will work just fine, a friend and I run around here where I live and we shoot the high school games, he uses a 80-200 and I use a 70-200 and I have never felt like I was lacking, I at times have also used my 300 f/2.8, but it so much heavier, that it rarely sees use anymore, and we have been doing it for almost ten years now, the 70-200 is handhold friendly and lets you shoot quickly, you didn't mention what type of camera system you use, I shoot with a Minolta 9xi with a 4.5 FPS motor drive, which allows banging off frames pretty quickly when needed..

    I would not even consider a 400 f/2.8, that is a monster of a lens, that is cumbersome to shoot even under the best conditions..

    Have fun, head to the nearest local park and take images of people at play and you will find your sweet spot that will work for what your wanting to do.

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    Rete - you don't say what your current 70-200 f2.8 lens is. I'm after a similar fast lens too.

    I tried a modern 70-200mm f2.8 Canon lens with Image Stabilization and the quality really surprised me, the photograper I borrowed the lens off specialises in football photography in fact it's over 80% of his living !

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant
    Rete - you don't say what your current 70-200 f2.8 lens is. I'm after a similar fast lens too.

    I tried a modern 70-200mm f2.8 Canon lens with Image Stabilization and the quality really surprised me, the photograper I borrowed the lens off specialises in football photography in fact it's over 80% of his living !

    Ian
    Ian, the gear is Canon, and the 70 -200 is quite amazing. My only concern is will it get me close enough.

    I used to be a nikon guy, but i must say canon has done a good job on the "L" series lenses. Now if i could just get a 14 - 600 f1.4 zoom from them!
    "…Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action."

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    I make my living shooting sports. If you have a few minutes you can check out my site at www.thepicturedesk.ca.
    The 70-200 2.8 is a great lens, on a second body for indoor sports like basketball. If you plan to provide great shots you will need either a 300 2.8 or 400 2.8. I used a 400 and 600 combo when I shot with Nikon but when I switched to the Canon MC II a couple years ago I went with a 300/500 combo. It's a bit lighter, cheaper and Iamb getting old.
    I wouldn't consider a long zoom, they're just not good enough. I would leave the teleconverter at home as well.
    Just one guys opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Skeoch
    I make my living shooting sports. If you have a few minutes you can check out my site at www.thepicturedesk.ca.
    The 70-200 2.8 is a great lens, on a second body for indoor sports like basketball. If you plan to provide great shots you will need either a 300 2.8 or 400 2.8. I used a 400 and 600 combo when I shot with Nikon but when I switched to the Canon MC II a couple years ago I went with a 300/500 combo. It's a bit lighter, cheaper and Iamb getting old.
    I wouldn't consider a long zoom, they're just not good enough. I would leave the teleconverter at home as well.
    Just one guys opinion.
    -Rob
    Rob, thank you for the input. Great work by the way!

    Pete
    "…Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action."

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