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What to buy.........
Monty Rand, Photographer
Bangor | ME | USA | Posted: 10:11 AM on 03.10.04
->> With baseball season just around the corner I thought I would ask some you big glass shooters which lens you prefer and why. I shoot mostly youth sports with a little college sports mixed in. I pretty much have my mind made up to get the Canon 500 F4, but thought I would see if anyone has used this lens and what they thought of it. I shoot mostly with a 300 F2.8 and 1.4 TC so I don't believe the F4 aperature will be a problem. I'm also looking at the 600 F4 and the 400F2.8, but I feel the 400 will leave me wanting more and the 600 might be a little too much. Any thoughts? Thanks.
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Nick Doan, Student/Intern, Photographer
Scottsdale | AZ | USA | Posted: 10:22 AM on 03.10.04
->> A 400/2.8 with a 1.4 TC would give you a 560/4 wouldn't it?

Seems like a decent compromise to me...
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Billy Hurst, Photographer
Spring Hill | TN | USA | Posted: 6:14 PM on 03.10.04
->> Actually, it depends on the body you have. Most of the digitals I have worked with have a 1.6x mag. rate, due to the size of the chip in perspective to a 35mm negative, therefore the 400 F2.8 you are interested in would actually be a a 640 F2.8. If you used a 1.4 TC with it, it then would become a 896 F3.5 or F4.0 (please, someone correct me if I am wrong). Personally, I shoot youth sports quite a bit and find myself using my 300 F2.8 the most. Pro and college sports warrant the need for bigger glass, but my experience with youth sports so far has not required the need for such big glass, especially while shooting digital. If you are shooting film bodies, then it's a completely different ballgame...(pun intended).

Best of luck,
Billy
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Monty Rand, Photographer
Bangor | ME | USA | Posted: 6:29 PM on 03.10.04
->> I shot with a couple 1D's and a 10D and hopefully the new MKII once it's out. I'd love to hear from some folks who have used the 500 F4. After researching this site, the 400 F2.8 seems to be the "cats Meow". Maybe I need to look again at the fine piece of glass.
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Zack Uribe, Photographer
Santa Clara | CA | USA | Posted: 6:32 PM on 03.10.04
->> 400 2.8, especially if you ever shoot a night game.
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Brian Schapper, Photographer
Coburg | OR | USA | Posted: 7:04 PM on 03.10.04
->> 400 f2.8 is the way to go.
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Charles Baus, Photographer
Palm Desert | CA | USA | Posted: 7:18 PM on 03.10.04
->> I have the 400/2.8 but have been using it with the 10D which makes it a 640 which was a little long at the Spring Training games I was at. I felt a 300 would have been better but I had another body with my 70-200 so it still worked out OK. I would probably go with the 400/2.8 over the 500 due to the versatility of the 2.8 and like Nick said you can always use a 1.4 TC.
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philadelphia | PA | US | Posted: 7:26 PM on 03.10.04
->> Monty...the 400/2.8 is the most versatile of the lenses. With the fast glass you'll never lack the speed you need...plus the 1.4 gets you weven tighter. For little league...and the access you have to the field...you don't need the reach of the 500, but 2.8...you eventually need. The 500/4 will be of little use for indoor tournaments as well...thats where the versatility of the 400/2.8 comes in...us freelance guys have to be selective in what we purchase becasue the cash come out of our pockets...

We do the same thing you do...and I've NEVER need the reach the 500 would give me...
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Monty Rand, Photographer
Bangor | ME | USA | Posted: 8:44 PM on 03.19.04
->> Thanks for all the responses.
I went ahead and bought a 400 F2.8. Should be here on Wed. I can't wait.
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