70-200 f2.8 or 300 f4 for baseball?

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I will be sitting about 10 rows behind the dugout tonight for the Chicago White Sox game and wondered if the 70-200 would be appropriate. (I've also got a Kenko Pro 1.4TC, but have not yet used it with this lens - it's the Tamron 2.8.) I'm wondering if the 70-200 would give me a better range to shoot with than the 300.
Thanks for any advice.
 
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I think you may be a bit challenged with the 300 f4, there is not a bunch of light at nite. Frank hopefully will check in here.

If you have a D300, maybe you can boost your ISO to use the 300
 
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As Tim has said you'll run into light problems with the 300f4. I know even with my 70-200 at Fenway I tend to put it away when it starts getting dark. Then again I don't normally have seats 10 rows from the field either.
 
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You can use the 1.4x until it gets dark, then use the 70-200.
You probably should shoot in raw so you can crop heavy w/o loosing much detail.
Speaking of detail, you know you will loose a lot of IQ when comparing the 70-200 w/1.4x vs. 300 f/4 prime.
 
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Thanks Tim Geoff and Mongoose -

I put the 1.4TC on the Tamron and found that it slowed the focus, and many times totally confounded the lens into not focusing at all. When it did work, the IQ was pretty good, though. I will most likely just take the 70-200 and try shooting raw, which I have not done yet with the D300.

Go White Sox! AL Central leaders (by .001) !
 
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Any restrictions on lens size?

I talked with someone today who thought the 70-200 2.8 might not make it into the park due to a size restriction. Has anyone had that problem at White Sox or any other MLB park?

Would slapping the 50mm on the D300 help get me through the gates?

Thanks,
Ken
 
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Ken, you will have no problem bringing in a 70-200mm lens, just turn the lens hood in so it doesn't look too long as you walk through the turnstyles. The 300mm f/4 is too slow for the lighting. Use the f/2.8 lens with the ISO bumped to as high as 2,000, the D300 with an f/2.8 lens is very able when shooting under the lights. I shot in auto-WB, which seemed to work fine. You can use the TC for the pregame and first inning if the skies are bright. Good luck and have a great time.
 
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Thanks Frank, it'll be interesting to see how this lens performs - and hopefully the Sox will do OK as well.
 

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