Auto Racing - 400mm f2.8 or 500mm f4.0?

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I just finished up shooting the Auto Club 400 NASCAR race at Fontana, CA and found my 300 2.8 WAY to short.

Most all of the photographers were using 400 or 500 lenses. But I didn't really have time to ask which was preferred and why. What do others think here?

Oh..and I saw a few 400 2.8s with 1.4 TCs (Fontana is REALLY big).
 
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I think it's your choice re whether you'll ever need 2.8. I don't think 100mm makes much difference, you col use a 1.7 or even a 2 tc really.
 
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Thanks! Guess I should point out I am currently using a 300 2.8 VR1. My guess is a 400 2.8 is too close in mm..but not sure
 
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I can handhold the 500- at least for a little while. No such luck with the 400 2.8.
I use the 500 more often, for that reason. But, the 400 can do low light shooting the 500 f4 can only dream about. As our camera bodies get better high iso imaging, the one stop difference may become less important. The 2.8 gives a nicer background.
Over the years I have ended up with both- so ask if you have any specific questions.
Funny, I do not have the 300 2.8, yet.
Gary
 
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I like the 2X EIII TC on my 70/200 2.8. I'll bet it would do good on your 300 2.8

With the weight of your gear it might be a good option

Rags
 
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I own the 400 2.8 VR and it never ceases to amaze me every time I shoot it, (mostly field sports in good light). On a crop body, 600 f/2.8??? Seriously.

Downside is it IS heavy. So Gitzo yourself up with a good monopod, and a MH-01 Hi-Capacity Monopod Head with B2-Pro II clamp (RRS).

Handles tc's really well too.
 
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i have a 400/2.8 afs-ii, blows my mind.

personally, i wouldn't consider a 500/4 as, i rekon, it lacks the versatility of the 400/2.8.

with a 2x TC, i have access to 800mm @ f5.6. you can't do that with a 500/4.
 
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i have a 400/2.8 afs-ii, blows my mind.

personally, i wouldn't consider a 500/4 as, i rekon, it lacks the versatility of the 400/2.8.

with a 2x TC, i have access to 800mm @ f5.6. you can't do that with a 500/4.

Good point. I think the person next to me a few ago at the Auto Club 400 was using the 400 2.8 with a 1.4tc. There were 2 more photographers with the 500 f4s.

Still tough call..
 
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pro or amateur, it's a big purchase decision make, so it's well to choose carefully.

honestly, think you'll be pleased either way. but please consider how much work you need to do in low light when that f2.8 is a blessing.
 

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