Received my new lense Monday and after a solid day and a half of work and rain, I finally snuck in some shooting Tuesday afternoon and early evening after the sun came out..a little Jr. League Baseball and then the final period of a lacrosse game between two regional high-school powerhouses....South Hadley and Norhampton, MA. I used to watch lacrosse in college and even occassionally played "catch" on the commons...but I had never even thought of photographing it until now. Boy...is this one tough sport to shoot...the field is huge...the 200 was out of its depth on the far side of the field (although I've got one or two cropped shots from it anyway). The action with the ball is so quick and unpredictable that it is tough to follow while also attending to the camera. It is not hard to get fluid, graceful shots of ball handling and clearing...but very difficult to get good facial expressions or crunches...they happen suddenly and unpredictably. Accordingly my first shoot was good for me technically to begin to take the measure of the new (used) Nikon 80-200 ED IF that I just took delivery of Monday. And I think I caught the "feel" of the game okay. But that one or two great shots that we live or die for didn't materialize, or if they did I missed them. Here are four representative shots of what I did get. Your comments and criticism are welcome. 1/4000s f/2.8 at 200.0mm iso360 Subscribe to see EXIF info for this image (if available) 1/1000s f/8.0 at 200.0mm iso800 View attachment 99242 1/4000s f/2.8 at 200.0mm iso360 View attachment 99243 1/4000s f/2.8 at 200.0mm iso400 View attachment 99244 The shot at f8.0 happened just as I arrived with action near me. I hadn't set the camera and just used what I had, then later set up for f2.8, high shutter speed shooting (thanks Frank:smile . I must say the 80-200 is a pleasure to work with...people complain about its weight but I find it steady and balanced, and with my arm supporting it propped against my chest, a joy to shoot with. I ran some quick tests earlier today using my favorite outdoor target and confirmed that it just smokes my 70-300 APO Sigma at low f-stops.