My last baseball posts used the 80-200 2.8 with a 2X TC. I think my SS was too slow for the focal length and the pics came out soft. Here's one after I removed the TC. I think it looks much better.
Most likely, it was the TC that made them soft, not the SS. While some people get good results using a zoom and 1.4, fewer get good results with a 1.7, getting high image quality using a zoom and a 2.0 is rare.
Well I can tell you that from the screen of my blackberry I think that besides being a bit early on the trigger the shot looks nice and sharp,well exposed and cropped well !!
Looking forward to seeing more !
This image looks sharper
If your using the VR turn it off -- as others have said anything over a 1.4 TC and IQ really suffers
No data attached so I'm not sure what ISO you were shooting, Looks like there was still some decent light when you shot this so get the ISO up so we can see the faces-- I know helmets and shadows are a pain but it can be done
Now we need to work on exposing the faces and getting a ball in the frame Keep working at it
ISO 160 , if this is in fact the case and not 1600- go to 400-640 you'll get faces
I only mentioned VR since you did - I must wake up more before posting:biggrin: I know the 80-200 ha no VR
Getting lower will also help get under helmet