So I shoot sports, and more specifically polo and I use a 100-400L. I'm good and take much better photos than many of my colleagues who use much more expensive equipment. Why? Because on my field, while they are trapped in place with their heavy artillery pieces, I'm like the mobile cavalry running around for the best shots. I know the game. I can move closer. I run up and down the field. I get great shots. For me, it's all about positioning and composition.
Using the light lens also keeps me sharp. I think a lot of photographers with their gigantic artillery pieces get lazyâ€”both in terms of their willingness to move their butts as well as in their composition. Their photos tend to all look the same.
I'm also quite handy with photoshop: specifically, I'm pretty good with lens blur to simulate the bokeh of more expensive lenses. It works surprisingly well, though it's quite a time consuming process. In the end, however, I'd rather spend an hour processing a shot that I have than spend no time processing a photo that I don't.
The only time my photos stink is when the light gets bad. I pump up the ISO to about 3200 and basically pray. I get some good shots, but it's damned hard work in post-processing. Sometimes I just bust out the 70-200mm and hope the ponies pass by close... which ain't too often on a 300 yard field.
I've thought several time about buying a 400 2.8 and using it when the light is bad. I've used one several times, and if you're lucky enough to actually get a shot, it's creamy buttery goodness. But that's the thing, right? Actually getting the shot. Ponies move fast and keeping the camera trained on a torso that's moving fast and bobbing up and down is tricky hand-held and nearly impossible mono-podded. Still, when the light is bad, I lose, and I've been thinking about getting one for the bad days.
So here cometh the 1DX with ISO capabilities to die for. Money is not the issue. Do you guys think the low light problems will be much more a thing of the past? I'm curious as to what you guys might think.