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I am asking this question on the sports forum since it is so specific to sports.
I want a 300mm f2.8 auto focus for shooting night football games. Some of the stadiums are pretty dark. This will be used with a D300s body.
My preference is the AF-S version of the 300mm f 2.8 lens, but the AF-I version is about $1,000 cheaper. My research ranges widely form Ken Rockwell's report that the AF-I is too slow (yes, I know, Ken Rockwell...) to sports shooters who say the AF-I is slower than the AF-S but still a very nice lens.
Does anyone have specific experience shooting night football with the AF-I and the AF-S that can compare them?
Also, I know that the AF-I repairs are no longer done by Nikon, so the chance that the AF motor could burn up also concerns me.