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@Stempsons, that's the kind of shot I'm looking for but not often able to get to work with the 50mm f/1.4.
@rolette, f/2.0, 1/800, ISO 3200 is my absolute best case scenario at one rez school that had a new gym built about 4 years ago. Most of the time I'm at 6400+ and one gym demands 12800.
Several have noted the 85mm f/1.8. I think I get about 70% of my keepers using it. Great lens, particularly for the price. My problem with it is getting close. I have the privilege of working anywhere on the floor that isn't a playing surface. Most of the gyms are waaay too small to shoot with a 300mm (or most of the time even with a 200mm). I've experimented with both my 24-70 and 70-200 f/2.8s and there are only a couple of venues where light and space is big/good enough to work. One gym in particular has less than 3 feet between the court line and the wall. The home gym is a bit under 4' along the sideline but generous room on the baselines.
I have some time to process and thus always shoot raw. Everything gets NR, and I do often have to crop to feature a player. (Rules about who shows up in the paper how often can make you crazy and require one to sometimes use a less than best action shot.) The paper prints in B&W on cheap newsprint and I could get away with a lot in that format. It just added a subscriber PDF version with color photos, so I'm now having to submit twice for each pix. Quality of the online version needs to be significantly better than the print version.
I find the 1DIV crops well, just so long as one doesn't get excessively tight. "Excessively" is of course variable depending on lots of factors.
Great feedback. I think I'll go for it as I notice Canon has the 35L on sale. I can probably get about $300+ for the 50mm so I'd be out $1K, serious money down here in nowhereville, but probably doable.