Recently I have started doing some stringing for a local paper. I am using my own gear, so I am not especially concerned for myself here, however the editor and sports guys were aksing me some questions. Currently they send their sports writer to events with a Digital Rebel and a Quantarray F/4.0-5.6 75-300mm telephoto. They seem to do O.K. with the outside day games, but they have struggled with the night shots and the indoor photos. Shooting at ISO 1600, they are still having a lot of clarity issues... I made a number of operational suggestions to the reporter (he's not an experienced photographer at all and very fuzzy on some of the technical end) whic hopefully will help him, but I think he is also up against the limit of his hardware. He is not currently using a tripod either. The editor was wondering about a good lens for shooting these sorts of things - indoor basketball, outdoor football at night, etc. In another discussion he seemed...distressed...at the idea of purchasing a $1200 lens. So I think telling him to get the guy a Canon 300mm F2.8L is not going to fly... So what are some sub-$1,000 ideas for lenses that could get it done for them? The end quality is newsprint, not magazines, so a certain amount of grain and lack of sharpness might be tolerable. I had thought of the following possibilities: Canon 200mm F2.8L, maybe with a TC Sigma Zoom Telephoto 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO HSM Tokina Zoom Telephoto AF 80-200mm f/2.8 AT-X 828AF Canon Zoom Telephoto EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 EF IS Image Stabilizer Of course, I've never used any of these combinations so I am loath to recommend them. Any thoughts or comments?