Nikon D2Hs | Bellingham United and Bells

I've pulled a Nikon D2Hs out of the closet. It's not mine, but it makes it way around students' hands at Western. Strapped with a 300mm f/4, the camera is big, real big. So big that it acts as its own press pass. Dpreview wrote a review on it in 2005, which in modern day terms, the camera is dated. I'm pretty sure iPhone's camera sensor is better. But never the less, the 8 fps and 4.1 megapixels held its own under a bright sunny day. Unfortunately, either the camera or the lens is just too slow for practical use. Many of the images were out of focus, but close enough that I could unsharp mask them back with an obscene about of sharpening. I captured a few nice images at the Bellingham United and Bellingham Bells game yesterday, but the amount of shots I missed due to the slow autofocus is concerning. Soccer season is coming up and I've been racking my brain with what gear to use. I'll have the D2Hs with the 300mm f/4 at my disposal but I'm contemplating how I should make my next investment—a 5D MKii and a nice wide-angle lens or a 70-200 f/2.8 with a 1.4 extender for soccer.  

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