It wasn't that I fealt you meant to demean. It just seems to me that you are a little deffensive about equipment. There is very little about apperatures , autofocus tracking , glass quality , etc.. that I dont know and appreciate. In fact it is due to the fact that I do understand these things that I can do as well as i do with the system that I have. I don't know if you have ever used a DL but let me tell you it's auto focus speed SUCKS !! I could never have depended on using it to capture the ball in flight. The shutter mechanism in the camera would have worn out before it could have tracked that ball. I focused on the pitcher and stopped down hoping to increase the depth of field enough to get the ball soon after it left his hand. I was not concerned much with the background.
I have no misconceptions concerning the quality of my system just as i am not under the delusion that my cavalier could hold its own against a corvette!!!
Thanks for the appology even though it was not necessary. bock1965