Forgive me for a few relatively basic questions. I've had my interested peaked in indoor sports photography, and I've been doing a lot of reading and searching but haven't found threads that directly answer my questions regarding the use of strobes (i.e. AB's, not speedlites).
1) Is it still up to personal preference, or would most agree that a good, sharp lens (say a 70-200 f/4L) combined with a few strobes would provide better results than a slightly faster lens (maybe a 70-200 f/2.8L or a 135 f/2L)? I am in the market for a new telephoto lens which may be used for indoor sports down the road, and also own several studio strobes (Einsteins), so if I can, I'd rather stick with something like the 70-200 f/4L than have to deal with the extra bulk of the 70-200 f/2.8L so I have that extra stop when and if I ever need it for indoor sports (which would only be a small percentage of my total shooting).
2) Do most people using strobes bounce them off of walls or ceilings when in gyms? I see a few references to using them direct (and there are obviously reflectors designed for this - PCB 11" LTR & 22" RLR) but I also see talk of this being frowned upon. I can understand why this might be the case.
3) What percentage of HS sports games do you think someone is shooting with strobes (just a ballpark - < 25%, 50%, >75%, etc)?
4) What percentage of HS sports games have a problem with people using strobes/have banned them?
Thanks in advance for the info!