For example, this discussion is about a 3.5-5.6 lens. That works great for outdoor shots, but is relatively worthless for sports shooting in most high school gyms. Anyone shooting with 2.8 straight or better lenses?
Yep, VR wont do anything to help stop motion. Its a great feature for panning and camera shake, but a fast lens is what is really needed.
Even at F/2.8, I have found it to be a little slow for indoor sports. While the D300 can crank up to ISO6400, I would really like that to be a last resort option.
Primes can work well for indoor sports, however. If you plan it right, you can use a 50/1.4 for your closer distances, and an 85/1.4/1.8 or 135/2 for the distant stuff.
If need be, both Canon and Nikon make awesome 200/2 with IS/VR in them. These are the ultimate lenses for indoor sports, but make sure you stand far enough back. 200mm indoors is a looooong lens.
So far I have been relatively happy with my current setup: D300/D50, 12-24/4, 18-50/2.8, 50/1.8, and 70-200/2.8 VR.
I would like to get a 35/1.4, but Nikon seems to be taking their sweet old time with producing an autofocus variant of theirs. The Sigma 30/1.4 is an option, but I want to see what Nikon comes up with before I pull the trigger.