Zeiss 80mm lens
Ilford Delta 400 and Ilford HP5+
Some at 1600 and some at 3200 ISO.
Well… I’m not the smartest guy on the planet, so when I got the chance to take pictures of two boxers training I toke the Rolleiflex 6006. I didn’t know the place, or the light available but I figured that having the possibility to use the films at 1600 or 3200 ISO I would be okay. Dead wrong!
The problem was not the light. ISO 1600 and 3200 were just fine working with apertures from 2.8 to 5.6. The problem was the shutter speed. Those guys move lightning fast and there was no way to “freeze” their movements even at 1/500 which I never could use, maybe on a couple of shots at 2.8 and ISO 3200.
On top of that the Rolleiflex 6006 is not an action sports camera and I’m not an action sports photographer. I was just pretending to be David Burnett who toke breathtaking pictures of the Olympics using a Speed Graphics.
I went back there a couple of weeks later and did a proper job using a Mamiya 645 AFD and a Contax N1.
PS: David Burnett was kind enough to answer some questions a while back. A real gentleman.
You can read the interview here.