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    Rolleiflex at the races

    It'll be a couple days till I have photos to show for it....

    I went to the grand-am races at Limerock CT this weekend. It's kind of a high end motorsports event. Like show up and park your car past the Lotus, around the corner from the Mercedes, and between the Maserati and Porsche, and that's just the parking lot.

    Wore the orange vest and lugged the requisite DSLR with BFL like most every other photographer with a purpose. Also had on my rolleiflex automat tessar.

    Talked to MANY people who either used to have one or were pleased to see someone shooting film. Along with 16GB of digital photos, I shot 5 rolls of 120.

    Some of the more interesting conversations...

    The Continental Tire booth babes were very interested in the rolleiflex when I posed with them. Proves prior discussions on the topic on social aspects of TLRs.

    Was in the bathroom at the row of urinals (ladies; guys aren't supposed to check each other out in these situations). Another photographer looked my way and said, "Oh My! Impressive!" Then after an awkward moment said I was brave to be shooting some film.

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    Looking forward to the photos.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatchetman View Post
    Looking forward to the photos.....
    Me too. Ever seen Louis Klemantaski's auto sport Rolleiflex photos? Great stuff:

    http://www.klemcoll.com/TheGallery.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by rich815 View Post
    Me too. Ever seen Louis Klemantaski's auto sport Rolleiflex photos? Great stuff:

    http://www.klemcoll.com/TheGallery.aspx
    What a cool website; thanks for the link.

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    Richard, thank you so much for that website too!! I sure recongize many of Klemantaski's photos from books I have from the "early" days of Ferrari racing. That alone is worth breaking out the old TLR and taking some photos. Have forgotten just what amazing photos those TLRs are capable of.

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    Oh man, for a racing buff, the photos on that website are almost impossible to resist! I want everything on there. The prices are reasonable too. I'd better not bookmark it, or the bank account could (would) take a serious and terminal hit. No roll bars on the cars, and it looks like no seat belts either! I guess the idea was if you were lucky you would get thrown from the car or you were a deader. Those early F-1 cars make today's cars look very ugly by comparison.
    Last edited by momus; 09-30-2013 at 08:44 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Is top shutter speed 1/500? Does that stop a car going 100MPH?

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    My rolleiflex has a top speed of 1/250! With my dslr, I like to get 1/1000 or better for stopping action, and 1/160 or so for panning. I've used a speed graphic at 1/400 for action, and it helped to have it straight on rather than panning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp498 View Post
    My rolleiflex has a top speed of 1/250!
    Which Rolleiflex do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff L View Post
    Which Rolleiflex do you have?
    I'm wondering the same. Some of the early types were top speed 1/300 but all others 1/500 as far as I know:

    http://www.rolleiclub.com/cameras/tl.../automat.shtml
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