Digital vs film for indoor sports

Started May 10, 2010 | Discussions thread
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John101
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Digital vs film for indoor sports
May 10, 2010

I guess you could just classify this as a general photography question, but it relates in particular to the current generation of dSLRs with very clean output.

I have had my 550D for about 8 weeks and love it. I am astounded at the relatively clean results from high ISO settings. I recently took photos at my daughter's basketball game, in a gymnasium. I found that I had to use ISO 3200 to 6400 even with my 100mm f2.0 lens (at f2.0) to get the shutter speed up to around 1/800 second. I was blown away by the good results (after minimal post processing) even from ISO 6400. The sensor/in-camera processing is simply amazing.

My question is... what on earth did photographers do in the days of film (when ISO was limited to around 800-1000) to stop motion in indoor sports events. I know they were not using lenses faster than 2.0 for this, so what's the story?

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