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02-05-2014, 09:10 PM   #1
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Camera Shake- Cause and Cure?

Hi Everyone,
Seems like I haven't seen this subject covered all in one place, at least recently. Maybe an add-on list could help, I'll take a look at a couple first; For the sake of this subject, we'll assume the sharpness problem isn't focus. It's some type of camera shake, OK?
If you think of more, post' em.

Hand-held, photos are 'fuzzy' or soft. Cure?
Make sure SR is on, check focal length of manual lens input. Increase shutter speed. Improve hand-holding technique.
(use a monopod or tripod, if possible)

Tripod-Mounted Camera, photos aren't sharp. Cure?
Make sure camera, Q-R plate, head and all tripod locks are secure and tight.
Use a remote shutter release w/ 2 second delay or mirror lockup (if possible).
Hang camera bag from bottom of center tripod shaft.
Try different shutter speeds.

That's it for me, hope it's useful.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rbefly Quote
Tripod-Mounted Camera, photos aren't sharp. Cure?
Make sure camera, Q-R plate, head and all tripod locks are secure and tight.
Use a remote shutter release w/ 2 second delay or mirror lockup (if possible).
Hang camera bag from bottom of center tripod shaft.
Try different shutter speeds.
Seems to me you should also turn off the shake reduction when the camera is mounted on a tripod, right?
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Depends on the person, but generaly it's just a matter of practice and finding a comfortable stance/hold.
Heie's article on the forums here was a very good read on the topic.


Other methods I've used are a small monopod braced against my collarbone.
a standard monopod extended straight out and tucked under the arm. The arm tuck stabilises, and the full extension behind you can be used as a counterweight.


I have shaky hands anyway, but the above has helped (Heie's article especially)

Failing that, a good old Temazepam :P (I am joking here, don't go out and use drugs unless you're actually prescribed them by a doctor)
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Wow! You're Quick!

Nice going, Racer! I sure missed that one, thanks.
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Nice going, Racer! I sure missed that one, thanks.
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You're welcome!
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QuoteOriginally posted by hks_kansei Quote
Heie's article on the forums here was a very good read on the topic.
Heie's contributions here have been a great addition to the forum and the Pentax community.
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There seems to be differing opinions whether SR should be OFF or ON when using a monopod. I would like to know what the consensus is.
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String tripod.

I have seen SR on on monopod cause loss of sharpness. BTW w/ string tripod SR should be left on.

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It should be off when using a tripod, the confusion arises because some shooting modes such as mirror lock-up disable the SR automatically.
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You don't need SR at all if your shutter speed matches or exceeds your focal length.
Personally, SR is off all the time for all of my cameras until such time as I need it, which is rare (for me).
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QuoteOriginally posted by Steve.Ledger Quote
You don't need SR at all if your shutter speed matches or exceeds your focal length.
Good point. Something held over from the days of film!
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The idea that you don't need SR if the shutter speed exceeds the FL (actually 1/FL(mm) [sec]) is incorrect:
1. (a) That rule was for 35 mm (FF), for 1.5 cropped dslr it is (1/1.5*FL(mm)) [sec]; and
(b) for similar reasoning it depends how big and/or how much cropping when you are printing the image.
2. next time you are backpacking, running, standing on a ladder, etc., and want to take a picture the rule would not apply
3. some people are much steadier and some are much less steady than suggested by this rule
4. it will invariably be sharper w/ SR (or a tripod)

Last edited by dms; 02-06-2014 at 01:10 PM. Reason: Fix typo's: iso should be FL(mm)
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Seems to me you should also turn off the shake reduction when the camera is mounted on a tripod, right?
If you shoot with mirror lock up or multi-exposure modes, then SR is turned off automatically.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rondec Quote
If you shoot with mirror lock up or multi-exposure modes, then SR is turned off automatically.
Correct.

But some will simply set the camera on a tripod, and then shoot, either with the remote, or by setting the drive mode for a delay. For me I set the drive mode to remote with a 3 second delay when using the remote.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rbefly Quote
Camera Shake- Cause and Cure?
Would a lack of whisky be the correct answer?

Or is that the cause, I'm never certain.
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