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01-22-2011, 04:33 PM   #16
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It also depends on whether you standing up or sitting down while taking the shots .

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If I lean against something or rest my elbows on something I will go as low as 1/10 but if I'm holding in mid air then 1/25 is my limit, and I always hold my breath.
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No example pics? I was proud of this one at 1/4. There was nothing at all to lean against. I guess I could have squatted or something to help, but I was standing, and it still came out pretty sharp.
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How sharp an image appears to be depends on how you view it. Small size on the Internet - it might look lovely and sharp. Printed A4 - so-so. Printed A3 - not good. Projected - yuck.

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With my 300 I can go to 1/160, and get sharp images if I burst 4-5. one will usually be tack sharp. I use the same stance and breathing techniques as with my rifle. But with the k-x I usually just pump up the iso to get 1/320+ regardless.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lavascript Quote
No example pics?
Hm... I rejected this one earlier for compositional issues, but... handheld, 1/8 second. I typically place the camera on my left shoulder, then cross my left arm over and under the right, into my right armpit. I can do that sitting or standing, and it's a pretty solid hold.
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This one is hand-held at 1/3 second. Also a reject...
I really only occasionally get sharp images at these speeds, though, so I have to take a bunch if I'm this slow w/o my tripod.
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01-24-2011, 06:17 AM   #22
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this really needs to be referenced to focal length.

As for me, with a SMC300F4, and SMC-F .7x AF COnverter, 1/40th is the best Ive done

see this link

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/1204442-post10.html

or just the cropped image

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I took this with my K-r 18-55mm kit lens at 55mm, f8, ISO 1600, built-in flash, manual focus, and 1/4 shutter speed while standing on a chair. This is fairly significantly cropped and was a very awkward shot due to foliage, darkness, etc. Still, I am pretty happy with the image stabilization and my steady hand! In find the key is to be relaxed (not worried about holding still) and to exhale while smoothly pressing the shutter. Obviously, I only occasionally accomplish this sharpness with this slow shutter speed.


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QuoteOriginally posted by leheath8 Quote
I took this with my K-r 18-55mm kit lens at 55mm, f8, ISO 1600, built-in flash, manual focus, and 1/4 shutter speed while standing on a chair. This is fairly significantly cropped and was a very awkward shot due to foliage, darkness, etc. Still, I am pretty happy with the image stabilization and my steady hand! In find the key is to be relaxed (not worried about holding still) and to exhale while smoothly pressing the shutter. Obviously, I only occasionally accomplish this sharpness with this slow shutter speed.
In this case, I think we have the flash to blame for the sharpness, not the SR or steady hand. (Not saying you don'h have a steady hand...)
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I can get decent shots at up to 1/4th. The sr really helps(see the sample shots in the k5 review).
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Here's a photo taken with the DA 40 at 1/6 second. It is actually really sharp down to 100 percent, although it seems like photo bucket softens the photo quite a bit.

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depends

Factors
Note that the shutter times are "comfortable" I can shoot slower but I'm not always sure of the results.
Focal length:
with my 8mm fisheye I can hand hold with reasonable expectation of success up to about 1/4 sec or so. Sometimes slower.
DA 12-24 1/6 sec at 12mm slight faster than that at 24mm
FA 43 ltd, 1/8 sec
etc.

Stance:
I can get 2 or 3 stops slower sitting rather than standing. Same if I have a tree/pole/car/etc to brace against

Physical Factors
I do better in the morning than after a day of shooting.
One cup of coffee is good; 2 cups of coffee is OK; three or more, not so much
I find I actually do better shooting up than down or level

NaCl(there are a whole bunch of factors involved in how fast I can shoot)H2O
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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
With the 15mm, I'll brace my arms on my chest, breathe out and squeeze....down to 1/3 or 1/2. Don't need to anymore though with the k5.
Yes! That's important. Breath OUT then shoot, holding your breath is harder to keep still.

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I can consistently hand hold shutter speeds as low as 1/8th with lenses shorter than 50mm on an APS-C DSLR without IS, On my rangefinder cameras including the Leica M9, I can hand hold 1/2 second exposures.
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1/8 is about a low as I go hand held and results are shaky at best
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