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02-28-2010, 08:06 AM   #1
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Whats your lowest handheld shutterspeed

Whats your lowest handheld shutterspeed w/ blur free shots?
whats the percentage accuracy?
@ what focal length, and lens?

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I can't really answer that question, however when I'm panning after a bird or something along those lines I often have longer shutter speeds deliberatly. As long as I do everything right what I want looks sharp.

If I'm using longer, hand held shots, and I want everything to look sharp I use the 2 second timer. From what I've seen most of the camera movement comes from pushing the shutter button, with most people... and the timer eliminates that.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rustynail925 Quote
Whats your lowest handheld shutterspeed w/ blur free shots?
whats the percentage accuracy?
@ what focal length, and lens?
I have successfully gone down to 1\2 sec with SR on on my former K10D. Lens used was FA31... This is more like an exception however.

Typically i can go down to about 1\15 and I usually get away with 50% blur free shots, with any of my lenses.
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I think it depends more of what you're shooting....

It's it static, then it might be easier, if it's in motion it's a bit different

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1/6 on a 135mm lens; thank you Pentax SR.

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Sometime, I can get sharp pictures at 1/4 sec. Unfortunately, not often enough.
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depends on the lens as well
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For the average user, the rule of thumb is shutter speed should be double your focal lens. So if you're shooting at 50mm then set your shutter speed to 1/100 or a little bit faster if you have bad hand shake. Personally i can sometimes get away with 1/5 if i lean to a wall.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex00 Quote
For the average user, the rule of thumb is shutter speed should be double your focal lens. So if you're shooting at 50mm then set your shutter speed to 1/100 or a little bit faster if you have bad hand shake. Personally i can sometimes get away with 1/5 if i lean to a wall.

OMG! This is funny... I always had, though I can't recall the origin of it, the conviction the rule of thumb as 1/FC and not 1/ 2x FC! I was so sure about it, that i might even ask if you are sure about doubling the focal distance...

I've always followed that in order to setup the camera, and then moved down, using the SR. That means I was already off by 1-stop on my calcs on my starting point...
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I can manage to get 1/6 below 50% blur free shots using DAL 50-200mm @ 200mm
however using the FA 35mm my chances are low. At 1/10 shutterspeed i got below 40% blur free shots.. I tried shooting about more than 300 clicks still i cant get it right
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This was 1/4s with an MX. Can't say I do i t a lot but I have got a few.



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This is why I could never be a professional photog. I am willing to risk 1/10 or slower sometimes if I need the DOF and if I miss the shot I don't really mind. I would hate to miss 'the Kiss' or something equally important. If I get one more photo to add to my yearly album I am happy.
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QuoteOriginally posted by BBear Quote
OMG! This is funny... I always had, though I can't recall the origin of it, the conviction the rule of thumb as 1/FC and not 1/ 2x FC! I was so sure about it, that i might even ask if you are sure about doubling the focal distance...

I've always followed that in order to setup the camera, and then moved down, using the SR. That means I was already off by 1-stop on my calcs on my starting point...
1/FC is not enough for most users and will still result in slight blur if you Pixel peep.
1/2xFC is the way to go for the average user and will keep you on the safe side. You can always go slower and change the numbers if you feel your hands are stable enough. Using a 50mm focal, 1/50 is still not fast enough for allot of users specially if the object is moving.
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Good thread, I've always wondered what others can swing (or not).

With a K20D @ 35mm, SR activated, 1/15 about 35% of the time; 1/30 for normal stuff works well enough.

@ >125mm, SR activated, 1/45 about 50% of the time; 1/60 works well for static subjects.

With flash shooting people, 1/45 is OK enough; 1/60 better.

For my needs, it's about printed images or digital files that someone else downstream will do something with. For downsized web postings one can get by with slower shutter speeds.

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Good examples shown here.
SR does work and saves many hand-held situations.
My strike rate's been good up to 1/5 sec. for a 35mm capture, but not so good for 50mm.
The sweet spot for me at 50mm with SR is about 1/15 sec.
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