Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital Cameras (Point and Shoot) > Panasonic / Leica

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Oct 5, 2010, 12:23 PM   #1
Senior Member
Jyaku's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 160
Default FZ cameras - minimum shutter speed

I always felt 1/4 is too slow, maybe 1/15 or 1/30 is more fitting. So I am curious, what do you set your individual minimum shutter speed at?
Jyaku is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Oct 5, 2010, 1:00 PM   #2
Super Moderator
Hards80's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 9,046

well there is no universal minimum. it depends on focal length.

the old rule is 1/equivelent focal length. which with today's image stabilization you can go 1.5-2 stops slower. and of course from there other variables come into play, like stability of footing, can you lean against a doorway, how much coffee you ate, do you in general shake alot.

i myself am not a steady person, so i tend to stay closer to the 1/focal length if possible even with stabilization. others drink less caffeine and can do better.
Hards80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 5, 2010, 3:26 PM   #3
Senior Member
shoturtle's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Frankfurt AM
Posts: 11,348

the caffeine thing is not always the case, I am a coffee addict. But do a pretty solid job with long shutter speeds. Be nice to us caffeine addicts. LOL

But back to topic. 1/focal length is a good rule of thumb.
Super Frequent Flyer, no joke. Ex Patriot and loving it.
Canon Eos 60D, T1i/500D, Eos1, Eos 630, Olympus EPL-1, and a part time Pentax K-X shooter.
shoturtle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 5, 2010, 4:25 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 465

The shutter is completely a function of the situation and what needs to be done. In a low light situation, stationary subject, I might press the camera against the side of a tree and hold for stability and use what ever shutter is necessary to attain a satisfactory lower ISO shot.
sdromel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 5, 2010, 6:28 PM   #5
Senior Member
mtclimber's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 18,143

sdromel is correct-

There is no fixed minimum shutter speed. It is all based on the photo situation.

To be safe, you can always depend on 1/focal length to get an idea where shutter speed becomes questionable.

Sarah Joyce
mtclimber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Oct 6, 2010, 11:20 AM   #6
Senior Member
Tullio's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 7,370

Well, the rule-of-thumb for shutter speed is 1/focal length. So, if you are shooting at 500mm, you should have S=1/500. However, this RoT was created way back when when cameras/lenses had no image stabilization. Today, some manufacturers claim that their IS can save up to 4 fstops. This means if your camera is one of these, then 1/60 would be the minimum shutter speed you should use to avoid blurriness caused by camera shake (1/60, 1/125, 1/250 and 1/500 - 4 ftops). However, I think most cameras will give you about 1 1/2 - 2 fstops. So, shooting at 1/500 I'd say the shutter should be around 1/125. Of course this is, as the name says, a rule-of-thumb. If you have steady hands, you can go as low as 1/60 and still get a decent shot at 500mm but it will be a hit and miss type of thing. I'm assuming hand-held shooting, of course.

Tullio is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 7:34 AM.