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How Fast Shutter Speed You can Hand-hold?
There is no exact formula to say, but for me most of the time works following, widely accepted rule:

Minimum shutter speed You can hand hold and get sharp images most of the time with proper and firm holding technique is 1/lenght. So for your 100mm lens, at least 1/100 shutter speed is needed.

There is some confusion about cropped cameras with smaller than kinofilm sensor. For them rule applies as well, difference between cropped and full frame camera is only that you get smaller picture efectively expanding your focal lenght, but the sensitivity to motion is always same. Higher resolution of sensor have similar issue: smallest pixels of 10MPix camera might be more blurry than smallest pixels of 3MPix camera, but when whole image is downsized to same levels or printed, it is about equal, mostly a bit better for higher resolution camera.

Take care of this rule when using big zoom lens, shooting most of the time at 55mm can give you false impression about what all you can handhold when you zoom fully to 200mm.
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Posted on 22 Feb 2008 by fkh
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€¢ How Fast Shutter Speed You can Hand-hold?
There is no exact formula to say, but for me most of the time works following, widely accepted rule:

Minimum shutter speed You can hand hold and get sharp images most of the time with proper and firm holding technique is 1/lenght. So for your 100mm lens, at least 1/100 shutter speed is needed.

There is some confusion about cropped cameras with smaller than kinofilm sensor. For them rule applies as well, difference between cropped and full frame camera is only that you get smaller picture efectively expanding your focal lenght, but the sensitivity to motion is always same. Higher resolution of sensor have similar issue: smallest pixels of 10MPix camera might be more blurry than smallest pixels of 3MPix camera, but when whole image is downsized to same levels or printed, it is about equal, mostly a bit better for higher resolution camera.

Take care of this rule when using big zoom lens, shooting most of the time at 55mm can give you false impression about what all you can handhold when you zoom fully to 200mm.
Posted on 22 Feb 2008



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