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Shutter Speed With A 100-300mm  
User currently offlineLugonza_2001 From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 315 posts, RR: 1
Posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Dear Friends:

Here in Madrid i have the opportunity to take pictures from quite close angles to planes, i use a 100-300 mm f5.6, i know that with tele-lenses shutter speed is extremelly important in order to avoid vibrations and get sharp pictures, as i don´t use a tripod. For planes taking-off, what is the minimum shutter speed do you recommend me, using maximum zoom (300mm)? I think using a 1/125 or 1/250 should be enough, am i wrong?

Thank you!!!

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User currently offlineAndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 1107 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

Rule of thubm is 1/lens length... So, at 300, a minimum of 1/300 and at 100, a minimum of 1/100. With practice you can go slower than that, but the rule of thumb is a good starting point if you've not used long lenses before.


User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

You may need to increase the shutter speed if you are photographing fast moving subjects (like takeoffs!) with your lens at the long zoom end. You have good light in Madrid - you ought to be able to manage between 1/400-1/500 at F8 on a sunny day with ISO 100 film.

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