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Shutter Speed With A 100-300mm

Wed Oct 31, 2001 12:58 am

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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RE: Shutter Speed With A 100-300mm

Wed Oct 31, 2001 1:21 am

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.

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RE: Shutter Speed With A 100-300mm

Wed Oct 31, 2001 1:46 am

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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