Longest Shutter speed you'll still hand hold?

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    Just curious. For low light landscapes or non action/moving things, what is the slowest shutter speed you'll consider hand holding instead of getting out the tripod or a monopod?
     
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    Focal length should be taken into consideration as well.
     
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    Can do up to 1/8 but it's not great. I think 1/125 is recommended but I think it depends on the situation.
     
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    The rule of thumb is 1/focal length. Some say that you should take the crop factor into account.
    So for your Canon camera, you would want a shutter speed that is at least 1/FL(1.6).
    So when shooting at the long end of your 70-210, you would want a shutter speed faster than 1/336....and that might be pretty tough with a max aperture of F5.6.

    This is only a rule of thumb though. Most people can easily hand hold at faster shutter speeds, with proper technique. For example; a good stance, good posture, holding the camera properly & good breathing technique.

    When I'm shooting a landscape, I'll usually use a tripod anyway. This allows me to practically eliminate any blur from camera shake and also allows me to use a more optimum aperture...either to gain some DOF or just to use an aperture that will result in better image quality. I'll also use a remote shutter release (or the timer) and activate the mirror lock up function.
     
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    One thing to consider as well is if you have an IS/VR/OS lens, or a sony (with the SSS). as that will greatly decrease the shutter speed required.

    For example, the new versions of IS are reportedly able give up to 4 extra stops of hand holdability. Thus with the 70-200 you could theoretically shoot at 200 at about 1/12th -1/20th of a second.
     
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    Depends on the lens. With my wide-angle lens (10-20mm), I'm willing to hand-hold down to 1/10 of a second. With my monster super-tele (150-500mm OS), I won't try anything much less than 1/200 when it's racked out.
     
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    I always stick by the rule of 1/125 minimum, then its tripod time.
     
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    Depends on what I shoot. If I'm shooting landscapes, I rarely ever hand hold, unless I'm without a tripod and I see a scene developing. A tripod lets me eliminate camera shake, use low ISO, and f/11 - f/16 for optimum DoF and sharpness.

    For anything else, if I'm using a short focal length, I try not to go below about 1/40 (and even that's hit or miss). I prefer 1/125 for best results. If I have my zoom racked out to 300mm, I will usually not shoot unless I can get 1/500 or greater.
     
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    didnt i post the same exact thread last week? lol

    there was someone who claimed 4seconds on my post lol
     
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    See post #8 above. :D
     

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