16 August, 2015

Shutter speeds

Zeiss 50mm Loxia - Crane Reflection [Click to enlarge]

With all the other advances, little attention seems to be paid to the current state of shutter speeds.

In the olden days, my Olympus OM2-S's fastest shutter was 1/1000th of a second. That was pretty standard at the time. But now, we don't think twice about 1/8000th of a second.

That's three full stops that don't need to gained with a neutral density filter. There are, of course, times when you want motion blur or narrower depth of field, and need the filter. But it's just another bit of latitude that seems to work for us these days.

I just wanted to register my gratitude, even before electronic shutters start delivering substantially faster speeds.

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