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    Do you feel 1/500 sec max shutter speed is a problem?

    How many feel that have a max shutter speed of 1/500 is a problem?
    How often do you find 1/500 in not fast enough because of light.
    No sports photography so that is no problem.
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    Usualy - no.
    But, sometimes, mostly on trips under strong daylight when I've wanted to shoot portraits, from family and friends, I couldn't use open apperture like 1.4 - 2.8, even on slow film like Portra 160, was a problem, even with 1/1000th.
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    Heh, I only wish I had a shutter that fast on a couple of my cameras! As one who does mostly landscapes and old grungy industrial stuff, I don't find it limiting. I am somewhat awed that in these days of super high performance electronic shutters speeds like 1/500 or 1/1000 might be thought of as "slow." For allowing a large aperture for reduced DOF, an ND filter or a polarizer could rein in the light a bit if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    How many feel that have a max shutter speed of 1/500 is a problem?
    How often do you find 1/500 in not fast enough because of light.
    No sports photography so that is no problem.
    Wow 1/500! I only get 1/125 shooting 8x10 .

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    It certainly limits my ability to shoot wide open in mid day sun and forces me to have the right speed film but it hasn't bothered me to a point that I'd say it's a short coming. Realistically speaking, it hasn't bothered me at all in most shooting conditions.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    I have had issues at elevation (colorado, no clouds) with tri-x (TXP). The correct answer is to use slower film (of course). The next best answer is ND filters. If your top speed is 1/125 (copal 3 shutter, for example) you definitely want to think about it carefully. 1/500 is just some handwaving.

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    Ok, as someone that shoots a Brownie with a 1/50 shutter top speed I now have to envy you as someone that has a really fast shutter.

    Honestly, I do own more modern cameras that have shutters that go up to 1/500 and beyond, and I hardly ever use those speeds even with 400 speed film. If bokeh is important to you just use slower film, while faster films are a lot better today than in the 70's, slower films still make the best photos.
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    Several of my folders only have 1/300, and to be honest I love using the cameras so much that I don't have a problem, if I want to get the aperture open I can use ND filters, so I am happy, indeed, one of my cameras, a 1938 Bessa 66, only goes to 1/175, Richard

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    Absolutely NOT. I remember that one of the camera magazines ran an article on the top speed of cameras with mechanical FP shutters. In all their tests a marked top speed of 1/1000 was usually something like 1/65o. Just because it's on the dial doesn't mean that it is true. Why the difference, chalk it up to inertia.

    In order to get better results requires the use of lighter parts. But this makes the shutter more prone to damage.
    Last edited by Gerald C Koch; 12-20-2010 at 02:07 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Did people like AA that shot landscapes with big 8x10's use ND filters?
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