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    Exclamation Action Nightshoot. flash sync, shutter spd qn

    I got plans to go take shots of the drum out parade this sat, and suddenly thought of this qn.

    Parade starts 1830, runs along roads so at least got a bit street light.
    FM2 flash sync is 1/250. And assuming i use either colour neg iso800 or b&w neg iso1600. (for case scenario set any fastest film speed, pls correct if wrong.)

    When the action gets too fast for the shutter speed, what choices do I have to not get blurred (screwed) pictures?

    Any advice greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxtwo
    I got plans to go take shots of the drum out parade this sat, and suddenly thought of this qn.

    Parade starts 1830, runs along roads so at least got a bit street light.
    FM2 flash sync is 1/250. And assuming i use either colour neg iso800 or b&w neg iso1600. (for case scenario set any fastest film speed, pls correct if wrong.)

    When the action gets too fast for the shutter speed, what choices do I have to not get blurred (screwed) pictures?

    Any advice greatly appreciated!
    Besides using a higher ISO, you can also try to use faster lenses.

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    sorry i don't understand by faster lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxtwo
    sorry i don't understand by faster lenses.
    Faster lenses are lenses with large maximum aperture (e.g f2.8, f1.8 etc). Shooting at the larger aperture allows you to use a faster shutter speed, hence 'faster lenses'.

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    if the situation makes u desperate for shutter speed, u can deliberately setup up to -1 stop of exposure compensation. since its low light situation, the deliberate underexposure wont hurt much

    since u r usign manual body, => deliberately choose a higher shutter speed

    if u r using electronic body => just set aperture priority, choose the max aperture, dail in up to -1 stop of exposure compensation. this will manifest as the body givign u a higher shutter speed to shoot with.

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    ic ok.

    justarius: my lense only goes up to f3.8, so not a faster lenses i guess.

    clive: say i use my flash which is synced at 1/250, then i can't choose a higher shutter spd? I read somewhere that it is not recommended...

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    oh ya sory overlooked that fact. your the fm2 it has focal plane shutter correct? yes the top sync of 1/250. technically u can purposely set any speed higher then 1/250 while using flash but then u will get one portion of the pic completely blocked by the rear curtain. it will show as a blackened portion of the pic

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    ouch.. ah well. i'll see how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justarius
    Faster lenses are lenses with large maximum aperture (e.g f2.8, f1.8 etc). Shooting at the larger aperture allows you to use a faster shutter speed, hence 'faster lenses'.
    Yup that is rite. Since you are using a FM2, I'll would use the 50mm f1.4. Very fast lense and also a good focal length for me.

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