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    Question what is the lowest shutter speed which can be used without a tripod and not blur ?

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    1/2?
    1/4?
    1/8?
    1/15?
    1/30?
    1/60 ?


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    General rule-of-thumb... lowest shutter speed to use for handheld shot should be approximately the reciprocal of your lens focal length.

    1/20th for 20mm focal length
    1/50th (1/60th or 1/40th) for 50mm focal length
    1/100th for 100mm focal length
    1/200th for 200mm focal length

    Hope this helps!

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    With a heavy lens, I can go down to about 1/30 and that's about the slowest I can do handheld. I think it also depends on the individual. Some claim they can handhold up to 1 sec.......hahaha

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    Originally posted by Kit
    With a heavy lens, I can go down to about 1/30 and that's about the slowest I can do handheld. I think it also depends on the individual. Some claim they can handhold up to 1 sec.......hahaha
    hahahaha.

    For me, it's also 1/30, up to maybe 105mm or so, with proper bracing/support, maybe I can get away with the same speed on a 200mm.

    For my 20mm lens, I've handheld at about 1/15s. Anyway, tripod or not, subject movement also starts to come into play.

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    i have tried 1/8 at f2.8 on 28mm on a leica range finder camera. it look sharp. at 1/30 all pic are sharp even on 90mm.
    but should use tripod, why take chance? unless no tripod.

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    Originally posted by howie
    i have tried 1/8 at f2.8 on 28mm on a leica range finder camera. it look sharp. at 1/30 all pic are sharp even on 90mm.
    but should use tripod, why take chance? unless no tripod.
    Rangefinders can be hand held at a lower speed without much problems.

    Tripods are nice, but they are a chore to carry around, especially when travelling. And sometimes, you don't have time to setup a tripod, or you find that there's not enough space in front of you to setup a tripod (like on a narrow walkway with a valley below you).

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