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Camera Shake with Digital Cameras

The rule of thumb for a 35mm camera is that shutter speed should not be slower than 1/(focal length) to avoid camera shake.

My Canon EOS300D camera has a sensor size about 60% that of a 35mm camera. Therefore I would use a 31mm lens to get the same field of view as a 50mm lens on a 35mm camera. Should I therefore use a minimum (handheld) shutter speed of 1/30th sec or 1/50th sec with the 31mm lens to avoid shake?

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1/22/2004 11:22:25 AM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  That rule of thumb is more of a guideline than a rule, and varies with the individual.
Try different shutter speeds and compare the results. You will soon learn what shutter speed you can comfortably shoot hand-held.

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1/22/2004 1:10:20 PM

Davin Edridge   Hello All,

Another general rule - is not to hand hold any shot under 1/250th sec.
As stated above - this depends upon the individual. If shooting less the 1/125th sec - always take a deep breath, and hold it, while pressing the shutter.
Monopod's are also handy to have - light weight and quick to set up - but watch your horizons are kept straight.
Don't forget that pressing the shutter button and the subsequent releasing of the shutter can also cause camera shake.


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1/22/2004 6:27:32 PM

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