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Old December 20th, 2003, 02:30 AM   #1
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Appropriate Shutter Speed

What is the best shutter speed for shooting SURF SHOTS? Or What do you reccommend using.
I am currently using 1/60 It works nicely but sometimes comes out a little wrong.
Any help with shutter speeds would be greatly appreciated.

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Old December 20th, 2003, 05:24 AM   #2
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Try some higher speeds for fast action. Gives the image this hyperkinetic urgency.
Be careful of vertical smear, though.
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Old December 20th, 2003, 09:50 AM   #3
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You might try using one of the adaptive deinterlacing programs or plug-ins in post also and see if you like that look. Do a search here on deinterlacing for some extensive discussion. If you use one of the better ones it should approximate the look of 30p.
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Old December 21st, 2003, 05:39 AM   #4
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I am currently using 1/60 It works nicely but sometimes comes out a little wrong. Any help with shutter speeds would be greatly appreciated.
1/60th? Do you own a NTSC cam is PALsville, Australia? Are you viewing NTSC footage on a multi-system TV and viewing it in PAL?
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What is the best shutter speed for shooting SURF SHOTS? Or What do you reccommend using.
For NTSC, I'd use 1/60th or 1/100th; for PAL I'd try 1/50th first, but I think 1/100th would be much better. I would not shoot any faster than that with a TRV950 or PDX10.
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Old December 21st, 2003, 07:46 AM   #5
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Boyd I ended up getting DVFilm Maker and I like it. Does a nice job. Slowly but nice.

I will try 1/100 but 1/60 normally looks better.

I own a PAL camera I am still able to obtain a shutter speed of 1/60 though.

My camera in steps shows:
1/3 | 1/6 | 1/12 | 1/25 | 1/50 | 1/60 | 1/100 | 1/120
& so on.

Thanks all for the input.

What Lens hood do you reccommend using for surf shots?
I have just been using the standard one, should I bee using the Wide Hood?

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Old December 21st, 2003, 08:01 AM   #6
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I didn't know that the PAL Sony does 1/60th. Are you using a tripod for your surfing videos?

I wonder if the NTSC version has the 1/50th manual shutter speed?
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Old December 21st, 2003, 10:54 AM   #7
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Yes, the 950, the PDX10 and the VX/150 all have 1/50th and 1/60th on the PAL versions.

High shutter speeds are a no-no on the 950/X10 because of the CCD smear. If you keep to 1/50th you'll get the smoothest slow motion and normal motion footage, but stills for web or page will have camera and subject blur. You might well need a 2 stop ND to suppliment the 3 in-built NDs, otherwise the camera will go for apertures smaller than f4.8 - another no-no on that camera.

The big supplied lens hood is the best, but if you always shoot in telephoto (to stop salt spray ruining your cam) go for an extendable Hoya hood - and get even more efficient shielding of that front element.

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