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Old May 14th, 2011, 07:50 AM   #1
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sony PMW EX1R Shutter on or off is the question

Question... I bought Doug Jensen Sony PMW EX 1R Field Guide Book from (from Vortex Media) is a great and helpful book). In the book he tells you about his favirot settings. He states that on the PMW EX 1R the shutter switch should be turned on and if recording in 30p the speed should be set to 1/60. I do most of my video shooting indoor events, Weddings, Sweet 16, Etc. My partner thinks for this type of shooting that the shutter is set too fast and the shutter switch should be shut off. My partner states with that shutter speed you should be shooting faster moving objects other then party events...

What do you guys think....


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Old May 14th, 2011, 12:04 PM   #2
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Re: sony PMW EX1R Shutter on or off is the question

It all depends on what you mean by "faster."
1/60 is "normal" for 30p.

Turning shutter off will give you a bit more light but also a bit more motion blur on movement.
For talking heads you might not notice it. For fast dancing at the reception you might which you may or may not like depending on your aesthetic.

The choice is aesthetic but you need to know what happens technically though (more light sensitive with more motion blur when off).
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Old May 14th, 2011, 11:31 PM   #3
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Re: sony PMW EX1R Shutter on or off is the question

Although people are dogmatic about this, there is no 'right' answer. It is generally true that people prefer to use a 180 shutter (1/60 sec), but considering that shutter 'off' will give you an extra stop where you need it, you should evaluate for yourself. Personally I prefer shutter 'off' for 24/25 fps progressive, but then I've reached this conclusion after testing over a wide range of non-sport situations. Test.
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Old May 14th, 2011, 11:52 PM   #4
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Re: sony PMW EX1R Shutter on or off is the question

Michael, you've bought a super camera - and you're the cameraman. Why not experiment? You'll learn much more than by asking what I or other EX1R users do.

I'm not meaning to sound negative, merely pointing out that by taking the approach I've suggested you'll often discover things about the camera that you never imagined.

The analogy I'd offer is that what we're talking about here is journeying, not how to drive the car.
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