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Old 29th July 2015
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Get those shutter speeds up.

Sorry for that.....

After over fifty years mucking about with all this nonsense the fact that sticks is.... 'Get those shutter speeds up'.

The use of high/high/high shutter speeds is a reality with Oly M4/3, it's a revelation.

With such terrific IQ at high ISO's, IBIS, terrific lenses that can satisfactorilly be used wide open with M4/3 DOF being what it is, the sky's the limit.

Don't be afraid of high ISO's, if one is reproducing for 6 x 4.5 prints or web display then you'll never notice the difference......Well perhaps you will, they'll be sharper.

I regularly shoot macro/c'up, hand held, with a 75-300+tubes.

The ISO never goes below 800 and the SS never below 1/640, usually it's 1/1000 if I'm not using fill-in flash.
The aperture takes care of it's self.

For 'SHARP' images, it's HIGH shutter speeds/ISO's IMVHO.

I'm a 'pixel-peeper' I don't mind admitting it, I've paid 's for high quality glass, I deserve 'sharp' images.
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Re: Get those shutter speeds up.

I tend to agree. I have for some time used a non IS 400mm lens on my Canon and never went below 1/640. Now I have a 600mm stabilised lens I still stick to 1/640 or faster. The resultant high ISO with both the Canon,EM1 or EM5 has never been a serious issue with me except when cropping massively.

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Re: Get those shutter speeds up.

Well I work at much slower speeds myself and have always worked that way but the longest lens I own is 150mm.

I shoot macro with flash as the detail is much better and very little noise in my opinion. I have though shot decent images at ISO 3200.

Shot at ISO 200 1/200th sec with flash at around 2:1 magnification

Leafcutter-bee Explored by Alf Branch, on Flickr

A handheld shot taken one handed with the E-M5 when holding the release for the E-M1 at 1/6th sec

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Re: Get those shutter speeds up.

I don't agree at all. Sorry!

IBIS is great and a landscape shot at 1/60 at f5.6 or f8 with ISO 200 will allow much more leeway for PP and enlargement than a shot at ISO 800 or more. Choice of SS is something that a photographer controls and simply saying "shoot at a high shutter speed" is only sometimes the right answer.
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