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Old 15 January 2007, 15:18   #31
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Hi jwalker, I just twigged the j walker, is the first name "johnny" by any chance...
Nope...
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Old 15 January 2007, 15:20   #32
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Well maybe it can't because there will be situations where a high shutter speed is not achievable.
Yep, I agree. My modern lenses leave my old Olympus ones far behind.
If only it were so simple, Brambles.

Here is two shots taken with the same camera on the same day at the same place but using different lenses.
Well the beuty of an slr (& some advanced compacts) is that you can adjust the ISO rating and lens aperture to obtain the desired shutter speed. Picture quality is obviously affected but it does mean that you can get the shot. A bit of basic photographic knowledge and some experience will see you right. During many years as a motorcycle racing freelance I never came accross a situation where i could not use the shutter speed that was required.

With regard to the two photographs posted I can't comment without more information regarding camera, settings, lenses used and any time delay between taking the images. Doesn't look good though!
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Old 15 January 2007, 15:30   #33
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I have a Pentax Optio 550 which is painfully slow and I suspect getting slower. I really fancy a Canon EOS 30D but I am finding it hard to justify the cost ( I already have a Canon SLr film camera and lenses) I believe this takes shots at about 5 frames per second. But to get to the point, why should an SLR digital have a faster shutter speed than a quality (panasonic FZ50) compact? what governs the speed on a digital? Software?
Fred,

There are two things to bear in mind: Shutter delay ie the delay between when you press the button and when the image is recorded. This can be painfully slow on some compacts.

Secondly the time it takes to write the images to the memory card. Some compacts offer a buffer of for example 5 frames per second for a second, but then take a minute or so to write those images from the buffer to the card. During this time your camera is will not work.

I guess that this is down to product placement in the market place. If you pay 4,000 for a professional slr you will expect it to shoot continously at 8 frames per second and write the images in real time. At the other end of the food chain if pay 300 for a compact you can't expect the same performance.

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Old 15 January 2007, 15:34   #34
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I thought you may have adopted the name from the Whiskey.

It is a Scottish Whiskey, isnt it?
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I thought you may have adopted the name from the Whiskey.

It is a Scottish Whiskey, isnt it?
There is no such thing as Scottish WhiskEy.
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Fred,

There are two things to bear in mind: Shutter delay ie the delay between when you press the button and when the image is recorded. This can be painfully slow on some compacts.

Secondly the time it takes to write the images to the memory card. Some compacts offer a buffer of for example 5 frames per second for a second, but then take a minute or so to write those images from the buffer to the card. During this time your camera is will not work.
And don't forget the time it takes from turning it on until its ready for the first shot. This can be painfully slow sometimes - and might mean you miss an important shot.
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There is no such thing as Scottish WhiskEy.
So is it Scottish Whisky then?
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So is it Scottish Whisky then?
Johnnie Walker is indeed a selection of Scottish Blended Whiskies.
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And don't forget the time it takes from turning it on until its ready for the first shot. This can be painfully slow sometimes - and might mean you miss an important shot.
One of the things I like about my Fuji is because the lense is not electrically retracting the startup time is something like 0.8 seconds unlike my original Olympus superzoom which was about 5 or 6 seconds! Also for the same reason the battery life seems excellent in fact I have never flattened a set yet I just put them on charge because "they must be nearly flat by now"!
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I bought a canon 5d with a selection of pro lens last year and the quality is truly amazing. Its a full frame dslr camera so what you see is what you get..
I find for every day usage its a bit cumbersome so i bought a canon powershot s3is and its really excellent.
http://www.purelygadgets.co.uk/prodi...islist=5~16~90
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