Which gets less blur handheld at 70mm?

Started Jan 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP msjhaffey Senior Member • Posts: 1,432
Re: Which gets less blur handheld at 70mm?

joejack951 wrote:

msjhaffey wrote:

Thanks, all, for your help and suggestions.

I tested the room yesterday. Shooting the 24-70 at 3200 ISO on my D700 I was getting shutter speeds of 1/10th to 1/20th at 70mm. Sometimes my hands are steady enough for that; sometimes not. I can take as many pics as I like w/o flash but with flash people will go crazy.

How big do you intend to showcase these images? If nothing more than 4"x6" print or web image, shoot at ISO12800 and use some (or a lot of) noise reduction. That will get you 1/40" - 1/80" the latter of which should yield quite a few keepers if people aren't jumping around. At 1/10" you'll need virtually motionless people and ultra-steady hands with every shot to have a chance of getting anything usable. I'd far rather a noisy but sharp image than a blurred but less noisy image.

A4 size (similar to US Legal)

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