How important is 60fps as a creative tool?

Started Mar 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Richard Frederick
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Re: How important is 60fps as a creative tool?

I am primarily a still shooter.  One of the advantages of using a DSLR is the option for a shallow depth of field.  If you are stuck with a 30fps-1/60 shutter speed, likely you will need neutral density filters to permit wide apertures.

At 60 fps the photographer has the option of using higher shutter speeds and still retain the smooth motion of 30fps-1/60 sec.  I use a D800e and I have been shooting at 720p-60fps-and whatever shutter speed I choose (1/60 sec or higher, of course).  I cannot countenance the loss of control over shutter speed. ND filters may be OK in a studio or OK when built into a camcorder, but I am not about to fiddle with them using a DSLR in the field.

As far as my limited tests go, 720p and 1/120 sec shutter speed (and higher) provide both great IQ and smooth panning and motion.

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