X100 - Slow shutter speeds in Auto

Started Mar 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
Adrian Tung Veteran Member • Posts: 3,278
Re: X100 - Slow shutter speeds in Auto

In the example in that thread you used the widest aperture and 1600 ISO. If you were in auto ISO set to a max 1600 the only way the camera could get the shot is by using a slow shutter speed.

You will need to either improve the light or increase the ISO if you want a faster shutter speed. Or, as someone suggested in that thread, use a tripod with a shutter release or the self-timer if you want to get sharp closeups in low light

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I got that... but I went back and basically without adjusting anything other than setting manual shutter speeds I was able to get a much better focused (and lit) shot. So my question is why can't the camera itself figure out to use that shutter speed?

Show us this "much better" shot. In the other thread you were already at f/2 1/5s ISO1600, how are you going to get a better shot without bumping up the ISO when you increase shutter speed?

Ummmm.... because that is how you reduce camera shake or motion blur?!?

I don't understand your point... I was getting a blurry shot with slow shutter speeds that the camera was picking for the situation, I increased the speed and removed camera shake. It's only logical. Yes, the image is slightly darker that what AUTO got me, but combined with the sharpness it is "much better."

The same thing happened when I was shooting a low lit concert (see my thread on that). So all I did was set manual shutter speeds and it fixed the issue.

I think you are simply misunderstanding the purpose of the meter and how to manipulate it towards your goals.

The meter is supposed to give you what it thinks should be the proper brightness by varying aperture, shutter speed and ISO (depending on what you allow it to change). If it is already at the limit of aperture (f/2) and ISO (1600), then the only thing left that it can change is shutter speed to give you what it thinks is the correct level of brightness.

But you don't want that brightness. You prefer a darker image. It's not the meter's fault that it cannot guess what you wanted. You have to tell it that you want a dark image. That's what the exposure compensation dial is for.

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