shutter shock

Started Nov 12, 2012 | Discussions thread
Anders W Forum Pro • Posts: 21,468
Re: shutter shock

Sgt_Strider wrote:


What shutter speed should be avoided? I mainly use my GX1 with the Panny 25mm f/1.4 lens.

The problem usually peaks at 1/125 plus/minus 1/3 EV. It usually disappears more or less completely if you go about one EV faster than the peak (say to 1/250 or 1/320). It also disappears, but more gradually, as you go slower than the peak and there is usually little left of it at 1/25 (though it may still be visible if you check carefully).

I have no personal experience with the GX1 but based on the reports I have seen, it appears to be unusually badly hit by the problem. On the other hand, the magnitude of the problem also varies with the lens used, and the 25/1.4 is not among the prime suspects here.

In general, I suggest you do a little testing for yourself and see what you find. Although the shutter-shock issue is real, it isn't always of such a magnitude that it becomes really bothersome. If you find that it is in your case, with at least some of your lenses (note that the magnitude of the problem may vary with the FL used if it's a zoom we are talking about), there are ways to work around it. Avoiding certain shutter speeds is one of them but not the only one. Here's a report on my own experiences with the E-M5 and the lenses I use with it along with some words about the work-arounds I practice:

 Anders W's gear list:Anders W's gear list
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Olympus E-M1 Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS Panasonic Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH +28 more
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