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1st of July 2010 (Thu), 07:00
Hi I'm a beginner photographer and I recently bought a 135L. While hand holding taking pictures, I could see the viewfinder slightly moves; am I holding the 135L wrong or is that normal? I've looked at a lot of techniques on how to hold a camera and tried them all but I still get that slight movement.
I have also have a 35L but my viewfinder doesn't move at all.
Let me know if it is normal to see light movement while hand-holding with the 135L
1st of July 2010 (Thu), 07:04
The longer the focal length you're looking through the more you'll notice your shaking hands; try using a supertele and you'll feel like you have Parkinsons.
Perfectly normal :D
1st of July 2010 (Thu), 07:18
Make sure if you are on a crop to eliminate hand shake in the photos you are shooting 1/200 or faster (1.6x(focal length)).
1st of July 2010 (Thu), 08:18
Thanks for the replies
1st of July 2010 (Thu), 10:14
Just wanted to add that a lot of photographers that work with longer focal length lenses in ambient light will use monopods to help keep steady and prevent motion blur.
1st of July 2010 (Thu), 11:54
Lean against something, maybe try taking a burst of shots & hope one is shake-free.
1st of July 2010 (Thu), 11:57
For what it's worth, I frequently hand hold a 500mm f/4 as slow as 1/60 when shooting helicopters (and yes, I miss more than I hit...) but I find my 135 to be the single most frustrating lens to shoot hand held.
Don't know why really but it's true. Could be how the weight is distributed in the lens with most of it being out at the front end.
1st of July 2010 (Thu), 12:28
try using a supertele and you'll feel like you have Parkinsons.
Hahaha. I tried using a 300mm f/2.8 IS at a soccer game one time.
I though "Wow! My hands must be set on vibrate!"
I see why people use monopods so much now.
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