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Shutter lag versus fps

 
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Dec 11, 2013 14:23 |  #1

Maybe you more experienced guys already figured this one out, but this past weekend I realized that shutter response (minimal lag) is so much more important to me than fps.

I was shooting with both the 5D2 and 5D3... Over the past few years, I've relied less and less on shooting in bursts.


  1. I have focused more on timing the shot.
  2. I really hate culling and processing two or three times the number of photos I need.
  3. I find myself shooting with flash indoors in a gymnasium, so I don't want the 2-3 flash bursts.

I'm not a professional, but I shoot once or twice a month at community events when my father-in-law's youth martial arts program puts on demonstrations. I was at our annual event this weekend and it was the first time I used my recently acquired 5D2 at such an event.

Shutter lag sucks. I had to adjust, but I was able to get the timing down as we got further into the program. However, now I just have to remind myself which camera I'm shooting with and make adjustments accordingly :lol:

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Dec 11, 2013 14:26 |  #2

Yup. That's one of the major weaknesses of my SX50. Almost impossible to time shots with it.


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Dec 11, 2013 21:09 |  #3

I assume you are not using the live view for shooting


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Dec 13, 2013 16:13 |  #4

Oddly enough, if you are used to a long lag time, then it actually takes a bit to get used to a shorter lag.

I shot sports for a while with the original 5D which has a very long lag. When I got a 1D3, the response was incredible but I did find it really hard to go back and forth between the two bodies I had at the time (5D and 1D3) because they were so different.


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Dec 16, 2013 12:27 as a reply to  @ JeffreyG's post |  #5

Shutter lag was one of the reasons I opted for a 70D over a 7D. The 7D shoots 10% faster, but the 70D has 40% less shutter lag. I started shooting with an AE-1 many moons ago, and I've never been able to come to grips with the much more lengthy shutter lag in DLSRs.


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Dec 16, 2013 13:07 |  #6

For those interested in lag time on the 7D and 70D ...

http:// http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/E7D​/E7DA6.HTM

and

http://http …canon-70d/canon-70dA6.HTM (external link)

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Dec 16, 2013 13:26 |  #7

lauderdalems wrote in post #16520448 (external link)
I assume you are not using the live view for shooting

Uhm... I don't even know how to respond to this comment. Who uses live view for action/sports?


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Dec 16, 2013 13:36 |  #8

Nathan wrote in post #16531941 (external link)
Uhm... I don't even know how to respond to this comment. Who uses live view for action/sports?

Next time I'll take his picture - but there is a weekly paper that shoots high school sports - holding that camera about 10 inches out and using a live view. (And no he does not get good pictures.)


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Dec 16, 2013 14:11 |  #9

lauderdalems wrote in post #16531896 (external link)
For those interested in lag time on the 7D and 70D ...

http:// http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/E7D​/E7DA6.HTM

and

http://http …canon-70d/canon-70dA6.HTM (external link)

..

The links didn't work as there is an extra "http://" in them.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/E7D​/E7DA6.HTM (external link)
http://www.imaging-resource.com …canon-70d/canon-70dA6.HTM (external link)

The specs are nice and detailed: much more so than what I originally found when I was comparing the two cameras. Thank you for sharing.


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